Lions give up lead, lose 50-41

PORT ROYAL After falling behind 25-15 after the first half of play, Columbia County Christian’s David Hutchinson took over the game in his team’s game against Juniata Mennonite Friday night.

Hutchinson scored 19 of his 21 points in the contest in the second half, erasing the 10-point Lion halftime lead and gave his team a 50-41 victory.

“Hutinchinson scored 19 of his 21 points after the first half. We have to find a way to stop that. Also we got cold shooting. We had some easy looks at the baskets missed them. They were shots that everyone thought they were going to go in and you’ll have that,” Juniata Mennonite coach Dennis Zimmerman said. “You got get your head and you have another game to play. It was a tough loss.”

Hutchinson’s 21-points were a game high while teammates Ethan Funk and Corey Blockus both finished in double-digits with 12 points each.

Juniata Mennonite had two players in double figures. Finishing a high man for the Lions was Jesse Watts with 19 while courtmate Caleb Gehman finished with 10.

Things started out well for the Lions, opening the contest netting 11 first quarter points while their defense held the Defenders to a field goal.

In the opening quarter, JMS went a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. It was the tandem of Watts and Gehman that led the way with a four-point and five-point effort, respectively.

Things got a little closer in the second period in the scoring department, JMS barely led in the quarter scoring by a 14-13 margin. Blockus tallied five for the Defenders while teammates Ian King and Ethan Funk chipped in with four apiece.

However, the Lions still carried a double-digit lead going into the intermission.

Things started to dissolve for Juniata Mennonite in the third as Hutchinson seemed to be playing like a man possessed, bringing his team to a tie as the third quarter ended. His eight-point effort along with Funk’s six-point tally, knotted the game at 33 going into the final stanza.

Most importantly, the Defenders had the momentum going into the fourth quarter.

In the final period, Hutchinson saved the best of his performance for last, plastering 11 points on the board while him and his defense clamped down on the Lions.

Juniata Mennonite was only able to muster eight points in the quarter while Columbia had its best quarter of shooting, hitting 19 points en route to the 9-point victory.