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High School Boys' Basketball - Upper Dauphin 82, Halifax 58
Wildcats prevail 54-30 against UDA

Halifax’s Koby Bowman shoots over UDA’s Travis Deitrich and Andrew Norris Jan. 16. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)

HALIFAX • By playing what Head Coach Anthony Weaver calls the team’s most complete game of the year, Upper Dauphin Area has forged a tie with rival Halifax Area atop the East Division of the Tri-Valley Athletic Association (aka Tri-Valley League).

Junior guard Matthew “Mookie” Miller posted a 31-point night as he led his club to an ultra-impressive 82-58 win over Halifax Jan. 16.

Both teams entered this week with 7-1 TVAA marks. With four games remaining in the league, it poses an interesting finish to the regular season.

With the league set up in two divisions this season, the top two teams from each division qualify for the playoffs. Should UDA and the Wildcats complete the regular season in a tie for the division lead, they would meet in a one-game playoff to determine seeding in the TVAA championship tournament.

After Halifax had taken a 5-4 lead two minutes into the game, the Trojans rolled off 13 unanswered points and never looked back.

“We finally put four quarters of basketball together tonight,” Weaver said. “Total team effort – that’ what it takes to win a game like this. We used 10-11 guys, and they all played well. We shot the ball well, and when we did miss, the guys were hustling for rebounds and loose balls.”

Once the Trojans got the lead to double digits at the outset of the second quarter, the Cats never got back into single digits.

UDA pounded the glass throughout the game with a 35-16 rebounding edge.

“You have to give Upper Dauphin a lot of credit. They were hungry for this one,” Halifax Head Coach Dan Bowman said. “They really got after it on the boards. They shot the lights out, but when they did miss they got the rebound and gave themselves second, third and fourth chances.”

As hot as the Trojans were on the offensive end, they played some strong man-to-man defense and did it well for most of the night.

“Travis Deitrich, Drake Lenker, they had the (task) of guarding Koby (Bowman). They hustled their butts off all night. They all did,’’ Weaver said. ‘‘When someone got tired, he got a blow and another guy came in and did a great job.”

Despite the extra attention, Bowman had a solid night and led his team with 19 points. Connor Schadel added 13 points.

Miller may have led the Trojans on the scoreboard, but he had some help along the way, as Deitrich had a career-high 15 points and Alex Uhler added 10 points.

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