HOLLIDAYSBURG - According to Hollidaysburg Area High School boys basketball coach Mick Pentoney, his team has had problems with consistency this season.
Pentoney's team has strong starts, struggle for much of the second and third quarters but finish strong.
That was exactly what happened Wednesday night against a visiting Central Mountain team.
The Tigers won the first quarter, lost the second and third quarters and outscored Central Mountain in the fourth quarter. But just like what happened in five of the last seven games, the Tigers came out on the losing end, 48-45, Wednesday night at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School gym.
"We started out well," Pentoney said. I thought in the second and start of the third quarter, we didn't play with much energy or urgency. Then we finished strong. That's been our M.O. all year."
With Central Mountain holding a 3-2 lead, Nick Consiglio made his first of his three first-half treys, with 5:30 remaining, and gave his team a 5-3 lead. After Zach Ottaway made a jumper in the paint, Central Mountain went on an 8-0 run, courtesy of a 3-pointer by junior guard Tyler Everhart and Travis Turchetta scoring the next five points - three at the charity stripe and two on a jumper in the lane.
The Tigers answered back with a 9-2 run of their own to finish the quarter, with Ottaway and Consiglio responsible for six of it with back-to-back treys. That run allowed the Tigers to end the quarter with a 16-13 advantage.
It was a pretty tightly contested second quarter, with four lead changes and a pair of ties. After Cole Renninger made both of his free throws, that tied the game at 17-all, senior Kaleb Springer drained a jumper that allowed the Tigers to immediately regain the lead. A little more than one minute later, Ottaway's layup gave the Tigers a 21-17 lead, but Central Mountain went on a 6-0 run to grab a 23-21 lead with 2:20 remaining.
But Consiglio ended the run with a trey that regained the lead for the Tigers. Central Mountain then ended the quarter with a 7-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 30-26 lead.
The third quarter was much of the same for the Tigers, getting outplayed and outscored, 12-8. Everhart began the third by scoring a pair of 3s in the first 2:30. Everhart's second trey gave his team a 36-28 lead. Trailing 46-39 with 4:15 left in regulation, Eric Miller sank 3-of-4 from the line, and Consiglio made, what was, perhaps, his biggest 3 of the game, with 29 seconds left that cut the Tigers' deficit to just one. But the Wildcats were able to hold on.
"It was a tough win for us," Central Mountain coach Scott Baker said. "They [Hollidaysburg] were very scrappy, and they played us hard."
Consiglio finished the game with 12 points, all coming from long distance. Pentoney praised his sophomore shooter's performance.
"Nick's a sophomore who is starting to come on as of late," Pentoney said. "We think he's a really good shooter."
The Tigers fell to 6-12. They host Gateway on Saturday.
Central Mountain improved to 12-5 and will host Mifflin County on Friday.
CENTRAL MOUNTAIN (48): Everhart 4 0-0 11, Renninger 5 4-5 15, Turchetta 4 5-5 13, Walker 2 1-2 5, Blazina 1 0-0 2, Meeker 0 0-0 0, Wise 1 0-0 2, . Totals 17 10-12 48.
HOLLIDAYSBURG(45): E. Miller 0 4-6 4, Urban 2 4-6 8, Consiglio 4 0-0 12, Ottaway 7 0-0 15, Springer 1 0-0 2, Holsopple 1 0-0 2, Viduya 0 0-0 0, Mason 1 0-0 2, Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-12 45.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Mountain13 17 12 6 - 48
Hollidaysburg16 10 8 11 - 45
3-point field goals: Central Mountain 4 (Everhart 3, Renninger). Hollidaysburg 5 (Consiglio 4, Ottaway).
Records: Central Mountain (12-5); Hollidaysburg (6-12).
JV: Hollidaysburg won 35-31. High scorers-Peddigree, CM, 14; Adams, H, 10.