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Dec. 29, 2015 District 9 Boys’ Basketball Recaps – Union’s Morris scores 1,000th career point


Cole Morris of Union scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday


SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Cole Morris netted 25 points and scored his 1,000th career point in the process to lead Union to a 65-25 win over host Sheffield in the opening round of the Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament Tuesday.

Morris entered the night needing 24 points to reach 1,000 and become the 10th Golden Knight (see D9 1,000-point list) to achieve the feat. He finished the night with 1,001 career tallies.

Lucas Bowser added 20 points for Union, while Hank Murphy had eight.

Ryan Lemay paced Sheffield with six points and Logan Connolly added five.

Union led 26-4 at the end of the first quarter and 45-15 at halftime.

The Golden Knights will face Kane in the title game Wednesday with Sheffield taking on Youngsville in Wednesday’s consolation contest.


DUBOIS, Pa. – Zach Sloan’s coast-to-coast dash after a Dante Dawson steal lifted DuBois to a 54-52 overtime win over Brockway in the championship game of the DuBois Holiday Tournament Tuesday night at DuBois High School.

With the game tied at 52, Brockway was inbounding the ball under its basket with 6.9 seconds left when Dawson deflected the inbounds pass and Sloan scooped the ball up and went the length of the floor for the game-winning bucket with just under a second to play.

It was fitting that Sloan scored the game winner, as the senior had a fantastic night with 23 points including four of the Beavers six overtime points.

The game was tied at 48 at the end of regulation thanks in large part to the play of Brockway’s Carter Adams who scored eight of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter while hitting a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers.

Nick LaBrasca added 10 points for DuBois, while Jake Wineberg had 13 and Corey Carr 11, including three of the Rovers four overtime points, for Brockway.


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Jonathan Smith led a balanced Clarion attack with 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the Bobcats dispatch Saegertown, 60-54, in the opening round of the Carl Truance Holiday Tournament at Punxsutawney High School Monday afternoon.

Ty Burford added 12 points for Clarion with Cam Craig scoring 10 and Bo Miller and Reed Anthony seven each.

Clarion led 27-23 at halftime but trailed 44-43 going to the fourth quarter before watching Smith score six points and Anthony five in a 17-10 fourth-quarter for the Bobcats.  

Clarion will face Punxsutawney in the title game Wednesday with Saegertown taking on Marion Center in the consolation game Wednesday.


COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Tavien Kemp scored 20 points to lead Archbishop Walsh (N.Y.) to a 57-40 win over North Clarion in the opening round of the Maple Leaf Tournament at Coudersport Tuesday afternoon.

Christian Churakos added 14 points for Walsh, while Zayn Hargenrader led North Clarion, which trailed 25-17 at the half, with 15 points.

North Clarion will face Northern Potter in Wednesday’s consolation game, while Archbishop Walsh will take on Coudersport in the title game.


OIL CITY, Pa. – Despite a career-high 30 points from Brady Kingston, Venango Catholic dropped the consolation game of the Oil City Holiday Tournament, 73-50, to VisionQuest.

Kingston hit 10 shots from the field, including a 3-pointer, and was 9 of 13 from the free-throw line while scoring nine of his points in the first quarter and 11 in the fourth quarter.

The game was close for a while with VisionQuest leading by just one, 19-18, at the end of the first quarter and by seven, 37-30, at halftime before outscoring the Vikings 15-6 in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Daveaa Latham led the Eagles with 23 points, and Marquise Williams added 21.

Noah Puleo chipped in 10 points for Venango Catholic.


RURAL VALLEY, Pa. – Noah Rankin came within an assist of a triple-double, as Clarion-Limestone shook off its first loss of the year with a 72-47 rebound win over Propel Andrew Street Charter School Tuesday in the consolation game of the West Shamokin Holiday Tournament.

Rankin finished with 19 points, 14 before halftime, 15 rebounds and nine assists.

Ian Callen added 16 points and eight boards for the Lions, who led 38-19 at the break, and Christian Smith added 16 points, 14 in the second half.  

Trevan Allen led Propel with 15 points while hitting three 3-pointers.


SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Andrew Bucheit scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while sending the crowd into a frenzy with a slam dunk of a teammate’s missed shot, as Kane rolled past Youngsville, 51-33, in the opening round of the Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament Tuesday.

Frank Truden added 12 points and 11 assists for the Wolves, and Chris Udovich added 11.

Kane led 23-11 at halftime and 39-22 at the end of three quarters.  


COMMODORE, Pa. – Will Myers scored a game-high 21 points while hitting five 3-pointers, as Clearfield doubled up Harmony, 60-30, in the opening round of the Purchase Line Christmas Tournament Tuesday night.

Ryan Lezzer added nine points off the bench for the Bison, while Evan Brown and Caleb Strouse each chipped in with seven tallies.

Clearfield will take on Purchase Line in Wednesday’s title game with Harmony facing Glendale in the consolation game Wednesday.


