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February 20th, 2013
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After 12 games in three nights, the annual boys' basketball elementary tournament wrapped up with another night of quality court action.
The opening pair of contests saw a close contest before a runaway victor claimed the later fourth- and fifth-grade editions.
After leading 8-5 over the first 10 minutes of play, Alabama scored three of the four second-half points for the 11-6 win over Colorado.
For the second night in a row, Princeton was paced by Andrew Young, who netted 12 points. Young and the Tigers swept past the Ducks of Oregon, 26-7.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The second night of the annual boys' elementary basketball tourney saw a contrast on the scoreboard.
In the two opening tilts Tuesday, the sixth-grade matchups lit up the lights in seven-point finals.
Michigan State netted 15 and 16 points in its halves and held a lead over Florida by as many as 20 points before taking the 31-24 win.
With almost as many points as the first contest, LSU bested Michigan State in each half of the second game to take away a 27-20 win.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The future varsity stars of the Punxsy Chucks played the first night of elementary basketball games, which showcased four exciting contests.
The 4th- and 5th-graders took to the court for the first two games, with the 6th-graders closing out the final two contests.
Alabama 14, Oregon 10
The first game of the night was between the 4th/5th graders on team Alabama (red) versus Oregon (green).
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” After having various close contests this winter, the ninth-grade Chucks ended their season on a high note in the final game.
The season-ending victory gave Punxsy its 10th victory when it defeated Bradford, 45-30, on Friday in Punxsutawney.
After taking a 7-2 first quarter lead, the Chucks pulled away by nine points, 17-8, in the second period.
The quality second frame gave the home club a 24-10 halftime tally.
The two teams played evenly the second two periods, with Punxsy edging out a 21-20 margin.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The season of growth came to a head as the seventh-grade Punxsy boysâ€™ hoops team concluded its season.
Trailing by 11 points at the half, the Chucks stormed back for a dominate second two periods and a 41-35 comeback victory over the Owls of Bradford on Friday afternoon in Punxsutawney.
Bradford stormed out to a 20-8 advantage after the first quarter and enjoyed a cushion of 16 points during the first half.
The visitors led 23-12 at intermission.
BRADFORD â€” When playing a good team, you cannot expect to win by committing key turnovers for a long stretch of time in a game, such as for a whole eight-minute quarter.
After leading 15-10, the Punxsy girlsâ€™ basketball tide turned after the first quarter Friday night.
The defending District IX champion Bradford took the second quarter turnovers and converted them into points before posting a 57-43 final score at the end of the night over Punxsy in Bradford.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In an intense preview of the District IX AAA championship game in two weeks, the home Chucks held serve on Friday night.
With a stroke of irony, Punxsy proved to be a second-half and fourth-quarter team to hit for 50 points on head coach Dirk Nealâ€™s 50th birthday in besting Bradford, 50-46, in Punxsutawney.
â€śIt was beautiful,â€ť smiled the birthday-celebrating Chucks coach. â€śThe kids responded just like we asked. Bradford is a scrappy team. Itâ€™s getting to be a real rivalry between the two schools 90 miles apart.â€ť
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” In most likely the best boysâ€™ basketball game to date this season, the two opponents gave the Senior Night crowd an intense and hard-fought affair.
In the end, Bald Eagle Area proved its mettle with a strong finish to prevail over Punxsy, 61-53, on Wednesday night in Punxsutawney.
Leading by only two points with six minutes left, the Eaglesâ€™ center, Dennis Fisher, who had a game-high 24 points, netted the next five points and 10 of his team's final 12 points to double up the Chucks, 12-6, for the win.
The Chucks' Eli Lambiotte controls his Redbank Valley opponent in a match from Jan. 17. Lambiotte was one of seven Punxsy wrestlers to receive forfeits from Bradford on Tuesday night. Keegan Fischer and Brandon Wingert picked up bout wins in the 53-29 victory over the Owls in Bradford. The full story detailing the match can be found in Thursday's edition of The Spirit.
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” A win is the same result no matter if it is by 30, or a single point.
On Monday afternoon, Punxsy was happy to have enough to get past Brockway by four points, 35-31, in ninth-grade boys' hoops action in Punxsutawney.
"It was an ugly win, but a win is a win," noted Chucks head coach Todd Heigley.
Punxsy opened the affair by making one more bucket than Brockway for an 8-6 lead. The two opponents play equal in the second period, with each squad totaling seven points for a 15-13 intermission score.