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Feb. 13, 2021 D9 Boys’ Hoops: JBurg Ends ECC’s 30-Game Home Win Streak; German-Less Clarion Tops Keystone

Gabe Watts helped Johnsonburg end ECC's 30-game Home Win Streak

Feb. 13 District 9 boys’ basketball recaps.

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JOHNSONBURG 38, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 36

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Using a 10-2 second-half run, Johnsonburg picked up a 38-36 road win over Elk County Catholic ending the Crusaders 30-game home win streak.

ECC last lost at home exactly three years ago, Feb. 13, 2018, when Bradford picked up a 56-54 win. It was also the Crusaders first home loss to a Class 1A opponent since Dec. 11, 2012, when Johnsonburg beat ECC, 47-37.

How rare is a home loss for the Crusaders? Since the start of the 2014 season it is just the third time ECC has lost at home, and in the past 21 years, starting with the 2000-01 season, the Crusaders are 217-21 at home.

Johnsonburg pulled off the victory thanks to Gabe Watts and Cam Stelene.

With the Rams down 28-26 late in the third quarter, Stelene tied the game at 28. Watts then broke the tie early in the fourth quarter with a driving layup before Stelene made it 32-28 with an inside basket. Watts scored again to push the lead to six, 34-28, before Mason McAllister halted the run for a moment with a basket for ECC.

But Eric Christoff hit two free throws to send the advantage back to six, 36-30.

Mark Kraus wasn’t going to let the Crusaders got away without a fight hitting a pair of long-range 3-pointers sandwiched between Jefferson Freeburg hitting one of two charity shots, to make it a 1-point game, 37-36, with 30.7 seconds.

Watts then hit one of two free throws with 29.3 seconds left to make it 38-36.

With four fouls to give, Johnsonburg used all four of them between the 11.1-second mark and the 5.9 seconds.

After the sixth foul, Charlie Breindel drove the lane and was fouled by John Douglass with 1.3 seconds left.

But Breindel missed the first free throw forcing him to miss the second on purpose. The ECC guard did so my backing up a few steps and shooting while being in a position to rebound the loose ball, which he did in the corner in front of the ECC bench. But his desperation two at the horn was off the mark.

Stelene led Johnsonburg with 16 points with Watts adding 13 points.

Kraus led ECC with 12 points on four 3-pointers. Breindel added nine points for the Crusaders.

CLARION 49, KEYSTONE 44

KNOX, Pa. – Playing without leading scorer and 1,000-point performer Cal German because of an ankle injury, visiting Clarion got a career-high-tying 26 points from Beau Verdill to knock off Keystone, 49-44.

Christian Simko added 16 points in the win for Clarion.

Brandon Pierce and Bret Wingard each scored 14 points to lead Keystone.

A-C Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DCC, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley, and Union recaps are powered by Computer Support in Clarion.

KARNS CITY 79, VENANGO CATHOLIC 36

OIL CITY, Pa. – Cole Sherwin knocked down five 3-pointers on his way to a career-best 15 points to lead visiting Karns City to a 79-36 Saturday morning win over Venango Catholic.

Nathan Waltman scored a game-high 22 points for the Gremlins who also got 12 points and eight assists from Chase Beighley, eight points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals from Micah Rupp, and eight points and 10 rebounds from Luke Garing.

Andrew Burda (14 points) and Jake Liederbach (13 points) combined for 27 of Venango Catholic’s 36 points.

NORTH CLARION 62, FOREST AREA 38

FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Josh Daum poured in a career-best 20 points to help North Clarion vanquish visiting Forest Area, 62-38.

Zeelan Hargenrader added 15 points for th Wolves who also got 10 from Aiden Hartle.

Cameron Call led Forest Area with nine points with Allen Johnston and Jacob Eddy each scoring seven points.

A-C Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DCC, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley, and Union recaps are powered by Computer Support in Clarion.

OTTO-ELDRED 57, AUSTIN 42

DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Jake Merry scored 18 points to lead a trio of Otto-Eldred players in double digits, as the Terrors picked up a 57-42 win over visiting Austin.

Cole Sebastian added 12 points for the winners with Gavin Jimmerson chipping in 11 points.

Aydan Nicka led Austin with 15 points with Jackson Glover adding a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go with three assists.

CAMERON COUNTY 59, NORTHERN POTTER 26

ULYSSES, Pa. – Led by 15 points from Caden Beldin, Cameron County had four players score in double figures in a 59-26 win over Northern Potter.

Gavin Morton added 13 points, Hayden Brown chipped in 12 points, and Cam Allison had 11 tallies for the Red Raiders.

Tanyon Brown led Northern Potter with eight points and Tre Slawson chipping in seven.

RIDGWAY 49, BRADFORD 29

RIDGWAY, Pa. – Dan Park scored a career-high 25 points to lead Ridgway to a 49-29 win over visiting Bradford.

Alex Bon added nine points for the Elkers.

Jake Franz led Bradford with 11 points.

ST. MARYS 51, OSWAYO VALLEY 16

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Mitch Reider led a balanced St. Marys effort with 12 points in a 51-16 road win over Oswayo Valley.

Bryce Walker added eight points for the Dutch who also got seven tallies from Drake Caskey.

Cayden Black led Oswayo Valley with eight points.

DUBOIS 74, PENN CAMBRIA 31

DUBOIS, Pa. – Nick Felix scored 16 points to help DuBois to a 74-31 win over visiting Penn Cambria.

Andrew Shaffer-Doan added a career-high 11 points for the Beavers with Lennon Lindholm chipping in 10. In all, 12 DuBois players scored.

Garret Harrold scored 12 points to lead Penn Cambria.

A-C Valley, Brockway, Brookville, Clarion, Clarion-Limestone, DuBois, DCC, Keystone, North Clarion, Redbank Valley, and Union recaps are powered by Computer Support in Clarion.

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