NTL BOYS BASKETBALL: TIGERS ESCAPE WITH WIN OVER WYALUSING
(2024-02-06)Northern Tier WEST Sports Report
MANSFIELD — The North Penn-Mansfield Tigers narrowly avoided a huge upset loss against Wyalusing here Tuesday, escaping with a 47-42 win over the 3-16 Rams.
The Rams led 33-30 going into the final frame but the Tigers went off for 17 points in the fourth to eke out the win.
Karson Dominick led Mansfield with 23 points .. including nine in the fourth quarter .. while Jason Harer added 14 .. with four 3-pointers. Cade Kurzejewski had four points and Cooper Shaw and Tate Strange each had three points for the Tigers.
NP-Mansfield jumped out to a 14-10 first quarter lead behind four Dominick points and a Harer three, but Wyalusing held the Tigers to seven second quarter points .. all by Dominick .. and Wyalusing cut the Tigers’ halftime lead to 21-18.
Wyalusing outscored Mansfield 15-9 in the third quarter to set up the Tigers’ big final frame.
Dominick cut it to a 1-point game with a bucket to start the fourth before Wyalusing’s Nick Vanderpool answered with a baseline jumper to keep it a 3-point Ram lead.
A Harer 3-ball followed by a Dominick put-back gave the Tigers a 37-35 lead, but Wyalusing tied it up with a runner as the clock hit 4:34 left to play.
Harer added another three to make it 40-37 and Wyalusing’s Hunter House answered with a three to tie the game up with 3:11 left to play.
Vanderpool hit a floater to give the Rams a 42-40 lead with just under two minutes left in the game before Cooper Shaw tied it up for Mansfield with 1:26 on the clock.
Wyalusing chose to run time off the clock and Mansfield came up with a steal and a Dominick put-back .. which would prove to be the game-winner .. with 20 seconds left to play.
At the other end, Wyalusing missed on a go ahead three and Dominick grabbed the rebound and was fouled hard, leading to an intentional foul call, a technical foul and four free throws for Dominick. The senior hit three and the Tigers had possession due to the intentional foul call, allowing them to inbound the ball and run the final seconds off and claim the win.
North Penn-Mansfield, now 14-6 overall, 10-4 in the NTL and 5-4 in the large school division, is scheduled to return to action on Thursday at Athens.