Dec. 28 District 9 boys’ basketball recaps
NORTH CLARION 59, CLARION-LIMESTONE 57
FRANKLIN, Pa. – Collin Schmader knocked down a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining to lift North Clarion to a 59-57 comeback win over Clarion-Limestone.
The Wolves trailed 57-54 when Aiden Hartle knocked down a three with just under 20 seconds remaining to tie the game. A potential go-ahead shot by C-L was blocked on the other end, and a long outlet pass to Schmader resulted in a foul and the game-winning free throws.
The Lions had one last chance, but Hartle stole the ensuing inbounds pass to end the game.
Hartle and Schmader talked about the victory
Clarion-Limestone led by as many as nine late in the third quarter after the game was tied 27-27 at halftime. Kylie Klingensmith led the way for C-L with 15 points, while Ryan Hummell and Bryson Huwar added eight each.
Schmader poured in a game-high 28 points for the Wolves, while Hartle finished with 16 and Cole Byers and Zeelan Hargenrader six apiece.
WILLIAMSBURG 78, CLEARFIELD 76, OVERTIME
PATTON, Pa. – RJ Royer’s tip of his own missed shot at the horn in overtime gave Williamsburg a 78-76 win over Clearfield in the opening round of the Cambria Heights Tournament.
Royer had rebounded a missed shot by Lambert Palmer with just under four seconds to play, but his initial layup was no good. He then tipped the follow up, and it went in giving Blue Pirates the victory.
Cole Miller, who had a career-high 46 points, had sent the game to overtime when he was fouled taking a 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds left in regulation and calmly hit all three free throws to tie the game at 67.
After Palmer missed a three at the end of regulation, Clearfield took a 74-73 lead in overtime on a basket by Andon Greslick with around 41 seconds to play.
Palmer, though, hit a 3-pointer with 32 seconds to go to give Williamsburg a 76-74.
Miller, who added six rebounds and four assists, then tied the game at 76 with a runner in the lane with 11.6 to play in overtime.
Miller’s 46 points are the most by a District 9 player since Kane’s Andrew Bucheit scored 56 Jan. 26, 2017. The 46 points are also the most by a Bison player since at least the 2001 season. The school record is believed to be 54 scored during the 1957 season by George Wise.
Ryan Gearhart added 18 points in the loss for Clearfield.
Palmer led Williamsburg with 31 points with Royer adding 23 and Rowan Gorsuch 14.
Clearfield will play Glendale in the consolation game at noon Wednesday, while Williamsburg will play Cambria Heights in the title game.
REDBANK VALLEY 63, PLUM 43
FREEPORT, Pa. – Chris Marshall scored a game-high 24 points to lead Redbank Valley to a 63-43 win over Plum on the opening day of the Freeport Tournament.
Marquese Gardlock added 18 points for the Bulldogs, while Owen Clouse scored 11.
Adam Kotvas and Cameron Miss led Plum with eight points each with Nick Killinger adding seven points.
SMETHPORT 34, SHEFFIELD 28
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Alex Ognen made 8 of 14 free throws and finished with a game-high 17 points to lead Smethport to a 34-28 win over Sheffield in the opening round of the Sheffield Christmas Tournament.
The Hubbers trailed 22-20 going to the fourth quarter but outscored the Wolverines 14-6 in the final eight minutes thanks to 10 points from Ognen.
Preston Alfieri added seven points for Smethport.
Tony Richards led Sheffield with 12 points.
KANE 50, YOUNGSVILLE 25
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Landon Darr had 12 points and six rebounds to lead a balanced effort for Kane in a 50-25 win over Youngsville in the opening round of the Sheffield Christmas Tournament.
Andy Jekielek added 10 points and five rebounds for the Wolves with Justin Mishic chipping in nine points, nine rebounds, and four assists, and Jack Bell eight points and five rebounds.
Alex Hill led Youngsville with 11 points.
BROOKVILLE 56, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 38
DUBOIS, Pa. – Led by 11 points from Hunter Geer, nine different Brookville players scored in a 56-38 win over DuBois Central Catholic in the opening round of the DuBois Christmas Tournament.
Danny Lauer added 10 points for the Raiders with Conner Marshall scoring eight points and Ian Pete seven.
Alec Srock had a game-high 16 points for DCC with Jalen Kosko adding 10.
KARNS CITY 50, UNION 34
RIMERSBURG, Pa. – A strong start and strong finish helped visiting Karns City to a 50-34 win over Union.
The Gremlins led 15-1 at the end of the first quarter but saw that lead cut to 22-19 at halftime and 32-30 by the end of the third quarter.
But Taite Beighley scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter to help Karns City outscored the Golden Knights 18-4 in the final eight minutes to pull away.
Micah Rupp added 11 points for Karns City with Luke Cramer chipping in eight.
Payton Johnston scored 12 points to pace Union with Skyler Roxbury adding eight points.
DUBOIS 45, BROCKWAY 14
DUBOIS, Pa. – Three different players scored eight points each to help DuBois to a 45-14 win over Brockway in the opening round of the DuBois Christmas Tournament.
Ryan Kovalyak, Andrew Shaffer-Doan, and Chooch Husted each scored eight tallies for the Beavers with Tyler Kennis adding seven points.
Dylen Coder hit a pair of 3-pointers and finished with six points to pace Brockway.
BALD EAGLE AREA 57, CURWENSVILLE 37
PHILIPSBURG, Pa. – Alex Gavlock scored a game-high 21 points to lead Bald Eagle Area to a 57-37 win over Curwensville on the first day of the Philipsburg-Osceola Tournament.
Blaze Angelloti added 12 points in the win.
Ty Terry tied for game-high honors by scoring 21 points for Curwensville.
JASPER-TROUPSBURG 61, NORTHERN POTTER 33
JASPER, N.Y. – Cash Bouton hit five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 29 points to lead Jasper-Troupsburg (N.Y.) to a 61-33 win over Northern Potter on the first day of the Jasper-Troupsburg Christmas Tournament.
Nolan Smith led Northern Potter with 12 points with Marc Kicklighter adding 10 points.
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS 55, KEYSTONE 41
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. – Josh Reisenauer led a trio of Cambridge Springs players in double digits with 17 points, as the Blue Devils toppled visiting Keystone, 55-41.
Ethan Counasse added 13 points for Cambridge Springs with Nathan Held chipping in 11.
Bret Wingard had a monster game for Keystone with 16 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocked shots.
Also for the Panthers, Tyler Albright scored 15 points.
SAEGERTOWN 68, MONITEAU 58
MERCER, Pa. – Jaden Wilkins and Brady Greco combined to score 47 points to lead Saegertown past Moniteau, 68-58, on the second day of the Mercer Christmas Tournament.
Wilkins led the Panthers with 24 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, with Greco adding 23 while hitting five 3-pointers.
Also reaching double digits for Saegertown with 10 points was Zach Balog, who hit three 3-pointers.
Kyle Pry scored 20 points to lead Moniteau with Ryan Jewart adding 17.