D9Sports.com Boys’ High School Basketball Recaps: Brookville Beats DuBois; Finishes Regular Season Strong

A look at Wednesday’s high school basketball action brought to you by D9Sports.com.

BROOKVILLE 70, DUBOIS 59

BROOKVILLE, Pa. – Jimmy Moore exploded for 31 points and eight rebounds to lead Brookville to a 70-59 win over visiting DuBois in the D9 League finale for both teams.

Kurt Schindler added 16 points, five rebounds and five steals for the Raiders (8-14, 2-8 D9 League), who have won three in a row and four of five heading into the District 9 Class AA playoffs.

Nick LaBrasca had 16 points and nine rebounds for DuBois (10-12, 2-8), who finished the regular season dropping seven of eight.

ST. MARYS 64, PUNXSUTAWNEY 54

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Brady Bauer scored 18 points to lead St. Marys past visiting Punxsutawney, 64-54, in D9 League action.

Matt Marconi added 14 points for the Dutch (14-8, 6-4 D9 League).

Devin Kelly paced Punxsutawney (13-8, 4-5) with 15 points. Ethan Riley added 14 and Brandon Matthews 12.

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 60, HARMONY 59

WESTOVER, Pa. – Christian LaParne hit a crucial free throw with four seconds to play to put DuBois Central Catholic up four, and the Cardinals escaped Harmony with a 60-59 win.

Joey Varischetti led DCC with 27 points, while LaParne added 20.

NORTH CLARION 66, FOREST AREA 39

MARIENVILLE, Pa. – Nathan Banner scored a career-high 23 points, as North Clarion went on the road and closed out its season with a 66-39 win over Forest Area at East Forest.

Zayn Hargenrader and Griffin Schmader both added 10 points for the Wolves (9-13, 7-9 KSAC North).

Seth Berlin paced Forest Area with 17 points and eight rebounds. Andrew Schwab added eight points with Cody Slater grabbing 11 rebounds for the Fires (2-19, 0-16), who close out their season by traveling to Tidioute Charter Thursday.

CLARION 70, CLARION-LIMESTONE 63

STRATTANVILLE, Pa. – Behind 20 points and 17 rebounds from Jonathan Smith, Clarion upset Clarion-Limestone, 70-63, and in the process sent the District 9 Class A boys’ playoff seedings into chaos.

A C-L win would have given the Lions (20-2 overall, 15-1 KSAC North) the No. 2 seed in the District 9 bracket while sending Clarion to the eighth seed. But with the Bobcats (16-6, 13-3) coming out on top, the District 9 Committee is going to need to go to tiebreakers all over the place.

C-L is now in a three-way tie for seeds two through four with Coudersport and Ridgway. A quick glance at the tiebreakers would appear to give Ridgway the No. 2 seed with a need for a coin toss to decide the third and fourth seeds.

Clarion, meanwhile, is now tied with Oswayo Valley and Union for the fifth through seventh seeds. Again, a quick glance at the tiebreakers would appear to give Union the fifth spot, Clarion the sixth and Oswayo the seventh. But determinations in both cases will be made over the weekend by District 9.

On Wednesday, Clarion used an 11-0 second-quarter run to erase a five-point deficit and take a 33-28 halftime lead. The Bobcats then never trailed in the second half, although C-L got as close as three, 62-59, with just under a minute to play.

Ceventh Lynch-Skunda added 15 points and five rebounds for Clarion with Bo Miller chipping in 10 points, four rebounds and three steals. Ty Burford added eight points and nine rebounds.

Dan Callen just missed a triple-double for C-L finishing with 18 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots.

Noah Rankin led all scorers with 22 points while adding six rebounds and four assists.

C-L took 26 more shots than Clarion (74 to 48) and turned the Bobcats over 24 times. But C-L settled for outside shots going 5 of 25 from 3-point range, while Clarion drove to the basket and got the foul line 32 times, making 23. C-L was just 4 of 7 from the line.

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