Jan. 17 basketball boys’ and girls’ basketball recaps.
(Cover photo of Cameron County’s Marcus Brown, who hit the game-winning shot in the Red Raiders victory over Otto-Eldred. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick’s work here)
CAMERON COUNTY 50, OTTO-ELDRED 48
DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Marcus Brown’s basket as time expired lifted visiting Cameron County to a 50-48 win over come-back-minded Otto-Eldred in North Tier League play.
Otto-Eldred, who played most of the second half without second-leading scorer Sawyer Drummond because of an ankle injury, trailed by 11 in the fourth quarter before battling back to tie the game at 48.
But Brown, who scored all seven of his points after halftime, broke the hearts of the Terror faithful with the game-winning hoop.
Mo Yarborough led the Red Raiders with 17 points with Derek Rieder adding 14. Jake Walters had a team-high 12 rebounds to go with four points.
Jordan Sherwood led Otto-Eldred with 14 points including nine on three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Dylan Close added 13 tallies.
BROCKWAY 43, JOHNSONBURG 42
BROCKWAY, Pa. – Carter Adams hit the game-winning free throws with eight seconds left, as Brockway knocked off visiting Johnsonburg, 43-42, in AML action.
It marked the second straight night a Rovers game came down to charity shots in the final 10 seconds, but Tuesday Brockway was on the winning side after losing to Ridgway, 53-52, Monday when Neil MacDonald hit a free throw with under five seconds to play.
Brockway trailed 42-41 when Adams was fouled, and the junior, who finished with 12 points, calmly knocked down the pair for the victory.
Adams’ free throws capped a second-half comeback for the Rovers, who trailed 27-18 at halftime but outscored the Rams 25-15 in the second half thanks to seven points from Adams and six points from Zane Puhala in the half.
Puhala finished with a game-high 15 points.
Tyler Singer led Johnsonburg with 14 points including 12 in the second quarter when he helped the Rams outscored Brockway 19-9. Ryan Kilhoffer added 12 tallies.
RIDGWAY 42, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 40
RIDGWAY, Pa. – Trailing 31-27 with six minutes to play, Ridgway, thanks in part to Andy Breier, rallied to knock off upset-minded DuBois Central Catholic, 42-40, in AML action in Ridgway.
A 5-0 run by Breier gave Ridgway a 34-33 lead that was extended to 38-34 with 1:19 to play.
A 3-pointer by Brandon Walker got the Cardinals back within one just under 40 seconds left, but the Elkers never gave up the lead.
Breier led Ridgway with 14 points with Neil MacDonald adding nine and Josh Thorwart eight.
Austen Cogley netted a team-high 11 points for DCC with Jonathan Kurtz adding nine and Walker eight.
CLARION-LIMESTONE 63, KEYSTONE 48
KNOX, Pa. – Trailing by two midway through the third quarter visiting Clarion-Limestone outscored Keystone 33-16 in the final 11:44 to break the Panthers 10-game win streak with a 63-48 win.
Dan Callen was the catalyst for the Lions, who have won six straight, scoring 19 of his game-high 21 points after halftime while grabbing all but five of his game-high 17 rebounds in the second half. During the Lions 15-2 run that turned a 32-30 deficit into a 45-34 lead in the third quarter Dan Callen netted 11 of the first 13 points of the run while assisting on a basket by Mack Park during that stretch.
Callen talked about his performance and the win after the game.
Ian Callen added 13 points and seven rebounds for C-L, who also got 13 points from Christian Smith and six points and 10 rebounds from Sam Leadbetter.
Keystone, which was outrebounded 50-35 including 18-7 on the offensive glass, got a double-double from Austin Ion who had 15 points and 15 rebounds. Corey Rapp added 11 points and seven boards, Nate Wingard had 10 points and five rebounds and Dalton Jones added 10 points.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 78, CURWENSVILLE 32
CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Four players reached double digits for Elk County Catholic, as the Crusaders stayed unbeaten with a 78-32 AML road win over Curwensville.
Nate DaCanal led ECC with 16 points with Logan Hoffman, Gabe Kraus and Ryan Newton scoring 14 points apiece for the Crusaders.
Avery Francisco led Curwensville with 11 points.
PUNXSUTAWNEY 66, ST. MARYS 58
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Thanks to 14 combined fourth-quarter points from Devin Kelly and Jacob Weaver, Punxsutawney was able to hold off visiting St. Marys, 66-58, in D9 League action.
The Chucks, who trailed 13-8 at the end of a quarter but led 24-21 at halftime still held the three-point lead, 43-40, going to the fourth quarter before outscoring the Dutch 23-18 in the quarter thanks to seven points each from Kelly and Weaver.
Kelly led Punxsy with 17 points with Weaver adding 15 and Jacob Horner 11.
Nathan Schneider netted a game-high 24 points including 13 of St. Marys’ 19 third-quarter tallies. Jeff Wehler knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points.
