District 9 high school boys’ basketball roundup from Dec. 9.
(Cover photo of Brockway’s Carter Adams)
CLARION-LIMESTONE 61, UNION 57
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – A senior and a freshman carried Clarion-Limestone to a come-from-behind 61-57 win over Union in the opening round of the Brookville Tip-off Tournament.
The senior, Dan Callen, had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while the freshman, Deion Deas, added 16 points. The duo was at their best in a 25-point second quarter for the Lions combining for 21 points – 11 from Callen and 10 from Deas – as the Lions erased a 14-point deficit, 24-10, to start the quarter taking a 35-29 halftime lead.
Callen talks about the win.
In fact, over a span of just 2:51 C-L went from being down 14 to being up three, 27-24.
Still, Union had a chance to tie the game or go ahead with 8.4 seconds left but Dana Logue missed a jumper, and Julian Laugand sealed the victory with two free throws.
Lucas Bowser had 27 points and nine boards for Union, including 16 first-quarter points, while Gavin Hawk added 11 points, Kolby Montgomery nine and Logue six points and 10 rebounds.
BROCKWAY 83, BROOKVILLE 60
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Carter Adams scored 19 second-quarter points helping Brockway to 36 points in the frame, as the Rovers blew past Brookville, 83-60, in the opening round of the Brookville Tip-off Tournament.
Adams finished with a game-high 21 points and hit five 3-pointers in the second quarter helping Brockway to 50 first-half points.
Adams talks about his performance.
Quenton Jackson added 16 points, Jarrett Esposito 13 points and nine rebounds, Jake Wineberg 12 points and Quade Lundberg 11 for Brockway.
Brookville, which led 20-14 at the end of one quarter but trailed 50-30 at halftime, go 13 points and eight rebounds from freshman Aaron Park, while Jimmy Moore added 12 points and Ben Reitz 10.
Brockway faces Clarion-Limestone in the title game Saturday, while Brookville battles Union in the consolation contest.
CLEARFIELD 81, CURWENSVILLE 38
CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Tommy Hazel and Will Myers combined to score 53 points, as Clearfield started its season with an 81-38 road win over neighboring Curwensville.
Hazel had a double-double for the Bison with 26 points and 12 rebounds while Myers had a game-high 27 points to go with five boards. Hazel also added four helpers. Evan Brown chipped in 11 points and six steals.
Zach Marshall led Curwensville with 12 points.
PURCHASE LINE 69, KARNS CITY 65
FOXBURG, Pa. – At the A-C Valley Hoops for Heroes Crossover, Melvin Sanchez scored a game-high 22 points to lead Purchase Line past Karns City, 69-65.
Eric Dodd paced the Gremlins with 19 points, Ian McElroy added 15, Chandler Turner 12 and Noah Pollock 10.
SAEGERTOWN 55, A-C VALLEY 47
FOXBURG, Pa. – Alan McGill filled the nets for a game-high 32 points, as visiting Saegertown topped A-C Valley, 55-47, in the A-C Valley Hoops for Heroes Crossover.
Kody Wolfe led the Falcons with 17 points, five rebounds and five steals. Joe Manculich chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots with freshman Russ Carr contributing nine points.
OSWAYO VALLEY 63, BUCKTAIL 38
WESTFIELD, Pa. – Theo Henry scored 17 points and added two steals and two assists to lead Oswayo Valley to a 63-38 win over Bucktail in the opening round of the Cowanesque Valley Tip-off Tournament.
Garrett Babcock chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Green Wave, who will play host Cowanesque Valley in the championship game Saturday.
COWANESQUE VALLEY 70, NORTHERN POTTER 44
WESTFIELD, Pa. – Kurtis Easton scored 19 points, and Calen Fitzwater and Tyler Vargeson each added 13, as host Cowanesque Valley toppled Northern Potter, 70-44, in the opening round of the Cowanesque Valley Tip-off Tournament.
Tucker Kosa had a game-high 23 points for the Panthers, who also got 12 tallies from Blake Jeffers.
Cow Valley will play Oswayo Valley in the title game, while NoPo faces Bucktail in the consolation Saturday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY 52, JOHNSONBURG 44
DUBOIS, Pa. – Brandon Matthews scored a game-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds, as Punxsutawney beat Johnsonburg, 52-44, in the opening round of the DuBois Central Catholic Tip-off Tournament.
Devin Kelly chipped in 12 for the Chucks, who will face host DCC in the championship game Saturday.
Drew Akers led Johnsonburg with 10 points. The Rams take on Marion Center in the consolation contest Saturday.
DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 56, MARION CENTER 54
DUBOIS, Pa. – Thomas Grecco hit the game-winning shot with 3.8 seconds left, as host DuBois Central Catholic made it a happy debut for first-year head coach Dom Varacallo with a 56-54 win over Marion Center in the opening round of the DCC Tip-off Tournament.
Grecco finished with seven points and five rebounds, while Justin Miknis led the Cardinals with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. He picked up the helper on the game-winning shot.
Noah Pettenati also had 12 points and five rebounds for DCC, who will play Punxsutawney in the title game Saturday.
