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What a Night in D9 Boys Hoops: OT Winners, Buzzer Beaters, Late Steals, Big Runs Highlight Dec. 20 Action

Taite Beighley led Karns City to a 2 OT win over Moniteau Tuesday. Photo by Diana Smith

KARNS CITY, Pa. – Taite Beighley scored 31 points to lead Karns City to a 68-62 double-overtime victory over rival and visiting Moniteau.

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Beighley was at his best in the fourth quarter and the two overtimes scoring 21 of his 31 points.

Two of the most important points from Beighley came with no time on the clock at the end of regulation the Gremlins trailing 53-51.

Beighley was fouled at the end of regulation and hit both charity shots to send the game to overtime.


In the first overtime, Karns City led 58-56 when Andrew Zepeda hit a floater with four seconds left to send the game to a second extra session.

In addition to the key late free throws, Beighley, who also dished out seven assists, hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Gremlins rally from a 38-36 deficit heading to the final eight minutes of regulation.

Jacob Callihan had a big game for Karns City as well with 16 points and 16 rebounds with Micah Rupp adding 10 points and seven rebounds.

David Martino led Moniteau with 16 points, including 13 in the third quarter.

David Dessicino added 15 points for the Warriors with Zepeda adding nine and Chason Delarosa-Rugg eight.



DUBOIS, Pa. – Cam Thompson hit a 3-pointer just before the horn, as homestanding DuBois stunned Elk County Catholic, 36-35.

ECC trailed 25-23 going to the fourth quarter but took the 34-30 lead thanks to a balanced effort that saw six different players scoring.

Thompson, though, drilled a 3-pointer with just under 14 seconds left to cut the DuBois deficit to one, 34-33.

Wil Wortman was then fouled and hit the front-end of a one-and-one with about 10 seconds left but missed the second shot leaving the Crusader up two, 35-33.

Tyson Kennis pulled down the rebound and got it out to Thompson who pushed the ball up the sideline. Thompson then found Rudy Williams, who started to drive the lane before kicking back to Thompson just to the right of the top of the circle.

About two feet behind the line, Thompson put up an off-balance leaning jumper as ECC’s Jordan Wasko and Lance O’Neill tried to close him out.

Watch the game-winning shot. Video courtesy of DuBois volleyball

Thomson, who hit three 3-pointers in the game, led all scorers with 14 points.


Rudy Williams added eight points for DuBois.

Wortman scored nine points for ECC with Michael Jacobs adding eight points and Adam Straub seven.


FOXBURG, Pa. – Dawson Smail sealed a 47-45 Clarion win at A-C Valley with a steal with under five seconds to play

It was Fox’s fifth steal of the game and helped s short-handed Bobcats team – Clarion played without starter Gabe Simko – hold off a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by the Falcons.

Clarion led 42-35 going to the fourth quarter but was held to just five points in the quarter while A-C Valley got a big 3-pointer from Brody Dittman as well as three points from Jay Clover to get back in the contest.

Smail and Devon Lauer led Clarion with 16 points each with Smail adding seven rebounds and Lauer four steals and three assists.

Dittman hit five 3-pointers and led A-C Valley with 15 points with Alex Preston adding 12 and Clover nine.


ULYSSES, Pa. – Carson Dunn scored seven overtime points to help visiting Smethport to a 59-49 win in an extra session over Northern Potter.

The teams were tied at 47 at the end of regulation before the Hubbers owned overtime thanks in big part to Dunn who hit a 3-pointer while going 4 of 4 from the line the extra four minutes.

Preston Alfieri also hit an overtime 3-pointer and scored four points in the extra session.

Dunn and Alfieri combined to score 33 points led by 18 from Dunn with Alfieri adding 15.

Hayden Leet also scored 11 points for the Hubbers with Ryan Pelchy adding eight.

Ethan Fuhrer had 12 points to lead Northern Potter with Ty Daniels adding 10, Malachi Lewis nine, Nolen Smith eight, and Wyatt Kibbie seven.



NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Using a 19-0 run that started in the second quarter and went into the early portion of the third quarter, Redbank Valley beat visiting Keystone, 51-45.

The Bulldogs trailed 19-18 in the second quarter but took a 35-19 halftime lead that grew to 37-19 at the start of the third quarter.

Keystone, which scored just two points in the second quarter, tried to fight back closing the gap to six, 45-39, early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get any closer.

Owen Clouse had a game-high 18 points for Redbank Valley with Mason Clouse chipping in 11 points and Aiden Ortz eight.

Cole Henry had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Keystone with Tyler Albright adding 12 points and Drew Keth 11.


SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. – Manning Splain and Landon Francis each scored 17 points as Otto-Eldred rolled to a 50-point, 75-25, road win over Oswayo Valley

Shene Thomas added 12 points for the Terrors with Isiah Demick chipping in 12.

Thomas also had six steals, five rebounds, three blocked shots, and two assists with Francis handing out eight assists to go with seven rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. Splain hauled down eight rebounds and added two assists and two steals.

Allen Mertsock had nine points for Oswayo Valley with Cayden Black adding seven.


JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Isaiah Jackson scored 16 points to help Johnsonburg beat visiting Kane, 50-35.

Aaron Myers and Kole Asti each added 13 points for the rams.

Ricky Zampogna led Kane with 13 points with Sam Lundeen adding 12.


SENECA, Pa. – Riley Klingensmith was one of five Clarion-Limestone players to reach double digits with a game-high 18 points, as the visiting Lions toppled Cranberry, 75-39.

Jack Craig added 13 points with Tommy Smith contributing 12 and Alex Painter and Jase Ferguson 10 each.

Ferguson also had six rebounds, six assists, and five steals as did Jordan Hesdon who scored eight points.

Noel Bunyak netted 13 points for Cranberry.


AUSTIN, Pa. – Using a balanced offensive attack, Cameron County went on the road and beat Austin, 57-33.

Ryan Shaffer led the Red Raiders with 11 points with Josh Smith and Landon Farren each scoring 10 and Camdyn Allison eight.

Jacob Hooftallen had a game-high 13 points for Austin with Dawson Hooftallen adding 11 points. Both Hooftallens also had five rebounds.


PORT ALLEGANY, Pa. – Drew Evens hit six 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 26 points, as Port Allegany topped visiting Coudersport, 69-40.

Evens, who added three steals, hit five of his triples in the first quarter when he scored 19 points helping the Gators to a 29-13 lead after eight minutes of play.

Braylon Button added 11 points for Port Allegany with Jett Ruding chipping in nine points and three steals.

Blaine Moses had a game-best 12 rebounds for the Gators while adding three steals and six points, and Noah Archer facilitated the offense with nine assists while adding five rebounds and two points.

Reilly Streich had 16 points and LT Myers 14 for Coudersport.


MARIENVILLE, Pa. – James Henry scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the first quarter to help visiting Venango Catholic beat Forest Area, 53-32, at East Forest.

Henry also had eight rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

Konner Beichner added 15 points and six rebounds for the Vikings.

Mitch Bawden had 14 points for Forest Area with Daniel Custer adding eight.


CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Twenty points from Jack Bracken helped visiting Harmony beat Curwensville, 59-51.

Anthony Maseto added 15 points and Cohlton Fry 12 for the Owls.

Davis Fleming had 16 points to pace Curwensville with Chandler English adding 14.

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