No moral victories...but the Mountain Lions played hard.

Submitted Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:15am by Charlie

First of all, let me thank the Altoona Mirror for the picture of De Shae Lee.  If you want the official sports page story of last night's game, go to altoonamirror.com.  The Mountain Lions looked like they were not going to be able to stay with the Cougars from Kiski Prep, but after falling back by 7 early, they stayed with the Cougars for the rest of the night.  They dropped back by 11 in the 3rd quarter, but stormed back and trailed by one after three.  Early 4th quarter, the Cougars widened the gap again and the Lions just couldn't catch up. 

There were a couple of calls that hurt.  On one occassion, PG Dante Lombardi, son of the IUP head coach, did a full body block on G Brandon Lytle, knocking the ball loose and knocking Lytle to the ground.  No foul, and a basket resulted at the other end.  Then, late in the game, Altoona had closed the gap to 3, I think and a breakaway layup gave Kiski some breathing room.  Lombardi had clearly walked on the way to the basket.

Each coach had their arguments with the officials.  The game was very physical.  Kiski had a speed and size advantage, but Altoona did a nice job staying in the game.  If they can put the same effort in for the rest of the season, they'll win more than they lose.

Kiski head coach Daryn Friedman told Altoona coach Paul Hasson that Altoona is one of two PA teams that will play the Saltsburg team.  They play all over the country.  They had two 7 footers, but it was Hollidaysburg's Greg  Bearer that made the difference.  He had 6 treys and totaled 19 points.  I imagine Mick Pentoney would like to have Bearer in a Tiger uniform.

Tonight, the girls head to Central Mountain.  Rich DeLeo and I will broadcast, air time 7:15.