By The Daily Item
DANVILLE -- One game after Wednesday's tough loss to Shamokin, Danville's boys nearly suffered a huge letdown versus a hard-luck Midd-West team in Thursday's Heartland-I matchup.
The Ironmen got out to a 16-point lead after three quarters, but they needed to fend off the Mustangs to take a 60-54 victory at the Whitey McCloskey Center.
The charge for Midd-West (3-12, 0-9) was led by Ascher Marks' game-high 28 points, which included seven 3-pointers.
Andrew Karchner added 10 points for the Mustangs.
Danville (10-5, 8-2), which needs just one more win to qualify for the District 4 playoffs, got 16 points from Zack Kozick plus 11 from Jeff Vitunac and 10 from Phil Stemm.
n Southern Columbia 69,
Warrior Run 64
CATAWISSA -- The Defenders had a good start to the game, but not as good as the one the Tigers had for the HAC-II win.
Southern out-scored Warrior Run 20-12 in the first quarter, and despite the 21 points they scored in the second period, the Defenders weren't able to cut their deficit to under three or four points.
Mike Klebon led Southern with 28 points. Jared Bender scored 14 for Warrior Run (5-10).
n Lewisburg 71,
LEWISBURG -- The Spartans were no match for the Green Dragons, who scored 54 points through the first three quarters to cruise to the HAC-II win.
Sam Allen scored 10 points to lead Lewisburg (17-1), which had a total of 13 players score at least two points in the game.
Tyler Mitcheltree led Hughesville (3-13) with 11 points.
n Jersey Shore 62,
JERSEY SHORE -- Ethan Baker and the rest of his Black Panther teammates came back to earth when the Bulldogs took a 15-point HAC-I win.
Baker still shared game-high points honors with Wade Heidel, as both players scored 14 to lead Milton (9-8, 4-5 HAC-I).
n Shamokin 60,
COAL TOWNSHIP -- The Seals' Ethan Fadale led all scorers with 18 points, but Josh Pappas and the Indians still took the HAC-I matchup.
Pappas tallied 16 points and Jakob Weaver added 11 points for Shamokin.
n East Juniata 74,
Juniata 72 (2OT)
MIFFLINTOWN -- The Tigers connected on five 3-pointers in the game, but none were bigger than the treys Nick Lorenz and David Brantley hit to lead East Juniata to the Tri-Valley League victory.
Lorenz nailed one of his two 3-pointers to send the game into overtime for East Juniata (17-0, 13-0 TVL). Brantley also hit two treys, with his second one coming with 20 seconds left in the second OT.
However, the game wasn't secured following Brantley's 3-pointer. That didn't come until Bailey Coder sunk a pair of free throws moments later.
Coder finished with a game-high 30 points, while Lorenz ended with 24 and Brantley had 13.
n Newport 71,
Line Mountain 49
NEWPORT -- The Buffaloes out-gunned the Eagles to take the TVL victory. Dylan Michael had 11 points and five steals, plus Elijah Zablosky added nine points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for Line Mountain (2-16, 2-11 TVL).
n Mount Carmel 43,
Sunbury Christian 19
NORTHUMBERLAND -- The Eagles stepped outside the familiar Allegheny Christian Athletic Association for a non-league matchup with the Red Tornadoes.
Ali Varano scored 17 points to lead Mount Carmel (15-3).
Torri Erdman led Sunbury Christian (10-4) with nine points, six rebounds and four steals.
n Lewisburg 54,
BLOOMSBURG -- The Green Dragons reeled off a stretch of seven wins that came either via pin or forfeit to down the Panthers in the non-league matchup.
Getting pins for Lewisburg were Brian Friery (106), Max Reed (160) and Nicholas Bernstein (195).
n Milton sweeps Central
MILTON -- A 709 series by Jeff Levitan and a 633 series from Halie Snyder propelled the Black Panthers to a pair of 4-0 wins over the Blue Jays.
Levitan rolled games of 246, 247 and 216, while Snyder had games of 237 and 204. Colby Reichenbach had the high game for Milton with a 268.