Chucks Knock Off Clearfield in Key Class AAA Matchup

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. ( – Punxsutawney scored 22 of the game’s first 26 points on its way to a 66-48 win over visiting Clearfield in a key late December matchup of two of the top Class AAA teams in District 9 Monday night.

The Chucks led 15-4 at the end of first quarter and quickly moved the lead to 18, 22-4, two minutes into the second quarter before holding a 32-16 halftime advantage.

Clearfield threatened to make a game of things late in the third quarter getting within 13, 44-31, but a 3-pointer by Ethan Riley at the third-quarter horn followed by a 3-pointer by John Matthews 14 seconds into the fourth quarter but an end to any thoughts of a Bison comeback.

John Matthews led a balanced scoring attack for the Chucks with 15 points while adding four rebounds.

Dylan Huey had a double-double for Punxsy with 13 points and a game-best 15 rebounds, six of them on the offensive glass, while Riley also scored 13 points while hitting three 3-pointers. Jake Jake Horner added eight points, and Brandon Matthews seven. Devin Kelly chipped in nine rebounds and six points.

Will Myers led all scorers with 24 points for Clearfield with 14 of them coming in the fourth quarter. He completed a double-double with a team-high 10 rebounds. Tommy Hazel added 10 points and eight boards for the Bison, who played without 6-foot-7 center Cody Spaid, who didn’t play due to a coach’s decision.

Punxsy held Clearfield to just 25 percent (15 of 60) from the field including 5 of 27 (18.5 percent) in the first half.

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