Mounts hold off Comets for first win

By on December 19, 2012

By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor truth.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

It took four long games but the Ephrata boys basketball team finally put one in the win column Monday night at home as the Mounts held on for an exciting 55-53 victory over visiting Penn Manor.

With the Mounts up by two in the final seconds, Aaron Hubbard blocked the potential game-tying shot to preserve the crossover win and send the fans home happy.

"It was a good hard-fought win," Ephrata Coach Jason Coletti said. "The kids played very well. To get the first win of the season gets us off the schneid. It definitely helps and keeps the kids motivated. We played very well, and we’ve played well in all of our games, except for maybe the McCaskey game which is a different story. But we played well in the other three games, and (tonight) we finally played well for all 32 minutes. We put it all together finally and we got a win. I was happy for the kids."

The Mounts (1-1 Section Two, 1-3 overall) got 14 big points from senior post player Evan Radcliffe, and continued to get production from 6-4 sophomore Nate Zimmerman, who had his second break-out game of the season, finishing with a team-high 16 points.

"Nate had a great game, not only the 16 points but he played very good defense and got some big rebounds for us," Coletti said. "They had a 6-7 kid (David Carmichael) who is very athletic and he was in there battling. He also hit some big shots when we needed it. We say all the time, ‘when the other team is going to go on a run, we need somebody to step up and hit a couple shots.’ He made a couple big plays for us."

Carmichael did lead all scorers with 20 points while Micah Brown chipped in with 15 for the Comets (1-4, 0-2 Section One) in the loss.

With a win finally under their belts, Coletti is hoping his team can build on it. The Mounts travel to Manheim Township Wednesday (8 p.m.) for another crossover before beginning Section Two play Friday at home (7:30 p.m.) vs Solanco. They finish off the week Saturday night at home with a non-league game vs. Palmyra (7 p.m.).

"I think we can (build on it," Coletti said. "The kids are confident. They know they can do it. They beat a Section One team, a good team in Penn Manor, and we are getting better each day in practice and more kids are getting more and more confident. That’s important because we definitely need a bench. The starting five played a lot of minutes (against Penn Manor), and we got a lot of games in a short amount of time so we need our bench."

Last Friday at McCaskey, the host Tornado flexed their muscles in a 89-52 victory over the Mounts.

McCaskey landed three players in double figures, led by Devonne Pinkard’s 20 points as they raced to a 45-25 halftime lead and didn’t look back.

Hubbard paced the Mounts with 15 points while Brady Sipe chipped in with 10.

Ephrata also was in action last Wednesday with a non-league contest at Exeter. The Mounts led 29-21 at the half but could not hold it as the Eagles pulled off a 51-47 come-from-behind victory.

Radcliffe scored a game-high 17 points to lead Ephrata while Hubbard chipped in with 16. More MOUNTS, page B-6

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