The Elk Catholic Crusaders picked up their second win of the young season on Friday night at the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic campus as they defeated the Kane Area High Wolves by a 76-35 score in an AML encounter.
The Crusaders took charge of the game early on and were in command the entire contest.
"I'm pleased with the win tonight, as we shot a little better than in our previous ball games," noted Coach Aaron Straub of the Crusaders. "Defensively we played pretty good ball tonight and I was pleased with the way we were able to draw the charging fouls."
"Our guard play improved tonight also as we moved the ball around every well.
This was a good game, as all of our players received some quality playing time," noted Straub. "We played with much more energy tonight, but we still have a long way to go before becoming a very good team."
The Crusaders put 12 players in the scoring column last night. They were led by Darren Simons with 14, Mitchel Haberberger with 12, and Tyler Herzing with 10. Eric Wehler and Michael Jacob each checked in with eight points, followed by Josh Gebauer with seven, Ben Wortman with six, Luke Daghir with three and Ricky Pearsall, Ben Daghir, Kevin Kraus and Brandon Pollick with two each.
Kane was paced by Logan Depto with 10 points, Aaron Severance with nine, and Jeff Kocjancic and Pat Anderson with eight each.
Elk County controlled the boards on both ends of the floor last evening, as they had 36 rebounds (21 offensive and 15 defensive) while Kane had 11. Josh Gebauer led the Crusaders with eight rebounds, followed by Ben Wortman and Mitchel Haberberger with five each, and Michael Jacob and Darren Simons with four each.
Wehler put the Crusaders up 2-0 at the start of the game, with Kane tying the game at 2-2 on a bucket by Anderson. Simons and Gebauer hit field goals, followed by treys by Herzing and Simons to give the Crusaders a 12-2 lead. Severance turned a three-point play for the Wolves to make it 12-5. Wehler hit two foul goals for Elk and Depto a field goal for Kane to make it 14-7. Wehler and Kraus both hit field goals for Elk and Simons turned a three-point play to make it 21-7. Depto hit the final bucket of the quarter for the Wolves to make it 21-9 after one period.
Kane's Kocjancic opened the second quarter with a field goal, 21-11, but Elk answered with five straight field goals, one each by Simons, Herzing, Pearsall, B. Daghir and Haberberger, 31-11. Anderson scored for Kane but Wortman and Gebauer answered for the Crusaders to make the halftime score 35-13.
Herzing opened the second half with a foul goal and Wehler hit a field goal to make it 38-13. Severance and Kocjancic scored for the Wolves, 38-17. Simons and Depto exchanged points, as did Wortman and Kocjancic, to make it 44-23. Herzing added a trey for Elk, followed a field goal by Depto, 49-25. Herzing added a foul goal, but Depto hit a field goal to make it 50-27. Haberberger added three for Elk and Anderson one for the Wolves as time expired in the third quarter with the score at 55-28.
The fourth quarter belonged to the Crusaders for the first five and a half minutes, as they outscored the Wolves 12-0 to go on top 67-28. In the final two and a half minutes the Crusaders outscored the Wolves 9-7 to win the game by a lopsided 76-35 score.
The Crusaders are now 2-1 on the season and have two tough games coming up next week. On Tuesday they travel to DuBois to take on the DuBois Area Beavers, and on Thursday they play host to the DuBois Central Cardinals.
Elk had 12 turnovers in the game, while they forced the Wolves into 25 turnovers. The Crusaders had 14 steals in the game, with Eric Wehler leading the way with four.
The Crusaders shot 47.5 percent from the field last evening, while the Kane Wolves shot 51.9 percent. The Crusaders took 61 shots in the game compared to 27 for the Wolves.
Kane Wolves 35
Seth Habicht 0-0-0-0-0, Peter Sirianni 0-0-0-0-0, Pat Anderson 3-0-2-4-8, Tyler Laurie 0-0-0-0-0, Aaron Severance 3-0-3-3-9, Logan Depto 4-0-2-3-10, Jeff Kocjancic 4-0-0-2-8, John Bedford 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 14-0-7-10-35.
Elk Catholic 76
Ricky Pearsall 1-0-0-0-2, Tyler Herzing 1-2-2-4-10, Eric Wehler 3-0-2-2-8, Darren Simons 4-1-3-3-14, Ben Daghir 1-0-0-0-2, Ben Crowe 0-0-0-0-0, Kevin Kraug 1-0-0-0-2, Brandon Pollick 1-0-0-0-2, Caleb Lecker 0-0-0-0-0, Ben Wortman 3-0-0-0-6, Michael Jacob 3-0-2-2-8, Mitchel Haberberger 5-0-2-5-12, Luke Daghir 1-0-1-2-3, Josh Gebauer 2-0-3-4-7. Totals 26-3-15-24-76.
Score by quarters
Kane 9 4 15 7 35
ECCH 21 14 20 21 76
ECCHS win JV game
Elk Catholic's JV squad picked up their second win as they defeated the Kane JVs by a 59-17 score.
Elk took a 10-1 lead in the opening quarter, then pushed it to 26-8 by the end of the first half.
The third quarter found the Crusaders outscoring the Wolves 13-8 to take a 39-16 lead into the final quarter. A 20 to 2 ECCHS edge in the final period gave the Crusaders a 59-17 win over the Kane Wolves.
Kane scoring - Sean Jordon 4, Sean Rolick 1, A. J. Stefani 4, Ryan Greto 2, Andrew Peirson 3, Justin Wright 3.
ECCHS scoring - Clayton Housler 17, Mitchell O'Neill 4, Alex Herzing 0, Devin Constable 0, Hank Cappiello 3, Scott Reichard 0, Jack Herzing 11, Ben Cortina 4, Mitchell Gahr 4, Brock McCullough 9, Shea Meyer 5.