Ninth-grade Chucks control Raiders, improve to 3-0

BROOKVILLE — A dominant first quarter carried into a huge victory for the Punxsy ninth-grade boys' basketball team last Friday night in Brookville.

The Chucks led 21-4 after the first quarter before earning a 52-43 win over the Raiders.

"The first half was the best half of basketball we have played this year," Punxsy coach Brandon Krug said. "On both ends of the floor, we were really on top of our game."

The Chucks' lead improved to 35-16 by halftime before the Raiders avoided the blowout with a 27-17 second half.

"In the second half, we played comfortable, and Brookville battled back and made it close," Krug said. "We have to continue to work hard even when we have a lead and learn how to put teams away and finish games strong."

Brandon Mancuso led the Chucks with 18 points. He was one of three players to score at least eight, with Matt Burkett managing 11 and Cory Geer registering eight.

The Chucks will have a few more days off before hosting Altoona White at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.

"Wednesday is a big test against Altoona, and we are going to see where we are at as a team," Krug said.

Brookville 36, Punxsy junior-varsity boys 34

BROOKVILLE — Luke Spack's game-tying three-pointer wasn't enough, as Austin Burney's bucket with 1.5 seconds left propelled the Brookville junior-varsity boys' basketball team to a 36-34 victory over the Chucks last Friday.

Punxsy (2-1), which trailed 25-13 at halftime, completed the comeback once Spack's three rang true to tie the game at 34. But after a timeout, the Raiders got the ball inside to Burney, who knocked down the game-winner in the paint.

Punxsy was able to erase the deficit by outscoring Brookville 10-2 during the third quarter and 11-9 during the fourth. But the Chucks finished one defensive stop short of taking the game to overtime.

Ian Miller scored a game-high 11 points for the Chucks.

Garrett Zimmerman added eight points, and Hunter Tibbs had five points.

Burney scored a team-best 10 points, and Tighe Truman followed with nine points.

Punxsy eighth-grade boys 34, Brookville 27

BROOKVILLE — A 10-point turnaround during the second half helped the Punxsy eighth-grade boys' basketball team down Brookville last Friday, 34-27.

The Chucks were behind 14-11 at halftime, scoring just six and five points, respectively, during the first two quarters. Things changed when Punxsy outscored the Raiders 23-13 during the second half to earn the seven-point win.

The Chucks (2-1) received balanced scoring from seven players who tallied between seven and two points.

Ryan Sloniger managed seven points, Ruben Taylor and Dakota Thomas had six points, and Andy Fedigan followed with five points.

The Chucks host Altoona Wednesday following the seventh-graders' 4 p.m. start.

Punxsy seventh-graders 40, Brockway 20

PUNXSUTAWNEY — The Chucks led 29-3 at halftime before cruising to a 40-20 victory over Brockway last Wednesday night at home.

The Chucks (2-0) outscored the Rovers 15-1 and 14-2 during the first two quarters to create the huge advantage.

Punxsy coach Darren Sherry said that the team improved its poise in running the offense and improved its field goal and free-throw percentages.

"We received an excellent and consistent defensive effort from Braxton Giavedoni," Sherry said. "Big men Brandon Douthit and Nathan Ray are also showing steady improvement inside, and the team is improving its court awareness."

John Matthews scored a team-best 23 points to lead the Chucks.