Punxsy teams find success versus Brockway, DuBois CC
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team evened its record two games into the season with a dominant 46-16 victory over Brockway Wednesday night at home.
The Chucks (1-1) didn't allow a point during the second quarter, and that allowed them to cruise to the victory.
Punxsy led 26-8 at halftime before outscoring the Rovers 20-10 during the second half.
"We did a better job tonight defensively. We still tend to lose our man a little too often," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said. "Offensively, we did score (more), but we still are not running our sets well enough."
Nine of Punxsy's 14 players scored, led by Andy Fedigan's 13 points.
Ryan Sloniger followed with nine points, Brandon Blose tallied six, Jake Whitman added four, and five players scored three points or fewer.
The Chucks return to the road when they face Brookville Friday following the seventh-grade's 4 p.m. start.
Punxsy ninth-graders 45, Brockway 28
PUNXSUTAWNEY — The ninth-grade Chucks upped their record to 2-0 on the season after handling Brockway Wednesday night, 45-28.
Punxsy led 13-4 after one quarter before improving its lead to 26-13 by halftime. A 19-15 second half helped Punxsy earn the 17-point victory.
"Overall, it was a good game," Punxsy ninth-grade coach Brandon Krug said. "Everyone got to play and contributed to the win."
Cory Geer scored a team-best 12 points, and Brandon Mancuso added nine points.
While the Chucks have won their first two games, there are things they still have to improve.
"We had a few let downs and let them score some easy lay-ups because we weren't boxing out and were being careless against their full-court pressure," Krug said, "We will continue to work hard and improve."
Punxsy visits Brookville for a 4:15 p.m. start Friday.
Punxsy seventh-graders 38, DuBois Central Catholic 27
DUBOIS — The Punxsy seventh-grade boys' basketball team blew DuBois Central Catholic away during a 13-2 overtime period to earn its first victory in its initial game Monday in DuBois, 38-27.
Punxsy received 21 points from Braxton Giavedoni, who also tallied seven of the squad's 13 overtime scores. Quality passes from John Matthews and Keeston Perry helped set up Giavedoni's scoring surge.
"I felt the team did an excellent job being patient and allowing time for the offense to work," Punxsy first-year seventh-grade coach Darren Sherry said. "Overall, I was pleased with the team's performance; they did well working the offense. But I was especially pleased with how they have progressed since their first scrimmage against Indiana."
Punxsy led 14-8 at halftime, only for the Cardinals to use a 17-11 second half to send the game into overtime.
DuBois Central Catholic 32, Punxsy eighth-graders 29
DUBOIS — Punxsy fell into a 23-18 hole through three quarters and did not have enough to pull out the victory while being defeated by DuBois Central Catholic Monday, 32-29.
DCC outscored Punxsy during each of the first three quarters, and the Chucks' 11-9 final frame wasn't enough.
"We did not execute on the defensive end of the court. We let DCC have too many easy shots," Punxsy coach Glenn Good said. "This is something we have to improve on."
The Chucks received a team-best 10 points from Dakota Thomas, but they struggled to run their offensive sets.
Andy Fedigan added six points, Ryan Sloniger tallied five, and four others had three points or fewer.