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Karns City Boys Outlast Keystone in OT; Redbank Valley Rolls to Seventh Straight Win

Micah Rupp scored 12 points in Karns City's overtime win over Keystone Wednesday. Photo by Diane Lutz

KARNS CITY, Pa. – Outscoring visiting Keystone 13-4 in overtime, Karns City picked up a 51-42 KSAC Large School Division victory.

The game was tied at 38 at the end of regulation and then the teams exchanged baskets in the first half minute of overtime before Karns City got back-to-back hoops from Hobie Bartoe and Jacob Callihan then put the Gremlins ahead four, 44-40, with 2 ½ minutes left in the extra session.

Keystone got back within two, 44-42, on a Kyle Nellis basket with just over two to play in OT, but two Callihan free throws were followed by a Shane Peters basket and then an old-school 3-point play from Bartoe to allow Karns City to pull away.

The Gremlins forced overtime when Micah Rupp hit two free throws with just over a minute left in regulation.


Both teams then had turnovers in the final minute with Keystone’s Cole Henry called for a double-dribble with 49 seconds left, and Karns City’s Taite Beighley walking with a second to play.

Keystone actually got what could have been a decent look at the end of regulation when a Hail Mary pass to Henry was completed. But Henry’s wild shot from just outside the key as time ran out was off the mark.

The Gremlins led 27-26 going to the fourth quarter and then used a 5-0 run to open up a 34-30 advantage with just over five minutes to play.

But Keystone responded with six straight points, the final four from Henry, to go ahead 36-34 with 236 left.

Callihan tied the game at 36 when he scored on a fastbreak, but Nellis gave Keystone the lead back, 38-36, on a left-handed floater.

Callihan led Karns City with 15 points with Bartoe adding 13 points and Rupp 12.

Nellis had a game-high 17 points for Keystone with Henry adding 10.


NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Cam Wagner celebrated senior night with a career-high 15 points, as Redbank Valley beat Cranberry, 50-33, in KSAC Large School action.

It was the seventh straight win for the Bulldogs, who are now over .500 for the first time this year at 9-8.

Mason Clouse chipped in nine points with Owen Clouse adding eight points for Redbank Valley.

Ethan Merryman had eight points for Cranberry.


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