MILL HALL - When the fourth quarter clock hit all zeros the game ended and so did the Central Wildcats' four-game winning streak. Central Mountain lost to the most talented team they'll see all year in Williamsport, 69-49.
And CM's effort definitely didn't go unnoticed by Millionaires' head coach Allen Taylor.
"I thought Central Mountain did an excellent job of competing and we thought we could just show up and win," Taylor said. "I was very disappointed in our performance tonight. We didn't share the ball the way we've been sharing it in the past. We weren't coming up with layups that we should have come up with and Central Mountain was shooting well from three."
Nadir Boone of Williamsport looks inside Tuesday at Central Mountain.
For the first two quarters of the night Central Mountain had Millionaire fans on the edge of their seat.
But the Wildcats were far from star struck with all the talent Williamsport brought.
"I was very pleased our guys' effort tonight," CM head coach Scott Baker said. "Obviously we were playing a very talented basketball team, there's no question about it. They're bigger than us at every position outside of point guard. Just to battle the way we did and I think Williamsport realized that they were in a game."
Headlining this talented group of players was Penn State recruit Isaiah Washington. But Central Mountain has it's own star in Cole Renninger, and he came to play, scoring a game-high 20 points.
The senior also got some help from his teammates. Tyler Everhart hit some big shots from beyond the arch and Travis Turchetta made some difficult shots in the paint against the Millionaire defense.
Both Everhart and Turchetta each scored nine points.
The Wildcats needed every ounce of effort from the players to keep this game from getting out of hand, and they got it. At one point during the second quarter Central Mountain held 26-23 lead.
Even more impressive in grabbing the lead, the Wildcats had to fight back from six-point deficit, entering into the second quarter. Central Mountain went on a 15-6 run with clutch shots coming from Renninger and Everhart along the way.
During that stretch Renninger scored eight straight points for his Wildcats and Williamsport had no answer.
"I think the big thing tonight was we played like we weren't just here to play, we're here to win," Baker said. "We kept on competing and we stayed after Williamsport and I was pleased with that."
Until they got back to playing Millionaire basketball. Williamsport regained its composure toward the end of the first half, going on a run of its own. In the final three minutes the Millionaires outscored CM, 11-1 and what was a three-point lead for the Wildcats, now was a seven-point deficit, going to the locker room.
When the second half rolled around Williamsport started to throw its weight around, literally. And unfortunately for the home crowd that showed up, the Wildcats didn't have another comeback within themselves.
The third quarter was the turning point of the game and everyone in attendance knew it.
"Central Mountain had a little bit of difficulty with our press," Taylor said. "We were able to get some turnovers and get some easy buckets. That's what we wanted to do and we're usually able to get in our transition offense and we had some fast-break opportunities, but we weren't finishing on them. So. I was a little disappointed when it came to that, and we're going to have to address that in the next three days."
The Millionaires rode a near 20-point lead for the rest of the way, capturing their 10th win of the season. The scoring balance was also impressive for Williamsport, having four other players, outside of Washington, in double figures. Jahad Thomas notched 15 points, complementing Washington nicely and Chris Kinley worked the post well in the second, finishing with 13.
Williamsport 69, Central Mountain 49
Greg Ousley 5 0-0 10; Jahad Thomas 6 3-8 15; Herb Stelly 0 0-0 0; Tyler Gardner 0 0-0 0; Thomas Ross 0 0-0 0; Isaiah Washington 5 7-8 17; Achilles Watson 5 2-6 12; Brandon Fedoriw 0 0-0 0; Chris Kinley 6 1-2 13; Nadir Boone 0 0-0 0; Nyric Gosley 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 13-24 69.
Central Mountain (49)
Tyler Everhart 3 0-0 9; Brett Pedrigee 0 0-0 0; Travis Turchetta 4 1-2 9; Alex Garbrick 1 0-0 2; Cole Renninger 9 0-3 20; Tanner Meeker 2 0-0 4; Von Walker 0 0-0 0; Luke Stevenson 0 0-0 0; Nick Moore 0 0-0 0; Luke Wise 1 2-4 5; Kyler Kline 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 3-9 49
Williamsport 15 19 18 17-69
Central Mountain11 16 7 15-49
3-point goals: Williamsport 0. Central Mountain 6 (Everhart 3, Renninger 2, Wise)
Records: Williamsport 10-2. Central Mountain 4-5.
Next: Loyalsock at Williamsport, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
JV score: Williamsport 66, Central Mountain 26 High scorers: Wiliamsport, Nyric Gosley, 8; Maleak Bengermin 8. Central Brett Pedrigee, 7.