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MC boys run out of steam against Middletown

LEWISTOWN – Just less than 24 hours than giving Harrisburg a run for their money, the Mifflin County boys basketball team were right back to the hardwood to face another tough for in Middletown.
Despite battling and keeping it close for much of the first half, the Huskies ran out of gas in the third, falling 80-62 in front of the Home crowd at the Dawg Pound.
Leading the way offensively was Noah Wright, who posted 18 points in the first half, finishing with a team high 24-point effort.
Despite being double teamed or triple teamed for most of the night, Ryan Walker finished with hard-fought 13 points.
Coming off the bench and providing a late game spark was Dante Scott with 10, rounding out the Mifflin County double scorers.
Middletown got a strong effort from Tre Leach, who seemed to be everywhere Saturday, finishing with a game-high 28 points.
Teammate Chris Plummer had a strong inside presence on offense as he posted 23 points in the victory.
Also rounding out the double digit scorers was Ryan Hughes who had a quiet 16-point effort.
Despite falling behind by as many as 30, the Huskies refused to go away without one last charge.
“They’re just a good team. They run the floor very well. They have some run outs. Even on just a regular score they would come out and get a lay up,” said Mifflin County coach Dave Sheetz. “They run hard. They play hard and I don’t know I’ve seen anyone play as hard as the Leach kid.”
Mifflin County ended the game on a strong note, outscoring the Blue Raiders 22-16 in the quarter.
At one point, the Huskies broke out in a 17-2 run, putting the Home team to within 15.
Trailing 70-40 early in the final stanza, Sheetz started to go to his bench for a spark. He found one in Dante Scott .
However, the veteran Walker started the march back as he scored four free throws in consecutive trips to the charity stripe to cut it to 70-44.
Then it was Scott’s time to shine as he no sooner reported in then he started to warm up.
After allowing a Middletown bucket, Scott hit an innocent jumper to make it 72-46.
On the following possession, the Blue Raiders were stopped and the Huskies got the back to Scott. Scott was fouled as he went up for a shot and then went 2-for-2 from the foul line.
After holding Middletown empty in the next two possessions Scott was good for two unanswered triple and a bucket by Wright, causing the Blue Raiders to call a time out as Mifflin County was now closing in on Middletown 72-57.
However, the Blue Raiders went back to pushing the ball inside to either Plummer and Leach.
That would be all the visitors needed as the went on a 8-5 run the rest of the way to hold onto the 80-62 victory.
In the first quarter, the two teams battled back and forth for the first few minutes as Middletown held a slight 11-10 advantage with 3:25 left in the period.
But the Blue Raiders started to sizzle offensively outscoring Mifflin County 12-5 the rest of the way in the period, giving them a 24-15 lead going into the second quarter.
Things started to slip away from the Huskies hands in the second as it’s defense could not handle to inside game of Middletown. With both the inside and outside game working for Middletown, the visitors went into the intermission, leading comfortably 46-29.
Mifflin County will use the rest of the weekend and refresh itself before heading into more Mid-Penn action next week.

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