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Dec. 14, 2021 D9 Boys: Otto-Eldred uses Strong Second Half to Beat Port Allegany; ECC, Clearfield Get Wins

Landon Francis had 23 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals in Otto-Eldred's win over Port Allegany Tuesday. Photo by Barb Close

Dec. 14 District 9 boys basketball recaps

OTTO-ELDRED 64, PORT ALLEGANY 47

DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Trailing 27-23 at halftime, Otto-Eldred turned up the defensive pressure and allowed just 20 second-half points in a 64-37 win over visiting Otto-Eldred in the NTL opener for both teams.

“We got off to a slow start, but we challenged the team at halftime,” Otto-Eldred head coach Steve Bell said. “We picked up our man-to-man defense.”

That defense came away with 13 steals led by five from Landon Francis, who also had six assists while scoring a game-high 23 points, all in the second half. Francis also added three rebounds.

“Landon had a nice all-around game and took over in the fourth quarter as we pulled away,” Bell said.

Fourteen of Francis’ points came in the fourth quarter.

Three addition Terrors reached double digits with Gavin Jimerson scoring 14 points, Austin Cousins 12, and Shane Thomas 10. Jimerson also had a team-high six rebounds.

Drew Evens led Port Allegany with 18 points with Noah Archer adding nine.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 41, JOHNSONBURG 27

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Using a balanced scoring effort, visiting Elk County Catholic beat Johnsonburg, 41-27, in AML action.

Jordan Wasko led the Crusaders with 13 points with Adam Straub and Charlie Breindel each adding eight points, Colby Nussbaum six, and Luke Jansen five.

Luke Zimmerman’s eight points led Johnsonburg.

CLEARFIELD 64, ST. MARYS 39

HYDE, Pa. – Cole Miller hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points, as Clearfield moved to 3-0 on the young season with a 64-39 non-conference win over visiting St. Marys.

Miller added four rebounds in the victory, while Isakk Way had 12 points, five steals, and four rebounds, and Ryan Gearhart 10 points and three helpers for the Bison.

Tanner Fox led St. Marys with 12 points.

FREEPORT 55, REDBANK VALLEY 43

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Ben Lane and Vincent Clark combined to score 27 points, as visiting Freeport turned back Redbank Valley, 55-43.

Lane scored a game-high 14 points for the Yellowjackets while Clark added 13.

Bryson Bain and Chris Marshall each scored 11 points for Redbank Valley, which trailed by just one, 40-39, going to the fourth quarter before only connecting on four free throws in the final eight minutes.

INDIANA 39, PUNXSUTAWNEY 33

INDIANA, Pa. – Freshman Standford Webb scored 13 points to help Indiana beat visiting Punxsutawney, 39-33.

Ethan Kutz and Evan Brocious each added nine points for the Little Indians.

Ryen Heigley led Punxsutawney, which trailed 22-11 at halftime, with six points with Noah Weaver and Zach Preloid each scoring five points.

WARREN 54, BRADFORD 41

WARREN, Pa. – Trailing by two going into the fourth quarter, Warren outscored Bradford 22-7 over the final eight minutes en route to a 54-41 win.

J.T. Blum led the way for Warren, scoring a game-high 19 points, 14 of which came in the second half. Parks Ordiway was also in double figures for the Dragons with 12 points, including a big three in the fourth quarter to help the Dragons pull away.

Kody Vega added nine points for Warren.

Rewatch the game:

Jake Franz had a big game for Bradford, coming off the bench to score a team-high 18 points. Jerid Wilmoth added 13 points for the Owls and Dalton Dixon six.

A medical situation at halftime delayed the start of the second half, as Bradford’s Cam Austin had a medical emergency at the half and had was taken to a local hospital. No update on his condition was available following the game.

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