By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | January 3, 2022 | Photo courtesy David Alliger


ATHENS — Williamsport scored the first 17 points of the game, and held Athens off the scoreboard for the first five minutes of the game in a 55-23 win here Monday night in non-league boys basketball action.

Junior Chris Mitchell’s free throws with 2:55 remaining in the first quarter sparked an 8-0 spurt that also included buckets by senior J.J. Babcock, junior Mason Lister, and senior Troy Pritchard that closed the gap to 17-8.

The teams traded buckets until midway through the second quarter, but the Millionaires closed out the first half with a 9-1 spurt tot are a 33-15 lead at the half.

Williamsport used 14-0 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to extend their lead to 53-19 in the opening minute of the final stanza.

The Wildcats shot 19.5 percent (8 of 41) from the field, and committed 29 turnovers in the loss.

Lister led Athens with eight points and four rebounds, while senior Tucker Brown had four points and one blocked shot, senior Nalen Carling had four points and four rebounds, Mitchell hauled down six boards, and Pritchard added three bounds and two steals.

Athens, now 6-2, hosts Towanda Thursday.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).