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BREAKING: ECC Holds off Union (New Castle) in OT to Reach PIAA State Semifinals

Elk County Catholic players celebrate with fans following their 52-45 overtime win over Union (New Castle) in the 2022 PIAA Class 1A state quarterfinals at Clarion University on March 15, 2022. Photo by Chris Rossetti.

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CLARION, Pa. – Elk County Catholic is headed to the PIAA Class 1A boys state semifinals for the first time since 2009 after a thrilling 52-45 overtime win over Union (New Castle) on Tuesday.

ECC took a 3-point lead with a minute to play in OT and Union missed a potential game-tying shot with 23.7 seconds left. Charlie Breindel was fouled and went 4-4 from the line after the Scotties were assessed a technical foul. Breindel finished with a game-high 24 points.

ECC will face Bishop Canevin, a 53-45 winner over Imani Christian Academy, in the semifinals on Friday at a time and location to be announced.

With the game tied at 41-41 with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter, Breindel just missed a game-winning buzzer-beater and the game headed to overtime.

The Crusaders trailed 19-8 before an 11-0 second quarter run pulled them even at 19-19 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. ECC led 23-21 at the half and had a 28-21 lead early in the third quarter.

Union answered with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 28-28. ECC held a slim 34-32 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

Chris Rossetti will have much more on this game later.

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