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NTL BOYS BASKETBALL: TIGERS TOP SMALL SCHOOL CHAMP NEB IN SHOWDOWN (2024-02-15)

Northern Tier WEST Sports Report
ROME, Pa — North Penn-Mansfield scored 48 points in the middle quarters against small school champ Northeast Bradford here Thursday, earning a first-round NTL Showdown win over the Panthers, 65-50.

Karson Dominick led the Tigers with 25 points, while Alex Davis added 16 points and Payton Strange had 14. 

The Panthers led 16-12 to start the second quarter .. despite a pair of threes from Cooper Shaw .. but were out scored 28-4 as the Tigers took a 20-point halftime lead behind 13 points from Dominick and 10 from Davis .. recently returned from an early season shoulder injury.

Shaw would finish with those six points while Cade Kurzejewski and Jason Harer each chipped in with two points in the Mansfield win.

A Dominick 3-pointer put the Tigers up 23-19 in the second frame before NEB hit a free throw to keep the lead at three. Mansfield then finished the half on a 17-0 run to take a 40-20 lead into the locker rooms. 

Strange and Dominick each recorded eight points in the Tigers’ 20-point third quarter and NPM entered the final frame up 60-33. They’d put the game into the mercy rule with just over four minutes left in the contest.

Mansfield, now 17-6 overall on the season, will advance to face Troy in the Showdown finals on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Sayre. They’ll then enter the District 4 Class 3A playoffs as the No. 4 seed and will host a game with No. 5 seed Warrior Run (14-8). 

PHOTOS: Chris Manning


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