Curtis Craig

Curtis Craig connects on a jump shot for two of his team-high 15 points for the Tigers during their 52-49 loss to Liberty on Friday, Jan. 10.

The North Penn-Mansfield Tigers were able to claim a 2-1 record over the past week, and despite a heartbreaking loss to Liberty, have played extremely well down the stretch coming up with wins in seven of their last nine games.

Against Williamson, the Tigers were able to take care of business early, and outscored the Warriors by a count of 45-14 in the first half, and 68-28 at the end of the game.

The Tigers were led by Curtis Craig who scored 14 points and has been shooting the ball extremely efficiently over the past seven games, and during the stretch has not shot under 50% for a game.

Logan Tokarz also netted 14 points in the effort, and also led his team in rebounds with six and also racked up six steals in the win.

Against Liberty, the Tigers put together a great performance, and despite coming up just short had a good shot to take down the 10 win Liberty team in the final moments.

If it weren’t for some late game heroics by Noah Spencer, this could easily have been another victory in the Tigers win column.

Despite the loss Craig continued to shoot the ball with extreme confidence, and came out of the gates hot, hitting two deep triples to give his team an early lead.

He also hit a go-ahead bucket in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to come up with the win.

Craig led his team in scoring with 15 and hit three three-pointers in the effort to go along with his 11 rebounds for a big double double performance for his team.

Tokarz also scored 12 points with eight rebounds and two assists in the game in a strong effort by a young Tigers team.

The Tigers were able to bounce back in their final action of the week, and beat the Northwest Area team by double digits to give them their seventh victory of the season.

Jacob Evans, the sharp-shooter for the Tigers got himself back on track after a cold-shooting night in Liberty and downed five triples on the night on his way to 15 points to lead the Tigers to a big win.

Dominic Garverick also had a strong night as he poured in ten points for the Tigers and a much needed victory heading into a difficult section of schedule for the North Penn-Mansfield Tigers team.

The Tigers have had an extremely successful season so far, and their only blemishes this season (excluding a season opening loss to an extremely talented Whitehall team 98-62), The Tigers have lost four games by a combined score of 30 points and just 7.5 points per loss. They also have three losses by less than four points, and have been in almost every game they played this season.

The Tigers faced Wyalusing (11-1) on Wednesday in a huge matchup against one of the best teams in the area.

They then have back-to-back road games when they take on Towanda (2-10) and end their week with one of the biggest games of the season when they go to Wellsboro to take on the Hornets (8-5) for a chance for some revenge for an early season nail-biter that Wellsboro outlasted the Tigers by a score of 58-54.

For scores and story about the upcoming week for the Tigers, check out next week’s story on the North Penn-Mansfield Tigers basketball team.