The Elk County Catholic Crusader basketball team held off the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen to record a 43-39 District 9 League win last night at the ECCHS gym.
The Dutch held a four-point, 33-29 lead going into the final eight minutes of play. During the fourth quarter the game was tied at 37-37 and 39-39. A bucket by Tyler Herzing gave ECC the 41-39 lead with 2:35 left in the game after Dutchman Dylan Reigel had tied the game at 39 with 3:30 left. A missed shot by St. Marys was rebounded by Elk. At the 1:04 mark, ECC’s Darren Simons made one of two foul shots, 42-39. St. Marys called a timeout with 58 seconds remaining. An offensive charging call gave Elk the ball with 36 seconds left. The Crusaders turned the ball over with 21 seconds remaining. A Dutch shot missed its mark, with ECC’s Herzing being fouled with 4.4 seconds left. He made one of two to ice the win for Elk Catholic.
“I feel we were very fortunate to win tonight. We beat a rally good team tonight. It’s tough to beat a team playing that well. They have all the components,” said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub.
“It was a good win, but we’re not going to count style points any more this year.
“We went to a different offense in the fourth quarter, and I thought we finished the game real well.
“Monday’s game with Brookville is big. It is an important home game in regards to seeding and District 9 League.”
The Crusaders were led by Darren Simons and Mitchel Haberberger each with 12 points. Simons’ points came on one two, three threes and a one-for-two night from the foul line. Haberberger’s points came on five field goals and a two-for-two night from the foul line.
The Dutchmen were led by Justin Quiggle with 13 points on two twos and three threes. Dylan Reigel scored 11 points on three twos, one three and a two-for-two night from the foul line. Ryan Uhl had 10 points on five field goals.
“When you’re up against our crosstown rival, we were the ones that have to prove something. We played with heart and desire,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
“Any time you lose like this, it comes on me,” he added.
The Dutch outrebounded ECC 27-25. Uhl and Reigel led the Dutch with seven caroms each, while Haberberger led ECC with 10.
The game opened with Haberberger giving ECC the 2-0 lead. Bob Vollmer and Ryan Mancuso scored for the Dutch, 4-2. Ben Daghir and Reigel traded buckets, 6-4 St. Marys. A bucket by Elk’s Eric Wehler tied the game at 6-all. Uhl gave St. Marys the 8-6 lead, with Ricky Pearsall giving Elk the 9-8 lead with a three to end the first period.
Simons and Ben Daghir scored for Elk to open the second period and give Elk the 13-8 lead. A field goal by Quiggle, two foul shots by Reigel and a bucket by Uhl gave the Dutch the 14-13 lead. Haberberger and Uhl traded buckets, 16-15. A field goal by Haberberger with nine seconds remaining gave ECC the 17-16 halftime lead.
Haberberger and Reigel traded buckets to open the second half. A foul shot by Mancuso started a 10-0 run for the Dutch and a 28-19 lead with 3:28 left in the third. Quiggle had two threes and Reigel one in that stretch. ECC went on a 5-0 run on a field goal by Herzing and foul shots by Pearsall and Haberberger (2) to cut the St. Marys lead to 28-24. Uhl made it 30-24 before Simons and Quiggle traded trifectas, 33-27. Luke Daghir hit a buzzer beater, making the score 33-29 in favor of the Dutch at the end of three.
Pearsall sank two foul shots to open the fourth quarter. A three by Simons gave Elk the 34-33 lead. Quiggle and Reigel scored to make it 37-34. A three by Simons tied the game at 37 with 4:35 left. Haberberger made it 39-37, with Reigel tying the game at 39 with 3:30 left. Elk Catholic scored four points in the closing minutes, while St. Marys did not score, with the Crusaders winning 43-39.
The Crusaders are now 16-4 overall and 6-2 in District 9 League play. They finished play in the AML with a 6-0 mark.
The Dutch are now 14-6 overall and 6-4 in District 9 League play.
Both teams return to action on Monday. ECC hosts Brookville in a District 9 League game, while the Dutch travel to Clearfield for a non-league game with the Bisons.
Elk Catholic was 16 of 41 from the field for 44 percent. St. Marys was 16 of 45 for 36 percent from the field.
St. Marys 39
Rocco Harshbarger 0-0-0-0-0, Jordan Weinzierl 0-0-0-0-0, Ryan Hockman 0-0-0-0-0, Bob Vollmer 1-0-0-2-2, Dylan Reigel 3-1-2-2-11, Ryan Uhl 5-0-0-2-10, Ryan Mancuso 1-0-1-3-3, Jimmy Werner 0-0-0-0-0. 12-4-3-9-39.
Ricky Pearsall 0-1-3-4-6, Tyler Herzing 2-0-1-2-5, Ben Crowe 0-0-0-0-0, Eric Wehler 1-0-0-0-2, Darren Simons 1-3-1-2-12, Mitchel Haberberger 5-0-2-2-12, Ben Daghir 2-0-0-0-4, Luke Daghir 1-0-0-0-2, Josh Gebauer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 22-4-7-10-43.
Score by quarters
SMAHS 8 8 17 6 39
ECCHS 9 8 12 14 43
ECC JVs win
A putback by Clayton Housler of the Crusaders with no time left gave the ECC junior varsity squad a 37-35 victory over the St. Marys junior varsity squad.
ECC took a 13-4 first-period lead. The Dutch outscored Elk 10-1 in the second period to knot the game at 14 at the half.
St. Marys outscored ECC 13-10 in the third period. In the fourth quarter, the Crusaders outscored the Dutch 13-8, making the final score 37-35 in favor of Elk Catholic.
ECCHS scoring: Clayton Housler 7, Alex Herzing 2, Devin Constable 1, Hank Cappiello 5, Jack Herzing 2, Ben Cortina 4, Brock McCullough 13, Shea Meyer 2.
St. Marys scoring: Justin Beimel 2, Michael Fox 1, Caleb Bennett 5, Sam Guido13, Brandon Vollmer 4, Logan Gilmore 2, Shajuan Carrero 8.