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Punxsutawney Edges Moniteau; Otto-Eldred, McDowell Roll to Non-League Wins

Otto-Eldred's Shene Thomas. File photo by Paul Burdick.

WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Freshman Evan Presloid broke a 41-all tie with a 3-pointer off a scramble play with 1:11 left, and visiting Punxsutawney went on to beat Moniteau, 48-43.


As Zach Presloid tried to drive the lane for the Chucks (9-7), Moniteau’s Andrew Zepeda knocked the ball loose. But Zach Presloid got to his knees, secured the basketball, and passed out to Evan Presloid in the left corner for the tie-breaking 3-pointer.

Beau Thomas then hit two free throws with 34.2 seconds left to make it a five-point game, and Noah Weaver hit two more with 17.3 seconds left to push the advantage to seven.

In a close game through, Moniteau (9-9) had taken a 41-39 lead on a Chason Rugg bucket with 2:23 to play.

But Punxsutawney, winner of two in a row after a five-game slide, tied the score at 41 on a long two from the top of the key by Weaver with 2:09 left.


Thomas led the Chucks, who trailed 20-19 at halftime, with 17 points, including eight of Punxsy’s 16 third-quarter points, while Evan Presloid added 11 tallies and Weaver nine.

Zepera scored eight of his team-high 14 points from the free-throw line for Moniteau going 8 of 10 from the line. Rugg added 13 points, and Landon Kelly scored eight points.


DUKE CENTER, Pa. – Looking for a signature win outside of conference play against District 9 competition, Otto-Eldred used a game-starting 18-0 run coupled with a 13-0 second-half run to get that victory, 51-27, over visiting DuBois Central Catholic.

Brax Caldwell scored nine first-quarter points and Landon Francis nailed a pair of early 3-pointers to help the Terrors (19-1), who lost by double digits a couple of weeks ago at Clarion-Limestone in their only other non-NTL big game against another D9 team, to the 18-0 start.


That start helped Otto-Eldred hold a 20-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.

But DCC (10-9) fought back and closed the gap to 25-17 at halftime thanks to a 15-4 second-quarter run.

Luke Fragle fueled the Cardinal comeback scoring 13 of the 15 points while hitting three 3-poitners.

DCC was still hanging around late in the third quarter trailing by nine, 30-21.

That’s when the Terrors put the game away going on a 13-0 run that included scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter.

Manning Splain started the fourth with five straight points, including a 3-pointer, and Shene Thomas then scored four in a row to push the Otto-Eldred lead to 43-21 putting the game away.,

Splain led a balanced effort for the Terrors with 14 points with Thomas breaking out of a mini-slump with 13 points. Francis and Caldwell each added 11.

Fragle led DCC with 13 points but was the only Cardinal above six. Andrew Green, who entered the game as the second-leading scorer in District 9 at 19.8 ppg, had his second straight tough game scoring just four points.


ERIE, Pa. – Tyler Grove scored 22 points to lead McDowell to a 70-49 win over Grand River Academy (Ohio).


Kamden Kramer was also in double figures for the Trojans (14-3), while Stephon Porter added 10.

Joe Quartey had 15 points for Grand River.


BROCKWAY, Pa. – Brockway picked up its second win of the season with a 50-45 victory over visiting Austin.

A hot start was the difference for the Rovers (2-15) as they led 21-10 at the end of the first quarter thanks in part to eight points from Ben Yale.

Austin (3-16) closed the gap to three, 29-26, by halftime and was within two, 38-36, going to the fourth quarter.

But Kyle Kennedy hit a big 3-pointer in the fourth quarter to help Brockway hold on for the victory.

Yale led the Rovers with 10 points with Kennedy and Caleb Daugherty each adding eight tallies and Kolton Kahle chipping in seven points.

Dawson Hooftallen had a game-high 16 points to go with eight rebounds, eight steals, and six assists for Austin while Brayden Stuckey added 12 points for the Panthers.


FRILLS CORNERS, Pa.- For the second time in five days, Ridgway beat North Clarion.

After picking up a 10-point win (49-39) at home on Monday, the Elkers went on the road and knocked off the Wolves 46-33 on Saturday.

Ridgway (9-8) set the tone early earning a 13-3 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to three Hunter Beeler 3-pointers.

Beeler led the Elkers with 14 points while Alex Merritt, Evan Gustafson, and Ethan Streich each scored eight points.

North Clarion (5-15) got 10 points from Logan Bish, nine from Ethan Carll, and eight from Hudson Irwin.



MAYVILLE, N.Y. – Greyson Rhodes scored 23 points to lead General McLane to a 74-32 non-league win over Chautauqua Lake (N.Y.).

Logan Anderson tallied 16 points and Jacob Zeitz 13 for the Lancers.

Nick Jacobson had 12 points for Chautauqua Lake.


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