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Owls down Chucks by 17

January 21, 2011

Logan Weaver scored a team-best 17 points during Punxsy's 44-27 loss Friday night in Bradford. (File photo by Dan Walk/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BRADFORD — The Punxsy boys' basketball team held Bradford under 50 points, and junior Logan Weaver scored 17 points, but the Chucks couldn't score as a team during a 44-27 loss to the Owls Friday night.

The Chucks (4-8, 0-5 District IX League) trailed 18-15 at halftime before being outscored 26-12 during the second half of another league defeat.

Bradford improved 5-10 overall and 1-3 in the league.

Weaver had 12 of Punxsy's 15 first-half points. He added 11 rebounds (four offensive) for the double-double.

"He played very well, played hard and really crashed the boards until the very end," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said. "Hopefully, we'll get some more guys to step up with the team concept and get us better."

Alex Fedigan added five points, and three other Chucks scored two points or fewer. Luke Janocha had five rebounds, and Daniel Triponey had three assists.

Bradford scored a basket during its first three possessions of the second half. Suddenly, the Owls' three-point lead at halftime grew to 10.

"We have to devleop that mental toughness to weather through things," Neal said. "We had some decent looks, but other than Logan, we weren't shooting well in the outside. It's also tough to get some rebounds when you're not around the basket."

Forrest Works was one of three Bradford players to score in double figures. He led with 13 points.

Colton Holzwarth added 11 points, and Charles Fair tallied all 10 of his points during the first half.

Punxsy's search for its second win in eight games won't be easy, as the Chucks host DuBois Central Catholic Monday.

DCC (10-2) lost to St. Marys Thursday, 53-52, on Justin Quiggle's buzzer beater.

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