COAL TOWNSHIP - The box score says the difference in Milton's 56-49 Heartland Conference Division I win over Shamokin on Friday was 3-point shooting.

It would be partly right, but not totally.

Milton did make 12 of 25 3-point shots, compared to the Indians' 5 of 16, and those seven extra points did indeed represent the final margin.

But Shamokin, now 3-10 overall and 1-6 in the division, could point to something else for its loss - missed layups. Lots of missed layups.

Anytime you out-rebound your opponent 40-21, you should be able to win basketball games, but when you miss second and third-chance putbacks consistently, the advantage is negated.

"This game is kind of a microcosm of our season," Shamokin coach Chris Zimmerman said. "The kids play hard, and just well enough to lose."

What hurt most was that the Indians had Milton (9-4, 6-1) down by 13 points late in the first half, 29-16, and still held a 44-42 lead in the fourth quarter after the Black Panthers came back to take a lead. But Milton outscored Shamokin 33-17 in the second half when the Indians could make only 7 of 27 shots. The Black Panthers made six 3-pointers in each half but won the game at the foul line as it wound down. Mil-

ton was 1-for-4 at the line in the first three quarters, then made 7 of 9 with the lead.

Chad Diggan led the way with 19 points, hitting 5 of 10 3-pointers. Michael Jacobs scored 18 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers, and Ethan Baker had a fine all-around game with 12 points, four assists and five steals. He was 3 for 6 from the arc.

"They played kind of the way we thought they would," Zimmerman said. "We knew Diggan and Jacobs would make some threes. We played hard. Everybody in that locker room is getting tired of this."

One key thing the Indians failed to do was get the Black Panthers in foul trouble when they had the chance. Shamokin still led and needed one more Milton foul to get in the bonus but never got that seventh foul.

"Attack the hoop, attack the hoop," Zimmerman said. "We didn't do it."

Austin Stine paced the Indians with a 15-point, 11-rebounds double-double, and freshman Ryan Sebasovich scored 13 points. and Kevin Carsto, who missed Tuesday's 74-51 win over Midd-West, came off the bench to score seven points with eight rebounds.

Game Summary

MILTON (56) - Baker 4 1-2 12, Kling 1 0-0 2, Jacobs 5 4-7 18, Diggan 6 2-2 19, Krall 0 0-0 0, Feltman 0 0-0 0, Rogers 2 0-0 4, Heidel 0 1-2 1. Totals 18 8-13 56.

SHAMOKIN (49) - Sebasovich 5 0-2 13, Yost 0 0-0 0, Weaver 2 0-0 4, Stine 6 2-3 15, Pappas 2 2-2 7, Deitrick 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 2-3 2, Tyalor 0 1-2 1, Carsto 3 1-3 7. Totals 18 8-15 49.

3-point FGs: Milton (12) - Baker 3, Jacobs 4, Diggan 5; Shamokin (5) - Sebasovich 3, Stine, Pappas.