DUBOIS, Pa. – Christian LaParne scored 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and eight assists and freshman Justin Miknis added 16 points to help DuBois Central Catholic rally past Brookville, 60-49, in the consolation game of the DuBois Holiday Tournament Tuesday night.

The Cardinals trailed 21-18 at halftime but outscored Brookville 42-28 in the second half.

Miknis led the way in the third quarter scoring seven of DCC’s 18 points in the quarter, while LaParne was at this best in the fourth quarter netting 14 of his points including going 10 of 14 from the line in the quarter on his way to a 12 of 16 performance from the charity stripe.

Joey Varischetti chipped in 12 points for DCC.

Ben Reitz led a balanced Brookville attack with 15 points, while Jimmy Moore added 13 and Kurt Schindler nine. Seth Ray chipped in seven tallies for the Raiders.


PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Sophomore Brandon Matthews scored 18 points, including 16 in the first half, as host Punxsutawney rolled past Marion Center, 68-43, in the opening round of the Carl Truance Holiday Tournament Tuesday night.

Dylan Huey and Jake Weaver added 10 points apiece for the Chucks, who led 45-25 at halftime.

Punxsutawney will face Clarion in the title game Wednesday, while Marion Center will take on Saegertown in Wednesday’s consolation game.


FRANKLIN, Pa. – A 26-7 second quarter helped Franklin blow out Redbank Valley, 75-37, in the opening round of the Franklin Holiday Tournament Tuesday.

The Knights led by just two, 10-8, after one quarter but took a 36-15 lead into halftime thanks to 12 points from Kyle Russell, who finished with a team-high 18, and eight from Preston Morgan, who ended with 13 points.

Sam Heeter led all scorers with 19 points for Redbank Valley with Dalton Dougherty adding eight points for the Bulldogs.

Franklin will take on Fairview in the title game Wednesday with Redbank Valley meeting Lakeview in Wednesday’s consolation game.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Jeremy Breier netted 18 points to lead Ridgway to a 46-20 win over Johnsonburg in the opening round of the Elk County Tournament Tuesday night at St. Marys High School.

Andy Breier added nine points for the Elkers, while Tyler Singer and Jake Sheldon led Johnsonburg with five points each.

Ridgway will take on Elk County Catholic in the title game of the tournament Wednesday with Johnsonburg facing St. Marys in Wednesday’s consolation game.


CHESWICK, Pa. – Maurice Reaves and Uri Myers combined to score 35 points to lead Clairton to a 68-30 win over Moniteau in the opening round of the Deer Lakes Christmas Tournament Tuesday.

Reaves netted a game-high 19 points, while Myers added 16. Jyleel Hall chipped in 10 for the Bears.

Aaron Marterella led Moniteau, which trailed 23-5 at the end of the first quarter,  with 11 points.

Moniteau will take on host Deer Lakes in Wednesday’s consolation game with Clairton facing Springdale in the title game Wednesday.


ST. MARYS, Pa. – Kyle Huff scored nine of his game-high 19 points in the first quarter helping Elk County Catholic to a quick start on its way to a 60-49 win over St. Marys in the opening round of the Elk County Tournament Tuesday at St. Marys High School.

Behind Huff, the Crusaders took an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and led by 10, 30-20, at halftime.

Gabe Kraus added 14 points while hitting four 3-pointers for ECC, while Brad Dippold and Benji Hoffman each chipped in eight points.

Jeffrey Wehler and Brady Bauer each scored 12 points to pace St. Marys.


RURAL VALLEY, Pa. – West Shamokin rode a hot start to a 54-36 win over visiting Karns City in the championship game of the West Shamokin Holiday Tournament Tuesday.

The Wolves led 20-5 at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

Ryan Bradigan-Barnett led a balanced attack for West Shamokin with 12 points. Eight different Wolves scored with six players netting at least six points.

Chandler Turner led Karns City with 10 points, Ian McElroy added seven and Reese Barger six.


HADLEY, Pa. – Despite nine points and nine rebounds from Joe Manculich, A-C Valley fell to host Commodore Perry, 70-36, in the opening round of the Commodore Perry Tournament Tuesday.

Austin Heeter also scored nine points for the Falcons, who will take on Jamestown in the consolation game Wednesday.

Commodore Perry will face Calvary Baptist in the title game Wednesday as well.  


COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Coudersport wasted little time dispatching Northern Potter, 79-16, in the opening round of the Maple Leaf Tournament at Coudersport Tuesday.

The host Falcons led 22-0 at the end of the first quarter and 46-5 at halftime.

Jared Green led Coudy with 17 points, Zach Layag added 14, Aaron Wolfinger and Derek Keglovits nine each and Owen Chambers eight.

Tucker Kosa paced NoPo with 13 points with Frank Gardner scoring the other three.

Coudersport will take on Archbishop Walsh (N.Y.) in Wednesday’s title game with Northern Potter facing North Clarion in the consolation game.