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Keystone’s Boys’ Tournament Wrap

By Chris Rossetti

CONSOLATION GAME – DUBOIS 60, VENANGO CATHOLIC 57

KNOX, Pa. – Playing it second game of the day, DuBois used its depth to pick up its first win of the season, 60-57, over Venango Catholic in the consolation game of the Keystone Boys’ Basketball Tip-off Tournament Saturday night in Knox.

“We have 10 or 12 guys that we rotate, and I think that really played into our benefit for the second game,” DuBois head coach Scott Creighton, whose team fell 55-41 to Knoch in the opening game of the tournament which was postponed from Friday night to Saturday afternoon because of snow Friday night. “We had little bit fresher legs, which I think allowed us to tire them out in the end to.”

Class A Venango Catholic, which was actually playing a back-to-back situation having lost an hour before the start of the game with DuBois, 63-61 in overtime, to Keystone hung with the Beavers (1-1) for the entire game and actually led, 45-44, with just under three minutes to go in the third quarter before a 7-0 DuBois run at the end of the quarter gave it the lead for good.

Matt Sawey hit a 3-pointer during the run, which gave DuBois a 51-45 lead going to the fourth quarter, and then connected on another triple 1:27 into the fourth quarter after three straight points from Jonah Jones had gotten the Vikings (0-2) back within three.

“Those were pretty significant threes,” Creighton said. “That was big for him to hit those coming off the bench.”

But despite the threes, DuBois was never able to put Venango Catholic away with the Viking rallying within a point, 56-55, on a three by Nathan Dudzic with 2:55 to play.

The Beavers then gave Venango a chance by hitting just one of three free throws with around 53 seconds to play, but Scott Toy, who scored 10 for the Viking, missed a shot that would have tied the game with just over 40 seconds to left. Beau Shepherd then hit three of four free throws to pretty much put the game away.

Hunter Lydick had a monster game for the Beavers with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

“He struggled the first game today, but in the second game he rose to occasion,” Creighton said. “We challenged him a little inbetween games. He knew he had to step it up against the bigger Zagar (Venango Catholic’s 6-foot-11-inch center Devin Zagar ) kid. I thought he did a nice job of rising to the occasion.”

Shepherd also had a double-double for the Beavers with 18 points and 13 rebounds helping DuBois outrebound Venango Catholic 51-31 including 26-8 on the offensive glass.

“That is something we have been working on and harping on is our rebounding on both ends,” Creighton said. “We have some guys, who if they are willing to make the commitment to go after it, they can become pretty effective for us.

DuBois needed to hit the offensive glass hard to stay in the game, especially in the first quarter when the Beavers shot 8 of 22 from the field compared to Venango Catholic’s 8 of 11 but still found themselves tied at 17 at the end of the quarter.

“Hitting the offensive glass was a big deal for us, because we weren’t hitting our shots like we would have like to,” Creighton said.

The game remained tied at halftime, 34-34, before the teams traded leads nine times in the third quarter before a Lydick basket 1:56 left in the quarter gave DuBois the lead, 46-45, for good.

Venango Catholic got a big game from Zagar, who scored 18 points while pulling down nine rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. He had a pair of second-quarter dunks that he made look easy including an ally-oop from Brady Kingston midway through the quarter. But DuBois was able to contain him more in the second half limiting Zagar to six points in the half including four off offensive rebound putbacks.

“We didn’t rotate off him in the second half,” Creighton said. “In the first half we were trapping and rotating off of him, but in the second half we kind of stayed locked down on him and changed up our rotation a little bit. That was really the only thing we did.”

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Knoch 47, Keystone 23

Host Keystone, trailed Knoch by six, 15-9, at halftime but was outscored 32-14 in the second half in dropping the championship game of the tournament to the Knights 47-23.

The Panthers (1-1) actually trailed by three, 15-12, after Adam Lencer hit a 3-pointer at the start of the second half, but Knoch went on a 26-2 run that featured 14 points from David Gallagher, who hit four 3-pointers during the run that featured all of the points he scored in the game.

Lencer scored 13 to pace Keystone and scored 11 straight points for the Panthers between the 4:37 mark of the second quarter and the 3:55 mark of the fourth quarter. He scored Keystone’s lone two baskets of the second half including the three at the start of the half and a two later in the third quarter that ended a 12-0 Knoch spurt that put the lead to 27-12.

Keystone only made five baskets in the game, four by Lencer, and a first-half three-pointer by Jake Courson, who tied Tim Haines for second on the team in scoring with three points.

Matt Zanella added 12 points for Knoch (2-0).

FIRST ROUND GAMES – Knoch 55, DuBois 41 & Keystone 63, Venango Catholic 61, overtime

Knoch topped 55-41 to start the day’s action despite 10 points from Lydick, nine each from Shepherd and Jon Mohney and seven from Cole Kriner.

