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Jan. 20, 2022 D9 Boys’ Recaps: Ognen Drops 40 as Smethport Tops Coudersport; Cameron Co. Goes Double OT to Beat St. Marys

Alex Ognen of Smethport floats in to score two of his career-high 40 points in the Hubbers win at Coudersport Thursday. Photo by Paul Burdick. Check out more of Burdick's work here

Jan. 20 District 9 boys’ basketball recaps

SMETHPORT 73, COUDERSPORT 50

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Alex Ognen may be the first Smethport player to score 40 points in over 50 years, as he exploded for 40 in a 73-50 NTL win at Coudersport.

Ognen hit 13 shots in the game, including five 3-pointers, while going 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.

He finished four points shy of the school record set by Bert Clark on March 3, 1971, in a game against Austin. Clark made 16 field goals and was 12 of 13 from the line in that game. Clark is the last Smethport player available in records to score at least 40 points in a game, although others may have done so.

Zach Myers had the most points in a game for the Hubbers in the last 22 years scoring 36 in a loss to Northern Potter Jan. 22, 2008.

Thirty-seven of Ognen’s 40 points came in the first, second, and fourth quarters. He scored 10 in the first, 15 in the second, and 12 in the fourth while being held to three in the third.

Ognen is the second District 9 player to top 40 points this year joining Curwensville’s Ty Terry, who netted 44 in a win over Glendale Dec. 20.

Preston Alfieri added 18 points for Hubbers in the win.

Christian Furman led Coudersport with 20 points with Garrett Kellert adding 10.

CAMERON COUNTY 37, ST. MARYS 34. 2 OVERTIMES

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Hayden Brown scored the lone basket of the second overtime, as Cameron outscored host St. Marys 3-0 in the second extra session to pick up a 37-34 win.

The game was tied at 27 at the end of regulation and then both teams scored eight points in the first overtime, including a buzzer-beater by the Dutch to send the game to a second extra four-minute period.

Brown had a huge came for Cameron County with 22 points with Alan Erickson adding seven for the Red Raiders.

Zack Thorwart led St. Marys with 11 points with Quin Gavazzi adding eight.

OTTO-ELDRED 60, PORT ALLEGANY 55

PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Otto-Eldred withstood an upset attempt from Port Allegany to pick up a 60-55 road NTL victory.

The Gators trailed by three, 58-55, with five seconds left but missed a 3-pointer before Manning Splain hit two free throws to seal the win.

Landon Francis scored a career-high 30 points, including 16 first-half points when he hit five of his seven 3-pointers. He added five assists.

Gavin Jimerson added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Terrors with Manning Splain adding six points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Braylon Button led Port Allegany with 22 points and eight rebounds with Blaine Moses recording a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists.

Drew Evens added 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

AUSTIN 45, NORTHERN POTTER 26

ULYSSES, Pa. – Dawson Hooftallen and Jacob Hooftallen combined for 29 points to lead visiting Austin to a 45-26 win at Northern Potter in NTL action.

Dawson scored 16 points with Jacob adding 13.

Keaton Shupe added nine points, and Adam Lucas four points and 11 rebounds.

Michael Moore and Marc Kicklighter each scored seven points for Northern Potter.

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