Mt. Lebanon fends off pesky Canon-McMillan, 61-51

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After a slow start, the defending WPIAL champions, Mt. Lebanon, used a huge second half to beat Canon-McMillan, 61-51, in a Section 2-6A game on Friday night.

Canon-McMillan came out with great defense and hot early shooting. They played a near perfect first quarter and on the road had a 17-10 lead against the defending champs. Mt. Lebanon went on a 10-0 run to start the second quarter, giving them their first lead at 20-17 but Canon-McMillan’s Cole Stanley went on his own 6-0 run in the final minute of the quarter and the Big Macs took a 28-22 lead into the half.

It was once again Mt. Lebanon starting the third quarter strong with a 7-0 run giving them the lead back at 29-28. Teams went back-and-forth the rest of the quarter and Mt. Lebanon was able to finish the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to one and heading into the fourth quarter trailed 45-44.

The fourth quarter was all Blue Devils as they revved up the defense forcing turnover after turnover and was able to pull away, out-scoring Canon-McMillan 17-6 in the quarter and winning the game 61-51.

Jake Hoffman was the PlayerPager Player of the Game with 18 points, 16 of them coming in the second half. Jake Reinke was money off the bench with 13 points and Joey King added 12 points hitting big free throws late.

Syncere Southern led all scorers with 20 points while Cole Stanley added 17 points shooting great from the perimeter for the Big Macs.

Mt. Lebanon improves to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in Section 2-6A. The Blue Devils will head to Bethel Park on Tuesday to take on the Blackhawks in another Section 2-6A game at 7:30 p.m.

Canon McMillan falls to 2-7 overall and 0-2 in Section 2-6A. Quick turnaround for the Big Macs as they will take on Washington tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Chuckie Mahoney Classic at Burgettstown High School.