The Elk Catholic Crusaders basketball team came up with a big victory last evening at the Aaron J. Straub Gymnasium, defeating the Brookville Raiders by a 69-59 score to avenge a loss suffered at Brookville last week. The win was also big for the Crusaders, as they needed to win to earn a high seed in the upcoming District Nine Class A playoffs.
"We beat a very good Brookville squad tonight," said Coach Aaron Straub of the Crusaders. "We played very well tonight, as we put four good quarters of basketball together."
"We shot the ball very well tonight from both the field and the foul line," Straub noted. Our foul shooting down the stretch was a key factor in the win, as it allowed us to maintain a comfortable lead as time was running out in the game."
Mitchel Haberberger had a big game for the Crusaders on Monday night, coming off the bench to lead the Crusaders. He finished as the game's leading scorer, hitting 21 points on eight field goals and a five-for-six night at the foul line. He also checked in with four rebounds.
Tyler Herzing checked in with 15 points on two field goals, a trey and an eight-for-10 night at the foul line. He also led the Crusaders in steals with six and had four assists. Darren Simons was also in double figures for the Crusaders as he had 11 points on a trey and an eight-for-eight night at the foul line. Simons also pulled down four rebounds. Ricky Pearsall was next in the scoring column with nine points, along with three rebounds and three assists. Ben Daghir had eight points and three steals, while Luke Daghir had three points and two assists. Josh Gebauer rounded out the ECCHS scoring with two points.
The Brookville club was led by Kyle Baughman and Jared Heschke with 14 points each. Baughman's came on three field goals, two treys and a two-for-four night at the line, while Heschke's came on seven field goals. Tashan Mark finished the night with nine points, while Ryan Zimmerman had eight, Don Ion seven and Zane Hackett five points to round out Brookville's scoring. Hackett led the Raiders in the rebounding department with seven.
Pearsall opened the scoring in the game with a layup, but Brookville's Zimmerman answered with a trey, 3-2. Herzing and Ion exchanged field goals, then Pearsall scored to put Elk up 6-5. A trey by Ion was answered by a Pearsall trey. Brookville tied the game at 9-all on a foul goal, then Haberberger hit two foul goals for Elk to take a 11-9 lead. Mark and L. Daghir exchanged field goals, then Hackett turned a three-point play to put the Raiders on top, 14-13, with about 30 seconds remaining in the period. Haberberger made two layups in the closing seconds off of great passes by Pearsall to give the Crusaders a 17-14 lead at the end of one.
Hackett cut the lead to 17-16 at the start of the second period, but a trey by Herzing pushed the lead to 20-16. A bucket by Heschke was followed by a Herzing field goal and a Simons trey, making it 25-18. Heschke scored on a layup, but B. Daghir answered with a trey and a field goal for Elk County, 30-20. Baughman cut it to 30-23 with a trey, then Haberberger connected on two foul shots to make it 32-23. A Mark bucket was followed by a Haberberger field goal, two foul goals by Herzing and a field goal by Gebauer to make it 38-25. Mark hit a field goal just before the halftime buzzer sounded to make it 38-27 at the half.
Haberberger opened the second half by hitting two layups, 42-27. Heschke scored for Brookville, but Haberberger hit another layup to make it 44-29. Heschke and Pearsall exchange field goals, then the Raiders scored the next seven points to cut the lead to 46-38. B. Daghir then hit a trey for Elk, 49-38. The Raiders then scored the final four points of the period to make the score 49-42 with one period remaining.
Habergerger scored to open the final period for Elk, but Heschke knocked down two field goals to cut the lead to 51-46. Herzing and Haberberger then scored the next six points for Elk to push the lead to 11 points, 57-46. A Baughman bucket was followed by two more Herzing foul goals, 59-48. Heschke scored for the Raiders, 59-50, but Elk scored the next six points, one each by Haberberger and L. Daghir and four by Simons, to make it 65-50. Four Brookville points were answered by four points by Simons, then Brookville scored the final five points of the game to make the final score 69-59 in favor of the Crusaders.
Last evening was Senior Parent Night for the Crusaders as the players, scorekeeper, student assistant and statisician were introduced along with their parents.
The Crusaders shot 61.8 percent from the field last evening and 84.6 percent from the foul line. Brookville shot 49 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the foul line.
The Crusaders are now 17-4 on the season with one game remaining, a District Nine League encounter on Wednesday evening at Bradford. The Crusaders are 7-2 in the District 9 League and tied with Brookville for first place. The Raiders are 19-2 overall on the season.
Brookville Area 59
Don Ion 1-1-2-3-7, Tashan Mark 3-1-0-0-9, Ryan Zimmerman 2-1-1-2-8, Kyle Baughman 3-2-2-4-14, Zane Hackett 2-0-1-3-5, Jared Heschke 7-0-0-0-14. Totals 19-5-6-14-59.
Elk County Catholic 69
Ricky Pearsall 3-1-0-0-9, Tyler Herzing 2-1-8-10-15, Ben Crowe 0-0-0-0-0, Eric Wehler 0-0-0-0-0, Ben Wortman 0-0-0-0-0, Darren Simons 0-1-8-8-11, Mitchel Haberberger 8-0-5-6-21, Ben Daghir 1-2-0-0-8, Luke Daghir 1-0-1-2-3, Josh Gebauer 1-0-0-0-2. Totals 16-5-22-26-69.
Score by quarters
Brookville 14 13 15 17 59
ECCHS 17 21 11 20 69
Elk Catholic's junior varsity squad picked up a 41-37 victory over the Brookville JVs in the preliminary game.
The Crusaders took a 13-6 lead in the opening period, then outscored the Raiders 7-4 to take a 20-10 halftime lead.
The Brookville squad outscored the Crusaders 9-8 in the third period to cut the lead to 28-19. In the final period the Raiders again outscored the Crusaders 18-13, but it wasn't enough as Elk held on for a 41-37 victory.
Brookville scoring: Seth Coonor 8, Tighe Truman 10, Levi Park 11, Austin Burney 4, Jordan Young 4.
ECCHS scoring: Clayton Housler 20, Mitchell O'Neill 0, Alex Herzing 0, Devin Constable 0, Hank Cappiello 13, Scott Reichard 0, Jack Herzing 0, Ben Cortina 5, Mitchell Gahr 0, Brock McCullough 3, Shea Meyer 0.