PORT ALLEGANY 54, GALETON 42
PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Howie Stuckey and Brandon McCaslin each scored 14 points, as Port Allegany won its fourth in a row and seventh in eight tries with a 54-42 North Tier League home victory over Galeton.
Jordan Bell added 10 points for the balanced Gators, who led 29-16 at halftime.
Evan Brooks paced all scorers with 16 points for Galeton with Joel Griffen chipping in with 12.
NORTHERN POTTER 51, AUSTIN 41
ULYSSES, Pa. – Blake Jeffers and Tucker Kosa combined for 28 points to give Northern Potter a 51-41 home North Tier League victory over Austin.
Kosa led the NoPo Panthers, who built a 27-16 halftime lead, with 15 points with Jeffers adding 13.
Mason Valenti netted a team-high 14 points for Austin with Brian Shupe adding 11.
COUDERSPORT 52, SMETHPORT 29
COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Jared Green scored nine of his game-high 17 points in the third quarter, as Coudersport took care of visiting Smethport, 52-29, in North Tier League play.
Aaron Wolfinger chipped in nine points for the unbeaten Falcons who also got eight points apiece from Owen Chambers and Derek Keglovits.
Caleb Lutz led Smethport with 10 points, and Justin Tanner added eight for the Hubbers.
MONITEAU 58, NORTH CLARION 47
WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – With 24 points and seven rebounds, Lake Pry netted his eighth 20-point game of the season including his sixth in the past seven games to lead Moniteau to a 58-47 win over visiting North Clarion.
Jake Jewart added 10 points and six assists with Jared Lominski chipping in 10 points and five rebounds and Josh Adamson four points, four assists and four steals for the Warriors.
Nathan Banner led North Clarion with 14 points with Chase Schmader adding 12.
UNION 62, VENANGO CATHOLIC 51
RIMERSBURG, Pa. – Thanks to a 19-3 third-quarter edge, Union opened up a 24-point lead after three quarters on its way to a 62-51 win over visiting Venango Catholic.
Lucas Bowser broke out of a five-game mini-slump for a game-high 26 points for Union, which led 55-31 going to the fourth quarter. Bowser, who had scored just 53 points over his last five games, also had eight rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Gavin Hawk added 15 points for Union with Dana Logue chipping in six points, five steals and five rebounds and Hunter Johnston dishing out six assists to go with four points.
Tim Wagner scored 22 points to pace Venango Catholic with Hunter Lancaster chipping in 11.
KARNS CITY 64, FOREST AREA 24
KARNS CITY, Pa. – Thanks in part to 17 points and 10 rebounds from Chandler Turner, Karns City rolled past visiting Forest Area, 64-24.
Noah Pollock added 12 points and 10 assists for the Gremlins, who also got 11 points from Eric Dodd and 10 from Jacob Friel.
Seth Berlin paced Forest Area with 13 points and nine rebounds.
A-C VALLEY 47, CRANBERRY 44
FOXBURG, Pa. – Kody Wolfe scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the third quarter helping A-C Valley outscore visiting Cranberry by 12 points in the quarter on its way to a 47-44 victory.
The Falcons trailed 25-18 at halftime but behind Wolfe, who also had five steals, outscored Cranberry 21-9 in the third quarter to take a 39-34 lead.
Russ Carr chipped in nine points, six rebounds and five steals for A-C Valley with Joe Manculich adding seven points and 11 rebounds.
Dan McQuaide led all scorers with 19 points for Cranberry with Cameron Daugherty chipping in 10 tallies.
DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 57, RIDGWAY 34
DUBOIS, Pa. – Thanks to 18 points from Riley Assalone, DuBois Central Catholic gained a 57-34 home AML victory over Ridgway.
Jordy Frank added 12 points for the Lady Cardinals with Macy Hanes chipping in with eight.
Emily Fullem scored a team-high 18 points for Ridgway while adding 17 rebounds, eight blocked shots and four steals.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 63, CURWENSVILLE 47
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Reilly Herzing, Taylor Newton and Josie Smith combined for 42 points to lead Elk County Catholic to a 63-47 win over visiting Curwensville in AML action.
Herzing led the Crusaders with 17 points, Newton added 13 and Smith 12.
Hannah Dixon had a game-high 24 points for Curwensville with Madison Weber adding 15 for the Lady Tide.
UNION 70, CLARION-LIMESTONE 34
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Behind 25 points, 12 rebounds and six steals from Frankee Remmick visiting Union rolled to a 70-34 victory over Clarion-Limestone.
Lexey Shick added 19 points, seven steals, three assists and three rebounds for the Golden Damsels, who also got 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals from Hannah Atzeni.
Morgan Clarke led C-L with 12 points, her second straight game in double digits. Maddy Craig added nine points for the Lady Lions.