Oil City Boys’ Use Quick Start to Beat Grove City

| February 14, 2018

GROVE CITY, Pa. (EYT) – The Oil City boys’ basketball team built a seven-point lead after one quarter on its way to a 52-48 road win over Grove City.

The Oilers (10-11) led 18-11 after a quarter.

Hunter Haun and Lucas Homer each scored 11 points to lead Oil City with Ben Mizerak chipping in nine tallies.

Kade Persinger had a game-high 12 points for Grove City with Isaac Thrasher adding 11 and Marcos Cintron 10.

The Oilers appear to be the fifth-place team out of Region 5 and would play the fourth-place team out of Region 6 (Corry of Fort LeBoeuf) in the District 10 Class 4A playoffs Friday on the road.

HICKORY 56, FRANKLIN 40

HERMITAGE, Pa. – Donald Whitehead scored 26 points to help Hickory past shorthanded and visiting Franklin, 56-40.

The Knights, playing without Preston Morgan and Brandon Johnson, got 23 points from Tyus Wood.

Franklin is the fourth-place team out of Region 5 and would play Conneaut in the opening round of the District 10 Class 4A playoffs. But it appears as if Conneaut will opt out of the postseason giving the Knights a bye.

NORTH CLARION 60, KEYSTONE 51

FRILLS CORNERS, Pa. – Nathan Banner netted a game-high 18 points and added eight rebounds to help North Clarion secure the top seed in the District 9 Class 1A playoffs with a 60-51 win over visiting Keystone.

Senior Noah Meyers added a career-high 11 points on Senior Night for North Clarion while Logan Minich chipped in nine tallies

Nate Wingard paced Keystone with 16 points with Corey Rapp adding 12 and Brooks LaVan and Dalton Jones eight each.

The Wolves second win over the Panthers in five days coupled with Elk County Catholic’s 56-54 loss to Bradford gives the top seed to the 19-3 Wolves, who finished a game better than ECC (18-4) in the regular season.

Keystone, meanwhile, fell to 16-6 overall and failed to secure the No. 3 seed in the Class 2A bracket. The Panthers are now tied with Clarion (16-6) in the fourth position a half game back of Clarion-Limestone (16-5), who closes out the regular season at Karns City Wednesday. A Lions win would give C-L the third seed, Keystone the fourth and Clarion the fifth (Keystone and Clarion split a pair of meetings this season but Keystone is 15-5 vs. District 9 teams for a .750 winning percentage while Clarion is 15-6 for a .714 winning percentage, which is the next tiebreaker). If C-L loses to Karns City leaving all three teams at 16-6 it isn’t 100 percent certain how the tiebreaker would work. C-L lost to Keystone but beat Clarion twice. That might keep head-to-head out of the equation taking it to winning percentage vs. District 9 opponents. If that is the case, then Keystone would be the third seed followed by C-L (14-5, .736 vs. D9 opponents) and then Clarion. Of course, all of those calculations are unofficial.

KANE 65, CRANBERRY 39

SENECA, Pa. – Chad Greville exploded for 30 points to pace a 65-39 road win for Kane over Cranberry.

Reed Williams added 13 tallies for the Wolves.

Thomas Flinspach led Cranberry with 14 points with Dan McQuaide adding 13.


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