It took a couple quarters for the Mount Union boys’ basketball team to get on track Tuesday night in Houtzdale in an Inter-County Conference North contest with Moshannon Valley. The Trojans started to execute the offense late in the third quarter and maintained its early lead to log the 68-54 win over the Knights.
The Trojans are wrapping up the season with a couple wins and stand at 12-9 overall and 9-4 in the ICC North. The Trojans won the first meeting against the Knights in Mount Union back on Jan. 15, by 61-31 score.
“We got ourselves in foul trouble most of the night,” commented Trojan head coach Scott McClain. “We played sluggish until late in the game, then we started to work together better. It is always good to win on the road.
Jayvien Brumbaugh was hitting from the outside early, knocking down a pair of treys. Devin Delo added a trey and Kobe Hand picked up four points. The Trojans scoring 16-points in the quarter. The Knights hit for eight points with Ethan Webb collecting six. Mount Union was up by eight at the end of the quarter.
Joe Bacher knocked down a bucket and Greg Dufour drained a trey with the Knights coming up with 10 points in the second quarter. Brumbaugh hit his third trey and Dayvon Wilson added a couple buckets to give the Trojans 13 in the period to take an 11-point lead into intermission.
The Trojans started to hit in the third quarter with Brumbaugh draining his fourth trey of the night. He ended his night with 14 points. Trey Heffelfinger hit a trey and a bucket and Hand worked inside. The Trojans scored 17 points in the frame. The Knights got hot, scoring 19 in the quarter. Bacher hit for seven points, while Mike Kitko and Dufour each drained a trey. The Trojans maintained a nine-point lead going into the final frame.
The Trojans came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 22 points. Hand hit three buckets and scored from the foul line to lead the Trojans on the night with 22 points. Heffelfinger continued to score, totaling 11 points for his night’s work. The Knights scored 17 points with Bacher hitting from the floor and from the foul line to end his night with a team high 16 points. The Knights could not close in as the clock ran down.
There was no junior varsity Tuesday night.
The Trojans finish the regular season tonight in an ICC North contest at Glendale.