Boys' Elementary Tourney off to great start

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With the boys' and girls' varsity teams preparing for their respective playoff games this coming Friday (girls') and next Saturday (boys'), Punxsutawney basketball fans can get their fix at the elementary boys' basketball tournament taking place all week at PAHS.

Monday night, the action kicked off with a full slate of exciting games.

Recaps for each game follow:

Fourth- and fifth-grade: UConn 25, Villanova 23, OT

The evening started with an exciting game that couldn't be settled in regulation time, as UConn snuck by Villanova in a 25-23 overtime victory.

Carter Newcome was the leading scorer for the winning team with 15 points.

Zachary Reitz followed with seven points, and Max London finished off UConn's scoring with two points.

Austin Ewing, though his team came up just short, was the game's high-scorer with 17.

Daren Byers, Alec Greenblatt and Evan Humble each added a basket for Nova.

Fourth- and fifth-grade: West Virginia 18, Syracuse 12

In another action-packed game in the fourth- and fifth-grade division, West Virginia, led by Ethan Blose's 12 points, cruised to an 18-12 victory over the Orange.

Blose was assisted in the scoring department by teammates Zackary VanLeer, who notched four points, and Jeff Barnett, who added two.

Syracuse had three players adding to the scoring, led by Andrew Britton with six.

Jackson Fezell scored four points for the Orange, and Jacob Schiel wrapped up the scoring with a pair.

Fourth- and fifth-grade: Louisville 22, UConn 13

After picking up a win in its first game, UConn was unable to make it a sweep for the night, as Louisville used a balanced attack to put up 22 points and earn a 22-13 victory.

Louisville's leading scoring threat was Andrew Wehrle, who was the game's high-scorer with nine points.

Caden Barrick finished the game with six points, and Micah Kriebel followed with three.

Ethan Lainey and Andrew Pifer wrapped up the scoring for the winning squad with two apiece.

Newcome led UConn again, this time with seven points, and London and Reitz each added three.

Sixth-grade: Michigan State 27, Iowa 25

The opening game of the sixth-graders tournament, much like the fourth- and fifth-grade opener, was a thrilling one that needed extra time to be settled.

In the extra time, Michigan State scored a late bucket to earn a 27-25 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Brandon Matthews led the scoring for his four-man squad with 20 points, and Willie Hoover was the only other Spartan to score, adding seven points.

Kevin Constant put up 14 points in his team's losing cause, and Lukas Deet added five.

Rocky Gemmell chipped in with four points, and Jacob Ward finished the team's scoring with two.

Sixth-grade: North-western 29, Ohio State 8

In the final game of the evening, Northwestern's Tyler Richardson was a dominating force, scoring 20 points to lead Northwestern to a 29-8 victory over Ohio State.

Chase Lorelli and Garrett Smith each knocked down a pair of buckets for four points apiece, and Austin Passmore added a free throw.

Cameron Coble and Mack Hanley split the leading-scorer title for Ohio State with four each.

Tonight, the sixth-graders take to the courts first with three games scheduled: Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 5:30 p.m.; Penn State vs. Northwestern, 6 p.m.; Ohio State vs. Iowa, 6:30 p.m.

Afterwards, the fourth- and fifth-graders will return to action: Vilanova vs. Louisville, 7 p.m.; West Virginia vs. UConn, 7:30 p.m.

Syracuse will have a bye for the evening.