LIZTON — Behind a double-double from senior Austin Musial, the Tri-West boys’ basketball team defeated visiting Greencastle 64-50 Saturday night.
“It was (a good win),” Tri-West coach Adam Bontreger said. “We had a tough loss last night at Danville and in a lot of ways, it was kind of a bummer to our weekend. Tonight, we wanted to come out and really compete hard against Greencastle. I have to give them credit, they really played us hard tonight.”
Tri-West (9-4) started the game on a 15-7 run, but Greencastle (6-5) closed the quarter on a 5-2 run of its own and cut the deficit to five.
Greencastle’s momentum continued into the second quarter with a 7-4 run that cut Tri-West’s lead to two halfway through the period. However, this time, it was Tri-West who closed the quarter strong, claiming a 32-24 advantage at halftime.
Tri-West extended its lead to 11 after three quarters.
“To my kids’ credit, we made a little run there in the third quarter to stretch the lead out,” Bontreger said. “We were able to take it down the stretch. I’m happy to get a win. Anytime that you get a win, it’s a good day.”
After a quick 7-2 run, Greencastle cut the lead to six. However, that was as close as the Tiger Cubs would get, as the Bruins knocked down key shots late and took the 14-point victory.
Bontreger thinks the Bruins’ defensive intensity was a big part of the victory.
“We wanted to really pressure them tonight, whether it was the full court or half court,” he said. “Early on, we played a little 1-3-1 to try to mix it up a little bit. We lost their shooter a couple of times, but we wanted to make it a full court game. We feel like we have some pretty good athletes and in a game like tonight, we want to utilize that.”