HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Clowser's shot lifts Wolves in upset
West Shamokin point guard Zane Clowser nailed a 3-point field goal with 1 second left in the game to propel the Wolves to a 39-36 win over first-place Summit Academy in a pivotal WPIAL Section 1-AA boys’ basketball game Friday in NuMine.
The Knights erased an 11-point halftime deficit and made a field goal with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 36-36.
A Summit Academy player tipped a West Shamokin pass out of bounds on the following possession, setting up a Wolves’ inbound play with 10 seconds to go.
A West Shamokin player took the inbound feed, penetrated the lane with a dribble and then dished a pass to Clowser beyond the 3-point arc.
Clowser corralled the feed and drilled a 3 to secure the Wolves’ upset win.
“Zane came up big. He had a nice night all around for us,” West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said. “He had eight points, three assists and two steals, and he did a very nice job handling Summit’s pressure.”
The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Knights (11-3, 6-1 section), who came in averaging 75 points per game.
Jake Hough scored a career-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and five steals for the Wolves.
“He really had a monster night. He had a career night on both sides of the floor,” Nagy said.
The third-place Wolves moved a half-game behind Apollo-Ridge in the section standings.
West Shamokin (13-2, 5-2) travels to Apollo-Ridge on Tuesday. Apollo-Ridge won the first meeting, 57-44, on Jan. 11 at West Shamokin.
HOMER-CENTER 68, PENNS MANOR 46: First-place Homer-Center jumped out to a 26-point halftime lead on last-place Penns Manor to coast to a win in a Heritage Conference game at the HomerDome.
The Wildcats improved to 15-1 overall and 10-0 in the conference and set up a pivotal showdown Monday at home with second-place Blairsville.
“I thought we played sluggish most of the game,” Homer-Center assistant coach Rickey Miller said. “After winning a tough one against Marion Center on Wednesday, it was a challenge to get up for this game. Penns Manor only had six players at their disposal, and our guys had their heads looking toward Blairsville.”
Homer-Center’s Joe Capitosti led all scorers with 23 points. Robert Della Penna added 13 points, Ben Wolford chipped in 10 points, and Darren Carr added seven points and seven rebounds.
Mitch Hamilton scored 13 points to lead Penns Manor.
Penns Manor (1-15) plays host to Ligonier Valley on Friday.
SALTSBURG 58, PURCHASE LINE 45: Host Saltsburg slowly pulled away from Purchase Line in the third quarter and then used a big burst in the fourth quarter to score a win in a Heritage Conference game.
The Trojans carried a five-point lead, 35-30, into the fourth quarter, where they poured in 23 points to run away with the win.
Saltsburg’s Ian Satler scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth, Steve Richards added seven of his game-high 20, and Tommy Roman scored each of his six.
“Ian and Steve really stepped up, but Tommy made three big shots off the bench and really brought us some much-needed energy in the fourth quarter,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said.
Dan Learn scored 13 points to pace the Red Dragons. Alec Sunderlin tacked on 11 points.
Both teams play Wednesday. Saltsburg (7-7, 5-5) travels to Homer-Center, and Purchase Line (5-8, 3-7) plays host to United.
BLAIRSVILLE 52, UNITED 39: Second-place Blairsville utilized its full-court press in the second half, outscored United by 12 points in the fourth quarter and cruised to a win in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
The Bobcats held a one-point halftime lead, 25-24, before outscoring the Lions 27-15 in the second half, including 13-5 in the third quarter.
“They pressed us hard in the second half,” United coach Tyler Stokes said. “They were playing tough defense in the first half, but they really turned us over a lot in the second half.”
Blairsville’s Colton McMillan led all scorers with 16 points. Cameron Livingston added 12 points.
James Currie scored 15 points to pace United.
Blairsville (12-1, 10-0) visits Homer-Center on Monday, and United (6-9) travels to Purchase Line on Tuesday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 68, DEER LAKES 38: Four Apollo-Ridge players reached double figures in scoring, and the second-place Vikings played stingy defense to thump host Deer Lakes in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game.
Freshman Duane Brown scored a game-high 16 points to power the Vikings. Tre Tipton added 15 points, Dom Schrecengost had 11, and Mitchell Johnston scored 10.
Apollo-Ridge (14-3, 6-2) plays host to West Shamokin on Tuesday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 45, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 12: Calvary Baptist limited Calvary Christian to just two field goals and four points in the first three quarters en route to a win in a non-conference game in Clymer.
The Patriots’ Andy Knupp piled up game highes in points and steals with 12 and four, respectively. Tyler Chambers added six points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Calvary Christian made no free throws and finished with just six field goals.
Calvary Baptist (11-3) travels to Cambria County on Monday.