Tussey Mountain played a close one for three quarters at McConnellsburg Tuesday. The fourth quarter did not go well for the Titans and the Spartans pulled off a 67-56 upset victory.
The Titans (14-6, 11-3 ICC) topped the Spartans (5-13, 4-9 ICC 66-58 earlier this season. A final period filled with turnovers cost the locals.
“We weren’t turning it over at all in the first half. Then in the fourth quarter it was turnover after turnover,” Tussey Mountain head coach Jeremy Molosky said. “They got ahead and then made foul shots.”
McConnellsburg went 11 of 15 at the line in the final stanza, and 13 for 22 in the game. Zander Sipes led the Spartans with 21 points, eight of which came in the fourth.
Matthew Leonard finished with 19 points for the Titans. Devin Swope scored 15, Dawson Rightenour nine and Chad Morningstar eight.
Swope had six points in the first but McConnellsburg was up 15-14 after one. Leonard scored seven in the second as Tussey led 30-25 at halftime.
McConnellsburg pulled closer in the third and were down 42-41 entering the fourth. Austin Johnson also scored eight points in the fourth for McConnellsburg and it took the last period 26-14.
Tussey Mountain hosts Bellwood-Antis Thursday. The Titans will face West Branch Saturday at Claysburg-Kimmel High School in the ICC championship game at 7:45 p.m.