JV Chucks win four straight, jump above .500

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Punxsy junior-varsity boys' basketball team outscored Clearfield during every quarter, including an 8-0 first quarter, while routing the Bisons Monday, 44-20.

The Chucks improved to 8-7 with the victory, which was their fourth straight.

Punxsy led 21-6 at halftime before improving its lead with a 23-14 second half.

Eight Punxsy players scored, led by Ian Miller's 11 points. Hunter Tibbs added nine points, Garrett Zimmerman had eight and Tim Pearce tallied six.

The Chucks remain at home and face Elk County Catholic at 6 p.m. Friday.

Punxsy 45, DuBois 42

DUBOIS — Sophomore Hunter Tibbs scored 14 of his 18 points during the second half, and the JV Chucks knocked off DuBois last Friday, 45-42.

Punxsy used a dominant first quarter to lead for most of the game, as it was ahead 16-2 entering the second quarter. Punxsy's lead grew to 26-9 by halftime, but the Beavers made a game of it thanks to a 33-19 second half.

Tibbs went 7-of-10 from the free-throw line and nailed a three-pointer during his big game. Ian Miller had 11 points, Garrett Zimmerman added six and Jesse Venturini had five.

Punxsy 40, Keystone 33

KNOX — Punxsy turned a 15-14 halftime lead into a 26-20 advantage entering the final quarter during a 40-33 victory over Keystone Jan. 26.

The Chucks used an 11-6 third quarter and 25-19 second half to take out the Panthers.

Devin Nicholson had a big game, scoring 14 points while hitting 4-of-4 free throws and two three-pointers.

Ian Miller and Hunter Tibbs followed with eight points each.

Punxsy 46, DuBois CC 44

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Punxsy's solid third quarter was the difference during a tight win over DuBois Central Catholic Jan. 24, 46-44.

The Chucks trailed 25-21 at halftime before using a 14-8 third quarter to leap ahead 35-33. Both teams scored 11 points during the final frame.

Ian Miller scored 12 points to pace the Chucks. Hunter Tibbs had 11 points, eight points came from Jesse Venturini, and Tim Pearce followed with five.

St. Marys 52, Punxsy 51

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A junior-varsity boys' basketball nail-biter finished in St. Marys' favor Jan. 18, as the Flying Dutchmen edged the Chucks, 52-51.

Punxsy led by two points after the first quarter before falling behind 22-20 entering halftime. With the game tied at 38 entering the fourth, St. Marys scored 14 fourth-quarter points to the Chucks' 13.

Hunter Tibbs led all Punxsy scorers with 13 points. He nailed a three-pointer and scored nine points during the second half.

Ian Miller had 11 points, Luke Spack had nine points, Garrett Zimmerman totaled eight points, and Devin Nicholson managed six points. Spack produced three three-pointers.

Punxsy 53, Karns City 35

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Led by Luke Spack's 20-point effort, the JV Chucks throttled Karns City Jan. 15, 53-35

During Spack's career-best performance, he nailed five three-pointers, including four long balls during the first quarter alone.

Ian Miller added 13 points, Devin Nicholson scored eight points, and four other Punxsy players scored.

Punxsy trailed 15-12 after the first quarter, as Spack scored all of his team's first-quarter points. Things changed during the next two quarters, with Punxsy totaling 32 points to the Gremlins' 12.

Elk CC 41, Punxsy 31

ST. MARYS — The Punxsy JV boys couldn't keep pace during the first half while suffering a 41-31 loss to Elk County Catholic Jan. 11.

The Chucks were outscored 13-8 during each of the first two quarters and trailed 26-16 at halftime. Both teams scored 15 points during the second half.

Both Jesse Venturini and Ian Miller led the Chucks with nine points, and Tim Pearce added five points.