PITSBURG – The Mississinawa Valley Blackhawks defeated the Mechanicsburg Indians 69-44 to earn a Jet Holiday Tournament consolation game victory.
“The boys were having fun tonight,” said MV coach, Nick Hamilton. “They played well, things finally clicked for them tonight, I’m happy for them.”
“The boys came tonight and played basketball and they were ready to go,” he added. “They played their butts off tonight and I am proud of every one of them.”
The Blackhawks took an early 13-10 first quarter lead with Matt Pisano hitting four baskets good for 8-points.
“We finally made some points,” Hamilton stated. “Matt Pisano had a great game tonight. He got us off great with a dunk, got the team really fired up.”
Mississinawa made it back to back 13-point quarters to take a 26-19 lead at the break. Troy Woodbury hit his second and third treys of the game to go along with a 2-point basket to lead the Hawks with eight second quarter points.
“We’ve been shooting a lot of threes in games and tonight they finally started falling,” said Hamilton. “Troy had a great game tonight.”
Period No. 3 had MV putting the game away outscoring the Champaign County School 28-8 to double up on the Indians 54- 27 heading to the final quarter of play. Pisano paced the Hawks with 11-points and Drew Anguiano added 9-points in the period.
“We came out the third quarter ready to play and we really went after it,” said Coach Hamilton. “That was the difference, that third quarter. Drew played a heck of a third quarter after having a couple early fouls. He came out and gave us a boost.”
Mechanicsburg took the fourth by a 17-15 score with Blackhawks Coach Nick Hamilton going to his bench.
“It was a whole team effort tonight, all the kids did their part, all the kids scored and they played very well,” Hamilton noted. “The kids have been working really hard and we got a great win tonight for the boys. I hope it builds confidence in the boys and it can continue to come,”
Pisano led Mississinawa Valley and all scorers with a game high 22-points. Woodbury canned five Blackhawks 3-pointers and two buckets good for 19-points.
Mississinawa Valley 69, Mechanicsburg 44
MISSISSINAWA VALLEY – M. Pisano 22, T. Woodbury 19, D. Anguiano 9, C. Shimp 9, D. Wehrkamp 4, B. Gower 2, J. Loy 2, A. Hunt 2 – TOTALS 21 3-7 8 69
MECHANICSBURG – K. Freeze 16, C. Eyink 11, B. Eyink 6, K. Butler 5, E. Wilson 4, O. Roach 2 – TOTALS 12 8-12 4 44
Mississinawa Valley 8 (T. Woodbury 5, M. Pisano 1, D. Anguiano 1, C. Shimp 1)
Mechanicsburg 4 (K. Freeze 3, C. Eyink 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
13-13-28-15 68 Mississinawa Valley
10-09-08 17 44 Mechanicsburg