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WVHS Boys' Basketball: Blue Jays Soar Past Jays in Playoff Opener
The Blue Jays went on a 12-2 run in the second half to oust the Rams in a Class AA pigtail game.
Thirty seconds after Ryan Miller's three-pointer gave Wyalusing a 30-27 lead, Central Columbia's Lance McDaniel answered with a basket with six seconds left in the third quarter.
McDaniel added a three-point field goal, as did Tanner Harmon in what proved to be the game-winning skein. Mitch Hock added a pair of free throws and Nick Morotti had a basket in the run.
Aaron Johnson, who had scored 10 points as the Rams forged a 23-16 halftime lead, scored his only basket of the second half during the Blue Jays' run.
Wyalusing closed the gap to 39-36 with 1:33 to play on baskets by Miller and Tucker Allyn.
Hock and Dylan Hine sealed the game for Central Columbia as they combined for three free throws in the final 1:04.
Central Columbia made 11-of-19 from the foul line, while Wyalusing had just one free throw on two attempts.
Wyalusing trailed 11-4 late in the first quarter, but stormed into the lead with a 12-2 run as Johnson and Paul Hugo each netted six points.
The Rams, who had committed just five turnovers in the first half, while Central Columbia made 10 miscues, succumbed to the Blue Jays' pressure in the second half.
Wyalusing made 14 second-half turnovers, many in the backcourt, setting up easy baskets for Central Columbia.
Central Columbia chipped away at the halftime deficit with an 8-2 run through the first five minutes of the half, closing the gap to 25-24.
After Allyn's put-back gave Wyalusing a three-point lead, Harmon and Miller swapped three-pointers leading to halftime.
Johnson led Wyalusing with 12 points. Hugo, who was held scoreless in the second half, finished with 10 points. Miller had 10 points.
Johnson and Hugo each had four rebounds. Johnson also had two steals and a pair of blocks. Hugo made three blocks. Miller and Kye Novak each had two steals.
Harmon led Central Columbia with 13 points. Hock finished with 10.
McDaniel pulled down six rebounds.
Wyalusing finished the season with an 11-10 record.
Paul Hugo looks to go up for a shot against a Central Columbia defender during a 42-36 playoff loss at Montoursville on Feb. 23.