By The Daily Item
SELINSGROVE -- Whenever Selinsgrove and cross-river rival Shikellamy meet out on the hardcourt, or any playing surface for that matter, a battle generally ensues.
That was the case on Wednesday when the Braves staged a big fourth-quarter comeback to escape Snyder County with a 48-47 Heartland-I victory over the Seals.
Selinsgrove (5-11, 4-6 HAC-I) led 20-12 at the half after Shikellamy (10-6, 8-2) was held scoreless in the second quarter.
"We played great defense in the first half. Holding a good team like Shikellamy to 12 at the half; you're playing very good defense," said Selinsgrove coach Ray Moyer.
The Braves would make their move in the fourth quarter behind C.J. Tyler, who scored all 18 of his points in the period. Tyler was also 6 for 6 from the foul line to help clinch it.
However, Selinsgrove made it interesting at the end as Dillon Hoke nailed a 3-pointer with four seconds left to bring the Seals to within one, but the hosts didn't have any timeouts remaining and the Braves ran out the clock.
"It was a very hard-fought game by both teams," said Moyer.
With the victory, Shikellamy is only a win away from qualifying for the District 4 tournament. The Braves look to punch their ticket on Saturday when they host Shamokin at 2:30 p.m.
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COAL TOWNSHIP -- Shamokin hung with HAC-I foe Danville after the first quarter, trailing by just two points, but the Ironmen responded with a solid performance the rest of the game and single-handedly eliminated the Indians from District 4 playoff contention.
Shamokin (4-12, 1-8 HAC-I) was led by Austin Stine's 14 points.
Bret Berg (19 points), Zach Kozick (12) and Robbie Koons (10) all led Danville's offense.
The Ironmen remain undefeated in the HAC-I at 10-0 and are 13-2 overall.