NANTICOKE, Pa. - Shaakir Gibbs scored a game-high 29 points to lead a quintet of Mustangs in double figures, but it wasn't enough as the men's team closed out a tough season with a 106-100 defeat at Luzerne County Community College in Region XIX action Saturday.
The Mustangs closed out the 2015-16 campaign with an overall mark of 8-17, while the Trailblazers doubled that win total and dropped three less games in punching their ticket to the Region XIX playoffs.
Still, the day offered its share of silver linings.
Head Coach Denny Surovec and Co. had a milestone to celebrate as second-year player Kevin Woods scored nine points to go over the 500 mark for his career at Montgomery.
Meanwhile, Gibbs logged double figures for a ninth straight game and finished the season having scored 21 or more points in eight of his nine games played. Meanwhile, Anthony Patterson recorded his seventh double-double of the season.
In what was a fairly evenly played game, the Trailblazers pulled away and took a double-digit lead into the locker room at halftime. The Mustangs, like they have many times this season, staged a second-half rally. But like previous games, the rally fell short... this time, by six points.
Luzerne held a decisive edge in field-goal percentage, sinking 47 of its 83 shots, including seven three-pointers, with four players notching 20-plus points.
Montgomery struggled from the field, connecting on 38 of 90 shots, including 16 of 34 shooting from beyond the arc. The Mustangs did get the better of their opponent at the foul line -- making eight of 10 free throws compared to five of 11 for the Trailblazers.
The Mustangs were outmuscled around the glass as the Trailblazers dominated with 60 rebounds to Montgomery's 35.
Patterson led the Mustangs with 10 rebounds and four shot blocks, while adding 15 points. Gibbs scored 15 of his points from three-point range. All told, Gibbs shot 50 percent from the floor (11 of 22).
Brendan Watton tied his season high with 14 points, including four of six from beyond the arc, and recorded a season-high six steals.
Luzerne's Len Radziak scored 29 points to lead the Trailblazers and match Gibbs' total.
- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director