Chucks beat DuBois, win first league game in two years

DUBOIS — The Punxsy boys' basketball team won its first District IX League game in 20 tries by defeating DuBois Friday night, 65-49.

The Chucks (6-9, 1-5) snapped a 19-game league losing streak with the victory. Punxsy's last league win came Feb. 7, 2009, when it beat Brookville, 54-44.

Not only was the win big in league terms, but it was the Chucks' largest win over the Beavers in DuBois in more than a decade.

"We've talked about earning respect from the other teams in the league for a long time," Punxsy head coach Dirk Neal said. "It was a great win. A big signature win on the road goes a long way."

Punxsy junior Logan Weaver led all players with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Weaver also had three assists and had 11 points at halftime.

Daniel Triponey battled some early foul trouble to score 21 points, including 16 during the first two quarters. He also had three assists.

Darren Pifer scored seven points, Alex Fedigan had five points, and Jordan Mesoraco added five points and five rebounds off the bench.

Punxsy also received quality minutes off the bench from sophomores Hunter Tibbs — who took a charge and replaced a foul-plagued Triponey in the second quarter — and Garrett Zimmerman.

Punxsy was ahead 14-10 after the first quarter and used a 23-14 second quarter to jump ahead 37-23 going into the break. The Chucks added a 18-12 third quarter to put the game out of reach at 55-35 entering the fourth.

"We shot the ball well, and we were patient," Neal said. "We may have passed up some shots, but we did a nice job of working the clock in our favor."

Leading DuBois in scoring were Garret Peterson (16 points), Dom Kriner (13) and Tanner Gooden (11).

Punxsy's next game takes place Monday against Clearfield (4-11), which is playing mostly District VI opponents this season after competing in the District IX League for a number of years.

"We have to take things one day at a time and one game at a time, and we have to maintain this focus," Neal said. "If we get into a rut, which I'm sure we will, we have to keep a game like tonight in the back of our mind."