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The Elk County Catholic Crusaders improved their record to 7-5 on the season with a 51-36 non-league victory over the Curwensville Golden Tide last night at the ECCHS gym.
After trailing 18-17 at the half, Elk Catholic went on to outscore the Golden Tide by a 34-18 margin in the second 16 minutes of play.
â€śTonight was a team effort and a good win,â€ť said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub. â€śWe were able to get away with a poor first half.â€ť
â€śWe were a little flat today and Iâ€™m not quite sure why. We didnâ€™t play with a whole lot of emotion and we didnâ€™t do a good job on Tanner Elensky,â€ť said Straub. â€śIt was not one of our better games and our team defense was nonexistent tonight.â€ť
â€śWeâ€™re looking forward to Friday night in Brookville. I think weâ€™ll go down there and play real well,â€ť he added.
The Crusader offense was led by Michael Jacob with 12 points on six field goals. Clayton Housler added 10 points on two twos and a six-for-six night from the foul line.
Curwensville was led by Tanner Elensky with 11 points on four two-point field goals and a three. Kyle Johns was next with eight.
The Crusaders took a 6-0 lead on two buckets by Jacob and two foul shots by Housler. Two foul shots by the Tideâ€™s Kyle Johns and a three by Brett Gardner made the score 6-5. A foul shot by Kevin Kraus gave Elk the 7-5 lead. Curwensville went on a 9-0 run as Elensky had five points, Alex Olson a field goal and Gardner two foul shots, 14-7. Alex Herzing scored for Elk with seven seconds left to make the score 14-9 at the end of the first period.
Brock McCullough scored on a putback to open the second half for ECC. Elensky made the score 16-11. Housler and Jacob scored to cut the Tide lead to 16-15. Johns converted two foul shots before Brandon Schlimm scored on a putback with 4:26 left in the first half. Neither team scored the remainder of the half as Curwensville led 18-17 at halftime.
The Crusaders scored the first eight points of the second half to open a 25-18 lead with 5:07 left in the third period. Housler had a field goal and sank two foul shots, while Jacob and McCullough each had a bucket in the run. Johns and Ben Wortman traded buckets, as did Austin Jacobsen and Hank Cappiello. Alex Olson scored for the Tide before Elk went on a 6-0 run as McCullough scored a two, Schlimm a foul shot and Ben Cortina a three. Cortina added a two with 10 seconds left to give Elk the 37-26 lead with eight minutes remaining.
Jacobson scored for Curwensville to cut the ECC lead to 37-28. Schlimm converted a three-point play and Jacob added a two, 42-28. Jacobson scored again for the Tide, 42-30. Housler sank two foul shots with 4:35 left in the game, giving Elk the 44-30 lead. Jacob and Elensky traded buckets. Alex Herzing hit a three for Elk and Elensky scored off a steal, 49-36. Shea Meyer scored on a putback with 1:25 left, making the final score 51-36 in favor of the Crusaders.
Elk Catholic is now 7-5 overall. They are 2-1 in the AML North and 5-2 overall in the AML. In District 9 League play, Elk is 2-1.
The Crusaders return to action Friday when they travel to Brookville to take on the Raiders in a District 9 League game. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m., with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.
Marcus Stephenson 0-0-0-0-0, Brett Gardner 1-1-2-2-7, Nathan Kurtz 0-0-0-0-0, Kyle Johns 2-0-4-4-8, Tanner Elensky 4-1-0-1-11, Alex Olson 2-0-0-0-4, Austin Jacobson 3-0-0-0-6, Trevon Pennington 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 12-2-6-7-36.
Clayton Housler 2-0-6-6-10, Kevin Kraus 0-0-1-2-1, Mitchell Vallone 0-0-0-0-0, Brandon Schlimm 2-0-2-3-6, Mitchell Oâ€™Neill 0-0-0-0-0, Ben Wortman 1-0-0-0-2, Brock McCullough 3-0-0-0-6, Jack Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Alex Herzing 1-1-0-0-5, Hank Cappiello 1-0-0-2-2, Michael Jacob 6-0-0-1-12, Ben Cortina 1-1-0-0-5, Mitchell Gahr 0-0-0-0-0, Devin Constable 0-0-0-0-0, Shea Meyer 1-0-0-0-2. Totals 18-2-9-14-51.
Score by quarters
Tide 14 4 8 10 36
ECCHS 9 8 20 14 51
The Elk Catholic junior varsity squad defeated Curwensville by a 64-20 score in the preliminary contest.
ECC took an 11-6 first-period lead, then outscored the Tide 19-8 in the second quarter for a 30-14 halftime lead.
Elk outscored Curwensville 18-6 in the third period and 16-0 in the fourth quarter to win the game 64-20.
ECC scoring: Vincent Jacob 18, Elliot Struble 5, Colton Lecker 7, Ivan Wortman 5, Luke Kraus 8, Ben Reuscher 2, Andy Gebauer 3, Nick Werner 2, Corey Huff 14.
Curwensville scoring: Brett Gardner 4, Alex Olson 2, Austin Jacobson 2, Trevon Pennington, Sean Harker 2, Nick London 2.