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February 20, 2013

Jon Gerardi's column on boys basketball: Eagles achieve district goal

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The Eagles won more Tri-Valley League games this season (11) than the past two combined (10), although two new teams resulted in a 16-game league schedule.

Line Mountain was led this season by both Rickert (329 points, 14.9 ppg., 30 three-pointers) and Breinich (297, 14.1, 16). While those two were the offensive keys to the Eagles, it wasn't a team driven by individuals.

"Each and every one of the teammates contributed in their own way of leadership to help everyone get better and improve as a team getting us to the District 4 playoffs," Breinich said.

"There was no single leader; all of them led together. They fed off each other," Reichard added.

Before this season started, the Eagles' goal was to make the District 4 tournament. However, they were 5-7 through early January. Things started clicking with a double-overtime home win over Halifax, 65-59. That sparked a run of eight straight wins, which included a string of five in a row on the road. That span also saw Line Mountain down TVL powerhouse East Juniata, 54-38, on the road, a win made even sweeter as it clinched the Eagles' district berth.

From a 5-7 start to an 8-2 finish with a District 4 berth and a goal realized.

"As a team, I think we all agreed that this was a good run we put together winning eight straight games after starting off 5-7," said Breinich. "All the time we spent in the gym paid off in a good way making this year a very successful season."

Factor in a handful of close losses -- a two-point loss in double-overtime to Upper Dauphin (Dec. 17), a five-point loss to Minersville (Dec. 30) and a two-point loss to East Juniata (Jan. 10) -- and Line Mountain's season could have been even more impressive.

While it sometimes takes awhile for a player to appreciate a season's accomplishments, it took just one day for Breinich and probably other Eagles.

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