Saturday, February 17, 2024

Mahanoy Area Clinches Schuylkill League Boys Basketball Championship

In a thrilling showdown that had fans packed into Martz Hall to witness, the Mahanoy Area Golden Bears emerged victorious against the Blue Mountain Eagles to claim the Schuylkill League Boys Basketball Championship title. 

The championship game, held at a packed Martz Hall, marked the first and only meeting between the two of Schuylkill County's best teams this season.

Blue Mountain came into the game with a strong record of 20-2, while Mahanoy Area boasted an undefeated streak, standing at an impressive 24-0. 

The game kicked off with Blue Mountain making an early statement with a 3-pointer from Tyeirre Meade. However, with the teams going back and forth Mahanoy Area maintained a slight edge as the first quarter ended with a score of Mahanoy Area 17, Blue Mountain 16.

The intensity only escalated as the game progressed. At halftime, Mahanoy Area held a 12-point advantage with a score of 37-25.

Despite Mahanoy Area's efforts to maintain their lead, Blue Mountain launched a fierce comeback in the fourth quarter. With just over seven minutes remaining, Blue Mountain narrowed the gap, trailing 49-45. The tension reached a boiling point as Blue Mountain continued to chip away at Mahanoy Area's lead, coming within one point at 52-51 with just over four minutes left on the clock.

However, Mahanoy Area displayed composure and determination down the stretch, regaining control of the game and ultimately securing a commanding victory with a final score of 66-51.

Jace Yedsena led the charge for Mahanoy Area with an impressive performance, contributing 22 points, including three 3-pointers and solid free-throw shooting. Kadin Styka and Tanner Zawada also delivered standout performances, scoring 15 and 11 points respectively.

Despite the loss, Blue Mountain showcased resilience and skill throughout the game. Tyeirre Meade led the team with 19 points, including five 3-pointers, while Aidan Grace and Tyler Miller added 9 and 8 points respectively.

With the win, Mahanoy Area claimed the Schuylkill League Boys Basketball Championship title and now sets its sights on the District XI Class 2A tournament as the number 1 seed. Blue Mountain, meanwhile, looks ahead to the District XI Class 3A tournament, also entering as the number 1 seed.