Southern Fulton 67, Halifax 66
HERSHEY – Southern Fulton defeated Halifax in the first round of the PIAA state tournament 67-66 Friday night at Milton Hershey School. The Indians (18-8) played tough through 4 quarters. Although tying the game 3 times and playing within 5 points most of the evening, they never found a way to take the lead.
That all changed when the Indians inbounded the ball with 2.7 seconds left. Josh Stocker banked in a walk-off 3-pointer for the Indians’ first and only lead of the night.
SF coach Jeremy Hann commented, “We could never seem to go up on them. We would battle and battle, but we just couldn’t gain ground. They out-rebounded us badly and it kept haunting us. Isaac (Fitz) got a steal and layup late and then when we got possession on the tie-up, and it provided us that one last shot.
“Josh got a clean look and I think the buzzer went off as it hit the glass … wow, what a feeling! These boys battled all night, never gave up, and it paid off literally right at the end.”
Southern Fulton was led by Konner Pittman with 16 points, 2 assists and 2 steals. Dylan Melton had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 steals. Justin Morris had 13 points and 10 assists, and Fitz added 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Halifax was led by Nathan Blasick with 25 points and 9 rebounds.
The Indians will play St. John Neumann Academy (22-4), the District 4 champion, in the second round on Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School at 7:30 p.m.
Score by Quarter:
S.Fulton 12-15-16-24 – 67
Halifax 13-15-16-22 – 66
Rebounds – SF 11, HHS 27. Turnovers – SF 10, HHS 21.