BOYS HOOPS: Eagles remain winless in region

The Youngsville Eagles may not be where they want in terms of wins, but Thursday night’s game against Cambridge Springs was a step in the right direction.

After losing the first meeting of the year against the Blue Devils by a score of 63-37, the Eagles hung with their Region 3 opponent right until the end, losing, 48-34.

“The guys kept their heads tonight and played some smart basketball,” said Youngsville coach Keith Martin. “Defense has been our greatest strength all year, we always focus on playing tough defense.”

Martin believes his team’s overall record doesn’t reflect how far they’ve come as a program since the start of the season.

“Thomas (Chapman) was standing down there, and I asked him how it felt to feel crappy about a loss like this. He said it felt good. The guys really care now. Last year they just wanted to go home.”

Chapman led the way offensively for the Eagles with 10 points, while fellow bigman Coll Dininny added nine. James Frazier and Broc Horn rounded out the scoring with eight and seven points, respectively.

Cambridge Springs’ Marcus Palmero was the difference maker in the game, as he poured in 23 points to lead all scorers.

Youngsville (3-16) will be back in action Friday night to close out the season at home against Cochranton in another Region 3 contest.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (48): Duda 2 0-0 6, Huff 1 0-0 3, Porter 1 3-7 5, Palmero 6 6-9 23, Hackenberry 1 0-0 2, Ferris 2 1-2 5, Kiely 1 0-0 2, Reisenhauer 0 2-2 2, Totals 16 10-21 48.

YOUNGSVILLE (34): Collin Lehnen 0 0-0 0, James Frazier 3 1-2 8, Broc Horn 3 0-2 7, Coll Dininny 2 5-6 9, Thomas Chapman 3 4-4 10, Dan McLaughlin 0 0-0 0, A.J. Gustafson 0 0-0 0, Branden Lake 0 0-0 0, Logan Morrison 0 0-0 0, Trevor Flinn 0 0-0 0, Joey Chuzie 0 0-0 0, Totals 11 10-14 24.

Cambridge Springs 10 12 10 16 – 48

Youngsville 7 9 6 12 – 34

3-pointers: C – Duda 2, Huff, Palmero; Y – Frazier, Horn.