Boys’ Basketball: Gillespie Leads Venango Catholic Past Forest Area; Oil City Wins

| February 2, 2019

MARIENVILLE, Pa. (D9Sports) – Ben Gillispie had 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead Venango Catholic to an 85-60 win over Forest Area at East Forest.

(Photo: Moniteau’s Gage Neal (in white) tries to dribble past Keystone’s Max Thompson during Friday night’s game. Neal scored a game-high 17 points in helping Moniteau knock off the Panthers. Photo by Mary Rearick)

Parker Slagle also had a double-double for the Vikings with 14 points and 10 assists with Andrew Burda also scoring 23 points and Thomas Fink eight points.

Franklin Meals paced Forest Area with 23 points and Noah Burke added 17 points.


OIL CITY, Pa. – A strong third quarter helped Oil City knock off visiting Warren, 76-71.

The Oilers, who were outscored 22-14 in the first eight minutes, still trailed by two, 36-34, at halftime before outscoring the Dragons 21-7 in the third quarter to take a 55-43 lead. Warren tried to rally in the fourth quarter, outpacing Oil City 28-21 in the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough.

Hunter Hahn led Oil City with a game-high 23 points with Holden Stahl adding 15 points and Cameron Muir 14.

Griffin Suppa paced Warren with 18 points, Jake Kupchella added 16 points and Caleb Ei and Aidan Morrison each scored 15 points.


WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – Down 12 at halftime, Moniteau rallied to send the KSAC South race into chaos with a 43-39 win over visiting Keystone.

The Panthers, who could have all but clinched the KSAC South title with a win, led 27-15 at halftime after outscoring the Warriors 20-7 in the second quarter.

But Keystone scored just 12 points the rest of the game, including only four in the fourth quarter, to allow Moniteau to come from behind and get the win.

Gage Neal scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors won the quarter, 11-4, after trailing 35-32 after three.

Free throws helped Moniteau take control in the second half, as the Warriors were 9 of 16 from the line in the half compared to Keystone’s 1 of 2. For the game, Moniteau was 12 of 22 with Keystone going 5 of 6.

Jared Lomenski added 10 points in the win with Bobby Mathews scoring seven.

Keystone got 12 points from Troy Johnson, 11 from Andrew Lauer and nine from Dawson Steele.

Moniteau (11-7 overall, 5-2 KSAC South) is still a ½ game off the KSAC South lead behind Keystone (13-4, 6-2) but the teams are tied in the loss column. Karns City and Redbank Valley are just one game back in the loss column of both Moniteau and Keystone. Karns City has a game left against Moniteau, while Redbank Valley still plays both Keystone and Moniteau.


CLARION, Pa. – Nick Frederick recorded a double-double to help Clarion beat visiting Cranberry, 66-37.

Frederick had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, while Cal German paced Clarion with a game-high 19 points. Jake Burns also scored 12 for the home squad with Gavin Brinkley adding 10.

Preston Forrest had a team-best 12 points for Cranberry with Cameron Russell scoring 11 and JT Stahlman 10.


NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Keaton Kahle and Nick Smith combined for 39 points to help Redbank Valley defeat visiting A-C Valley, 78-58.

Kahle netted a game-high 21 points with Smith adding 18 for the Bulldogs. Tanner Kerle and Logan Wadding chipped in for seven tallies apiece.

Eddie Stevanus led A-C Valley with 20 points with Levi Orton adding 16.

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