MEADVILLE, Pa. – Down but not out.
Top-seed Mercer closed the game on an 11-1 run to top No. 4 Eisenhower, 61-53 in the District 10 Class 2A semifinals.
The Knights’ season isn’t over, however, as they will play Cambridge Springs in the third-place game on Friday with a trip to the PIAA playoffs on the line.
The night was also a historic one for Eisenhower (14-10) senior Wyatt Lookenhouse, who surpassed the 1,000-point milestone with a corner three with two minutes to play in the first quarter.
Lookenhouse had 11 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 19 for the game.
Mercer’s (20-4) Jake Mattocks, also a 1,000-point career scorer, was instrumental in the Mustangs’ comeback, scoring 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.
Dae Mattocks also scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter for Mercer.
Kris Bunk and Kael Hunt added nine points each for Eisenhower, while Kyler Black and Johnny Palmieri had eight each.
Friday’s third-place game will be at a site and time to be determined.
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