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.
We have OT as Breidel shot misses at horn … 41 all pic.twitter.com/ZJqpsmiQC1
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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.