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Jan. 4, 2022 D9 Boys Hoops: Zimmerman OT Buzzer-Beater Lifts Jburg Past Smethport; Brookville Tops Meadville; ECC Rallies for Win

Griffin Ruhlman of Brookville scored a career-high 24 points in a two-point win at Meadville Tuesday. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa's work herePunxsutawney was the most recent team from either D9 or D10 to win a PIAA softball title winning the 4A title in 2018.

Jan. 4 District 9 boys’ basketball recaps


JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Luke Zimmerman’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the corner gave Johnsonburg a 42-41 win over visiting Smethport.

It was one of three 3-pointers hit by Zimmerman, as Johnsonburg outscored Smethport 7-6 in overtime.

Smethport rallied in the fourth quarter just to get to the extra four minutes after falling behind 26-21 after three periods of play.

The Hubbers, behind eight Alex Ognen points, outscored Johnsonburg 14-9 in the fourth quarter.

Zimmerman led Johnsonburg with 13 points with Jake Elmquist adding 11 and Jefferson Freeburg nine.

Ognen had a game-best 24 points for Smethport.


MEADVILLE, Pa. – In a back-and-forth interdistrict affair, unbeaten Brookville pulled out a 69-67 road win over Meadville.

The Raiders (8-0) were down three, 53-50, heading to the fourth quarter but scored six points in the opening minute of the quarter to take a 56-55 lead on a Danny Lauer bucket.

Brookville extended the lead to as many as five points in the quarter, but Meadville came back and was within two, 64-62, when the Raiders’ Hunter Geer scored on a putback with 1:05 left to make it 66-62.

Griffin Ruhlman then hit a pair of free throws with 30.2 to play to make it 68-62.

Lucas Luteran kept the Bulldogs alive with a 3-pointer with just under 10 seconds left to make it 68-65, but Lauer hit the front end of a one-and-one with 6.4 seconds to play to make it 69-65. Meadville’s Khalon Simmons then scored at the horn to set the final tally.

Meadville had the early advantage going ahead 27-17 early in the second quarter before Brookville got back within three, 35-32 at halftime.

Ruhlman had a career-high 24 points for the Raiders with Lauer adding 18, including seven in the fourth quarter. Ian Pete chipped in nine, and Geer eight for Brookville.

Simmons tied Ruhlman for game-high honors with 24 points with Luteran adding 17 and Jack Burchard 13.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Hitting 14 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter, visiting Elk County Catholic rallied past Brockway, 51-41.

The Crusaders trailed 35-32 going to the fourth quarter but thanks to the free throws outscored the Rovers 19-6 in the frame.

Luke Jansen was 6 of 6 from the charity stripe in the final eight minutes and scored eight of his game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to lead ECC.

Jordan Wasko also hit a key fourth-quarter 3-pointer and finished the night with 12 points, while Charlie Breindel added nine points and Micahel Jacobs eight.

ECC was 18 of 20 from the free-throw line in the game.

Noah Adams tied for game-high honors scoring 16 points for Brockway, including 10 in the third quarter when he hit a pair of 3-pointers.

The third quarter saw the Rovers outscore ECC 17-8 to erase a 24-18 halftime deficit.

Alex Carlson chipped in nine points, including seven in the third quarter, for Brockway.


GALETON, Pa. – Cameron Rees led a balanced effort with 10 points to help Austin to a 35-25 NTL road win over Galeton.

Adam Lucas added nine points for the Panthers with Jacob Hooftallen scoring six.

Matthew Zur paced Galeton with nine points.


BRADFORD, Pa. – Jake Frantz led a trio of Bradford players in double digits with 13 points, as the Owls picked up a 48-39 home win over Coudersport.

Jerid Wilmoth and Dalton Dixon each added 11 points for Bradford.

Christian Furman paced Coudersport with 11 points with Garret Kellert and Logan Ruter each adding seven tallies.

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