MANDATA - Nick Lorenz had a good night from the floor, but it was a late free throw that mattered most Thursday.
Lorenz, who led East Juniata with 24 points, got his last one to give the Tigers a two-point lead in the final seconds against Line Mountain, then Bailey Coder blocked a buzzer-beater attempt to seal the Tri-Valley League boys basketball win, 55-53.
"Anytime that you play at Line Mountain, it's a difficult gym and a long ride for our guys. It's a good win for us," East Juniata coach Brock Anders said.
Coder added 17 points in the effort.
Line Mountain won the JV game against a 20-point effort by East Juniata's Anthony Finkbeiner.
The Tigers (10-2, 6-1) end the TVL's first cycle at Newport Monday.
Greenwood 70, Halifax 19
HALIFAX - A trio of players reached double figures and Greenwood clamped down on Halifax, winning the Tri-Valley League boys basketball game 70-19 Thursday.
Adam Harrison led the scoring with 14 points; Ryan Kerstetter added 13 and Tyler Fegley 11.
Greenwood also won the JV game, 42-29.
The Wildcats (10-2, 6-0) host Lancaster Country Day tonight in a boys-girls varsity doubleheader.
Millersburg 52, Juniata 45
MILLERSBURG - In a game where neither team had a stellar free throw percentage, one particular fouling situation proved to be crucial.
It was just one moment in the game, but a reason that Millersburg was able to pull off a 52-45 win over Juniata Thursday in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball game.
Juniata was 5-for-17 at the stripe and Millersburg 8-for-22.
"The one that killed us was they fouled and got a technical in the same possession," Juniata coach Nate Geibel explained. His team missed the front half of a one-and-one then got only one on the technical.
"We hit a three on the possession and could have come away with seven poitns instead of four," he said.
Logan Knepp (12) and Zack Graybill (10) both scored in double figures for Juniata.
Millersburg won the JV game, 39-32.
Juniata travels to Upper Dauphin Monday.
Carson Long 68, Belleville Mennonite 53
NEW BLOOMFIELD - It was a career night for Noah Anders Thursday. Unfortunately for the Belleville Mennonite frosh, his game-high 29 points weren't enough to overcome the secondary scoring put up by Carson Long, and the Warriors took away a 68-53 win in their boys basketball game.
The Trojans were trailing by 10 after a quarter and managed to cut that lead by four going into the locker room, but just didn't have enough to stop the home team. Belleville Mennonite coach Doug Snook said his team started falling into the trap of trying to be a team it wasn't.
"We went into a game like this thinking this was going to be great. We're not a run and gun team," he said.
Austin Byler added 11 in the effort for the Trojans.
Belleville Mennonite (2-8) travels to Meadowbrook Christian Monday.
Juniata Valley 50, Mount Union 46
ALEXANDRIA - Haley Myers scored a game-high 20 points to help Juniata Valley edge Mount Union, 50-46, in an Inter-County Conference girls basketball matchup.
"We played good defense in spurts, but when it really counted we didn't," Mount Union coach Jenny Cunningham said. "We missed a few key defensive rebounds at the end."
Tynita White led the Trojans with 15 points, while Ashley Foor and Aaliyah Gilbert-Walker chipped in 11 apiece.
Juniata Valley also won the JV game, 50-43.
Mount Union (4-5) hosts Williamsburg Monday.
Mount Union 64, Glendale 6
MOUNT UNION - Mount Union gave up just one bout to Glendale as the Trojans routed the Vikings in an Inter-County Conference dual meet, 64-6, Thursday.
Getting bonus points for Mount Union were Jake Boozel, Kord Aurand, Robbie Steel, Tyler Long, Dylan Smith, Cory Kylor, Darrian Stapleton, Devon Kylor, Philip Kyle, Nikolas Smith, and Tyler Foor.
Midd-West 58, Williamsport 24
NIDDLEBURG - Midd-West not only won on the mats Thursday, but more than doubled on the biggest school in District 4, garnering a 58-24 Heartland Conference win over Williamsport.
The Millionaires won only four matches, and that included a forfeit.
Bonus points were earned for the Mustangs by Zach Longacre, Austin Snook, Corey Stauffer, MWH, Isaac Stringer, Tanner Ebright, Brody McGlaughlin, Zachary Heeter, Joshua Hibbs, Alexander Tittle and Alex Lieberman.
* Mifflin County 62 State College 37. Winners for the Huskies were Andrew Wert, Noah Myers, Trent Hidlay, Kyle Smith, Jonah Kile, Dalton Hildebrandt, Quentin Milliken, Austin Emel, Isaac Habbershon, Trey Hartsock and Mike Bielski. Mifflin County is 16-1.
* Mount Union 93, Glendale 12. Winners for the Trojans were Josh Boozel, Rylan Boone, Devon Pearce, Evan Fortney, Andrew Todaro, Bryton Stidfole, Bryce Smith, Devin Kuhstos, Garrett Love, Nathanael Morgan, Dylan Smith, Avery Kyler, D.J. Bookwalter, Teagan Locke, Mason Hockenberry and Riley Grainey.