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Athens basketball dominates Northern Tier League All-Stars; Babcock awarded POY

By Valley Sports Report (THE VALLEY) — Athens senior J.J. Babcock was named NTL “Offensive Player of the Year,” junior Chris Mitchell was named “Sixth Man of the Year” and three of their Wildcat teammates were honored with Large School Division all-star recognition in recent voting by the division’s coaches.

The 6-6 Babcock, one of the best passing big men to come out of the Valley, averaged 15.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.4 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. He shot 51.6 percent from the field and knocked down 13 3-pointers. Babcock graduates with 1,175 points, 538 rebounds, and 292 assists.

Mitchell, a physical presence in the low post, who was not afraid to take a charge or get on the floor for a loose ball, was instant energy off the bench for the Wildcats. He averaged 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

Troy senior Ty Barrett was named NTL “Player of the Year,” while Canton senior Caiden Williams was the “Defensive Player of the Year,” and Wyalusing’s Brent Keyes is the “Coach of the Year.

  • FIRST TEAM
    Mason Lister, junior, Athens: 
    An all-around presence on the floor, Lister averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. He also connected on 22 3-pointers.
  • Tucker Brown, senior, Athens: A clutch performer, Brown was a spark plug on both ends of the floor. He averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2 steals.

Also named to the first team were: Wellsboro junior Connor Adams; Troy seniors Mason Imbt and Ethan Vannoy; and NP-M junior Brody Burleigh.

The SECOND TEAM

  • Nalen Carling, senior, Athens: Long and athletic, Carling played his best basketball at the end of the season. He averaged 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.7 steals, and shot 46.8 percent from the field.

Also on the second team were: Wellsboro seniors Liam Manning and Darryn Callahan; Wellsboro junior Peyton McClure; NP-M sophomore Karson Dominick; and Towanda senior Dante Ottaviani.