DALLAS TWP. – Mark Belenski warned his Dallas boys basketball team not to give Matt McGlynn time to set up his shot.
“We knew going in that he could shoot standing still,” Belenski said. “We allowed him to stand still and he made 3s.”
McGlynn could not do enough to help Pittston Area generate an upset Friday night, but his shooting spree created a few interesting moments along the way.
The 6-foot-2 senior guard scored all 24 of his points on 3-pointers, including seven in the second half, when the Patriots fell, 70-49, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game.
Dallas celebrated Senior Night by getting all 10 of its seniors into the game in the first minute and opening an 11-point lead before the first quarter was over.
McGlynn hit his first four 3-point attempts, then later hit four more in a row, starting 8-for-10 from long range before missing his last three shots.
“There’s nights when he can get scary hot,” Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger said after Friday’s loss. “Tonight was one of them.”
The Patriots got within six of the division’s second-place team twice early in the third quarter. The second time came off the first of McGlynn’s five 3-pointers in the quarter.
That was as much of a scare as they were able to put into the Mountaineers, who improved to 11-2 in the WVC and 16-3 overall.
Joey Parsons, who went 3-for-3 on 3-pointers in his first four minutes, finished 9-for-12 from the floor while leading Dallas with 25 points. Jay Bittner added 16 points, five assists and four steals.
Bittner had three layups off steals in the 17-6 first quarter by Dallas.
Pittston Area committed half of its 18 turnovers in the first quarter as it struggled against the Dallas pressure defense.
“It’s just that we can’t simulate that length during practice,” Kiesinger said of the steady diet of active 6-2 and 6-3 players that the Mountaineers throw at teams in their trapping defense. “That’s the tough part about it.”
Pittston Area’s bench helped the Patriots outscore the Mountaineers, 12-9, in the second quarter to close within 26-18 at halftime.
Naseem Guilliaume, who grabbed four rebounds in the quarter, and Logan Booth each came off the bench to score four points in the second.
McGlynn had 15 points in the third quarter, but Parsons countered with 12 and Dallas put up 26 in the quarter to open a 52-37 lead.
Dallas built the lead as high as 69-45 in the fourth quarter.
Pittston Area (4-10 and 5-15) will celebrate its own Senior Night in Thursday’s home game against Wyoming Valley West.
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