BOYS HOOPS: End Game: Wolverines come on late to beat Curwensville; Ike boys lose to top team

CURWENSVILLE – Sheffield exploded for a 26-17 fourth quarter to break a seven-game losing streak in a 60-55 win over Curwensville on Tuesday at Curwensville High School.

Shequan Wright scored nine of his 18 points – four field goals and a free throw – in a fourth quarter in which Sheffield overcame a seven-point deficit and a six-point deficit with four minutes to play. Wright added 18 rebounds in a monster night.

Nic Confer added four of his six points in the fourth as everything was going right for the Wolverines (7-14).

“The kids dug down deep, pushed through that third quarter, and just exploded in the fourth,” said Sheffield coach Todd Fitch.

Sheffield overcame 23 turnovers, and a 18-8 Curwensville third quarter that saw the Wolverines go from a 26-20 halftime lead to a 38-34 deficit.

Dylan McNeal finished with 15 points for Sheffield, which is at Smethport on Friday.

SHEFFIELD (60): Brendan Winslow 2 4-4 10, Shequan Wright 8 2-7 18, Dylan McNeal 6 1-4 15, Brandon Kipp 2 0-0 4, Tyler Fitzgerald 3 1-1 7, Travis Peterson 0 0-0 0, Nic Confer 3 0-0 6, Totals 24 8-16 60.

CURWENSVILLE (55): Gardner 4 0-0 12, Johns 3 5-8 11, Elensky 7 7-10 24, Olson 1 0-0 2, Jacobson 2 1-4 5, Rauckhorst 0 1-2 1, Totals 17 14-24 55.

Sheffield 14 12 8 26 – 60

Curwensville 8 12 18 17 – 55

3-pointers: S-Winslow 2, McNeal 2; C-Gardner 3, Elensky 3.

Junior varsity game

SHEFFIELD (33): Nic Confer 2 1-2 6, Brandon Kipp 0 0-0 0, Adam Higby 3 0-0 7, Daniel Pierson 0 0-0 0, Jake Johnson 5 2-3 14, Travis Peterson 3 0-3 6. Totals 13 3-8 33.

CURWENSVILLE (49): Thorpe 0 0-2 0, Hill 3 1-3 7, Miller 4 1-4 9, Rauckhorst 4 0-0 8, Kurtz 3 0-0 8, Bloom 6 3-3 17. Totals 20 5-12 49.

Sheffield 9 12 6 6 – 33

Curwensville 13 10 19 7 – 49

3-pointers: S-Confer, Higby, Johnson 2; C-Kurtz 2, Bloom 2.

Jamestown Bethel 66, TCCS 46

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – Tidioute Charter hung with Jamestown Bethel in the first half but, after a win on Monday, ran out of steam in the second half Tuesday.

“But for us to put up 46 points, and as good of a team as this was, it was a nice show for us,” said TCCS coach Dave Manning, whose Bulldogs fall to 2-12 overall. “You could see they ran out of gas.”

Jordan Yeager finished with a stellar 10 points and 16 rebounds, Brian Faulkner added 15 points and seven assists, and Ben Kightlinger 15 points for Tidioute, which trailed 30-29 at halftime.

Ben Pratt and Jason Kinem started the second half on fire, said Manning, combining for 12 points in the first minute or so and Jamestown Bethel was off an running. Pratt finished with 27 points and Kinem 24, despite missing the first quarter.

TCCS is at Erie First on Friday.

TCCS (46): Jordan Yeager 3 4-10 10, Jonathan Buccardo 0 0-0 0, Brian Faulkner 6 1-2 15, Travis McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, Gus Martin 0 0-0 0, Pat Thompson 2 2-2 6, Ben Kightlinger 5 4-5 15, Todd Breeden 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 11-19 46.

JAMESTOWN BETHEL (66): B. Kinem 2 1-2 5, Nixon 4 0-0 8, Certo 1 0-0 2, Pratt 12 2-3 27, J. Kinem 11 0-0 24. Totals 30 3-5 66

TCCS 15 14 7 10 -46

Jamestown Bethel 15 15 19 17 – 66

3-pointers: T-Faulkner 2, Kightlinger; J-Pratt, J. Kinem 2.

Junior varsity game

TCCS (26): Jon Buccardo 1 0-0 2, Gus Martin 2 0-2 4, Chance Klos 1 0-0 2, Brian Bonner 2 0-0 6, Todd Breeden 0 0-0 0, Lukas Divido 0 0-0 0, Dan Heckman 2 0-0 4, Pat Thompson 4 0-0 8. Totals 12 0-2 26.

JAMESTOWN BETHEL (32): Nixon 4 1-2 10, Williams 4 0-0 8, Certo 1 1-4 3, Johnson 3 0-0 6, Zhurduler 2 1-2 5. Totals 14 3-8 32.

TCCS 12 6 4 4 0 – 26

Jamestown Bethel 6 1 10 9 6 – 32

3-pointers: T-Bonner 2; Nixon.

Cochranton 65, Eisenhower 45

Playing what Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson called “the best team in our region,” the Knights were overpowered during Tuesday night’s Region 3 game with Cochranton, dropping a 65-45 decision at Eisenhower High School.

“I really think (Cochranton) is the most talented team in our region,” said Allenson. “I knew the keys going into tonight’s game would be for us to hustle, get back on defense and take good shots. I feel like they really outhustled us at times tonight.

“They are an extremely good shooting team and if you’re going to try to shoot with them, you need to take good shots. I wasn’t totally pleased with our shot selection at times tonight.”

