By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
COCOLAMUS -- Brock Anders knew East Juniata's game against Upper Dauphin would be anything but easy. The last two years when the Tri-Valley League rivals played it typically resulted in a close game.
Thursday night at East Juniata High School was no different.
With the Tigers up one inside the final minute, the EJ coach told his team it had to go out and make a stop, which is precisely what it did. With just a few ticks remaining, Upper Dauphin's Mackenzie Ney tried a turnaround jumper over 6-foot-6 junior Bailey Coder, but the shot hit off the far side of the rim and the Tigers survived for a 41-40 TVL victory.
The win gave East Juniata (3-1, 1-0 TVL) its first league win of the year while the Trojans dropped to 1-3 overall, 0-2 in the league.
"One of the things I told them (was) that we worked for these points in the game (and) in the practices," Anders said. "You have to go out and make a stop to get out (with a win). I think some of our leaders stepped up and made some plays."
East Juniata routinely made plays to retake the lead after Upper Dauphin would tie the game. There were 10 different lead changes in the game -- five in each half -- and neither team led by more than four points at any point.
"That's the way it was, back and forth all night. I thought it could come down to who had the ball last. We had our chances and we just couldn't get the last one to fall," Upper Dauphin coach Anthony Weaver said. "Just the little things throughout the game ... They add up in a one-point game, those little things. They can make a difference in a game like this."