EMPORIUM, Pa. – Manning Splain scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help Otto-Eldred hold off homestanding Cameron County while taking a huge step forward towards a second straight NTL title.
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The Terrors (16-1, 12-0 NTL), who entered the game only a game up in the loss column on the Red Raiders (10-4, 8-2) left the night in prime position to win another league title as they now hold what amount to a three-game lead on Cameron County with the icebreaker with just four league games left for O-E.
The home team didn’t go down without a fight, though, as Cameron trailed by one, 28-27, at halftime, and by two, 38-36, going to the fourth quarter.
But Splain hit a 3-pointer, two two’s, and four free throws in the final eight minutes to help expand the lead.
While Splain was at his best late, Landon Francis was at his best early scoring 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half.
Shene Thomas also added eight points in the win,
Camdyn Allison led Cameron County with 16 points with Ryan Shaffer chipping in 15 points.
NORTHERN POTTER 53, COUDERSPORT 52
ULYSSES, Pa. – Turning around a 36-point loss earlier in the season to Coudersport, Northern Potter got a pair of clutch free throws from Logan Chapman to stun the visiting Falcons, 53-52.
The Panthers lost at Coudersport, 69-33 on Dec. 30 and trailed 33-27 after the third quarter Friday night only to nearly double their point total in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Falcons 26-19 to get the win.
Nolen Smith hit a pair of fourth-quarter 3-pointers and scored eight of his 13 points in the final eight minutes to lead the charge while Chapman scored all five of his points in the final quarter and Ty Daniels hit a big fourth-quarter triple.
Daniels finished with a team-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and three steals while Malachi Lewis grabbed six rebounds. Wyatt Kibbe and Noah Cady each chipped in seven points, and Cady had five boards.
Reilly Streich had a game-high 20 points for Coudersport with Roessner and Micah Batson each adding 11 points.
KEYSTONE 53, MONITEAU 37
KNOX, Pa. – Keystone imposed its will over visiting Moniteau in getting a 53-37 win.
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The Panthers were more physical than the Warriors by evidence of three Keystone players reaching double digits in rebounds.
Aiden Sell had 16 boards, Cole Henry added 15, and Tyler Albright had 10.
Henry had a big game finishing a double-double with 17 points. He was named the Allegheny Grille Foxburg Player of the Game and talked about the win.
Albright and Sell each chipped in seven points, while Kyle Nellis had 16 tallies.
Chasoon Delarosa-Rugg led Moniteau with 11 points, but nine of those came on three first-quarter 3-pointers. Delarosa-Rugg left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury and did not return.
Ayden Jackson added 10 points for Moniteau, which was tied at 15 after eight minutes of play only to get outscored 13-5 in the second quarter.
KANE 60, SHEFFIELD 47
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Putting five players in double digits, Kane picked up a 60-47 road win over Sheffield in AML North action.
Ricky Zampogna led the Wolves with 14 points, seven rebounds, three steals, and two assists with Sam Lundeen adding 13 points.
Landon Darr chipped in 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal, Scott Szymanski added 11 points, six rebounds, three steals, and an assist, and Dane Anderson had 10 points, four steals, three rebounds, and two assists.
Conner Finch had 12 points for Sheffield with Lucas McNeal adding 10.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 43, JOHNSONBURG 27
JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – A 12-4 third-quarter advantage helped visiting Elk County Catholic secure a 43-27 win over Johnsonburg in AML action.
The Crusaders led 17-12 at halftime but had five different players score in the third quarter to expand the lead to 29-16.
Michael Jacobs led ECC with 13 points with Wil Wortman and Adam Straub each scoring eight points and Colby Nussbaum seven points.
Luke Zimmerman paced Johnsonburg with 13 points.
RIDGWAY 39, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 28
DUBOIS, Pa. – In another low-scoring affair, Ridgway got 15 points from Eric Panebanco to pick up a 39-29 AML South win at DuBois Central Catholic.
Eric Gustafson added eight points in the win.
Luke Swisher led DCC with nine points with Luke Fragle adding seven.
DUBOIS 45, PUNXSUTAWNEY 33
DUBOIS, Pa. – Limiting visiting Punxsutawney to just two second-quarter points, DuBois took home a 45-33 D9 League victory over the Chucks.
Up 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Beavers expanded the lead to 21-10 by halftime.
Tyson Kennis had a big night for DuBois with 22 points with Cam Thompson adding seven.
Ryen Heigley and Zach Presloid each scored eight points for Punxsutawney.
BROOKVILLE 59, ST. MARYS 43
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Going on the road didn’t slow down Brookville, as the Raiders got 16 points apiece from Jack Pete and Clayton Cook to defeat St. Marys, 59-43.
Noah Peterson added 12 points in the win.
Tanner Fox paced St. Marys with 11 points with Tyler Mitchell adding eight.
CURWENSVILLE 66, BELLWOOD-ANTIS 58
BELLWOOD, Pa. – Parker Wood liked Curwensville’s trip to Blair County, as Wood scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Golden Tide past Bellwood-Antis, 66-58.
Davis Fleming added 17 points in the win with Chandler English scoring 10 and Dan McGarry nine.
Holden Schreier led Bellwood-Anthis with 16 points.
KARNS CITY 61, CRANBERRY 28
SENECA, Pa. – Jacob Callihan had 13 points, five rebounds, and three assists to help visiting Karns City knock off Cranberry, 61-28, in KSAC Large School action.
Hobie Bartoe also scored 13 points for the Gremlins with Micah Rupp adding 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and three assists.
Shane Peters also chipped in eight points and five rebounds for Karns City with Taite Beighley adding eight points, five steals, four assists, and two rebounds.
