PUNXSUTAWNEY — After scoring the game's first 18 points, the eighth-grade Chucks boys' hoops team used the early surge to down the Rovers of Brockway by the same margin, 44-26, in Punxsutawney on Monday afternoon.
The Punxsy victory improved the team's season record to 12-6. The team has now won five of its past six contests, including the last four. The Monday win also gave the home team a measure of revenge, after dropping the second game of the year at Brockway.
"Prior to the season, the kids wrote down goals, and one was to win at least 12 games," explained Punxsy coach Glenn Good. "It is nice to see the kids be successful on the court."
The Chucks came out hot against the Rovers. Punxsy received two triples and another bucket by Kevin Constant for eight of his 11 points in helping shutout Brockway, 16-0, in the first period.
Punxsy added two more points to take the difference to 18-0 before the visitors found the basket. The two foes played even the rest of the affair with each scoring 26 points for the eventual 44-26 final tally.
Along with Constant hitting double-digits, Tanner Zimmerman reached the feat on the inside. The center found the basket six times for a team-best 12 points on the day.
Brady Snyder and Lucas Burkett each downed a pair of hoops for four points.
Cody Verostic drained a triple, while Joel Triponey hit a two-pointer and a foul shot to give Chucks three tallies.
Ethan Riley, Jacob Weaver and Josh Godo each totaled two points. Rounding out the scoring effort was Patrick Fedigan, who made one of two from the charity stripe.
"They have really learned the team concept (over the season.) The kids are now making good passes and getting good shots," concluded Good. "Today was an all-around very good game. Tanner Zimmerman took advantage of some of those good passes for his points today as well."
The eighth-graders were comeback kids last Friday against rival DuBois.
The Beavers led 15-11 at intermission.
The Chucks were able to chip away at the margin with a 12-9 third period to make it 24-23. Punxsy was able to complete the comeback with a strong 14-6 final six minutes of action for the 37-30 win.
Fedigan paced the Chucks attack with nine points.
Snyder and Riley also had good efforts, with eight and seven points, respectively.
Punxsy will complete its regular season with a Friday afternoon contest against Bradford starting at 5 p.m.