Titans stifle Everett with defense in win | Local

Tussey Mountain’s boys basketball team played with dominance on both ends of the floor in Friday night’s 59-36 victory over Everett. From the tip to the final buzzer, the Titans kept their foot on the gas and were able to improve to 4-9.

Everett managed to hang in the game to begin with, only trailing the Titans by four but the last three quarters were all Tussey Mountain.

“We played good defense all four quarters and rebounded well,” Tussey Mountain’s head coach Jeremy Molosky mentioned. “We need to keep this level of play up to finish the second half of the season strong.”

The Titans maintained a 7-9 point lead most of the game and had a variety of players get on the board to keep it that way.

Luke Barnett paced the Titans with 17 points throughout the game but Tussey Mountain leaned on someone else to help close the game out in the fourth quarter.

The Titans were up 39-30 entering the fourth quarter, but Chris SantaMaria took matters into his own hands scoring a chunk of his 16 points in the quarter to close the game out and take the Titans to a lopsided result.

“Chris took the ball to the hoop strong in the fourth and that really helped us close the game out and secure the victory,” Molosky said.

Tussey mountain will be back at home Monday where they’ll face Fannett-Metal, a team they beat 58-48 Dec. 16

The Titans handled Everett and took a 38-23 victory behind Luke Johnston’s 10 points.

Tussey Mountain’s junior high won a nailbiter against Everett, 26-22. Carter Bithell led the Titans with 9 points while Travis Witters and Bryce Chamberlain had 6 point apiece.