Lumberjacks Win Backyard Brawl
The Valley Lumberjacks raced out to a comfortable 41-18 halftime lead and fought off a gallant Hundred Hornet fourth-quarter rally to win the “Backyard Brawl” 81-59 Jan. 19 inside the Hornets’ Nest.
The ‘Jacks Alex Midcap locked and loaded on a 3-pointer to open the game, while teammate Dylan Irvin followed it up with a conventional three-point play. And after an Irvin steal and assist to Tucker Cain for an easy basket, the Hornets called a quick timeout to talk things over.
However, the Lumberjacks rebounded a miss and Cain let loose a floater that found the bottom of the net, while teammate Joey Preat stuffed a two-handed dunk to push the Valley lead to 12-0. Andrew King sank a basket just inside the arc, while teammate Joe Mars rebound putback got the Hornet crowd on its feet.
Trey Streets got on the board with a floater, while Midcap drained a short jumper to counter the Hornets points. The Hornets’ Logan Moore tallied his only points of the game from the corner, and Mars would be heavy on two free-throw attempts that led to an Irvin fast break lay-in. Cain dropped in two straight buckets, while Preat added a conventional three-point play. Mars sank a rebound put-back, while the ‘Jacks Kinsey Utt drained a basket from beyond the arc just before the buzzer to give the visitors a 28-8 lead after one period of play.
Hundred’s Danny Stewart scored his first basket of the game to open the second stanza, but the Lumberjacks scored three straight baskets which caused the Hornets to call their second timeout. After the shot break, the Hornets played even with their guests the rest of the period, and went into the locker room down, 41-18.
Streets scored eight points in the third period, including a bonus bomb, to lead the ‘Jacks to a 20-15 advantage in the third period, while the Hornets’ Moore and Stewart each netted five to pace the Hornet charge. The cold-shooting Hornets started to heat up the final period, as Moore and Stewart netted 24 of the team’s 28 fourth-quarter points.
Meanwhile, on the Valley side of the floor, six different players netted baskets, with Irvin leading the way with six and Streets four points, while Brian Higgins and Joey Goontz each dialed long distance with a triple.
The Hornets made 15 steals in the game with King leading the way with seven and Stewart with four, while the ‘Jacks Irvin and Levi Streets evenly divided 10 of their 13 steals.
In the rebounding department, Midcap and Preat hauled in half of the Lumberjacks 47 rebounds, while Mars, King and Stewart gathered in 32 of their teams 43 rebounds.
Besides Holden Moore’s 24 points, Stewart scored 17, while Mars and King each tallied eight points, and Logan Moore two. Irvin paced the Lumberjacks with 17 points, while Cain and Trey Streets netted 16 and 14 points, respectively. Midcap secured a double-double with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
In addition, Preat tallied nine points while Levi Streets added five. Utt, Higgins and Koontz each drained a 3-pointer for all the Lumberjacks scoring.
In the junior varsity matchup, it was a clean sweep as the boys from Pine Grove won, 57-29. Thirteen area players netted points with only one hitting in double figures in Tyler Kocher of Valley. Also scoring for the Lumberjacks were, Peyton Bassett (9), J. Evatt (8), K. Moore, and E. Greathouse (7), J. Goontz and C. Palmer (6) and J. Williams (4).
For the Hornets, Billy Mace led the way with eight points, while Preston Kuhn sank seven, Travis McCoy six, Devon Kimble five and Charles Matthews three points. Mace had five of his team-high seven rebounds on the offensive side, while Kuhn swiped half of their teams six steals.