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Mountain Lions beat buzzer or did they?

December 12, 2012 - Neil Rudel
Altoona and Hollidaysburg staged a down-to-the-wire edition of their boys basketball rivalry Tuesday night.

Brandon Lytle grabbed a missed shot and scored at the buzzer -- or, depending on your viewpoint, after it -- to provide the Mountain Lions with a 42-40 victory.

I was not at the game but listened to the veteran crew of Charlie Weston and Art Taneyhill on WFBG-AM (1290). Charlie was admittedly blocked in the closing seconds, but Art felt the shot left Lytle's hand in time and said the referee decisively signaled so.

Jim Lane's account (see link at right) in the Mirror did not include a vehement protest from Hollidaysburg coach Mick Pentoney, who has been known to, let's put this kindly, speak his mind when he believes the situation warrants.

For the record, the officiating crew of Tim Johnson, Denny Gramling, Anthony Breznick does not have ties to either school and, at least Gramling, has worked many big games at both schools over the years.

Several Hollidaysburg fans sent in a blurry picture taken from a cell phone that includes the scoreboard and appears to show that the shot did not leave Lytle's hand before the clock struck 0:00. I linked to the pictures out of this blog.

It's not as clear whether the buzzer sounded prior to the release, however, which is explained in the story. Check our link at the right from WJAC ace Matt Maisel, although the scoreboard is not pictured on that video.

Take a look ... and a listen.

Either way, a well-contested game and an interesting way to start the season.

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