EDINBORO — The famed racehorse Seabiscuit was known to sometimes slow up a bit during a race and let the other horses catch up to him. But as soon as he spotted a horse starting to pull ahead — vroom! — the legendary colt would kick it into high gear, leaving the would-be challenger in the dust.

The Saegertown boys basketball team turned in a similar performance last night in the District 10 Class AA consolation game against Fairview.

Fairview (19-8) and its run-and-gun attack charged out of the gate for a 9-4 lead. That's when Saegertown showed that it can run too.

The Panthers (20-7) took the lead by the end of the first quarter and legged it out to the final buzzer for a 69-61 win over the Tigers, last night at Edinboro University's McComb Fieldhouse.

"We hung with them in the first quarter," said Saegertown coach Ryan McKissock. "We knew we could play with them. It just kind of snow-balled from there. The kids played so hard and I'm just real proud of them.”

The Panthers will next move on to the PIAA playoffs where they'll face the District 6 runner up at a site and time to be determined.

Against Fairview, Saegertown had three players in double figures led by Kyle Wilson who had 18. He scored six in the first, six in the third and six in the fourth as the Panther incrementally widened their lead.

Wilson also had a number of assists under the hoop. In fact, the Panthers as a team passed the ball around a lot, finiding the open man inside for a number of easy buckets.

"This team, all year, has been good at finding each other," said Wilson. "There are basically five guards on the floor. So if one of them is open, someone is going to find him."

Wilson was also in charge of guarding Fairview speedster Zane Meeder, one of the Tigers' top athletes and second-leading scorer.

"I was exhausted," Wilson said. "We came in at halftime and I just wanted to go to sleep because I was so tired from running around with him.

Meeder scored just nine points.

"Kyle Wilson did a heck of a job on Meeder," said McKissock. "That kid is just lightning quick, and Kyle kept him out of the lane pretty much all night.

"Overall, team defense, I was real happy with. We challenged the ball. And did a decent job off the boards."

Following Wilson on the scoreboard was Ben Wetsell who had 14. Wetsell had a number of nice drives in the game, dropping in a handful of tough buckets while drawing his share of fouls.

"We really wanted to run and stop them from running, and I thought we did a good job of doing both," Wetsell said.

It was a physical game from wire-to-wire, something McKissock and the Panthers were looking for after a hands-free loss to North East in the semifinals.

"The practice following the (North East) game we had a good talk about how we had to refocus and be more physical," said Wetsell.

Tyler Bidwell added 11 points to the Panthers' effort. His biggest quarter was in the second, as Saegertown took a 19-17 lead and turned it into a 37-30 lead.

Bidwell led the way with seven points in the frame. Also coming up big in the second was freshman Kyle Beatty. He scored five in the second, along with three rebounds, and had nine points for the contest.

"Kyle Beatty came in and had a heck of a game," said McKissock. "He wants to be a player and he showed it."

Fairview trailed by as much as 17 points in the fourth quarter (67-50).

The Tigers were paced by Tyler Sargent with 17 points.

Justin Haney added 13 points while Chris Glecos chipped in 11.

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