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High School Boys' Basketball - District 3-A
Halifax senior Hunter Hilinski had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (12-11 overall).
Trojan Sophomore Matthew “Mookie” Miller led all scorers with 25 points and also had a big game on the glass with 13 rebounds.
Halifax had two sophomores combine for 33 points, Dan Osenbach (17) and Koby Bowman (16).
“(Rebounding) really has been our Achilles heel all season,” Halifax Head Coach Dan Bowman said. “Really, though, I am very proud of our boys. Compared to what we’ve been able to do the past four, five years this is great. This is exciting for us.
‘‘We do have a lot of young, talented players. We would like to have won, but we’re not upset. I think we were here a year earlier than expected,’’ Bowman said. ‘‘We got an extra week of practice with the kids and hopefully it gave them a taste of what it’s like and make them work even harder to go deeper next year.”
Next season, Halifax will play in District 3-A, dropping down a classification due to student enrollment.
Nestor, who really came on strong the second half of the season, scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. His best work came on the offensive end as he scored 14 points off offensive boards.
“It’s all effort. Really, it takes no talent to rebound,” Nestor chuckled after the game. “Well, I like to think it takes some talent. Really, it is all effort in there. But like all our wins, this was a team effort. Everybody did their job and mine was to get in there, hustle and go after rebounds.”
Nestor really turned into a force in the third quarter when the ’Cats were trying to stay in the game. He scored 10 points and grabbed eight boards in the quarter, equaling Halifax’s rebound total for the frame.
Osenbach drove the lane for a bucket with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter to cut the Trojan lead to 39-36. Miller hit a three and Nestor followed with one of his five offensive put backs of the frame and the Trojan lead was quickly eight points, 44-36.
The ’Cats kept trying to keep it close, but each time they would get within reach, Nestor came up with a big board or senior Mac Ney (14 points) hit a three or Miller drove the lane. The lead was eight once again, 55-47, on yet another Nestor offensive board and hoop just before the end of the third quarter.
Bowman, who scored 15 of his 16 points in the second half, kept the Wildcats close at the outset of the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of buckets to make it 55-51 with 6:50 to play in the game.
After Ney hit a pair of free throws, the momentum seemed to fall securely in the Trojans’ hands when, with 4:30 to play, Halifax was called for an offensive foul that negated a bucket that would have made it a four-point game.
Instead, in the next minute, Nestor worked inside for a hoop, Ney scored a three-point play off a steal and Miller hit a jumper to lift the lead to 13 points, 66-53, with 3:15 to play.
Upper Dauphin never let the lead get under 10 the rest of the way and earned a trip to top seed Hanover Feb. 22.
“That’s the way to go out your senior year. You work hard all year, your whole career, to get a chance to play a game like this at home in front of your fans. This was great,” Nestor said.
Hilinski was sharp early for the Wildcats, scoring 16 of his team-high 19 points in the first half. He had 11 points in the first quarter that helped give Halifax a 15-10 lead with just under three minutes to play in that frame. He also had 11 rebounds for the night.
Miller and fellow sophomore Alex Uhler (nine points) led an 8-0 charge to end the first quarter, which turned into a 13-0 run off a Tanner Miller bucket and a long-range three by “Mookie” Miller early in the second quarter.
The Trojans were able to keep Halifax at bay the rest of the game.
DISTRICT 3-AA QUARTERFINALS
Hanover 69, Upper Dauphin 35, Feb. 22. After the win over Halifax, UDA Coach Weaver said Hanover was the number one seed for a reason. They showed it in the quarterfinals of the District 3-AA playoffs.
The host Nighthawks came out and, with their aggressive defense, really put the clamps on the Trojans.
“Their trapping really took us out of our offense and caused us to turn the ball over 20 times,” Weaver said. “They are a good team and deserve credit for the way they played today.”
Matthew Miller was the only UDA player in double figures with 11 points.
Weaver said it was a tough way to end a good season, but there are plenty of positives to take from the year.
“”I’m proud of our kids and thankful for having the opportunity to coach them this year,” he said. “We played a lot of young guys this year and a lot of guys without much varsity experience.”
Weaver also spoke of how the team put together its strong finish to complete the year 13-11 overall and in third place in a tough Tri-Valley League, as well as win a district game.
“Hopefully, this experience will be something to build upon as we move forward into next season,” Weaver said.
REGULAR SEASON GAMES
Halifax 73, Mid-West 63, Feb. 17. Halifax completed its regular season with a win. Hilinski led all scorers with 25 points as the ’Cats had four players in double figures. He also had seven rebounds. Osenbach, Bowman and Connor Schadel had 15, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Stephen Berger had nine assists.
The ’Cats had just seven turnovers and were able to shoot almost 50 percent from the floor.
Williams Valley 74, Line Mountain 48, Feb. 14. Stephen Sedesse scored 24 points to lead the Vikings past Line Mountain. Jared Matter, who got a start with Brandon Miller out with a hand injury, scored 17 points. Ben Rautzahn and Nick Rodichok added 11 points each.
The Eagles (2-20 overall) were led by Kellan Masser’s 21 points. Dylan Bartholomew added 14 points.
Greenwood 56, Halifax 48, Feb. 10. Greenwood jumped out to an 18-8 lead in the first quarter and Halifax could never quite get back over the hump.
Hilinski had a big night again with 16 points and eight rebounds. Bowman added 13 points and three assists. Schadel had three steals.
East Juniata 92, Line Mountain 67, Feb. 10. The Tigers roared out to a 30-7 lead after the first quarter but the Eagles were able to play even with them the rest of the way.
Elijah Zablosky had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Line Mountain. Kellan Masser had 18 points and Brady Michael had 10 points and five assists.
(Editor’s Note: Williams Valley was defeated 55-43 by Minersville in the opening round of the District 3-AA playoffs Feb. 22. Additional information was not available prior to press time.)