NTL West tops East in boys' match.

By: Chris Manning | Towanda Daily Review | March 29, 2017

 

MANSFIELD — The NTL West ran away from the NTL East 103-69 to win the boys' Senior All-Star game Monday.

NP-Mansfield's Brock Burleigh led the way with 21 points, six boards and four assists while Wellsboro's Alden Weiner added 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and four rebounds.

NP-Mansfield's Shane Kelly had 11 points, five rebounds and one block; Canton's Ridge Moore had eight points, six assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals; NP-Mansfield's Joel Whitteker had seven points and one assist; while teammate Konnor Manikowski had seven points, five boards and three assists.

Wellsboro's Jacob Singer had nine points, five rebounds, two assists and three steals; Williamson's Colin Heilbrun netted seven points to go with three rebounds, two steals, one block and assist; Wellsboro's Brandon Lamphier had four points, four steals, five boards and two assists; and Canton's Byron Matthews netted three points with a steal.

Leading the East was Athens' Matt Faria with 11 points and seven boards while his teammate Daniel Joyce also had 11 points, two assists, four boards, one block and one steal.

NEB's Garret Smith had 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists; Troy's Anthony Deitrick had eight points, 11 rebounds, one steal and two assists; while teammate Ben Ward had eight points, two assists, two rebounds and three blocks.

NEB's Austin Senn-Bishop added eight points, one block and one rebound; NEB's David Ford had six points, seven rebounds and four assists; NEB's Grant Marino had five points and two boards; while Towanda's Ricky Smiley had four rebounds and one assist.

RESERVES SHOWING WHAT THEY CAN DO

Athens' Matt Faria saw the most court time all season at the Senior game and made the most of it.

He finished with 11-and-7 (11 points, seven rebounds) and was on pace for a double-double at the half with seven points and five boards.

"That was awesome," Faria said about being co-leader in scoring. "It's really cool."

Faria started his night with a 3-pointer but added in some post moves down low.

"I was really shocked, actually," he said about dialing in from deep. "I can never make threes. It just went in, it was awesome."

Just being on the court was big for the big man, especially to share it with his teammates and rivals.

"I missed basketball so much I was glad I could play one more time," said Faria. "We're all so close, it's a small area you know. It's fun playing with each other and I'm going to miss everybody."

Troy's Ben Ward also showed what he could do, especially on the defensive end, when he block NP-Mansfield's Konnor Manikowski at the rim in quick succession while NEB's Grant Marino had a big second half that ended with a 3-pointer.

It gave these seniors one last chance to take the court.

CANTON'S MOORE PLEASED WITH HOW HIS TEAM PROGRESSED

Just a couple years ago, Canton went winless on the season.

Last year, they won three games.

This year, the Warriors won 13 games and reached the District IV semi-finals, nearly earning a state berth.

"It was incredible," Ridge Moore said about his team's improvement these past few years. "We bought into the defense and that's what we had to do."

Being able to look back on that body of work is a source of pride for Moore.

"It felt accomplishing," he described. "We actually made something of ourselves."

But at Mansfield University, it was all fun.

"That was a blast being with the guys you battled all year," said Moore. "I think it was just a good experience and a lot of fun."

He always had a bit of flash to his game and on Monday he let loose with behind-the-back passes, no-lookers and even an around-the-back lay-up.

"You can freelance a little bit more than when you're on the team during the regular season," said Moore. "It was a lot of fun."

NP-MANSFIELD'S BURLEIGH HAS ONE BIG GAME LEFT IN HIM

Playing in his hometown one last time, North Penn-Mansfield's Brock Burleigh didn't disappoint.

He finished with 21 points, 16 of them in the second half, while also showing off his passing game with four assists.

"I've been looking forward to this game for a long time," said Burleigh. "Ever since the season ended, I was ready to play this one."

Not only did he have three other teammates with him — Shane Kelly, Konnor Manikowski and Joel Whitteker — but his dad Kipper Burleigh was manning the bench.

"It's a great feeling," Burleigh said about being coached by his dad one last time. "It always has been. I just love playing for him."

And playing with Wellsboro's Brandon Lamphier, Alden Weiner and Jake Singer was also fun for Burleigh.

"It went really well actually," he said. "We got along great so maybe that will mend some past rival games. We got a long really well."

The one area he didn't have his best night in was dunking the ball, going 1-for-4 on the night.

"The first one was a lob so I can understand how I could miss that one," Burleigh explained. "The second one happened right again and the third one I just lost the ball."

He did have a one hand slam that was the only one of the night.

"I got one," said Burleigh. "I needed one."

He will likely get a chance next season as he plans to take the court for RIT.