PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy elementary boys' basketball tournament came to a close with three narrow finishes and a pair of decisive victories Thursday night at PAHS Gym A.
Pittsburgh 20, Michigan State 18
Brandon Matthews provided 13 points, and Pittsburgh started the last day of the tournament with a 20-18 victory over Michigan State.
Also scoring for Pitt was Walter Mock (three points), Jacob Ward (two), Adam Haught (one) and Garrett Smith (one).
Carter Newcome led the Spartans' (1-3) attack with 10 points. Following Newcome were Matt Wehrle (four points), Matt Greenblatt (two) and Logan Geist (two).
Michigan 15, North Carolina 11
The fourth- and fifth-grade portion of the tournament continued with a 15-11 Michigan triumph over North Carolina.
Pushing the Wolverines (2-2) toward the victory was Matt Blose, who tallied 10 points. Austin Ewing added two points, Cameron Coble had two points, and Andrew Pifer contributed one point.
For UNC (1-3), five of six players scored, led by Brandon McGee's four points. Alex Gianvito, Kevin Constant and Kyle Burkett scored two points apiece, and Ben Presloid totaled one.
Syracuse 14, Washington 13
In the tightest match-up of the night, Zach Pape and Syracuse edged Washington, 14-13, to give the Huskies their first and only defeat of the tournament.
Syracuse (2-2) received seven points from Pape. Willie Hoover, Skyler Catarouche and Ethan Blose each scored two points, and Austin Passmore made a free throw for one point.
Tyler Richardson scored a team-best seven points, Jacob Good scored four points, and Chase Lorelli added two points for Washington (3-1).
Ohio State 20, Georgetown 11
Ohio State completed a 3-1 tournament thanks to a 20-11 win over Georgetown during the first of two sixth-grade contests.
The Buckeyes received another big game from Sky Anderson, who scored 12 points. Also scoring for OSU were Chandler Emhoff (four points), Nick Constant (two), Andrew Burkett (one) and Trenton Peace (one).
Caleb Smith tallied a team-best four points for the Hoyas (1-3). Also scoring for Georgetown were Drew Maines (two points), Nathan Pifer (two), Joel Triponey (one), Cody Verostic (one) and Michael Lin (one).
Texas Tech 25, Connecticut 18
Texas Tech (3-1) scored early and often while taking out Connecticut during the tournament's final game, 25-18.
The Red Raiders had three players score at least six points, led by Devin Kelly's eight points. Both Tanner Zimmerman and Ethan Riley tallied six points.
Austin McKendree added three points, and Josh Godo had two.
UConn (1-3) had six different players score, led by Brady Snyder's five points. Following Snyder were Jacob Horner and Ryan Young, who each totaled four points.
Also putting the ball in the basket were Blake Bizousky (two points), Lucas Burkett (two) and Pat Fedigan (one).