by Jake DeLuca
After suffering a 44 point loss at Saltsburg on Tuesday night the West Shamokin Wolves (8-8) boys varsity basketball team bounced back with a 66-62 come-back victory at Blairsville (4-13).
This back-and-forth battle had many lead changes throughout, including the dramatic fourth quarter.
At multiple times in the fourth quarter the Wolves found themselves down to the Bobcats by 5 or 6 points, but West Shamokin kept battling.
The Wolves would make a change defensively down 5 points in the fourth quarter that lead to a big swing with 2:00 left to go in the game.
“When we were down by five in the fourth we went full court man-to-man defense; and we were able to come up with a couple of big steals and drives to the basket to get us back in the ball game,” Wolves Coach Tom McClaine said.
West Shamokin’s Drew Orlosky finished the game with 24 points, 15 rebounds, and two key steals in the fourth quarter that lead to a pair of Wolves baskets. Carson DeWitt added 18 points for the Wolves as well.
With this win and Penns Manor’s loss to Ligonier Valley, the Wolves are now tied with Penns Manor for first place in the North Division of the Heritage Conference.
West Shamokin won’t have much time to rest as they will play their third game in four days, hosting Apollo Ridge on Friday night at 7:00 PM.