D9Sports.com Boys’ High School Basketball Recaps: Brockway Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive

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BROCKWAY 47, KANE 44, OVERTIME
BROCKWAY, Pa. – Corey Carr scored three points in overtime to keep Brockway’s playoff hopes alive with a 47-44 win over visiting Kane in AML play.

Carr finished with eight points, while Carter Adams led the Rovers with 14. Jarrett Esposito added 12. Ten of Esposito’s points came before halftime helping Brockway take a 27-16 lead at the break.

Kane, playing its second straight game without leading scorer Andrew Bucheit, who is out with an injury, stormed back in the second and cut the deficit to 36-30 at the end of the third quarter before outscoring the hosts 11-5 in the fourth quarter behind six points from Frank Truden to force overtime.

Truden finish with eight points, as did Andy Bundy for the Wolves. Davis Gardner led Kane with 13 points. Shane Rolick added seven.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 53, BROOKVILLE 39

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Elk County Catholic clinched at least a share of its fourth straight D9 League title with a 53-39 win at Brookville.

The win, the 33rd in a row in D9 League play for the Crusaders, again saw a balanced effort with Gabe Kraus scoring 14 points, Nate DaCanal 12, Kyle Huff nine and Brad Dippold eight.

ECC, which led 27-16 at halftime, is the first D9 League team to claim at least a share of four straight titles in the 21st century.

Jimmy Moore led Brookville with 12 points with Kurt Schindler adding 11.

BRADFORD 57, DUBOIS 34

BRADFORD, Pa. – Bradford continued its late season push winning for the third straight time and for the fourth time in five games with a 57-34 victory over visiting DuBois in D9 League action.

The Owls are now 8-4 after a 2-6 start to get to the .500 mark for the first time this year.

Deondre Terwilliger led Bradford with a game-high 16 points, while John Eakin added 15 points and five rebounds. Andy Pantuso had seven points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals for the Owls, who led 29-13 at halftime.

DuBois, playing without Zach Sloan, got 16 points from Dante Dawson and 10 from John Oberlin.

CLARION-LIMESTONE 82, VENANGO CATHOLIC 49

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Dan Callen and Taylor Smith teamed up to score 48 points, as Clarion-Limestone ran right past Venango Catholic for an 82-49 win at C-L in KSAC North action.

Callen had a game-high 25 points to go with 13 rebounds, while Smith added 23 points. Noah Rankin chipped in 13 tallies, and freshman Ian Callen had 12 for the Lions, who have scored at least 70 points in 17 straight games and in 18 of their 19 contests this year. It was the eighth time C-L, which averages a District 9-leading 77.3 points per game, went over the 80-point mark.

Tim Wagner led Venango Catholic with 15 points. The Lions held District 9’s leading scorer, Brady Kingston, to 13 points, his lowest point total in 13 games. Kingston had scored at least 30 points in each of his previous three games.

The victory sealed the KSAC North title for C-L, which had already claimed a portion of the title last week.

CRANBERRY 69, FOREST AREA 44

TIONESTA, Pa. – Evan Lutz and Nick Varsek each scored 15 points, as Cranberry sewed up the top seed in the District 9 Class AA playoffs with a 69-44 win over Forest Area at West Forest in KSAC North play.

The Berries improved to 13-6 on the year. No other District 9 Class AA team can finish with fewer than 10 loses giving Cranberry the top spot come playoff time.

Austin Rex and Caleb McCandless each chipped in nine points for Cranberry.

Seth Berlin had a career-high 23 points to go with 17 rebounds and five steals for Forest Area. Nic Smail chipped in nine points.

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 67, PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA 40

DUBOIS, Pa. – DuBois Central Catholic won for the eighth time in 11 games with a 67-40 win over visiting Philipsburg-Osceola in non-conference action.

Christian LaParne had 30 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and four assists for the Cardinals, who also got 13 points and 13 rebounds from Joey Varischetti.

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