C-L Boys Survives Scare from Otto-Eldred to Reach Class 1A Semifinals

| February 22, 2019


ST. MARYS, Pa. (D9Sports) – Third-seeded Clarion-Limestone held off an upset attempt by sixth-seeded Otto-Eldred picking up a 61-58 win in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at Elk County Catholic High School.

“They don’t ask you how you win,” C-L head coach Joe Ferguson said. “It was an ugly game for us. We looked like we hadn’t practiced, which we didn’t yesterday, yet we survived.”

After a slow start that saw them trailing 16-11 after a quarter, the Lions (21-3) outscored the Terrors (11-10) 37-23 over the middle two quarters, including 24-16 in the third quarter, to take a 48-39 lead into the final eight minutes.

“When we started into the press in the second quarter that turned things around for us a little,” Ferguson said. “But we never got into a good flow. We had two guys in foul trouble in the third quarter. We didn’t have the legs to continue to press. We switched to a zone, and give Otto credit, they were going after it tonight.”

Otto-Eldred wouldn’t go away and get clawing its way back into the game behind the play of Cameron Grigsby, who had eight of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t do a good job stopping the inside shot like I thought we would,” Ferguson said.

The Terrors were within two, 58-56, with just under a minute to play when Julian Laugand hit one of two free throws with 43 seconds left to make it 59-56.

But Curvin Goheen missed a pair of charity shots – C-L was just 3 of 8 in the fourth quarter from the line and 4 of 12 for the game – and Braden Maholic cut the lead to one, 59-58, with a layup with 15 seconds to play.

Deion Deas, though, hit two free throws with 12.3 seconds left to restore the 3-point lead, and Otto-Eldred turned the ball over late.

“The way we were shooting (from the free-throw line), which is uncharacteristic for us, I wasn’t really comfortable at any point,” Ferguson said. “We were shooting ourselves in the foot. We had many too many turnovers and were not hitting the board hard. We were flat tonight.”

Ian Callen led C-L with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven steals with Deas adding 15 and Hayden Callen 13.

Cole Sebastian added 12 points for Otto-Eldred.

C-L will take on KSAC North rival North Clarion in the semifinals at a site, date and time to be announced. The teams have played twice this year with each winning on the other’s home court. North Clarion won 79-47 at C-L and C-L won 56-43 at North Clarion.

JOHNSONBURG 42, CAMERON COUNTY 37

ST. MARYS, Pa. -12-6 run to start of the fourth quarter helped fifth-seeded Johnsonburg knock off fourth-seeded Cameron County, 42-37, in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at St. Marys High School.

The Rams led 28-26 heading into the fourth quarter before Gabe Watts scored his only six points of the game and Austin Green added four of his 14, all from the free-throw line, to help Johnsonburg (16-8) gain its biggest lead of the game, 40-32.

“I believe our experience helped,” Johnsonburg head coach Bill Shuey said. “We had to make some shots and had to score down the stretch. We were able to do that this time. We had a couple of games (this year) where we missed opportunities. Tonight, we were able to convert and stay ahead of them.”

In a low-scoring affair, Johnsonburg led 16-13 at halftime but got four quick points from Green out of the locker room to go up 20-13.

“Austin is a good leader out there for us,” Shuey said. “The kids look up to him. He does a good job of knowing his role. If he can get to the basket or is left open, he will take his shot. But if the other team is focusing on him, he has a way to find the open guy and share the ball with the other players who need to contribute.”

Cameron County (16-7) didn’t go away tying the game at 24 on a bank shot by Jake Walters before Nick Bliss scored four of the final six points of the quarter to give Johnsonburg the lead heading to the fourth. Bliss finished with 12 points.

Green chipped in five rebounds and two assists to go with his 14 points while Bliss contributed three rebounds. Isaac Scholder also had eight points and Watts checked in with six points, four rebounds and three helpers.

Cadin Beldin led Cameron County with 12 points and three assists with Dino Brown adding nine points and four rebounds, Walters eight points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots and Marcus Brown eight points.

Johnsonburg now gets a third crack this season at Elk County rival Elk County Catholic in the semifinals at a time, date and location to be announced although it’s even odds the game is back at St. Marys High School. It will be the third meeting of the year between the teams with ECC winning the first two by scores of 68-42 and 36-34. Johnsonburg beat ECC in last year’s D9 1A title game.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 61, AUSTIN 38

ST. MARYS, Pa. – After a slow start, top-seeded Elk County Catholic outscored eighth-seeded Austin by eight in the second quarter to build a 13-point halftime lead on its way to a 61-38 win over the Panthers in the District 9 Class 1A quarterfinals at St. Marys High School.

The Crusaders (24-1) led 15-10 after eight minutes but got down to business on defense limiting Austin (12-11) to six second-quarter points while taking a 29-16 halftime.

“It’s a good win,” ECC head coach Aaron Straub, whose team not only advanced to the D9 semifinals but also secured a PIAA playoff berth with the victory, said. “This is the time of the year that the goal is to win and advance. I am proud of our team for the great regular season, but now we need to focus on the district tournament. It was a good start tonight against a talented and hardworking Austin team.”

ECC put three players in double digits led by 15 points from Regis Wortman, who scored 12 of his tallies after halftime. Alec Wehler added 13 points and Carter Lindemuth 11.

Jackson Glover paced Austin with 12 points with Dempsey Glover adding 11 and Mason Valenti nine.

“Austin was quick, and they are a very good shooting team,” Straub said. “I am looking forward to cleaning some things up with our zone offensive attack and looking forward to our games next week.”

ECC will play fifth-seeded Johnsonburg, a 42-37 winner over fourth-seeded Cameron County, in the semifinals at a time, date and location to be announced although it’s even odds the game is back at St. Marys High School. It will be the third meeting of the year between the Elk County rivals with ECC winning the first two by scores of 68-42 and 36-34.


Copyright © 2019 EYT Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Any copying, redistribution or retransmission of the contents of this service without the express written consent of EYT Media Group, Inc. is expressly prohibited.

Category: Local News, News, Sports