LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Trailing by six going to the fourth quarter, District 4 champion Old Forge rallied behind the play of Ayden Davitt and Mario Samony to beat Karns City, the District 9 third-place finisher, 51-46., in the second round of the PIAA Class 2A boys’ playoffs at Mifflin County High School.
Karns City (20-8) led 37-31 going to the fourth quarter thanks in large part to a 13-8 second-quarter advantage.
But the Gremlins scored just one basket in the fourth quarter, while Davitt and Samony combined for 18 fourth-quarter points.
Davitt hit a pair of 3-pointers in the quarter and scored 10 in the frame and 20 in the game, while Samony added eight of his 11 points in the final eight minutes.
Karns City, meanwhile, did go 7 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes to keep things close including a 4-for-4 performance from Luke Cramer, who scored six of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Cole Sherwin knocked down three 3-pointers and added 14 points for Karns City.
Joe Macciocco also scored 11 points for Old Forge (17-9), who will face District 3 champion Lancaster Mennonite, a 71-59 winner over District 12 runner-up Paul Robeson, in the quarterfinals Wednesday at a site and time to be announced.