The Mount Union boys’ basketball team shook off jitters in the first quarter and played a solid game against visiting West Branch Monday night. The Warriors jumped out to an early nine-point lead, but the Trojans put it together and took the lead in the middle of the first quarter and held it the rest of the way to log a 74-52 Inter-County Conference North victory.
The Trojans (5-5, 3-2 ICC North) had four players in double digits. Quinton Posey led the way with 21 points. Posey hit a pair from behind the arc and was a strong presence on the boards all night long. Kobe Hand hit for 13 points inside and Dylan Gearhart and River Terry hit for 11 points apiece.
“The defense played a much better game tonight,” stated Trojan head coach Scott McClain. “The team was ready to play. They stayed focused and played to the end. After we got the lead, we were able to play at our pace and that helped us. The team handled the press well and our size bothered them.”
The Warriors played aggressive from the opening tip, scoring nine unanswered points with a trey from Larry Crowder and three inside buckets. Posey broke the ice for Mount Union with a trey, then the Trojans added six more points. They tied the score at 3:36 with Terry hitting the front end of a two-shot foul. The Trojans kept working and opened a four-point lead by the end of the frame.
The Trojans’ defense worked well in the second quarter, causing turnovers and holding the Warriors to just five points in the frame. The Trojans scored 14 with eight coming inside from Hand and Tyreke Seacrest. Trey Heffelfinger knocked down a trey at the end of the quarter to give the Trojans a 13-point lead at intermission.
The third quarter started with both teams missing a couple shots, then the Trojans started to hit with a layup from Gearhart and a trey from Seth Smith. Gearhart added his second three-pointer and Seacrest added six inside on an 11-3 run to put the Trojans up by 21 going into the fourth quarter.
The Teams traded buckets in the fourth quarter with the Trojans staying out of foul trouble with the lead. Posey hit for nine of the Trojans’ 23 points in the quarter before both teams went to the bench.
The Trojans (4-2) junior varsity won a 49-40 decision. Trey Heffelfinger hit for 16 points and D. Delo hit for 15 points.
The Trojans travel to Wingate to take on Bald Eagle tonight in a non-league match up.