The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team advanced to the District 9 Class AAA championship game by defeating the Clearfield Bisons by a 50-23 score last night at the SMAHS Dutch Oven.
The Dutchmen will meet the Bradford Owls at a time and site to be announced by the District 9 basketball committee. Bradford edged the Punxsutawney Chucks by a 41-38 score in overtime. That game was played at Punxsutawney.
Last nightâ€™s game at the Dutch Oven started out rather slowly as the Bisons held an 8-6 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Dutch defense forced nine Clearfield turnovers in the second quarter as St. Marys outscored the Bisons 19-5 in the second quarter to take a 25-13 halftime lead.
â€śThe second quarter was the key. We really built upon the second quarter and kept our defensive pressure up and it got to them (Clearfield),â€ť said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
â€śRyan Hockman had a nice game for us coming off the bench. He had eight assists and took control of the basketball. He helped stretch our lead from one point to 12.
â€śI was glad to have a game instead of waiting two weeks to play. Iâ€™d rather be playing than sitting.â€ť
When asked which opponent he would like to see in the finals, Guido remarked, â€śIt doesnâ€™t matter. When we find out weâ€™ll get prepared.â€ť
The Dutch offense was led by Justin Quiggle with 15 points on three twos and three threes. Jimmy Werner scored 12 points on five field goals and a two-for-two night from the foul line.
Robbie Myers led Clearfield with 10 points on two twos, one three and a three-for-four night from the foul line. Jack Mellgard was next with five points.
Mellgard opened the contest with a three-pointer with 6:17 left in the first period. Quiggle got the Dutch on the board at the 5:28 mark. Ryan Uhl added a field goal, giving St. Marys the 4-3 lead. Curtis Frye scored for Clearfield with Jordan Weinzierl answering for the Dutch. Myers hit a three at the buzzer to give Clearfield the 8-6 lead after one period.
Quiggle hit a three and Dylan Reigel added a foul shot for the Dutch, 10-8. Myers tied the game on a putback. Ryan Mancuso scored for St. Marys, 12-10, with Myers making it 12-11 with a foul shot. The Dutch went on a 9-0 run as Hockman hit a two, Quiggle a three and Werner a field goal and two foul shots. Myers scored again for Clearfield before Uhl and Werner hit field goals, giving St. Marys the 25-13 halftime lead.
The Dutch opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run as Mancuso, Quiggle and Werner hit twos, Quiggle a three and Reigel a two, 36-13. Frye and Andrew Redden scored for the Bisons, 36-17. Quiggle and Vollmer scored field goals to give the Dutch the 40-17 lead after three quarters.
Mancuso and Mellgard traded buckets to open the second half, as did Werner and Redden, 44-21. Mancuso, Werner and Weinzierl scored to give the Dutch the 50-21 lead. Myers sank two foul shots to close out the scoring as the Dutch advanced to the 9-AAA title game with the 50-23 win.
St. Marys is now 16-7 on the year.
Unofficially the Dutch had 14 turnovers to19 for the Bisons.
Ryan Hogue 0-0-0-0-0, Beau Swales 0-0-0-0-0, Curtis Frye 2-0-0-0-4, Vaughn Metz 0-0-0-0-0, Andrew Redden 2-0-0-0-4, Jack Mellgard 1-1-0-0-5, Derek Morgan 0-0-0-0-0, Christian Lezzer 0-0-0-0-0, Shawn Lord 0-0-0-0-0, Robbie Myers 2-1-3-4-10. Totals 7-2-3-4-23.
St. Marys 50
Rocco Harshbarger 0-0-0-0-0, Jordan Weinzierl 2-0-0-0-4, Ryan Hockman 1-0-0-1-2, Sam Guido 0-0-0-0-0, Michael Fox 0-0-0-0-0, Bob Vollmer 1-0-0-0-2, Dylan Reigel 1-0-1-2-3, Ryan Uhl 2-0-0-0-4, Justin Quiggle 3-3-0-0-15, Ryan Mancuso 4-0-0-1-8, Jimmy Werner 5-0-2-2-12. Totals 19-3-3-6-50.
Score by quarters
Clearfield 8 5 4 6 23
St. Marys 6 19 15 10 50