Bad third quarter dooms Wellsboro boys.

By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | March 1, 2017 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees

 

Bad third quarter dooms Wellsboro boysOne bad quarter is all it takes to have your district title dreams come to an end.

The Wellsboro Green Hornets entered the third quarter on Tuesday tied with Southern Columbia in the District 4, Class AA semifinals.

By the time the quarter was over they were down 12 and never fully able to recover in a 52-45 loss.

"I thought it might get worse, I was a little concerned," Wellsboro coach Todd Outman said. "But, the kids never gave up, they fought back, they got it down to three toward the end of the game."

For Wellsboro, one of the problems all season — and for the past couple years — has been putting together a strong 32 minutes.

"It was a struggle when we played Warrior Run at home," Outman said. "Pretty much the first 16 minutes of the game we didn't play good basketball, I don't think we had as many turnovers, but we had them. It's always been an issue of ours to be honest with you. When you go back to the two other district titles we played, we played Danville in the second quarter we got outscored something like 14-2 and went into the halftime down 12. When we played Loyalsock the one time it was the same thing. We just struggle to put 32 minutes together.

"I don't know what it is. I don't know if we just become a little complacent and think things are going to happen by themselves instead of making things happen, I don't know what the issue is, but you are exactly right, we don't put a full 32 minutes together."

After being outscored 18-6 in the third quarter, the Green Hornets fought back in the fourth.

Twice Wellsboro got within four, and when Jacob Singer hit a three with 1:15 left they were within three.

Wellsboro got the ball back, but a Brandon Lamphier shot in the paint bounced away and Southern Columbia sealed the win.

"Going into the game, I said to my assistant coaches is all we want is an opportunity to win the game at the end of the game, but once again we had a couple silly mistakes that cost us," Outman said. "We were down three and we took a two, you just can't do those things."

Little mental mistakes were a problem throughout the game as Wellsboro had too many unforced errors, including twice turning the ball over for a violation while inbounding the ball.

"Those are inexcusable," Outman said. " I think one of our sophomores, Brandyn Tuttle, took the ball out of bounds which he's not supposed to. We have gone over the stuff in practice, it's something different from what we've done, but they didn't execute."

Freshman Julian Flemming of Southern Columbia gave Wellsboro problems all night long.

Fleming had 18 points and 15 rebounds, eight of them on the offensive glass. He also had a huge block off the backboard that keyed a 6-0 run in the third quarter.

"He can do it all. He's tough on defense, we thought we had a couple layups and he came out of nowhere and swatted it away," Outman said. "He's just a fantastic player and we get to see him three more years — great."

Dalton Prough had 15 to lead Wellsboro and Collin Pietropola had nine points, all of them coming in the first half.

Lamphier and Alden Weiner had five points each and Brandyn Tuttle, Andrew Brelo and Singer had three each, while Quinn Henry had two points.

Lamphier had three assists and Singer had three boards.

Prough had seven rebounds, four assists and two steals and Henry had two assists.

Weiner had a board, Brelo had two rebounds and an assist, Pietropola had two boards and Tuttle had five rebounds.

Cam Young added 16 points for Southern Columbia in the game.

The Green Hornets will now face the loser of Hughesville and Loyalsock at a time and date to be determined in the third-place game, while Southern meets the winner in the title game.

 

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Brian Fees is the sports editor of the Daily & Sunday Review in Towanda, PA.