HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Second-half surge sends West Shamokin into title game
Zane Clowser scored 13 points in the fourth quarter and sparked a big run to power West Shamokin to a come-from-behind win over Punxsutawney, 63-57, in the opening round of Marion Center’s tip-off tournament in high school boys’ basketball action Friday night.
The Wolves erased a four-point deficit early in the fourth quarter by going on a 10-0 spurt to take a 46-40 lead.
Clowser hit a 3 and made 10 of 10 free throws to help West Shamokin score 27 fourth-quarter points.
“It turned into a foul-shooting contest down the stretch, so we kept the ball in our point guard’s hands and he didn’t miss a shot,” West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said.
The Wolves raced to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter but trailed 27-21 at halftime after scoring just seven points in the second quarter.
Clowser finished with game highs of 23 points and six steals, and he handed out three assists. Jake Hough added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, Ryan Dean chipped in 10 points, and Adam Crise had a team-high five assists and three steals.
Brandon Mancuso scored 21 points for Punxsutawney. Tyler Young added 15 points.
West Shamokin advanced to the championship game to face the winner of today’s first-round game between Marion Center and A-C Valley, which was postponed Friday. Punxsutawney plays the loser in the consolation game.
APOLLO-RIDGE 63, WINCHESTER THURSTON 49: Apollo-Ridge got off to a sluggish start but mounted a big run in the second quarter and held off Winchester-Thurston for a win in the opening round of Leechburg’s tournament.
The Vikings trailed 9-8 at the end of the first quarter but outscored Winchester-Thurston 21-5 in the second to take a 15-point lead, 29-14, at halftime.
Alex Smith scored a game-high 17 points to pace the Vikings. Freshman Duane Brown nailed three 3-point field goals and scored 11 points, and Eric Moran added 10 points.
Apollo-Ridge plays Leechburg in this evening’s championship game. Saltsburg, a 66-53 loser to Leechburg, plays Winchester-Thurston in the consolation game.
LEECHBURG 66, SALTSBURG 53: Saltsburg’s Steve Richards started the season by passing 1,000 career points, but Leechburg got hot from beyond the arc early, raced to a 14-0 lead and beat the Trojans in the opening round of Leechburg’s tournament.
“We were nervous early and they got a few steals off their press and converted the turnovers into 3s,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said.
The Blue Devils made just 1 of 16 free throws but nailed seven 3s and led by no fewer than 15 points after the second quarter.
Richards made a layup in the second quarter to score his 1,000th career point. He finished with 15 points.
“Steve’s a four-year starter, and he’s always been a consummate leader. It’s no surprise to see him get to 1,000 points,” Stitt said.
Ian Satler scored 20 points to pace Saltsburg.
Saltsburg takes on Winchester-Thurston, a 63-49 loser to Apollo-Ridge, in the consolation game.
DERRY 47, CAMBRIA HEIGHTS 39: Derry advanced to the championship game of Homer-Center’s tournament, but the Trojans will have to wait until today to find out which team they will play after Friday night’s game between Homer-Center and Harmony was postponed to this afternoon.
Matt Vasinko scored 11 points for Derry.
CALVARY BAPTIST 51, BETHEL CHRISTIAN 34: Joel Knupp tallied career highs in points and rebounds to lift Calvary Baptist to a win over Bethel Christian in the opening round of the Patriots’ tip-off tournament.
Knupp scored 16 of his career-high 26 points in the first half to help the Patriots take a 12-point halftime lead, 32-20. Knupp also grabbed 12 rebounds.
Tyler Chambers tacked on 15 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists for Calvary Baptist.
Calvary Baptist (2-0) takes on Bedford CIA in the championship game today.