Shocker boys get road win over Mountain Lions

By David Heiling
Empire Press Correspondent

Johnny Mullen takes a shot, with Jacob Stibal and Kyler Borden in the backround. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

WINTHROP — The visiting Shockers improved their record to 2-1 on the young basketball season with a win over host Liberty Bell in Winthrop on Dec. 5, by a final score of 52-35.

Waterville/Mansfield senior Johnny Mullen poured in 18 points to lead the Shockers, and coach Heath Jordan said Mullen will likely be the go-to scorer all season long. Along with fellow big man Jacob Stibal, the two 6-foot-3-inch forwards combined for half of the Shockers points on the evening.

The visiting Shockers accomplished Jordan’s goal of starting early, getting out to a 31-16 score entering the halftime locker rooms. Waterville/Mansfield effectively used full-court pressure in the first quarter to limit Liberty Bell’s comfort level and followed that up with intense half court pressure in the second quarter to jump out to an early lead.

Ben Garnica goes up for a shot with Kayden Browning watching. (Provided photo/Stephanie Stibal)

The Shockers were beasts on the offensive glass, using second-chance opportunities and-ones to score with the clock stopped at the charity stripe.

“Our passing isn’t as crisp as it could be right now,” Jordan said. “We’re kind of throwing into hands and not reading the defense very well. Those careless turnovers turns into points in transition and we need to limit that.”

The Shockers have the physicality and height to contend in most games against Central Washington 2B opponents and should be near the top of the standings at season’s end. Jordan said that Brewster is the favorite to win the league, but that the Shockers should be big enough, strong enough, and smart enough to make a run at the league championship at the turn of the new year.

Highlights for Waterville/Mansfield were Johnny Mullen (18 points), Jacob Stibal (8 points) and Cole Koenig (8 points).