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Crusaders record 49-39 AML win over Kane Wolves

January 25, 2012

Photo by Jim Mulcahy Elk Catholic’s Clayton Housler, 3, gets past the Kane defender on this play during the second half of last night’s AML game played at the ECCHS gym. Housler was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points.

The Elk County Catholic Crusaders raised their Allegheny Mountain League North Division record to 3-1 with a 49-39 victory over the Kane Wolves Monday night at the ECCHS gym.
The game was tied at 12 all after the first eight minutes of play with Elk outscoring Kane 14-12 in the second quarter for a 26-24 halftime lead. The Crusaders outscored the Wolves 23-15 in the second half to win the game.
“It was a good win. Kane played us really hard,” said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub.
“I thought we played hard, really scrappy, got on the floor and hustled,” said the coach.
“Kane is a deceptive team. They have a good group of athletes,” noted Straub.
“Clayton (Housler) stepped up and hit a couple shots which got us going. We’re making strides, getting better with every practice,” said Straub.
“I don’t think we transition our good practices into games. We just haven’t done that yet,” added Straub.
The Crusaders were led by Clayton Housler with 20 points on six twos, two threes and a two for three night from the foul line. Kevin Kraus was next with seven points.
Kane was led by Jeff Kocjancic with 11 points on four field goals and a three for 11 night from the foul line. Tyler Ennis was next with 10 points on three field goals and a four for six night from the foul line.
Elk took a 6-0 lead as Hank Cappiello, Kraus and Housler scored for Elk. Ennis scored for Kane before Devin Constable sank two foul shots for ECC. Kane went on a 9-0 run as Kocjancic scored a field goal, Rolick hit two foul shots, AJ Stefani sank a foul shot with John Bedford and Andrew Peirson hitting field goals, 11-8. Buckets by Ben Wortman and Kraus gave ECC the 12-11 lead. Rolick sank a foul shot making the score 12-12 after one period of play.
Brock McCullough sank two foul shots, Cappiello and Housler made field goals to make the score 18-12. Ennis scored two field goals cutting Elk’s lead to 18-16. Michael Jacob and Kocjancic traded buckets, 20-18. Housler scored on a field goal, then hit a foul shot, 23-18. Kocjancic sank two of four foul shots and hit a field goal to make it 23-22. A three by Kraus made it 26-22. Rolick sank two foul shots to cut Elk’s lead to 26-24 at the half.
Housler and Rolick traded buckets to open the second half. A three by Andrew Peirson gave Kane the 29-28 lead. A three by Housler made it 31-20 ECC. Wortman scored off a steal with Housler hitting another three, 36-29. Peirson sank a foul shot making the score 36-30 with one quarter remaining.
Brandon Schlimm scored on a putback to open the fourth quarter, 38-30. Housler scored off a steal and was fouled. He converted the foul shot as Elk went up 41-30. Ennis sank two foul shots before Housler scored for ECC, 43-32. McCullough scored at the 4:22 mark, 45-32. Ennis hit a foul shot, 45-33. Elk’s Mitchell Vallone and Kocjancic traded buckets. Vallone scored again with Kocjancic sinking one of two foul shots, 49-36. Rolick scored for Kane at the 1:21 mark making it 49-38. A foul shot by Ennis made the final score 49-39 in favor of the Crusaders.

Game notes
Elk Catholic is now 8-5 on the year and 3-1 in the AML North Division. They are 2-1 in District 9 League play.

The Crusaders return to action Wednesday when they travel to Bradford for a District 9 League game with the Owls. Junior varsity starts at 6 p.m. with the varsity scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Kane 39
Pete Sirianni 0-0-0-0-0, Sean Rolick 2-0-5-6-8, Tyler Ennis 3-0-4-6-10, Kevin Cleer 0-0-0-0-0, Jeff Kocjancic 4-0-3-11-11, Andrew Peirson 1-1-1-2-6, John Bedford 1-0-0-0-2, Zane Hodgdon 0-0-0-0-0, A.J. Stefani 0-0-1-2-1. Totals 11-1-14-28-39.

ECCHS 49
Clayton Housler 6-2-2-3-20, Kevin Kraus 2-1-0-0-7, Mitchell Vallone 2-0-0-0-4, Brandon Schlimm 1-0-0-0-2, Mitchell O’Neill 0-0-0-1-0, Ben Wortman 2-0-0-0-4, Brock McCullough 1-0-0-2-4, Jack Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Alex Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Hank Cappiello 2-0-0-0-4, Michael Jacob 1-0-0-0-2, Ben Cortina 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchell Gahr 0-0-0-0-0, Devin Constable 0-0-2-2-2, Shea Meyer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 17-3-6-8-49.

Score by quarters
Kane 12 12 6 9 39
ECCHS 12 14 10 13 49

Kane 39
Pete Sirianni 0-0-0-0-0, Sean Rolick 2-0-5-6-8, Tyler Ennis 3-0-4-6-10, Kevin Cleer 0-0-0-0-0, Jeff Kocjancic 4-0-3-11-11, Andrew Peirson 1-1-1-2-6, John Bedford 1-0-0-0-2, Zane Hodgdon 0-0-0-0-0, A.J. Stefani 0-0-1-2-1. Totals 11-1-14-28-39.

ECCHS 49
Clayton Housler 6-2-2-3-20, Kevin Kraus 2-1-0-0-7, Mitchell Vallone 2-0-0-0-4, Brandon Schlimm 1-0-0-0-2, Mitchell O’Neill 0-0-0-1-0, Ben Wortman 2-0-0-0-4, Brock McCullough 1-0-0-2-4, Jack Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Alex Herzing 0-0-0-0-0, Hank Cappiello 2-0-0-0-4, Michael Jacob 1-0-0-0-2, Ben Cortina 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchell Gahr 0-0-0-0-0, Devin Constable 0-0-2-2-2, Shea Meyer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 17-3-6-8-49.

Score by quarters
Kane 12 12 6 9 39
ECCHS 12 14 10 13 49

JV’s win
The ECCHS junior varsity squad improved to 10-3 on the year with a 50-28 win over the Wolves.
Elk took a 12-2 first period lead then outscored the Wolves 11-10 in the second quarter for a 23-11 halftime lead.
ECC outscored Kane 14-8 in the third period and 13-9 in the fourth quarter to win the game 50-28.
ECC scoring: Vincent Jacob 14, Colton Lecker 10, Luke Kraus 4, Andy Gebauer 6, Nick Werner 1, Corey Huff 15.
Kane scoring: Kevin Cleer 8, Andrew Peirson 3, Nick Anderson 7, John English 2, Chris Cummings 2, Griffin Greenawalt 2, Zane Hodgdon 4.

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