The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 1, 2013

District 4 basketball finals and consolations get underway this weekend

By The Daily Item

After some exciting finishes on Wednesday night, the District 4 finals and consolation games are all set to determine who moves on to the state tournament.

In Class AAA on the boys side, Shikellamy and Milton meet on Saturday at Shamokin at 7 p.m. in the rubber match between the two schools, this time with the District 4 title on the line.

Milton defeated Shikellamy in the first game before Shikellamy won the rematch. Both games were won by a total of seven points.

The Black Panthers are coming off an emotional win against a tough Athens team, a turnaround season after winning just six games last year. Milton also won despite 1,000-point scorer sitting out with an injury in Chad Diggan.

The Braves defeated Danville in thrilling fashion when C.J. Tyler hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to upset Danville, the reigning Class AAA district champions.

Milton's last District 4 Class AAA title came in 2006-07 while Shikellamy hasn't won a District 4 banner yet this century.

In Class AA, East Juniata and Lewisburg square off with a berth to the state tournament on the line in the consolation game at Shamokin on Saturday at 3.

The Green Dragons have just four losses this season, all of which came against Loyalsock. The Tigers meanwhile have won 19 games this year, a school-record, while also winning their first District 4 playoff game in school history.

Nick Lorenz and Bailey Coder are East Juniata's two go-to players, but Lewisburg has four of its starting five averaging at least 10 ppg, and will prove to be a force for the Tigers to try to contain.

In Class A, Lourdes and Muncy play in a consolation game on Friday at 7:30 in Milton with a berth to the state tournament on the line as well.

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