Toppers fall to Warriors in Friday night
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[December 19, 2015]
Mount Pulaski lost 69-52 to the Athens Warriors on Friday night
to drop their season record to 4 wins and 6 losses.
Picture Caption: [Topper’s Brett Huff drives to the basket to lay
in two of his team-leading 20 points Friday night. Mount Pulaski lost
69-52 to the Athens Warriors.] Photo by Teena Lowery
Athens was off to a quick start in this one, draining six
three-pointers in the first quarter and jumping out to a commanding
Mount Pulaski did bounce back for a solid performance in the second
quarter and outscored the Warriors 22-13. Senior Brett Huff led the
way scoring ten points in the quarter, but all the Toppers were in
on the action, even putting together a 13-0 run.
That run started when Dalton Litterly fired a pass to Will Stewart
in the paint and the 6’1 senior tossed it in to make the score
34-12. Following a steal by Litterly, he found Stewart open and in
turn Stewart spotted Peyton Taylor open and the 6’7 sophomore laid
it in for two more Topper points. The Toppers were able to keep
rolling as G Oliver’s layup was good at the 3:28 mark and the
Warriors lead was cut to 34-16. Huff cut the lead to 34-18 on his
steal that resulted in a layup and the momentum was swinging the
Toppers way. Taylor cut the lead down even further, 34-20, as he put
back his own missed shot with 2:09 left in the first half. Finally
the icing on the cake to the 13-0 run was Huff going coast to coast
with the layup that allowed Mount Pulaski to only trail 34-22.
Athens was finally back on the board at the 1:08 mark with a three
by Dalton Fletcher. While the run may have ended for Mount Pulaski,
Huff continued to shoot lights out as he nailed another jumper with
:45 seconds remaining. Then it was Litterly quick on the steal and
good on the layup with :08 seconds left. As the halftime buzzer
sounded, the Warriors still held a nice lead over the Toppers,
The Warriors continued to outscore Mount Pulaski in the third
quarter, 13-8, with the only real big cheer coming from the Topper
fans when Huff hit a fade-away three as he was guarded heavily and
time expired at the close of the third quarter.
Athens took a 52-35 lead into the fourth quarter and never let go of
it. Both teams would score a respectable 17 points apiece in the
final quarter and when it was all said and done Athens was on top
69-52 with the win.
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Huff had his best shooting night on the season and led the Toppers
with 20 points. While 6’5 senior Matt Wending led Athens with 24
Mount Pulaski will travel to Decatur next week to play in the St.
The Toppers open play on Monday at 3:00 p.m. versus Decatur LSA.
Mount Pulaski scoring
Brett Huff 20