Sullivan falls to Plumstead Christian.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | March 14, 2018

 

Sullivan County's season ended with a 67-50 loss to Plumstead Christian in the PIAA, Class A second round basketball playoffs Tuesday.

The Griffins dug an early hole and, though they fought back in the second half, it was too deep for them to climb out of.

"They played with a speed faster than what we were used to," Sullivan coach Glenn Vaughan said. "By halftime we had a 13-point hole dug."

At one point Plumstead led by 20, but Sullivan was able to cut it to 11 points in the fourth.

"The team never stopped fighting," remarked Vaughan. "I'm proud of their effort and the improvement we made over the course of the season."

Senior John Saxe finished his high school career with a 17-point game and six boards, while fellow senior Alex Baumunk added eight points and six rebounds.

Those two, plus injured Noah Brown, were catalysts for the Griffins' success this year — which included two tournament titles, a co-league title and making it to the second round of state play.

"They just did a heck of a job helping the younger guys improve over the course of the year," Vaughan explained. "What they did for our program goes beyond points, rebounds and assists. They're a great group to have both on and off the court."

Sam Carpenter and Dylan Hottenstein each had seven points for Sullivan while Jalen Thomas added five. Dave Pardoe netted four and Justin Metzger notched two.

Carson Curry led Plumstead with 22 points.

"We set multiple goals at the beginning of the season," said Vaughan. "I think we accomplished many of the goals we set. I'm proud of the guys for accomplishing those goals and to set goals that are difficult to reach. I feel like I just coached a team with a ton of character and a ton of determination and am grateful for their effort."