HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Blairsville avoids upset bid
Blairsville trailed by three points entering the fourth quarter but survived host Purchase Line’s upset bid to score a 63-50 victory and keep its path clear to the Heritage Conference championship in boys’ basketball action Tuesday.
The Bobcats (16-1, 13-0) were scheduled to play host to second-place Homer-Center (17-2, 12-1) this evening, but that game has been postponed and no makeup date has been set.
Purchase Line took a 42-39 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Bobcats outscored the Dragons 24-8 in the final period.
Blairsville’s Troy Williams scored a game-high 25 points, and Colton McMillan added 12.
“The kids played pretty well, but Troy Williams was unbelievable,” Purchase Line coach Steve Woodrow said.
Eric Faught led the Dragons with 14 points, and Taylor Antisdel scored 13.
Purchase Line knew it was sandwiched between crucial battles with Homer-Center on Blairsville’s schedule.
“I thought maybe they’d overlook us,” Woodrow said.
“If there are losses you can be happy about, this was one of them,” he added. “I’m trying to build the program. We haven’t had much success in the past, so any little positive helps us.”
Purchase Line (5-11, 3-10) plays at Homer-Center on Friday, and Blairsville plays host to Ligonier Valley on Tuesday.
INDIANA 65, FREEPORT 51: Indiana jumped on host Freeport early, Riley Stapleton and Kevin Jack scored 17 points apiece, and the Indians stayed in the hunt for the WPIAL Section 1-AAA title.
The second-place Indians saw an 11-game winning streak snapped in their last outing, a 55-53 setback to first-place Mars on Friday.
“It was very important to bounce back and play a nice basketball game,” Indiana coach Greg Lezanic said. “Everyone was heartbroken (after Friday’s loss), but it wasn’t the end of the world. The kids are resilient. They were ready to play the next day.”
Tyler Brocious nailed a buzzer-beating 3-point field goal at the end of the first quarter to put Indiana ahead by 12 points, 22-10.
The Indians then extended their 13-point halftime lead by outscoring Freeport 15-9 in the third quarter to carry a 19-point lead, 55-36, into the fourth.
“It was their senior night and they had a lot of emotion going in their gym because they needed to win out to make the playoffs,” Lezanic said of Freeport, “but we jumped on them early. We executed well on the defensive end. Our full-court press led to a lot of easy buckets.”
Blake Shields chipped in 12 points for the Indians.
Indiana (18-2, 9-2 section) plays host to Kittanning on Friday.
WEST SHAMOKIN 48, KITTANNING 36: West Shamokin’s Jake Hough posted a double-double, Scott Przybysz scored a career-high 14 points, and the Wolves rolled over Kittanning in a WPIAL non-section game in NuMine.
“Jake’s been a starter all year and he’s really starting to play with more confidence and aggression offensively. He’s really been pounding the boards and doing a great job on both sides the last five or six games,” West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said. “Scott doesn’t have a lot of experience, but he’s really picked it up on both sides. He’s got a nice touch for a big guy and he’s really starting to help out on the defensive end.”
Hough, a 6-foot-1 junior, scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Zane Clowser made three 3-pointers and scored 13 points, Przybysz collected six rebounds, and Adam Crise dished out a game-high five assists.
West Shamokin (15-3, 6-3) travels to Valley on Friday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 56, BLAIR COUNTY CHRISTIAN 44: Calvary Baptist jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and notched its seventh straight win with a lopsided victory over Blair County Christian in a non-conference game.
Tyler Chambers scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Patriots. Jerry Zhang added 12 points, and Andy Knupp chipped in 10.
Calvary Baptist (15-3) travels to Slippery Rock Christian on Tuesday.