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Dragons Survive Tough Stretch


February 14, 2019

The Central Dragons expected a tough week last week and that’s exactly what they got.

After surviving in overtime against Bellwood-Antis, the Dragons won a pair of Mountain League games to improve their seasonal record to an impressive 16-4.

CHS 43-B-A 39

Homestanding Bellwood-Antis entered Monday’s (Feb. 4) game on a nine-game winning streak and gave the Dragons all they could handle. The Blue Devils led 14-12 after one quarter but trailed 21-18 at halftime. Noah Muthler and Hunter Klotz each scored eight first-half points for CHS.

The low-scoring third quarter went to the Dragons 7-5 before Bellwood knotted the score at 34-34 after four quarters. Central prevailed with a 9-5 overtime advantage.

For the game, Muthler finished with 18 points and Klotz 10. Lleyton Kling kicked in eight points, including a huge 3-pointer in overtime. Braden Kitt led the team with six steals and added five rebounds, while Klotz grabbed eight boards.

CHS 44, Clearfield 34

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Dragons hosted Clearfield and rode its defense to victory. The Dragons took a 13-10 lead after one quarter and led 20-16 at the break. Central’s Hunter Klotz scored all nine of his points in the first half, while Noah Muthler added six.

The third quarter went to the Dragons 7-5 and the fourth 17-13 as Central prevailed 44-34.

Braden Kitt scored 12 of his 14 points after intermission and Muthler finished with 13. Kitt paced the team with eight rebounds, while Muthler added five boards, four assists and four steals. Central had a slight 23-20 advantage in rebounds and committed just six turnovers.

CHS 51, Tyrone 48

On Friday, Feb. 8, the team made a trip to Tyrone and returned with a hard-fought 51-48 victory. Tyrone led 8-7 after the opening quarter and 18-12 at the break. Four different Dragons got into the scoring column, while Lleyton Kling went down in the opening minute with an ankle sprain.

The Dragons came out looking like a different team after halftime, outscoring their hosts 19-6 in the third quarter to take the lead 31-24. Although Tyrone connected on a number of late 3-point shots, Central escaped with the win.

Braden Kitt had a huge second half, connecting five times from 3-point range on the way to a 20-point game. Noah Muthler added 10 points, Thad Albright eight, Colby Liebal six and Hunter Klotz five. Klotz finished with 10 rebounds and Kitt seven. Muthler dished out six assists and Albright five.

“We expected a tough week and we got it,” Central coach Reggie Nevis said. “All three games were competitive and were decided late. The guys have stepped it up and made plays when they have had to and they did it again this week.

“The defense was solid throughout and kept us in the games. Colby, along with Devin Boyles, stepped in for Lleyton against Tyrone and did a solid job. These were all team victories for sure. Now we have two tough home games this week before we prepare for the playoffs.”


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