But while the Winged Lions were hitting open shots created by crisp passes on the perimeter, many of the Falcons' tries were forced and hurried attempts that ended up in misses and long scoring droughts.

As a result, St. Pius was able to build several double-digit leads, fought off a number of Falcon comeback attempts with effective ball control and good free throw shooting, and wound up with a 62-52 Pioneer Athletic Conference win.

Matt King led the winning Winged Lions (7-2 PAC-10, 10-3 overall) with 23 points on eight of 14 shooting from the field, including four treys, and three of four shooting from the line. Chris Flick added nine points and 10 rebounds, while Colin Geiger, who connected on five three-point bombs, led the Falcons (3-6, 5-8) with 22 points.

"I thought we did a couple decent things defensively," said Pius coach Reber. "We changed some things up and took them out of their three-point game. I thought we did a pretty good job on their top scorers - the Geiger brothers. But coach (James) Young is doing a great job. Other people stepped up."

The Lions jumped to a 5-0 lead as King sank a shot from beyond the three-point line and a regular basket.

But Pottsgrove came back to take its only lead of the night as Curtis Geiger and Mike Santello each drilled three-pointers.

St. Pius answered with an eight-point run as Flick scored inside and Joe Pritiskutch came off the bench to connect on two straight from three-point territory.

That ebb and flow turned out to be the pattern for the night as the Falcons eventually closed to within 21-20 when Colin Geiger hit a three-pointer from the left wing two minutes into the second quarter. But St. Pius went on a 12-1 run and finished the half with a 33-23 lead.

Pottsgrove put together one more good challenge to start the second half when Joey Cotter sank two from the line, Colin Geiger nailed a three-pointer, Brent Carter scored off a rebound, and Geiger made one from the foul stripe to slice the Pius lead to 33-31.

But the Falcons reverted to their undisciplined play once again and the Lions quickly built another 10-point lead.

"When you play one-on-one, that's what happens," said first-year head coach Young. "We've just been stressing team basketball. That's been the objective of our program.

"Even then we were in there. It's frustrating, and I know its frustrating for the kids. But there's no time to sulk, because (first place) Spring-Ford comes in (tonight)."

St. Pius led by eight after three and nailed down the win by hitting 12 of 18 from the line in the final quarter. The closest the Falcons got was 45-39 when Kyle Towson banked in a reverse layup to open the fourth quarter scoring.

The game wrapped up the first half of the league season for both teams.

"I'm pleased to get through the first half at 7-2," said Reber.

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