SELINSGROVE — At two games under .500 and the end of the season fast approaching, the Selinsgrove boys basketball team needs to start making a push for the playoffs.
Coming off a tough nonleague loss to Halifax, the Seals needed lift on Monday night against Montoursville as they begin a tough three-game week with tough Heartland Athletic Conference Division I game with Danville and Midd-West after the tilt with the Warriors.
Senior guard Dan Ryan provided that lift for Selinsgrove, scoring 30 points to lead the Seals to a 63-47 victory over the Warriors.
"We were really flat against Halifax and after we lost, we really had our heads hanging," Selinsgrove coach Ray Moyer said. "Danny gave us a much needed lift and everybody really seemed to feed off of him."
Ryan had two Selinsgrove field goals on fast breaks early in the first quarter, but missed his first two 3-point attempts. Ryan kept getting open looks against the Montoursville zone and proceeded to hit six of his next seven 3-pointers. Ryan shot 12-of-18 from the floor, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc.
"It started off bad," Ryan said of his career-high night. "They were leaving me wide open and (the shots) just started to go in."
The teams were locked in a close game through the first quarter with the Seals opening up a five-point lead before the Warriors' Jacob Jones made back-to-back buckets to end the quarter, getting Montoursville within 14-13.
Selinsgrove (6-7) took control of the game in the second quarter. Ryan scored 15 points in the quarter and the Seals had a huge advantage on the boards. The Seals out-rebounded Montoursville 15-7 in the second quarter and 48-25 for the game.
Selinsgrove used an 11-2 run in the quarter, 10 coming by Ryan, to build a 29-19 lead with two minutes left in the first half.
The Seals started the third quarter just as hot, building a 20-point lead just three minutes into the second half. Ryan hit back-to-back 3-pointers to start the third quarter and Alex Lupolt capped the 13-3 spurt with a 3-pointer as Selinsgrove built a 49-29.
Selinsgrove still led by 20 to start the fourth quarter, but the Warriors made one last run at the Seals, scoring the first seven points of the fourth to cut the lead to 13. The Seals made four consecutive foul shots and got two late buckets from Josh Kahl to salt away the game.
"That's been our biggest problem this year: closing teams out," Ryan said. "It will come."
Ryan also had seven rebounds and three steals. Justin Keiser added nine points, while Kahl and Spencer Hotaling each chipped in with eight points.
Jacob Jones and Ezra Adam each had 10 points to lead the Warriors (6-9).