Chucks beat Bradford, Ridgway; fall to Altoona

ALTOONA— The Punxsy eighth-grade boys’ basketball team couldn’t keep up with Altoona Maroon during the second half of a 30-20 loss Wednesday in Altoona.

With the game tied at 13 at halftime, Punxsy had kept up with Altoona.

In the second half, Punxy couldn't keep up, and Altoona outscored the Chucks (5-6) 17-7.

Ryan Sloniger scored a team-best nine points for the Chucks, and Dakota Thomas added six points.

Adam Ferko hit the boards for Punxsy and added some extra hustle, and Andrew Fedigan also helped keep Punxsy competitive.

Punxsy returns to the court when it visits DuBois Friday.

Altoona Maroon 44, seventh-grade Chucks 23

ALTOONA — Altoona jetted out to a big lead after one quarter, and the Punxsy seventh-grade boys’ basketball team wasn’t able to remain in the game during a 44-23 loss Wednesday.

The Chucks (8-3) were behind 16-4 after one quarter and 28-11 by halftime. Altoona scored nine points to Punxsy’s two in the fourth quarter.

“It was a learning experience. We learned some things that we really need to work on and address,” Punxsy coach Darren Sherry said. “Despite some errors, everyone is making progress. We found some positive things that we will take from the loss.”

Both John Matthews and Nathan Ray paced the Chucks with six points, and Braxton Giavedoni scored four points.

Punxsy will head to DuBois for a 3:30 p.m. game Friday. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

The eighth-grade contest will follow the seventh-grade game.

Ninth-grade Chucks 35, Ridgway 30

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy ninth-grade boys’ basketball team received clutch free throws from Brandon Mancuso down the stretch to knock off Ridgway Monday, 35-30.

With the game tied at 26 late in the fourth quarter, Punxsy’s defense held strong while Mancuso went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line down the stretch.

Matt Burkett also made a basket during the Chucks’ 9-4 run during the final moments of the game.

Punxsy (8-2) led 12-9 at halftime before the Elkers tied things up at 26 late in the game.
Mancuso scored a team-best 10 points, and both Tanner Evans and Clayton Dale added six points.

Seventh-grade Chucks 21, Ridgway 18

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy seventh-grade boys’ basketball team used a 10-4 third quarter to beat a talented Ridgway team Monday, 21-18.

According to Punxsy coach Darren Sherry, Ridgway hadn’t lost since fourth grade, making the Chucks’ victory even bigger.

“Our big men — Brandon Douthit and Nathan Ray — did a good job shutting down their big man,” Sherry said. "We executed, played with hard and continue to improve.”

Punxsy trailed 7-4 at halftime after not scoring during the second quarter.

But its 10-4 third quarter made all the difference.

John Matthews led with 11 points, Douthit added six points and seven rebounds, and Ray pulled down 10 boards.

Ninth-grade Chucks 44, Bradford 24

BRADFORD — The ninth-grade Chucks earned a convincing win over Bradford last Friday, 44-24.

Punxsy was ahead 13-5 after the first quarter and 24-7 by halftime before cruising to the 20-point victory with a 20-17 second half.

“It was a long road trip (to Bradford), and we had some lapses on defense, but overall, we played pretty well,” Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said.

Brandon Mancuso led all scorers with 16 points.

Tanner Evans and Matt Burkett followed with six points apiece.

“Brandon has really been shooting the ball well all year,” Krug said. “He just continued that today with four three-pointers.”

Seventh-grade Chucks 45, Bradford 23

BRADFORD — After trailing by two points after the first quarter, the Punxsy seventh-graders adjusted to the tune of a 45-23 victory last Friday in Bradford.

Punxsy was behind 12-10 after the first stanza, but it scored 35 of the game’s remaining 45 points.

The Chucks were ahead 31-22 before pouring it on with a 14-1 final quarter.

“I was very proud of how well the team played as a team,” Punxsy coach Darren Sherry said. “I am seeing a lot of growth individually and as a team. Everyone contributed.”

John Matthews had a big game from the field, scoring 14 points, Keeston Perry had eight points,Braxton Giavedoni managed six, and Brandon Douthit totaled five points.

Punxsy’s Alex Young also did well filling in for a sick Nathan Ray under the hoop.

“Brandon Douthit did a great job underneath,” Sherry said. “I was very pleased with
Alex Young’s performance and hustle and growth. He has worked hard and has come a long way and did an excellent job.”

Ninth-grade Chucks 60, St. Marys 24

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Chucks had no trouble dismantling St. Marys Jan. 18, using huge first and third quarters to down their District IX foes, 60-24.

Punxsy was ahead 21-6 after the first quarter before improving that lead to 30-14 entering the break.

The Chucks came out of the locker room even better during the third quarter, outscoring the Dutch 30-10 during the second half, including a 15-2 third frame.

“Overall, we played a solid four quarters. We had a great scoring output from everyone, and it was a well-balanced attack every quarter,” Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. “I am proud of the way the guys stepped up and hit some shots.”

Five Chucks scored at least seven points, led by Brandon Mancuso’s 10.

Cory Geer and Clayton Dale each scored eight points, and both Will Curtis and Mike Klingensmith added seven points.