West Branch upends Claysburg-Kimmel|
Friday, January 24, 2014
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
ALLPORT - It must have felt like an eternity for the West Branch and Claysburg-Kimmel boys basketball teams to step on the court after the junior varsity game went into a four-overtime slugfest.
Once the game finally got under way about 45 minutes after the scheduled start time, the Warriors long-range, fast-paced offense was on fire right from the tip.
West Branch drained seven 3-pointers on the night with all of them coming in the first half as the Warriors downed the Bulldogs, 79-67, on Thursday evening.
"Claysburg has beaten us twice this year, so we had to stay focused," said West Branch head coach Danny Clark. "We executed our plan and we played our game."
Austin Krise and Mike Pennington led the Warriors in the first quarter, accounting for 18 of West Branch's 24 points.
Pennington swished three treys in the first eight minutes, while Austin Krise and Skyler Krise each put in one to give the Warriors a 24-13 lead after the first quarter.
West Branch sophomore Kody Trude joined the fun in the second quarter with nine points, including his lone 3-pointer with two seconds to go before halftime.
The Warrior lead stayed from nine to 12 points in the stanza before the Trude 3 to end the half.
Pennington put in 16 points on the night, with 14 of them coming in the first half on four treys and a layup.
"We haven't been shooting outside very well for the last three games," said Clark. "We picked that up in the first half.
"Mike Pennington really came up big in the first half. He's hurting a little bit. He's not 100 percent, and he's still giving me what a senior should. That's what I want out of him. He's really stepping up. He's been doing senior stuff."
The Warriors had their largest lead of the game at 23 in the middle of the third quarter where they led 54-31.
Austin Krise played a significant role in extending the lead as the sophomore point guard scored 12 points in the period.
Austin Krise scored 24 points and had seven assists in the game. He has scored double-digits in all but one game since his return from an injury on Jan. 3.
"He drives to the basket, he dishes it and he does it all for us," Clark said. "He really makes it look easy sometimes."
The Bulldogs were down 22 points heading into the final period before making a big run in the final minutes.
Claysburg had the deficit cut to 16 points with six minutes to play and down to eight with a minute remaining. But the duo of Austin Krise and Trude knocked down seven of eight free throws at the end of the game to seal the victory.
"I will never count out Claysburg with the talent that they have," said Clark. "They have a fast up-and-down pace just like us. No lead was comfortable tonight. I did not feel safe until that buzzer rang."
All five of Claysburg-Kimmel's starters ended the game with double-digit points. Austin Lamont led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Brandon Gergely had 13.
Trude had 23 points for the Warriors, and Kaiden Koch pulled down nine rebounds.
Claysburg won the four-overtime marathon in the jayvee game, 56-52. Jesse Martin led the Warriors with 19 points, while Trenton Ferguson followed with 14 points.
West Branch improved to 9-5 overall and 6-3 in the Inter-County Conference. The Warriors host Mount Union on Monday.
Brown 4 0-0 10, Lamont 8 0-1 20, Cerully 5 2-6 12, Gergely 5 1-2 13, Eberhart 5 2-2 12, Dugan 0 0-0 0, Claycomb 0 0-0 0, Ebersole 0 0-0 0, Bogel 0 0-0 0, Weyant 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 5-11 67.
A. Krise 9 5-6 24, Trude 8 6-9 23, S. Krise 3 1-2 8, Koch 1 0-4 2, Pennington 6 0-0 16, Martin 2 2-3 6, N. Kerlin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 14-24 79.
Three-pointers: Brown 2, Lamont 4, Gergely 2; A. Krise, Trude, S. Krise, Pennington 4.
Score by Quarters
Claysburg-Kimmel 13 12 18 24-67
West Branch 24 16 25 14-79