MIFFLINBURG — With a potential District 4 playoff berth on the line, Mifflinburg upped its defensive play against Jersey Shore on Saturday to inch one step closer to that goal.
The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to 18 second-half points to come back and pull out a 56-53 Heartland-I victory.
Mifflinburg stands at 9-11 on the season and the Wildcats have two games left to be played in order to get the required .500 record for a postseason berth.
Mifflinburg hosts Midd-West on Wednesday and the team is supposed to play Bellefonte as well, but there’s a possibility the game might get forfeited due to the Raiders’ heavy schedule. A forfeit would count as a win for the Wildcats.
James Zack led Mifflinburg with 14 points and Jeremy Uscowskas added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats. Jordan Wagner chipped in nine points and six assists in the win.
“I think as a team we came together and clamped down defensively in the second half and that caused Jersey Shore some problems,” said Mifflinburg coach Andre’ Roupp. “That was the key to game — getting back on defense.”
Danville 53, Shikellamy 45
SUNBURY — After trailing by three going into the fourth quarter, the Ironmen responded with a 22-point quarter to remain perfect in the HAC-I with a win over the Braves.
Bret Berg’s 19 points led Danville (17-2, 13-0 HAC-I) while Ernie Tyler led Shikellamy (12-7, 9-4) with 14.
The win improves Danville’s league winning streak to 29 straight dating back to the 2010-11 season. The Ironmen finished last season undefeated in league play.
Shikellamy’s C.J. Tyler and Zach Herbster each contributed 10 points in the loss.
Matt McConnell added 12 and Zach Kozick had 11.
The Ironmen next travel to Southern Columbia on Monday.
Milton 49, Selinsgrove 46
SELINSGROVE — A big third quarter by the Black Panthers resulted in them taking a close HAC-I win over the Seals.
Selinsgrove (7-13, 5-8 HAC-I) led 29-17 at the half, but Milton (13-7 overall) stormed back with a 20-point third quarter to take a one-point lead.
Brandon Rogers led Milton with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half and seven in the third quarter alone.
Dillon Hoke led the Seals with 21 points.