PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Defense helped the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team top DuBois last Friday, 33-30.
Punxsy (13-4) allowed just 12 points by halftime, taking a 16-12 lead at the break before holding on for the five-point win.
"DuBois really came out and was ready to go. They played us hard the whole game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "Our offense has been struggling lately, but taking pride in our defense has given us the chance to win the past few games."
Brandon Mancuso scored a team-best 11 points, and Mike Klingensmith added eight points.
The Chucks host Brockway at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
DuBois 36, eighth-grade boys' basketball 20
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” The eighth-grade Chucks have trouble during the start of each half and fell to DuBois last Friday, 36-20.
Punxsy (6-11) trailed 11-4 after the first quarter before cutting the deficit to 16-14 by halftime. But another 11-4 quarter helped the Beavers pull away.
Ryan Sloniger scored half of Punxsy's points, finishing with 10. Dakotah Byers followed with four points.
The seventh-grade Chucks (10-7), who lost to DuBois last Friday, 32-30, visit Brockway at 4 p.m. today. The eighth-grade game will follow.
"With one week left in the season, we need to play complete games," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said.Â "We have good quarters and good halves, but we are not getting the consistency we need."
Ninth-grade Chucks 37, Ridgway 35
RIDGWAY â€” Punxsy outscored Ridgway 32-24 during the final three quarters of a 37-35 victory over Ridgway last Thursday.
Punxsy trailed 11-5 after the first quarter before turning things around during the final three quarters.
Cory Geer led all Punxsy scorers with 14 points, and Brandon Mancuso scored eight points.
Ridgway 36, eighth-grade Chucks 33, OT
RIDGWAY â€” A strong start wasn't enough for the eighth-grade Chucks during their 36-33 overtime loss to Ridgway last Thursday.
Punxsy was ahead 10-4 after the first quarter before the Elkers slowly cut down the deficit during the next three quarters. Punxsy led 12-7 at halftime and 22-21 after three quarters before Ridgway sent things to overtime and won the extra session, 5-2.
"We played hard against a quality team," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said.
Adam Ferko scored 13 points to pace the Chucks. Dakota Thomas tallied eight points, and Ryan Sloniger had seven points.
Ridgway 25, seventh-grade Chucks 22
RIDGWAY â€” A troublesome third quarter led to the seventh-grade Chucks' 25-22 loss to Ridgway Thursday.
Punxsy outscored the Elkers by two points during each of the first two quarters and led 14-10 by halftime. In the third quarter, Ridgway pulled ahead, 19-17, thanks to a 9-3 third quarter.
"The boys played well," Punxsy coach Darren Sherry said. "Apart from the loss, I was very pleased, and I don't mind a loss when they play well."
John Matthews led Punxsy in scoring with 10 points. Brandon Douthit had five points, Nathan Ray had four and Braxton Giavedoni followed with three.
Ninth-grade Chucks 47, St. Marys 29
ST. MARYS â€” Punxsy's ninth-graders powered past St. Marys, 47-29, thanks to a strong first three quarters Feb. 8 in St. Marys.
Punxsy was in charge 26-15 at halftime and 40-20 entering the fourth quarter during the big win.
Cory Geer had a strong game, scoring 15 points. Brandon Mancuso followed with eight points, Kevin Hughes had six points, and the Chucks received quality minutes from an unlikely source, Ky Smathers.
"Ky Smathers got the start and played a great game," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "It was good to see him play that well."
St. Marys 44, eighth-grade Chucks 33
ST. MARYS â€” A dominant first quarter propelled St. Marys toward a 44-33 victory over the eighth-grade Chucks Feb. 8.
Punxsy was down 20-4 after the first quarter and 30-12 by halftime before outscoring the Dutch 23-16 during the second half.
"We did not come out and play very well at the beginning of the game. We panicked when they pressed and had too many turnovers," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said.Â "We could not find the handle of the ball. It kept bouncing off our hands when we had rebound opportunities."
Punxsy became more comfortable with St. Marys' half-court press and became patient against the Dutch's 1-3-1 half-court trap during the second half.
Ryan Sloniger scored a team-best 16 points. Dakota Thomas had 11 points, and Andrew Fedigan scored four points while bringing down nine rebounds for lead the squad.
Seventh-grade Chucks 32, St. Marys 21
ST. MARYS â€” An 8-2 first quarter was the start the seventh-grade Chucks needed during a 32-21 victory over St. Marys last Tuesday.
The Chucks were ahead 16-9 at halftime and extended their lead to a double-digit win with a 16-12 second half.
The Chucks had six players scoring, including a team-best eight points by Brandon Douthit. Keeston Perry scored seven points, John Matthews had six, Braxton Giavedoni had five, Alex Young tallied four and Nathan Ray followed with two.
Elk CC 35, ninth-grade Chucks 33
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Elk County Catholic held on for a 35-33 victory over the ninth-grade Chucks after leading 24-15 at halftime.
Punxsy came back strong during the second half, cutting the deficit to 30-23 entering the fourth and outscoring ECC 10-5 during the final quarter.
Brandon Mancuso scored a team-best 12 points for Punxsy.
Elk CC 28, eighth-grade Chucks 26
PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” An excellent start on defense fizzled during the second half of a 28-26 loss to Elk County Catholic Feb. 4.
Punxsy dominated the first two quarters â€” 8-2 and 4-0 â€” to take a 12-2 advantage into the break. Punxsy held ECC to zero field goals during the first half.
But 9-4 and 16-10 second half quarters in favor of the Crusaders changed the game and helped ECC win by two.
Dakota Thomas scored seven points, Adam Ferko had six points, Ryan Sloniger tallied five points, and Dakotah Byers followed with four.