COCOLAMUS -- It wasn't an unfamiliar position for Line Mountain. In its third contest this season with East Juniata, the Eagles fell behind early to the Tigers.
Line Mountain missed its first nine shots and forced coach Craig Reichard to take two timeouts on offense in the first quarter.
"They needed to settle down and make a shot," Reichard said. "We played here in their tip-off tournament and fell behind 11-0."
However, this time Line Mountain survived the early onslaught and unleashed one of its own in the middle two quarters, rolling to a 54-38 victory over East Juniata on Tuesday night.
"(The kids) know what's on the line. We needed a win to get into the district playoffs," Reichard said. "I'm surprised it happened, tonight. We did what we had to, when we had to do it."
It was a huge win for the Eagles (11-7 overall, 9-3 TVL) on the road against a Tigers' team that just snapped Greenwood's long winning streak this past Friday night.
"Obviously with teenage boys, you don't know how they were going to respond coming off such an emotional win on Friday night," East Juniata coach Brock Anders said. "Line Mountain came out with more energy, enthusiasm and execution. They outplayed us in all phases."
Line Mountain earned its victory on the defensive end. East Juniata hit four 3-ponters in the first quarter against the Eagles' 2-3 zone, but the Tigers remained content to jack it from the outside. The Tigers hit 10 3-pointers in the game, but only made three 2-point shots in the entire game.
"We wanted to pack it in against (Bailey) Coder because we don't have anybody that can check a 6-6 kid man-to-man all game," Line Mountain's Cole Rickert said. "We also wanted to keep somebody shaded towards (Nick) Lorenz at all times. We were content to let the other three guys on the floor try to beat us."