PUNXSUTAWNEY — After an exciting night Monday at the elementary boys' basketball tournament at PAHS, Tuesday's action lived up to the hype, with a number of close games taking place throughout the evening.
Sixth-grade: Michigan State 30, Ohio State 16
The sixth-graders took the court first Tuesday night, and the opening game was a high-scoring affair, with Michigan State putting up 30 points to earn a 30-16 victory.
MSU was led by a triple scoring threat, as Brandon Matthews scored 10, Kyle Burkett scored nine, and Willie Hoover scored eight to lead the way.
Antonio Stello pitched in with three points to round out the Spartans' scoring.
Ohio State's offensive attack was led by a pair of players — Cameron Coble and Mack Hanley — with six each.
Ben Presloid and Andy Ross each added two points.
Sixth-grade: Penn State 19, Northwestern 18
In what would prove to be the closest game of the evening, Penn State used a steady defense to sneak past Northwestern, 19-18, after a Matthew Wehrle layup put PSU ahead with just 11 seconds remaining.
All five players scored for the Nittany Lions, led by Wehrle's eight.
Jesse Burkett followed closely with six. Connor Graham and Zach Pape each scored a pair, and Ben Anthony hit a free throw to wrap up the scoring attack.
On the other side, Northwestern's offense was led by Tyler Richardson's 13 points.
Chase Lorelli and Garrett Smith each scored two for Northwestern, and Austin Passmore added a free throw.
Sixth-grade: Iowa 28, Ohio State 19
Ohio State's evening included a pair of games, and in the second, the Iowa Hawkeyes stifled the Buckeyes' scoring attack to earn a 28-17 victory.
Andrew Wehrle stepped in from the fourth- and fifth-grade class to fill in for the Buckeyes, who had lost a player prior to the second game, and ended up being OSU's leading scorer for the game with eight.
He was followed closely by Coble and Hanley with six and four, respectively. Ross wrapped up the scoring with one free throw.
Fourth- and fifth-grade: Villanova 19, Louisville 16
The fourth- and fifth-grade action kicked off with another close game, as Villanova edged Louisville, 19-16.
The game was tied at the half, and a late layup by Alex Gianvito gave Nova the breathing room it needed to pick up the win.
Austin Ewing led Nova's scoring attack with seven points, and Gianvito was just one behind him with six.
Daren Byers added four points, and Graham McFar- land scored two.
For Louisville, Andrew Wehrle matched his total from the sixth-grade game he played, with eight points.
Micah Kriebel, Samuel Shepler, Caden Barrick and Andrew Pifer each scored two points for the Cardinals.
Fourth- and fifth-grade: West Virginia 26, UConn 21
In the final game of the evening, the fans got their money's worth, as regulation wasn't enough time to settle it.
The game was tied at halftime and tied at the end of the second half, but WVU outscored UConn by five in the overtime period to win, 26-21.
Ethan Blose put up an impressive 18 points to lead his team to victory, with Zachary Siple and Zackary VanLeer each scoring three.
Jacob Catarouche and Alex Martin each added free throws to round out the Mountaineers' scoring.
Carter Newcome led UConn with 10 points. Alex and Max London each added four.
Corbin Heitzenrater added two, and Jacob Good rounded out the scoring with one point.
Action resumes at PAHS tonight at 5:30 p.m. with fourth- and fifth-grade action first. Sixth-grade will follow.