Tyler Lightcap had 15 points for Marion Center, who will take on Johnsonburg in Saturday’s consolation.
FOREST AREA 58, TIDIOUTE CHARTER 32
MARIENVILLE, Pa. – Seth Berlin had a monster game with 23 points, 17 rebounds and five assists, as host Forest Area beat Tidioute Charter, 58-32, in the opening round of the Forest Area Tip-off Tournament at East Forest.
Dillion DiCorpo added 11 points, five assists and four steals for the Fires, while Dereck Marshall also distributed five helpers.
Mason Delce led Tidioute with 10 points.
Forest will play Union City in the title game Saturday, while Tidioute face Warren County Christian in the consolation.
CLARION 67, DUBOIS 46
KNOX, Pa. – Three players reach double digits for Clarion, as the Bobcats toppled DuBois, 67-46, in the opening round of the Keystone Tip-off Tournament.
Reed Anthony led the way for the Bobcats with 15 points, while Ty Burford added 12 tallies and Austin Hummell 10.
Nick LaBrasca paced DuBois with 19 points, including 10 in the first quarter.
Clarion will play St. Marys in the title game, while DuBois will take on Keystone in the consolation contest Saturday.
ST. MARYS 58, KEYSTONE 56
KNOX, Pa. – Jeff Wehler hit the game-winning basket with 2.4 seconds left, as visiting St. Marys overcame a 25-point first-half deficit to stun Keystone, 58-56, in the opening round of the Keystone Tip-off Tournament.
Wehler finished with 16 points for the Dutch, who trailed by 14, 38-24, at halftime. Nathan Schneider led St. Marys, which got the game knotted at 48 at the end of three with 25 points, while Matt Marconi added 14.
Austin Ion led Keystone with 17 points with Tanner Wilson adding 14 and Corey Rapp 10.
St. Marys faces Clarion in the title game Saturday with Keystone playing DuBois in the consolation.
RIDGWAY 60, BRADFORD 37
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Andy Breier led a balanced effort for Ridgway with 13 points, as the Elkers beat Bradford, 60-37, in the opening round of the Redbank Valley Tip-off Tournament.
Justin Kasmierski chipped in 12 points for Ridgway with Josh Thorwart and Neil MacDonald each adding 11 and Johnny Mitchell eight.
Deondre Terwilliger led Bradford with 11 points and Donny Pattison added nine.
Ridgway will face Moniteau in the title game with Bradford taking on Redbank Valley in the consolation.
MONITEAU 58, REDBANK VALLEY 41
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lake Pry exploded for 37 points and 10 rebounds, as Moniteau beat host Redbank Valley, 58-41, in the opening round of the Redbank Valley Tip-off Tournament.
Pry scored his 35 points without the benefit of a 3-point hitting 14 two’s and going 7 of 11 from the free-throw line. He was the only Warriors player with more than five points.
Riley Campbell and Brock Barrett each scored eight points for Redbank Valley.
Moniteau will play Ridgway in the title game Saturday with Redbank Valley taking on Bradford in the consolation contest.
COCHRANTON 64, VENANGO CATHOLIC 36
ROCKY GROVE, Pa. – Kohl Bernarding and Shawn Brazina combined to score 22 points, as Cochranton dispatched Venango Catholic, 64-36, in the opening round of the Roy Sanner Tip-off Tournament at Rocky Grove.
Bernarding had 12 points with Brazina adding 10. Cochranton had six players score at least seven tallies.
Tim Wagner led all scorers with 17 points for Venango Catholic, who will play Cranberry in the consolation game Saturday.
Cochranton will take on Rocky Grove in the title game, also Saturday.
ROCKY GROVE 71, CRANBERRY 21
ROCKY GROVE, Pa. – Rocky Grove used first-half runs of 13-0 and 25-0 to easily race past visiting Cranberry, 71-21, in the opening round of the Roy Sanner Tip-off Tournament.
Tyler Davis had a game-high 21 points for the Orioles, Travis Perry added 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks shot and Conner Curran had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Daniel McQuaide led Cranberry with seven tallies.
Rocky Grove will face Cochranton in the title game with Cranberry battling Venango Catholic in the consolation contest Saturday.
SHEFFIELD 63, PORT ALLEGANY 47
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Drew Higby scored 17 points to lead Sheffield to a 63-47 win over Port Allegany in the Sheffield Boosters Tip-Off Tournament.
Roger Dunham added 15 points for the Wolverines with Cale Albaugh chipping in 10.
Howard Stuckey paced all scorers with 28 points, including seven 3-pointers, for Port Allegany.
Sheffield will face North Clarion in the title game Saturday, while Port takes on Jamestown (Pa.) in the consolation.
NORTH CLARION 74, JAMESTOWN 51
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Behind 24 points and 13 rebounds from Keeven Weaver, North Clarion ran past Jamestown (Pa.), 74-51, in the opening round of the Sheffield Sports Boosters Tip-off Tournament.
Zander Hargenrader added 12 points and Sam Minich 10 for North Clarion, who will face Sheffield in the title game Saturday.
Austin Smith paced Jamestown with 14 points with Jacob Rhoades adding 12. Jamestown faces Port Allegany in the consy game Saturday.