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Jan. 7, 2020 Boys’ Hoops: Keystone Rallies from 13 Down to Beat C-L; Dush’s Late Shot Gives Ridgway Win

Jan. 7 boys’ basketball recaps.

(Photo: Troy Johnson of Keystone had 11 points and eight rebounds in the Panthers come-from-behind win over C-L Tuesday and was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game)


STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Rallying from a 13-point second-half deficit, visiting Keystone held on to beat Clarion-Limestone, 48-46, in a rematch of last year’s KSAC Title game.

Relisten to the game:

The Panthers fell behind 30-17 in the opening minutes of the second half and still trailed by seven, 33-26, going to the fourth quarter.

But a 13-5 run gave Keystone its first lead since 2-0 on a 3-pointer from Brandon Pierce, 39-38. Then, after Deion Deas, answered with a basket, Pierce drilled another three to put the Panthers ahead for good, 42-40 with around three minutes to play.

Keystone eventually got the lead to as many as five twice, 45-40 and 47-42, before C-L got within a point on a Kaden Park basket with 48.7 seconds to play.

But after Troy Johnson, who had a strong fourth quarter with five points for Keystone, missed the front-end of a 1-and-1, C-L stepped out of bounds with 9.3 seconds left giving the ball back to the Panthers. Isaak Jones then hit one of two charity shots with 7.1 seconds to play, and Curvin Goheen’s shot just before the buzzard from about 10 feet away was just off the mark with Colin Say getting the rebounds to seal the win for Keystone.

Johnson, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds and was named the Hager Paving Player of the Game, talked about the win.

Pierce led Keystone with 12 points with Jones adding nine points, five in the fourth quarter, and Alex Rapp contributing seven.

Deas led C-L with 13 points, nine in the first half, with Hayden Callen adding 11 points and 12 rebounds and Goheen nine points and nine rebounds.


Jess Quinn and Chris Rossetti break down the game in the Jan. 7 edition of The Coach and The Scribe.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Matt Dush’s driving layup with 28 seconds left completed a fourth-quarter comeback for Ridgway, which escaped Brockway with a 39-38 AML win.

Dush’s basket capped a 15-point fourth quarter for the Elkers, who trailed, 30-24, entering the final frame after scoring just five points in the middle two quarters (two in the second and three in the third) to fall down by six after taking a 19-9 lead at the end of eight minutes.

Matt Dush of Ridgway scored the game-winning basketball with just under 30 seconds left Tuesday. Photo by Jared Bakaya. Click on the photo to see more of Bakaysa’s work.

It also capped a strong fourth quarter for Dush, who scored 11 of his game-high 23 points in the final eight minutes. It was a quarter that saw Dush drain a pair of 3-pointers.

Zack Zameroski added four of his eight points in the fourth quarter as well for Ridgway.

Alec Freemer paced Brockway with 16 points, Jon Woods added nine points and Marcus Copelli chipped in eight points.


CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Behind 19 points from Ethan Kness, DuBois Central Catholic earned a 45-30 AML victory over Curwensville on the road.

The Cardinals outscored the Tide 21-6 in the second half after the game was tied 24-24 at the half.

Jalen Kosko had eight points with Parker Meholick and Dante Armanini each adding five for DCC.

Ty Terry paced the Tide scoring 14 of his 17 points in the second quarter. Adam Miller chipped in seven tallies.


HYDE, Pa. – Cade Walker’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds helped Clearfield to a 50-38 home Mountain League win over Penns Valley.

Karson Rumsky added 15 points for the Bison with Cole Miller hitting three 3-pointers on his way to 12 points.

Harrison Peacock hit the boards for six rebounds to go with a pair of points, and Andrew Lopez dished out five assists in the win.

Logan Snyder paced Penns Valley with 17 points.


OIL CITY, Pa. – Behind 24 points from Ethan McDeavitt and a double-double from Gage Neal, visiting Moniteau left Oil City with a 60-31 victory over Venango Catholic.

Neal had 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Warriors. Dean Hershey added six points with Nate Tach chipping in five.

Reza Reese had 12 tallies including a pair of 3-pointers to pace the Vikings in the loss. Andrew Burda ad Brady Cicatella each had eight points.


FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Matson Higgins had 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as North Clarion defeated visiting Cranberry, 53-38.

Drew Gatesman added 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Wolves while Collin Schmader chipped in 11 points. Devon Walters had nine tallies and 10 rebounds with Jacob Bauer adding five points and seven rebounds.

Matt McQuaide had 14 points in the loss for Cranberry with JT Stahlman adding 12.


TIONESTA, Pa. – Hunter Craddock exploded for a career-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and four steals, as Clarion ran past Forest Area, 90-42, for a road victory at West Forest.

Cal German added 21 points, 10 assists and five steals for the Bobcats with Josh Craig chipping in 16 points and Nick Frederick 11 tallies and six rebounds. Kyle Porciello also had five points and eight assists.

Franklin Meals led Forest Area with 14 points and five rebounds with Noah Burke adding 12 points and eight boards, Jullian Gillenwater eight points and Jacob Eddy five points and seven rebounds.