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The Elk County Catholic Crusaders opened play in the District 9 League with a 45-38 victory over the DuBois Area Beavers at the ECCHS gym. This was also the home opener for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders were able to take a 19-9 lead at the half, then outscore the Beavers 18-10 in the third period to take a 37-19 lead in the final eight minutes of play. DuBois outscored Elk 19-8 in the fourth quarter, cutting Elkâ€™s margin of victory to 45-38.
â€śIt was a good win tonight,â€ť said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub. â€śObviously DuBois missed a lot of shots early.â€ť
â€śI think weâ€™re getting a little bit better with our offense. We finished pretty well against their pressure but not very well against their transition,â€ť said Straub.
The Crusaders were led by Clayton Housler with eight field goals and a two-for-three night from the foul line. Brock McCullough scored 12 points on six field goals.
Tanner Gooden led DuBois with 13 points on four field goals and a five-for-seven night from the foul line. Nate Liddle, Nate Avery and Kyle Hoffer were next with five points each.
Mark Felix gave DuBois the early 2-0 lead before Housler scored for Elk. Liddle hit a three to give the Beavers the 5-2 lead. Elk went on an 8-0 run as Michael Jacob and Brandon Schlimm each had field goals and Luke Kraus added two as ECC led 10-5 at the end of the first period.
A three by Devin Constable gave Elk the 13-5 lead to open the second quarter. He added a two, as did McCullough, 17-5. Avery scored for DuBois, 17-7. Housler converted two foul shots. Hoffer scored at the buzzer for DuBois, cutting Elkâ€™s lead to 19-9 at the half.
DuBois scored the first five points of the second half to make it 19-14. Housler scored the next three buckets for Elk, the last one off a steal, 25-14. Gooden sank a foul shot before McCullough scored twice, 33-17. Avery scored on a putback for DuBois, 33-19. Housler scored the final four points of the period as the Crusaders led 37-19 at the end of three quarters.
DuBois scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to cut Elkâ€™s lead to 37-26 with 5:36 remaining. McCullough scored two field goals to give Elk the 41-26 lead at the 4:33 mark. Gooden and Andy Pfingstler scored for DuBois, 41-30. Hank Cappiello scored for Elk before Gooden scored for DuBois, 43-32. Avery sank a foul shot for the Beavers, 43-33 with 2:20 left. McCullough scored for the Crusaders, 45-33, with 1:51 left. DuBois would score five points in the closing minutes to make the final score 45-38 in favor of Elk Catholic.
The Crusaders are now 2-1 on the season. They are 1-1 in the AML and 1-0 in District 9 League play.
The Crusaders return to action Thursday when they travel to DuBois Central Catholic for an AML encounter. Junior varsity tips off at 6 p.m., with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
DuBois Area 38
Andy Pfingstler 1-0-0-1-2, Nate Liddle 1-1-0-0-5, Tanner Gooden 4-0-5-7-13, Mark Felix 2-0-0-2-4, Nate Avery 2-0-1-2-5, Alec Shaffer Doan 1-0-0-0-2, Gab Hrecznyi 1-0-0-0-2, Hunter Lydick 0-0-0-2-0, Kyle Hoffer 2-0-1-2-5. Totals 14-1-7-12-38.
Clayton Housler 8-0-2-3-18, Kevin Kraus 2-0-0-0-4, Brandon Pollock 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchell Vallone 0-0-0-0-0, Brandon Schlimm 1-0-0-0-2, Mitchell Oâ€™Neil 0-0-0-0-0, Brock McCullough 6-0-0-1-12, Alex Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Hank Cappiello 1-0-0-0-2, Michael Jacob 1-0-0-0-2, Ben Cortina 0-0-0-0-0, Devin Constable 1-1-0-0-5. Totals 20-1-2-4-45.
Score by quarters
DuBois 5 4 10 19 38
ECCHS 10 9 18 8 45
The ECC junior varsity defeated the Beavers by a 56-36 score.
Elk took a 12-9 first-period lead. They outscored the Beavers 14-13 in the second quarter to take a 26-22 halftime lead.
The Crusaders outscored the Beavers 12-9 in the third period and 18-5 in the fourth quarter to win the game 56-36.
ECCHS scoring: Vincent Jacob 10, Colton Lecker 3, Ivan Wortman 6, Ryan Childs 17, Luke Kraus 6, Andrew Gebauer 4, Corey Huff 10.
DuBois scoring: Sanko 2, Mohney 2, Rawson 4, Heckathorne 11, Hillebrand 13, Hopkins 4.