By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
KINGSLEY – Susquehanna entered Friday night’s game looking to guarantee itself of no worse than a tie for first place in Lackawanna League Division 4 boys basketball.
Instead, the Sabers find themselves tied now with Mountain View after the Eagles handed the defending champions a one-point loss for the second time this season.
Mikey Schermerhorn scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and freshman Ryan Henke made a three throw with 11.7 seconds remaining to lift host Mountain View to the 48-47 victory.
Both teams are 8-2 with two games remaining in the division.
Only Mountain View has beaten Susquehanna in the division since Opening Night of the 2017-18 season.
Both were one-point decisions. Mountain View held on after leading by a dozen the first time and trailed 26 of the first 28 minutes this time, but coach Joe Gibbons said the formulas were essentially the same.
“There were a few little tweaks,” Eagles coach Joe Gibbons said. “But everything at our core has remained the same – defend, rebound and stay patient offensively.”
Mountain View held Susquehanna almost 10 points below its average for divisional games. The Eagles only lost the rebounding battle, 30-25, to the taller Sabers.
The offense protected the ball, committing just seven turnovers while finding enough quality shots to emerge victorious.
Schemerhorn had seven points in the first 2:03 of the second half, then five in the final 3:42 when the Eagles outscored the Sabers, 12-7, to pull out the win. It was Schermerhorn’s 3-pointer with 1:14 left that tied the game, 47-47.
“He scores in bunches,” Gibbons said. “He’ll score six or eight at a time.
“ … Once he gets in a rhythm, it’s hard to stop.”
Mountain View found a way to stop Bryce Baldwin after he scored 21 points for a 34-33 lead with 3:50 left in the third quarter.
Michael Fanelli, who finished with 10 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, handled the assignment to keep Baldwin scoreless the rest of the way.
“We preach defense in our program,” Gibbons said. “We always have. It’s something we hang our hat on.
“We challenged Michael Fanelli to work hard and just be the defensive player we know he is. He really did that in the second half.”
Susquehanna got 12 points and a game-high 8 rebounds from C.J. Stone.
Stone and Baldwin each hit two 3-pointers to help Susquehanna take a 26-22 halftime lead.
The Eagles held the Sabers to 4-for-19 shooting from 3-point range, including 0-for-9 in the second half.
Containing that offense was a big reason for Mountain View’s success.
“They’re tough inside and man they can shoot,” Schermerhorn.
The Eagles are on their third three-game winning streak to improve to 10-10 overall. They had started 0-5.
Susquehanna is 13-7.