NEW BETHLEHEM — After suffering a disappointing Saturday night loss, Punxsy turned a potential letdown situation into feeding off the defeat instead.
The Chucks doubled up and took a bite out of the Bulldogs of Redbank Valley, 60-31, on Tuesday night in New Bethlehem.
Brandon Mancuso pumped in three triples and recorded a game-best 15 points. Devin Nicholson joined Mancuso in double figures with 12 points, including a pair of treys.
Forward Garrett Zimmerman missed a double-double by a single point, as he finished the night with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Tyler Young chipped in eight points, while Cory Geer pulled in seven caroms to go with his eight points.
Michael Klingensmith netted four points, with both Will Curtis and Zach Minich making a bucket.
After the Chucks downed a pair of early three-pointers, the first 8 minutes turned into a back-and-forth affair. Punxsy came away with a 12-6 advantage after the first stanza.
The Chucks turned up the defensive pressure from there.
“We mixed things up and were able to get Redbank out of sync,” pointed out Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal.
The visitors worked their way to outscoring the Bulldogs, 16-9, in the second for a 28-17 halftime score.
The Chucks continued to build the margin with each quarter. Punxsy outscored Redbank Valley 18-10 in the third and 14-6 for the fourth before the 60-31 final.
“We played good defense,” added Neal. “Each game we see improvement in different areas.”
In the night’s opening contest, Punxsy had equal success in the junior varsity matchup. The JV Chucks posted their second going away victory in a 42-13 pasting of the Bulldogs.
Ryan Sloniger and Brandon Blose led the winning effort with seven points apiece.
The Punxsy boys will now be off until taking that 20-mile trek up Route 36 Friday night at Brookville starting at 6 p.m.