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.