Northern Cambria’s boys basketball team turned adversity into an opportunity on Wednesday night in the District 6 Class A playoffs.

The third-seeded Colts beat sixth-seeded Williamsburg 50-32 at Central Cambria High, winning one for senior guard Chris Havrilla, who left the game because of an injury.

“When Havrilla went down at halftime I told them, ‘Here’s your challenge if you want the season to continue,’” Northern Cambria coach Dan Weber said. “Four seniors have given me everything I could have possibly have asked for this season. They seemed to take that personal. A great friend. A great teammate. Nobody wanted to see it end and they rose up.”

Northern Cambria (22-3) led 24-15 at halftime. Havrilla had two points and three rebounds when he was hurt.

“His ankle isn’t good but he’s going to rest it and we’re optimistic he will be ready next week,” Weber said.

Seniors Joey Rocco (22 points) and Dustin Weakland (10) fronted the Colts’ effort.

Northern Cambria outscored Williamsburg (11-12) by 11, 15-4, in the decisive third quarter to build a 20-point advantage.

Williamsburg had two leads during the first quarter before the Colts ended the period with a 10-7 advantage.

“You know nothing is ever going to be easy when you get to the playoffs,” Weber said. “Obviously in the first quarter you could see nerves on both teams.”

The Colts made four 3-point field goals – two by Steve Ashurst and one each by Rocco and Weakland – in the second quarter to move in front.

“That stretch in the second quarter, we hit a couple of those 3’s and right there we lost those butterflies,” Weber said.

Northern Cambria plays the winner of tonight’s game between Blacklick Valley and Harmony at Central Cambria.

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