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SC boys capture D6 title in 40-point fashion

ALTOONA – Things went pretty smooth for the State College boys basketball team Friday night in their District 6 6A Championship game against rival Altoona.
After defeating the Mountain Lions earlier in the season and finishing the year with only one loss, the Little Lions coasted for much of the game, picking up the title with a 94-54 victory, at the Penn State -Altoona gymnasium.
Drew Friberg was hot from everywhere on the court, posting a 23-point, four-steal and five-rebound effort.
Brother, Tommy Friberg also posted the points as well with a 15-point showing.
In the middle, State College got a very solid overall effort from Ryan McNulty as he finished with 20 points. Highlighting his night was a triple and a creative slam dunk late in the third quarter. He also contributed with five rebounds as well.
Another starter, Maxwell Benner played a strong overall game posting an 8-point effort but was able to spread the ball around to his teammates in the 40-point victory.
Altoona was led by two strong forces, one from the inside and the other from the shooting guard position.
Center Jayvion Queen scored 13 points, most of which came in the paint while Nate Cherry had 14 in the loss.
State College came out of the block, firing on all cylinders, Drew Friberg hit the first basket of the game muscling his way inside for the bucket.
Altoona went right inside to Queen. Queen, who scored the first nine points for his team, hit the runner in traffic, tying it.
Friberg showed his skill set as he shot a long jumper for his second score, taking back the lead.
After forcing a turnover, the Little Lions went directly inside to McNulty and he went up in traffic and hit the bucket and got the foul in the process.McNulty hit the free throw, upping the lead to 7-2 with 5:46 left in the period.
The Little Lions went into a full court press and was successful as they got the ball back.
This time, the ball went to Tommy Friberg. Friberg’s drive to the rim was successful as he put his name in the scorebooks.
Queen stopped the 7-0 run as he went up strong inside again, giving Altoona its fourth point.
As the well-oiled machine the Little Lions are, they went back to Tommy Friberg. Friberg lit it up from beyond the 3-point line to give his team a 12-4 advantage.
Benner ended the first quarter scoring with a tough shot down low, ending the period with a 14-4 advantage.
Things continued to roll smoothly in the second quarter as well. State College outscored Altoona 14-5 in the period, taking a 28-9 lead at the intermission.
In the period, State got seven points from Tommy Friberg, five from Drew Friberg and a bucket from Benner.
Queen was the only bright spot offensively for the Mountain Lions as he scored all five points.
From there, it would be the Little Lions time to show why the were Mid-Penn champions and a perfect 14-0 in conference play.
In the third quarter, fans got to see numerous dunks by Drew Friberg, Benner and McNulty.
When all the dust settled in the third, State was just eight minutes from being called champions, again.
The Little Lions outscored the Mountain Lions 21-19.
State College rotated in its bench players in the final period as the Little Lions cruised to the victory and the crown.

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