Brindlee Mountain overcame some obstacles and finally broke through at the free throw line when it counted and the result was a 60-51 victory at New Hope in both teams’ Class 3A, Area 13 opener on Friday.

“The guys did a great job early executing the defensive game plan,” said Lions coach Seth Kelly. “We held them scoreless for the first quarter. We played well in spots but still looking for more consistency.”

New Hope and foul trouble kept Devon Meadows limited to two points. He came in averaging nearly 19 per game.

That wasn’t the team’s only adversity.

“Our third-leading scorer didn’t make the trip,” Kelly said. “So all of that considered, I am really proud of the team effort and the way the guys stepped up.”

In particular, Kelly’s guys stepped up at the free throw line.

“We have been struggling from the line and we hit some huge free throws down the stretch to ice the game,” he said.

Eric Cumo continued his fast start, scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Evan Cumo had 10 points and 19 rebounds.

Garrett Owens made two of three 3-pointers, and Bryceton Flack and Nick Knepper came up big in the fourth quarter, hitting 11 of 12 free throws between them.

The Lady Lions lost a close one – 42-39 – in their area opener.

Brindlee Mountain played DAR in the first of three straight home games

Tuesday night.

The Lions will play Holly Pond in an area game on Friday before facing New Hope again next Tuesday night.

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