Sheffield boys fall to Union City; Tidioute drops home opener

Sheffield’s Roger Dunham attempts to weave through Union City’s Andrew Hoban (left) and Bronnon Higly (right), Wednesday night as the Wolverines fell to the Bears 52-38.

Sheffield fell behind early to Union City, Wednesday night, and were never able to climb out of the deficit, falling to the Bears 52-38.

“We’ve got no excuses,” said a disappointed Sheffield coach Mike Knapp. “We played bad. We didn’t play represented basketball to how hard we work and the result is what it is. It showed on the court.”

Trailing 27-15 at the start of the third quarter, Sheffield’s Cale Albaugh and Drew Higby both were able to put up seven a piece in the second half to close in on the Bears. Higby lead the Wolverines scoring with 14 points.

Despite only being outscored 25-23 in the second half, it was Union City’s Nathan Gardner’s steady play and 20 points, including two three’s that gave the Bears the victory.

“Lack of focus,” Knapp said in response to Sheffield’s inability to keep momentum going in the second half.

Union City’s Nathan Gardner tries to find an open man as Sheffield’s Tanner Leichtenberger applies defensive pressure Wednesday night at Sheffield High School.

The Wolverines fall to 4-5 overall, while Union City improve to 5-4 overall.

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UNION CITY (52)

Dougherty 0 0-0 0, Parker 0 0-0 0, Hornman 0 0-0 0, Hoban 3 0-0 9, Kinney 3 2-4 8, Gardner 6 2-3 20, Wienezkowski 0 0-0 0, Higley 4 1-5 9, Fox 3 0-2 6, Baxter 0 0-0 0, J. Eliason 0 0-0 0, D. Eliason 0 0-0 0, TOTALS 19 5-14 52.

SHEFFIELD (38)

R. Dunham 4 1-2 9, Leichtenberger 0 0-4 3, Higby 5 1-2 14, Albaugh 1 2-3 7, M. Dunham 0 1-2 1, Retterer 1 0-2 2, Lobdell 0 2-2 2, Davidson 0 0-0 0, Hawk 0 0-0 0, Kyler 0 0-0 0, Donato 0 0-0 0, Simmer 0 0-0 0, TOTALS 11 7-17 38.

By Quarters

Union City    14   13   14  11- 52

Sheffield          8     7   12  11 – 38

Three-point FGs: Union City (3) – Hoban, Gardener 2; Sheffield (3) – Leichtenberger, Higby, Albaugh.

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CRANBERRY 55,

TIDIOUTE 28

Tidioute dropped its home opener to Cranberry on Wednesday, 55-28.

The Bulldogs were trying to shake off a 16-day layoff, and a slow start proved to be costly, as the Berries jumped out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter.

“We were a step behind everything,” said Tidioute coach Terry Cotterman. “We did some good things, ran the offense well, we just couldn’t make shots.”

Ryan Williams led the Bulldogs with 13 points, while Julian Gillenwater added 10. Maison DeLoe chipped in with eight rebounds and Jared Veasy seven.

Tidioute returns to action on Monday, traveling to Forest Area.

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TIDIOUTE (28)

Veasey 0-1-1, Shileds 1-0-2, Williams 4-3-13, Gillenwater 4-0-10, DeVoe 1-0-2, Totals 10-4-28

CRANBERRY (55)

McQuaid 2-0-4, Gunn 5-0-11, McNeal 2-3-7, Daugherty 4-2-10, Thomas 3-0-6, Zerbe 1-0-2, Marterella 1-0-3, M. McQuaid 3-1-7, Brannon 2-0-4, Totals 23-6-55

By Quarters

Tidioute        4     3     3     18 – 28

Cranberyy    17    6   14    18 – 55

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