The Knights (5-13, 2-6) jumped out to an early 7-3 lead in the contest only to watch the visitors close the quarter on a 12-6 run to lead 15-13 after the first eight minutes.

In the second quarter, Cochranton (13-6, 8-2) came out strong and controlled the opening moments of the quarter, pushing the lead into double figures with 5:00 left in the half. The Knights stormed back, using a Carter Farrell layup and long Ryan Williams jumper to close the gap to 25-21 with 2:30 remaining in the first half. Unfortunately for the Knights, the Cardinals would close the half of an 8-2 run, pushing the lead back to 10 by intermission.

Out of the locker room, Cochranton continued its explosive offensive pace, quickly doubling the advantage from 10 points to 20 points. The 20-point advantage stood through the completion of both the third and fourth quarters with the Cardinals up 51-31 after three and 65-45 at the final buzzer.

The Knights were a hard luck loser in the junior varsity game, squandering a 13-point halftime lead during a 38-37 loss. Casey Vincent led Eisenhower with 16 points.

Eisenhower returns to action Saturday when it visits Youngsville (2-11).

COCHRANTON (65): Herzberger 0 2-2 2, Dickson 5 2-2 14, Adams 6 3-4 18, Saunier 2 0-0 4, Custead 4 1-1 9, Roche 1 0-0 2, Villamar 1 0-0 3, Vanderhoof 5 2-2 13, Totals: 25 10-11 65

EISENHOWER (45): Grant Venman 0 0-0 0, Allan Jackson 0 0-0 0, Aaron Lundmark 7 1-2 15, Nathan O’Brien 2 0-0 4, Casey Vincent 2 0-0 4, Colin Shine 3 2-5 8, Carter Farrell 1 0-0 2, Ryan Williams 2 2-2 6, Chris Sanders 0 0-0 0, Alex Johnson 1 0-0 2, Jarrett Johnson 2 0-2 4, Ricky Zortman 0 0-0 0, John Potts 0 0-0 0, Ben Harvey 0 0-0 0, Totals: 20 5-11 45

Cochranton 15 18 18 14 – 65

Eisenhower 13 10 8 14 – 45

3-pointers: C- Adams 3, Dickson 2, Villamar, Vanderhoof; E- None

Junior varsity game

COCHRANTON (38): Bridge 4 1-3 9, Buchan 0 0-3 0, Moody 0 2-5 2, Wagner 1 0-6 2, Adams 4 0-0 12, Sakerski 0 0-2 0, Staudt 1 0-0 2, Wigton 4 3-5 11, Totals: 14 6-24 38

EISENHOWER (37): Ricky Zortman 2 2-2 7, Casey Vincent 4 7-10 16, Ben Harvey 0 0-4 0, Allan Jackson 0 1-2 1, Grant Venman 3 0-1 6, John Potts 1 0-0 2, Chris Sanders 1 3-7 5, Totals: 11 13-26 37

Cochranton 3 5 18 12 – 38

Eisenhower 14 7 8 8 – 37

3-pointers: C- Adams 4; E- Zortman, Vincent

WCCS 54, Erie First Christian 45

What a difference a day makes.

24 hours after fouling out early in the third quarter of a 63-40 loss to Tidioute Charter, Carson Moore terrorized Erie First Christian for 34 points and 27 rebounds during a 54-45 victory Tuesday at WCCS.

Moore was all over the floor all night long, bucketing 11 field goals and reaching the foul line 20 times. Eric Sorenson added 11 points and Josh Wagonseller finished with nine as the Lions (2-8) reached 54 points despite having only three players score.

A day after WCCS coach Tom Jones said Sorenson had played his best game of the season, the coach said Sorenson surpassed Monday’s effort on Tuesday. Jones said that Sorenson and Tommy Jones had three steals each.

WCCS dropped the junior varsity game, 44-16. Sorenson finished with six points to lead the Lions.

The Lions are back in action Friday, hosting French Creek Valley in a 6 p.m. varsity only contest.

ERIE FIRST (45): Martin 8 0-0 18, Wang 3 0-0 7, Heisey 2 1-4 5, Monteillon 2 1-1 5, Blanco 1 0-0 2, Zyfang 1 0-0 2, Howland 1 2-2 4, Hess 1 0-0 2, Totals: 19 4-7 45

WCCS (54): Carson Moore 11 12-20 34, Josh Wagonseller 2 4-4 9, Eric Sorenson 4 2-5 11, Trevor Phelps 0 0-0 0, Tommy Jones 0 0-0 0, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 0 0-0 0, Totals: 17 18-29 54

Erie First 10 12 12 11 – 45

WCCS 14 11 9 20 – 54

3-pointers: E- Martin 2, Wang; W- Wagonseller, Sorenson

Junior varsity game

ERIE FIRST (44): Monteillon 8 0-0 16, Zyfang 2 0-0 5, Howland 5 0-0 10, Schreiber 4 1-2 9, Hess 2 0-2 4, Totals: 21 1-4 44

WCCS (16): Eric Sorenson 3 0-0 6, Trevor Phelps 0 0-0 0, Tommy Jones 0 0-0 0, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 0 0-0 0, Daniel Lauffenburger 2 0-0 4, Sam Peachy 0 0-0 0, Jacob Sorenson 0 0-0 0, Hayden Havle 0 0-0 0, Danny Jones 1 0-0 2, Ethan Kerr 2 0-0 4, Totals: 8 0-0 16

Erie First 19 5 10 10 – 44

WCCS 8 4 2 2 – 16

3-pointers: E- Zyfang; W- None