Colin Zerbe and Ashton Weaver each tallied six points for Cranberry.
CLARION-LIMESTONE 62, REDBANK VALLEY 41
STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Jordan Hesdon and Rylie Klingensmith each scored 18 points to help Clarion-Limestone to a 62-41 home KSAC LArgeu School win over Redbank Valley.
Hesdon also chipped in four assists and two steals in the winning cause, while Jack Callen had 10 points and six rebounds, and Jase Ferguson had two points, six assists, four steals, and three boards. Tommy Smith also scored eight points.
Playing without leading scorer Owen Clouse, Redbank Valley had balanced scoring.
Kieran Fricko led the Bulldogs with seven points with Aiden Ortz, Braylon Wagner, Mason Clouse, and Mathew Kozma each scoring six points.
CLARION 62, UNION 58
CLARION, Pa. – Building an 11-point halftime lead, Clarion held off a second-half charge by visiting Union to get a 62-58 KSAC Small School win.
The Bobcats were ahead 36-25 at the break only to see Union go on a 21-13 third-quarter run to get right back into the game.
But Gabe Simko scored six of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help Clarion hold on for the win.
Devon Lauer led the Bobcats with 21 points, 17 before halftime, while Bryce Brinkley added eight points. Derek Smail was two points shy of a double-double with eight points and 10 rebounds, and Dawson Smail chipped in five points, five assists, and seven steals.
Payton Johnston had a game-high 23 points to go with four steals, four assists, two blocks, and a rebound for Union.
Skyler Roxbury added 16 points and three assists for the Golden Knights with Zander Laughlin chipping in eight points and six rebounds. Dawson Camper grabbed 11 boards and scored four points while also handing out three assists, coming away with three steals, and blocking a pair of shots.
GALETON 62, AUSTIN 56
GALETON, Pa. – Brady Cimino hit five 3-pointers on his way to 19 points while helping Galeton to a 62-56 home NTL victory over Austin.
Zach Pagno added 10 points for the Tigers who also got nine from John Martin and eight from Corey Anderada.
That offset a career-high 37 points from Jacob Hooftallen for Austin with Hooftallen adding eight rebounds.
His second cousin, Dawson Hooftallen, had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
SMETHPORT 68, OSWAYO VALLEY 43
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Down four players, including a starter, a sixth man, and two rotational guys, Smethport turned to Hayden Leet to lead the way in a 68-43 win at Oswayo Valley in NTL action.
Leet scored a career-high 20 points to lead the way for the Hubbers who also got 15 points from Preston Alfieri, 10 points from Keegan Watson, and eight from Seth Sanderson.
Dawson Welch hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for Oswayo Valley.
A-C VALLEY 78, VENANGO CATHOLIC 45
OIL CITY, Pa. – In a game probably more noteworthy for having three generations of Scott Walters referring it, A-C Valley ran past homestanding Venango Catholic. 78-45.
Scott Walters Sr., Scott Walters Jr., and Scott (Scottie) Walters III made up the three-man referring crew in the contest.
They witness Jay Clover pour in a game-high 27 points for A-C Valley who also got 13 points apiece from Brody Dittman and Alex Preston and nine from Ian Runyan.
James Henry scored 17 points for Venango Catholic with Nico Blauser scoring 11 and Logan Suttle 13.
PORT ALLEGANY 46, BROCKWAY 29
PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – A strong all-around game from Noah Archer helped Port Allegany pick up a 46-29 home win over Brockway.
Archer had seven points, 10 rebounds, six steals, and four assists.
Blaine Moses led the Gators with 12 points with Braylon Button adding eight points and 11 rebounds and Drew Evens seven points, six rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots.
Brady Demonte, Aiden Grieneisen, and Aiden Wilcox each scored six points for Brockway.
TYRONE 76, CLEARFIELD 39
TYRONE, Pa. – Twenty-four days after dropping a two-point decision to Clearfield on the road, Tyrone returned the favor and then some beating up on the visiting Bison, 76-39.
Sam Crilly was hot from the outside hitting six first-half 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 22 points for the Golden Eagles while Ross Gampe added 14 points.
Cole Miller had 13 points for Clearfield.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 58, JOHNSONBURG 20
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Syd Alexander netted a game-high 22 points to help Elk County Catholic to a 58-20 home AML North win over Johnsonburg.
Kiri Emmert and Tori Newton each added eight points for the Lady Crusaders with Lucy Klawuhn chipping in seven tallies.
Ella Lindberg scored a team-best 11 points for Johnsonburg.
DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 53, RIDGWAY 42
RIDGWAY, Pa. – Kayley Risser and Lexi Berta each scored 13 points to lift DuBois Central Catholic to a 53-42 road AML South win over Ridgway.
Faith Jacob and Marina Henes each chipped in eight points in the win for the Lady Cardinals.
Jenna Kasmierski had a game-high 18 points to go with eight rebounds for Ridgway with Kristen Ellenberger adding 12 points, four assists, and four steals, and Gabby Amacher 10 points, four rebounds, and three steals.
BROOKVILLE 56, CURWENSVILLE 24
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Eden Wonderling scored 13 of her game-high 15 points in the first half, helping spark Brookville to a 56-24 win over visiting Curwensville in a non-league matchup.
Brookville led 21-6 after the first quarter, 35-15 by halftime, and 50-19 by the end of the third quarter.
Mara Bowser, Samantha Whitling, and Kaida Yoder all scored eight points for the Lady Raiders.
Karleigh Fryer and Skylar Pentz each scored 10 points for Curwensville.