Overtime opener highlights Day Two of tourney
PUNXSUTAWNEY — Day Two of the Punxsutawney elementary boys' basketball tournament featured a trio of tight conclusions, including a low-scoring overtime match-up that led off Tuesday night's festivities.
Syracuse 11, Michigan 8, OT
In the first of three fourth- and fifth-grade games Tuesday, four Syracuse players scored during the Orangemen's 11-8 overtime victory over Michigan.
Ethan Blose scored a team-best four points, Willie Hoover had three points, and both Caden Barrick and Zach Pape managed two points for Syracuse (1-1).
Matt Blose tallied a game-high seven points for the Wolverines (0-2). Cameron Coble made a free throw for one point.
Pittsburgh 23, North Carolina 10
Pittsburgh was the first of two fourth- and fifth-grade teams to improve to 2-0 on the tournament when it handled North Carolina, 23-10.
Brandon Matthews followed up Monday's 14-point effort with 11 points Tuesday. Teammates Jacob Schiel and Jacob Ward scored six points each.
Leading the Tar Heels (0-2) was Kevin Constant, who scored eight points. Kyle Burkett chimed in with two points.
Washington 18, Michigan State 17
Washington is now 2-0 after edging Michigan State, 18-17.
Tyler Richardson, who scored a Tuesday-best 12 points, scored with 23 seconds left to push Washington ahead 18-17. Matt Wehrle's last-second heave bounced off the rim and gave the Huskies the one-point victory.
Also scoring for Washington were Jesse Burkett (four points) and Antonio Stello (two points).
Carter Newcome had a breakout game, scoring 11 points for the Spartans (1-1). Wehrle added four points, and Matt Greenblatt provided two points.
Texas Tech 22, Ohio State 19
In a battle of two sixth-grade teams that won Monday, Texas Tech knocked off Ohio State Tuesday, 22-19.
Four Red Raiders (2-0) scored during Texas Tech's victory, including Tanner Zimmerman (eight points), Devin Kelly (seven), Josh Godo (four) and Ethan Riley (three).
Sky Anderson's 12 points weren't enough for the Buckeyes (1-1). Nick Constant (three points), Jacob Weaver (two) and Trenton Peace (two) also scored for OSU.
Tournament action resumes today with Pittsburgh taking on Washington at 5:30 p.m. The next two fourth- and fifth-grade contests are Michigan State versus Michigan at 6 p.m., and North Carolina against Syracuse at 6:30 p.m.
The night concludes with Connecticut versus Ohio State at 7 p.m. and Georgetown versus Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. in the sixth-grade games.
The tournament concludes Thursday night, starting with Pittsburgh versus Michigan State at 5:30 p.m. After that, North Carolina and Michigan face off at 6 p.m., Syracuse opposes Washington at 6:30 p.m., Georgetown stares down Ohio State at 7 p.m., and Connecticut goes up against Texas Tech at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the week.