Cold Second Half Costs Keystone in Loss to Wilmington in PIAA First Round

| March 10, 2019


SHARON, Pa. (D9Sports) – Keystone couldn’t buy a bucket in the second half making just three of them, and the end result was a 42-24 Panthers’ loss to District 6 runner-up Wilmington in the opening round of the PIAA Class 2A playoffs at Sharon High School.

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After a strong first half that saw Keystone trailing by just one, 18-17, things started to fall apart for the Panthers (18-8) in the third quarter when they mustered just a lone field goal from Dawson Steele.

But Wilmington (17-8) wasn’t any better in the third quarter scoring just six points to extend its lead to five, 24-19, going to the final eight minutes.

The Greyhounds, however, rode the play of Tage Kelliher in the fourth quarter to break the game open. Kelliher scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the fourth to help Wilmington outscored Keystone 18-5 in the frame.

Troy Johnson paced Keystone with seven points with Dawson Steele adding five and Isaak Jones four.

Robert Pontius and Jacob Yohman each added eight tallies for Wilmington.

Wilmington will take on Ridgway in the second round Wednesday, March 13, at a time and place to be announced.

WILMINGTON 42, KEYSTONE 24

Score by Quarters

Keystone 8 9 2 5 – 24
Wilmington 3 15 6 18 – 42

KEYSTONE – 24

Troy Johnson 3 0-0 7, Max Thompson 0 0-0 0, Luke Hurrelbrink 1 0-0 3, Isaak Jones 2 0-1 4, Alex Rapp 1 0-0 2, Dawson Steele 2 1-2 5, Andrew LAuer 0 0-2 0, Conner Exley 0 0-0 0, Brandon Kapp 0 0-0 0, Brooks LaVan 1 0-0 3. Totals 10 1-5 24.

WILMINGTON – 42

Cameron Marett 1 3-4 5, Daniel Hanssen 1 0-0 2, Tage Kelliher 5 5-6 15, Robert Pontius 3 1-2 8, Colton Richards 1 0-0 2, Jacob Yohman 2 2-5 8, Shane Cox 1 0-0 2, Bryce Endrizzi 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 11-17 42.

Three-pointers: Keystone 3 (Johnson, Hurrelbrink, LaVan). Wilmington 1 (Pontius)


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