The Elk County Catholic Crusaders came up with a big District Nine League victory over the scrappy DuBois Area Beavers by a 65-51 score in a game played at the Aaron J. Straub gym at Elk Catholic.
The game was a game of runs, as each team had several runs throughout the contest. At times during the contest, it looked like the Crusaders might run away with the game, but then the Beavers would put together a run of their own to get back into the game.
"Mitchel Haberberger played a great game for us tonight off the bench," said Coach Aaron Straub of the Crusaders. "I have been telling the team that we need to get more points from our bench people and tonight Mitchel came through big-time for us.
"This was an unusual game tonight. We played well except for a stretch in the second period and one in the third period. We finished well tonight, as our play in the fourth quarter was excellent. I was really pleased with the way our offense did against their zone defense. We will be seeing more zone defenses down the stretch and will need to continue to play well against them."
Elk Catholic's Mitchel Haberberger came off the bench to record a double-double on Thursday with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Mitchel was 9-for-12 from the field to lead the Crusaders. Two other Crusaders were in double figures last evening, as Ricky Pearsall and Ben Daghir each chipped in with 14 points to aid the Crusaders' cause. Also hitting the scoring column for Elk County were Darren Simons with six points, Tyler Herzing with five, Eric Wehler with four, Ben Wortman with two, and Luke Daghir and Josh Gebauer with one each.
Pearsall had five rebounds and Simons four, while Pearsall, Herzing and L. Daghir each had a blocked shot.
Garret Peterson led the DuBois squad with 17 points, followed by Tanner Gooden with 14, Mark Felix with six, Dom Kriner and Nate Liddle with five each, and Nate Avery and Paul Butler with two each. Peterson led the Beavers in rebounds with 11.
The DuBois squad went out to a 5-0 lead at the start of the game on a field goal by Gooden and a trey by Peterson. A foul goal by Gebauer and a trey by B. Daghir made it 5-4 before Kriner hit a trey to make it 8-4 DuBois. Herzing answered with a trey for Elk, followed by a foul goal by Gooden and a field goal by Peterson to make it 11-7 DuBois. Pearsall hit a trey to make it 11-10. Avery scored for DuBois, but Elk answered with two foul goal by Wehler. A bucket by Gooden was then answered by a trey and a field goal by B. Daghir to give Elk a 17-15 lead at the end of one.
Pearsall and Herzing hit fielders to open the second period, then Simons hit a trey to extend Elk's lead to nine points, 24-15. A Peterson bucket was followed by two Haberberger field goals and two foul goals by B. Daghir to make it 30-17. Gooden and Haberberger exchanged field goals, then DuBois scored the final seven points of the half to make it 32-26 at the halfway point of the game.
The Beavers hit two quick buckets to open the second half, cutting the lead to 32-30. A trey by Simons made it 35-30, then two foul goals by Liddle were followed by two field goals by Haberberger, 39-32. Once again the Beavers put on a run, scoring the next 10 points to take a 40-39 lead late in the period. L. Daghir hit a foul goal to tie the game, then Felix and Pearsall traded buckets. A trey by Liddle was followed by a bucket by Haberberger and three foul goals by Pearsall, who was fouled at the buzzer. This gave the Crusaders a 47-45 lead with one period remaining.
Elk Catholic controlled the final period, as Haberberger and Peterson exchanged early field goals, then Pearsall added four points and B. Daghir and Haberberger two points each to give Elk a 57-47 lead. Felix scored for DuBois, but Haberberger hit a field goal and B. Daghir two foul goals to make it 61-49. Gooden scored the final points for DuBois, then Elk added four more, two each by Wehler and Wortman, to make the final score 65-51.
Elk Catholic is now 14-3 on the season and 4-1 in the District Nine League. DuBois slipped to 6-10 on the year and to 2-4 in the D9 League.
Elk Catholic returns to action tonight as they travel to Punxsutawney to take on the Chucks in another District Nine League game. On Tuesday, Elk will also be on the road, traveling to Brookville for another District Nine League game.
Last night was Senior Night, as the senior members of the ECCHS team were honored in a special pre-game ceremony.
Elk had 11 turnovers in the game, compared to 18 for the DuBois Beavers. Elk had nine steals, with Herzing getting three and Pearsall two. Simons led the team in assists with four.
DuBois Area 51
Nate Liddle 0-1-2-2-5, Tanner Gooden 6-0-2-4-14, Nate Avery 1-0-0-0-2, Garret Peterson 7-1-0-2-17, Dom Kriner 1-1-0-0-5, Mark Feliz 3-0-0-0-6, Paul Butler 1-0-0-0-2. Totals 19-3-4-10-51.
Elk Catholic 65
Ricky Pearsall 3-1-5-5-14, Tyler Herzing 1-1-0-0-5, Darren Simons 0-2-0-0-6, Ben Daghir 2-2-4-4-14, Josh Gebauer 0-0-1-2-1, Ben Crowe 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchel Haberberger 9-0-0-3-18, Eric Wehler 0-0-4-7-4, Brandon Pollick 0-0-0-0-0, Caleb Lecker 0-0-0-0-0, Luke Daghir 0-0-1-4-1, Ben Wortman 0-0-2-2-2, Kevin Kraus 0-0-0-0-0, Michael Jacob 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 15-6-17-27-65.
Score by quarters
DuBois 15 11 19 6 51
ECCHS 17 15 15 18 65
Elk Catholic's junior varsity team ran their slate to 15-2 on Thursday as they handed the DuBois Area JVs a 48-42 setback.
Elk Catholic took a 17-10 first-quarter lead, then pushed that lead to 23-12 by the time the first half ended as they outscored the Beavers 6-2 in the second period.
DuBois cut the lead to 33-27 at the end of three as they outscored the Crusaders 15-10. Both clubs scored 15 fourth-quarter points, and the Crusaders were able to maintain their 6-point lead to win the game by a 48-42 score.
DuBois scoring: Mark Felix 5, Alec Shaffer-Doan 4, Austin Songer 1, Bab Hrecznyj 11, Evan Bush 2, John Smith 2, Jon Mohney 13, Hunter Lydick 4.
ECCHS scoring: Clayton Housler 15, Mitchell O'Neill 0, Alex Herzing 3, Devin Constable 2, Hank Cappiello 2, Scott Reichard 0, Jack Herzing 7, Ben Cortina 2, Mitchell Gahr 0, Brock McCullough 13, Shea Meyer 4.