Scholly's 21 point effort not enough for Juniata men's basketball
(Posted November 20, 2010)
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Brian Scholly's (State College, Pa./State College) 21 point effort, 5-9 from behind the arc, was not enough for the Juniata College men's basketball team to overcome Salisbury University, as they fell to the Sea Gulls, 71-65, in Saturday's championship game of the Doc Greene Invitational in the Kennedy Sports + Recreation Center.
The Eagles came out strong in the early minutes, gaining a 4-0 lead off of a free throw from Alex Raymond (Hollidaysburg, Pa./Altoona) and a three-pointer from Scholly in the second minute. The Eagles scoring was only interrupted once before Scholly sunk another three-pointer just 41 seconds later.
The Sea Gulls continued to respond to Juniata's small leads in the first half. They gained their first two-point lead in the 13th minute, and were up by nine with nine minutes left in the first half.
The Eagles proved that they wouldn't back down when Raymond hit a three to try and turn the game around with six minutes left in the first half. Scholly followed with two three-pointers in two minutes. With 3:25 left on the clock Dan Sekulski (Douglasville, Pa./Daniel Boone Area) stole the ball and finished a layup to narrow the Sea Gulls' lead to 30-25. The Eagles were trailing 30-27 at the sound of the first half buzzer.
Raymond stormed out of halftime, finishing a layup then a three-pointer to tie up the game almost instantly. The two teams battled out the entire second half, with neither team gaining a significant lead until the Sea Gulls pulled away 68-61 with 47 seconds left to play. The Eagles committed two turnovers in the last two minutes, and ultimately could not match the Sea Gulls in the final seconds.
Raymond scored in double digits for the Eagles totaling 16 points, while Austin Ankney (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) grabbed seven rebounds and was selected to the All-Tournament team. Juniata shot 43.8% from the floor.
Salisbury was led by Mike Maczko with 25 points, while the team shot 44.0% from the floor.
The teams were almost dead even for turnovers, Salisbury with 19 and Juniata with 20.
The Eagles will travel for their next game to Penn State Altoona in Altoona, Pa. for a 2:00 p.m. game on Nov. 24, 2010. See below for the complete Doc Greene Invitational All-Tournament Team selections:
Penn State Mont Alto -- Kevin Onyneaka
Montclair State -- Andrew August
Juniata College - Austin Ankney, Brian Scholly
Salisbury University -- Chris McGrew
Most Valuable Player: Salisbury University -- David Pearman
Our readers respond...
Contact John Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 641-3132 for more information.