District 2 Boys Game Recap (Dunmore vs. Mid Valley)
Written by: Jon K on Friday, January 10th, 2020
January 10, 2020
Mid Valley Rallies to Defeat Dunmore
Mid Valley Spartans 44, Dunmore Bucks 34
DUNMORE – Sometimes you don’t have to look any further than counting the trips to the charity stripe to find the difference-maker in a ball game. In the latest matchup between nearby Lackawanna League Division 3 rivals, Mid Valley had 16 more shots from the free throw line and they made the most of those opportunities, hitting 19 of 23 attempts (14 of which came in the second half). This one featured intense defense by both teams. Dunmore used some crisp passing in the opening period, getting the ball inside to build an early 7-1 lead. A nifty spin layup by Mike Miller (11 points) and basket by Danny Nemitz (22 points) wrapped around a triple by Frank Ruggerio (12 points, on 4 treys) gave the Bucks a 10-7 edge after the first 8 minutes. In the second quarter, an acrobatic layup by Thomas Dougherty (7 points) put Dunmore up 14-11, but the Spartans fought back to grab a brief 15-14 lead following a pair of Nemitz free throws. After Miller again tied it at 17, Steve Borgia hit a shot to give Dunmore a 19-17 lead at intermission.
The third period was fun to watch as the lead changed hands five times. After a Ruggerio triple gave the Bucks a 24-22 edge, the Spartans got four from Nemitz and a bucket by Austin Zbach to take a 28-25 lead into the final period. Dom Temperino gave the Bucks an offensive spurt and put them back up for the final time, 29-28, with 5:06 remaining. Mid Valley then got a triple from Jordan Cardenas (5 points) and a pair of free throws from Miller to go up 33-29. The Spartans were content to run some clock, but were able to extend the lead to eight following a technical foul on Dunmore. A Ruggerio triple trimmed the gap to five points (37-32) but Mid Valley was then able to secure the 44-34 victory from the charity stripe.
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