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Clarion and Brookville Advance, Journey Ends for Others: March 19-20 Playoff Recaps Powered by Eric Shick Insurance

Around the League: March 19-20, 2021. Powered by Eric Shick Insurance.

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Boys Results

Brookville 62, Ellwood City 60

A steal and score by Brookville’s Jace Miner with 10 seconds to go turned the tables on Ellwood City, allowing Brookville to advance to the PIAA semifinals with a 62-60 win. After the Raiders turned the ball over to give Ellwood City a chance to score the winning bucket, Miner swiped the inbounds pass and finished down low to give the Raiders a two-point lead with 10 seconds remaining. On the next defensive possession, Miner rejected an Ellwood City layup to preserve the lead and give Brookville a place in the PIAA Semis.

The game was extremely tight throughout, with the lead changing often and neither team gaining an advantage during the first three quarters. Brookville had a narrow two-point lead at the half, but Ellwood City entered the fourth quarter tied with the Raiders.

Jace Miner led all players with 28 points for Brookville. Hunter Geer and Griffin Rhulman each scored nine for Brookville. Joseph Roth led Ellwood City with a 22-point effort.

Brookville will advance to face Bishop Guilfoyle at Brookville on Tuesday at 6:30.

Clarion 61, Bishop Carroll 54

A 26-point effort from Hunter Craddock helped to fend off a late Bishop Carroll comeback in Clarion’s 61-54 win in the opening round of the PIAA Playoffs.

Clarion took a 12 point lead into the half and looked poised to secure a straightforward win, but Bishop Carroll came surging back in the second half, taking the lead late in the fourth quarter. Craddock and Beau Verdill helped turn the tide in favor of the Bobcats, using their height to recapture momentum and secure the narrow win.

Craddock scored 26 points to lead Clarion, while Verdill provided a 14-point night for the victorious Bobcats. Cal German scored 10 points as well for Clarion. Bishop Carroll was led by Spencer Myers, who scored 19 points. Luke Repko scored 15 for the Huskies, while Evan Amigh added eight points.

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Lincoln Park 67, Clearfield 34

With each victory, it meant one more practice. Each triumph meant one more day to get better. Each time there was a new opportunity, the Clearfield Bison were ready to chase it.

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This year, the hardwood has not been easy on the Bison cagers, with a late start to the year and so many late changes. Yet somehow, they would find their way into the Elite 8 of the PIAA state playoffs.

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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 75, Karns City 45

After a hotly contested opening quarter, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart pulled away from Karns City to secure a comfortable 75-45 win.

The Chargers took an early first-quarter lead, but the Gremlins cut the lead to make the score 19-16 after the opening period. From that point on, OLSH dominated, taking a 16-point lead at the half and further expanding their advantage during the rest of the contest.

Dante Spadafora led the Chargers with 23 points, while Jake Dimichele scored 20 for OLSH. Nathan Waltman scored 21 to top Karns City. Chase Beighley added 12 for the Gremlins.

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Girls Results

Mohawk 68, Punxsutawney 54

Mohawk was just too good for the Chucks, who see their playoff run come to an end after an undefeated regular season. Mohawk led big at the half, and despite a valiant Chucks comeback, held on for a comfortable win. Riley Presloid led Punxsutawney with 15 points.