DuBois led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter but was outscored 15-4 in the second quarter to go down 10 at halftime. The Beavers battled back and got within five, 38-33, at the end of the third quarter before being outscored 17-8 in the fourth.

Keystone, meanwhile, got a big three from Lencer in overtime to beat Venango Catholic 63-61 in the extra period of their first-round game.

Lencer netted a career-best 30 points in the contest, including seven of Keystone’s nine overtime points.

Zagar led Venango Catholic with 18, while Toy had 15 and Jones 14.

The Vikings led 32-28 at halftime after leading 21-12 at the end of the first quarter, but the game was tied at 41 at the end of three quarter and at 54 at the end of regulation.

BOX SCORES

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

KNOCH 47, KEYSTONE 23

Score by Quarters

Knoch – 4 11 19 13 – 47

Keystone – 3 6 5 9 – 23

Knoch – 47

David Gallagher 5 0-1 14, Stephen Oblich 3 2-2 8, Troy Hixson 2 0-0 4, Matt Zanella 6 0-0 12, Jim Larrimer 2 1-2 5, Connor Shinsky 1 0-0 2, Mac Christy 1 0-0 2. Toals 20 3-5 47.

Keystone – 23

Cameron Henry 0 0-0 0, Ben Warner 0 0-0 0, Brayden Shick 0 0-0 0, Adam Lencer 4 4-4 13, Ryan Wolbert 0 0-0 0, Alex Graf 0 2-4 2, Micah Sherry 0 2-2 2, Tim Haines 1 0-0 3, Jake Courson 0 3-4 3. Totals 5 11-14 23.

Three-pointers – Knoch 4 (Gallagher 4). Keystone 2 (Lencer, Haines).

CONSOLATION GAME

DUBOIS 60, VENANGO CATHOLIC 57

Score by Quarters

Venango Catholic 17 17 11 12 – 57

DuBois 17 17 17 9 – 60

Venango Catholic – 57

Scott Toy 3 4-4 10, Devin Zagar 9 0-2 18, Jacob Hale 5 0-0 12, Jonah Jones 3 1-3 7, Brady Kingston 2 3-5 7, Eric Hidinger 0 0-0 0, Luke Plumer 0 0-0 0, Nathan Dudzic 1 0-0 3. Totals 23 8-14 57.

DuBois – 60

Cole Kriner 2 0-3 4, Beau Shepherd 5 7-10 18, Jon Mohney 2 0-0 5, Austin Songer 0 0-0 0, Hunter Lydick 10 2-4 23, Devin Clark 0 0-0 0, Kevin Foley 0 0-0 0, Derek Hillebrand 2 0-0 4, Matt Sawey 2 0-0 6, Zach Sloan 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 9-17 60.

Three-pointers – Venango Catholic 3 (Jones 2, Dudzic). DuBois 5 (Sawey 2, Mohney 1, Shepherd, Lydick).

FIRST ROUND GAME ONE

KNOCH 55, DUBOIS 41

Score by Quarters

Knoch 11 15 12 17 – 55

DuBois 12 4 17 8 – 41

Knoch – 55

Not available

DuBois – 41

Cole Kriner 3 0-0 7, Matt Sawey 1 1-1 3, Kevin Foley 0 0-0 0, Zach Sloan 0 1-2 1, Michael Pfingstler 0 0-0 0, Beau Shepherd 4 0-1 9, Jon Mohney 2 4-6 9, Derek Hillebrand 0 0-0 0, Austin Songer 0 2-2 2, Hunter Lydick 4 2-5 10. Totals 14 10-15 41.

Three-pointers – DuBois 3 (Kriner, Shepherd, Mohney).

FIRST ROUND GAME TWO

KEYSTONE 63, VENANGO CATHOLIC 61, overtime

Score by Quarters

Venango 21 11 9 13 7 – 61

Keystone 12 16 13 13 9 – 63

Venango Catholic – 61

Scott Toy 4 6-10 15, Devin Zagar 8 2-5 18, Jacob Hale 2 2-2 7, Jonah Jones 4 2-4 14, Brady Kingston 1 1-2 3, Luke Plumer 2 0-0 4, Eric Hidinger 0 0-0 0, Nathan Dudzic 0 0-0 0, August Galey 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 13-23 61.

Keystone – 63

Cameron Henry 0 0-0 0, Ben Warner 0 0-0 0, Brayden Shick 0 2-2 2, Adam Lencer 10 7-8 30, Ryan Wolbert 1 2-8 5, Alex Graf 4 0-0 8, Micah Sherry 1 1-2 3, Tim Haines 3 0-0 7, Jake Courson 3 1-3 8. Totals 22 13-23 63.

Three-pointers – Venango Catholic 6 (Jones 4, Toy, Hale). Keystone 6 (Lencer 3, Wolbert, Haines, Courson).

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