By The Daily Item
MIFFLINBURG -- Low-scoring games are often battles of attrition, and so far this season Mifflinburg has been winning those contests.
The Wildcats shook off a poor shooting first half to edge Selinsgrove in a Heartland-I matchup on Friday, 41-30.
Mifflinburg's key inside presence, senior forward Logan Finsterbush, was in foul trouble for much of the first half as the Wildcats scored just two points in the first quarter and 15 through the opening 16 minutes of play to lead by only two at the half.
"We came out really flat and we didn't play well as a team. That wasn't our intention," said Mifflinburg coach Andre' Roupp. "In the second quarter we really started executing and playing well as a team."
Finsterbush got back in the game in the second half for Mifflinburg (4-1, 1-1 HAC-I) and finished with seven rebounds and five points. Jeremy Uscowskas led the Wildcats with 16 points.
"Finsterbush sat quite a bit of the first half, but he really executed off the boards and got some really big rebounds for us down the stretch," said Roupp.
Andrew Sickle tallied eight points to lead Selinsgrove (0-4, 0-2).
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MIDDLEBURG -- Foul shooting was the story of the HAC-I matchup, which was one by the Braves after they made 12 of their 15 free throws compared to only 6-of-20 for the Mustangs.
Derek Amerman scored 13 points to lead Shikellamy (2-3 overall), which took the lead for good at 40-38 on a 3-pointer by Austin Mowery with 58 seconds remaining in the game.
Ascher Marks had 14 points to pace Midd-West (1-2).
"Lack of foul shooting down the stretch cost us," said Midd-West coach Aaron Ettinger. "We also had two costly turnovers late in the game, but it was a great game that went back and forth all the way through.