Boys’ Basketball: Redbank Valley’s Smith Scores School-Record 49 in Win at Venango Catholic

| January 15, 2019


OIL CITY, Pa. (D9Sports) – Nick Smith posted a school-record 49 points to lead Redbank Valley to a 93-64 road victory over Venango Catholic.

(Photo: Redbank Valley’s Nick Smith scored a school-record 49 points in a win over Venango Catholic Monday. Photo by Mike Maslar)

“I want to thank my teammates for feeding me the ball,” Smith said. “I was playing within the rhythm of the game, and the shots kept coming to me.”

Smith’s 49 points broke a school record that was held by Shawn Crissman, who scored 44 points against Moniteau in December 1991 at Redbank Valley. He is the first Bulldog to score 40 in a game since Sam Heeter posted a 42-point night Jan. 13, 2016, at Clarion.

Smith was successful from three-point range, making seven shots from that territory while making 18 totals shots and going 6 of 9 from the free-throw line. He scored 12 first-quarter points, 11 second-quarter tallies, 12 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth.

Chris Marshall added 12 tallies while Keaton Kahle had 10 for the Bulldogs.

Venango Catholic’s duo of Andrew Burda and Ben Gillispie stuffed the stat sheet with Burda posting a team-high 31 points and 11 rebounds with Gillispie was right behind his teammate posting 22 points and 17 rebounds. Brady Cicatella also grabbed 14 rebounds to go with five points.

NORTH CLARION 52, KEYSTONE 49

FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Trailing by 12 at halftime, North Clarion turned to its big man, Kyle Mills, and some hot outside shooting to rally past visiting Keystone, 52-49, and stay unbeaten.

The Wolves were down 30-18 at the break but outscored Keystone, 34-19 in the second half, including 19-7 in the third quarter to tie the game at 37 after three.

Mills scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the third quarter, while North Clarion hit four second-half 3-pointers, including a pair from Korey Mills, who finished with 10 points.

Kyle Mills finished off a double-double with 15 rebounds. Tyler McCord-Wolbert handed out five assists to go with eight points, including six in the fourth quarter, with Korey Mills and Logan Minich each dishing out four helpers. Sam Minich added six rebounds and seven points.

Troy Johnson paced Keystone with 18 points, 14 in the first half. Isaak Jones and Dawson Steele each contributed nine tallies.

UNION 74, FOREST AREA 54

MARIENVILLE, Pa. – Brock Jordan netted a career-high 20 points to help visiting Union to a 74-54 win over Forest Area at East Forest.

Truman Vereb added 18 points for the Golden Knights with Karter Vogle scoring 10 and Gavin Bowser eight. Union was without leading scorer Caiden Rainey as well as second-leading scorer Nolan Cumberland.

Franklin Meals had a double-double of 18 points and 11 assists for Forest Area with Noah Burke adding 11 points, Jonah Spuck nine and Allen Johnson seven.

CLARION 72, A-C VALLEY 42

CLARION, Pa.- Cal German and Nick Frederick each had 23 points to lead Clarion to a 72-42 victory over A-C Valley Monday night.

Jake Burns also chipped in nine tallies and Josh Craig added five for the Bobcats.

Levi Orton paced A-C Valley with 15 points while Austin Cratty and Cole Delhart each chipped in eight.


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