Sheffield, Port boys highlight busy first day of tip-off

Eisenhower’s Lydia Giannini puts up a shot during a game against Port Allegany as part of the 2017 Sheffield Tip-Off Classic at Sheffield High School, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Giannini’s 10 points helped lead the Knights to a 36-29, comeback victory.

Sheffield’s boys basketball team was a fingertip away from holding home court in its annual Tip-Off Tournament Friday.

Cale Albaugh hit a 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds to play to get the Wolverines within one point of Port Allegany. They fouled Jordan Card on the subsequent inbounds pass and Card missed the front half of the one-and-one opportunity. A battle for possession on the rebound ended with the ball out of bounds off a Gator.

Sheffield inbounded and Albaugh got the ball just inside half court. He fired a pass to Luke Davidson, but the ball sailed just over Davidson’s fingertips and out of bounds.

Port was able to run the clock down to 0.9 seconds before Sheffield could foul and the game ended with the Gators advancing to the championship game with a 51-50 win.

Sheffield started the game firing on all cylinders, but then Port found its shot from beyond the arc. The Gators connected on six 3-pointers in the first half, and four more in the second.

Youngsville’s Cait Craig prepares to shoot a free throw during a game against Sheffield at Sheffield High School.

Howie Stuckey led all scorers with 25 points and hit six of the Gators 10 3-pointers.

Albaugh and Matt Dunham were both in double figures for the Wolverines, scoring 16 and 12 points, respectively.

Port Allegany will face North Clarion in the championship game today at 7:30 p.m., while Sheffield will face Jamestown in the consolation matchup at 4:30 p.m.

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PORT ALLEGANY (51)

Sheffield’s Mya Grubbs fires a 3-pointer during a game against Youngsville at Sheffield High School on Friday.

Talkington 2-0-2-5, Lashway 2-0-0-5, Stuckey 10-1-3-25, Card 1-4-7-7, Edgell 0-1-3-1, McNeil 0-0-2-0, Russell 0-0-0-0, Smoker 1-2-2-5, Guerrero 0-1-2-1

SHEFFIELD (50)

Dunham 6-2-5-12, Albaugh 6-2-5-16, Davidson 4-0-0-8, Hepinger 2-0-0-5, Kyler 2-0-0-5, McGraw 0-0-0-0. McNeal 0-0-0-0, Camp 0-0-0-0, Laufenberger 0-0-0-0, LaVan 0-0-0-0, Benson 0-0-0-0, Filiger 0-0-0-0

By Quarters

Port Allegany 16 15 12 8 – 51

Sheffield 14 9 12 15 – 50

Three point FGs: Port Allegany (10) – Stuckey (6), Talkington, Lashway, Card, Smoker; Sheffield (3) – Albaugh (2), Hepinger

NORTH CLARION 62, JAMESTOWN 44

North Clarion used a smothering full-court press defense to create turnovers, and cashed in on those opportunities to race out to an early lead it wouldn’t relinquish in a 62-44 victory over Jamestown.

Jamestown was able to tie the game at 16 early in the second quarter, but the Wolves took over from that point, ending the half on a 13-4 run. The Muskies would only get as close as seven points the rest of the way before the Wolves put the game out of reach for good midway through the fourth quarter.

Nathan Banner had 24 points for the Wolves and Keeven Weaver added 10 points in the win.

Jake Rhoades led the Muskies with 11 points while Darian Keyser had nine points.

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TIP-OFF CLASSIC (girls)

YOUNGSVILLE 55, SHEFFIELD 35

It took a while for Youngsville to figure out how to beat Sheffield’s press defense. But once the Eagles found a way to get it done, they were able to get in a rhythm offensively and put away the host Wolverines with a convincing 55-35 win.

Sheffield led 10-9 after the first quarter as both teams struggled to score. Cait Craig’s 3-pointer with 45 seconds to go in the half gave Youngsville its first lead, 20-18. The Eagles led 22-18 at the half, and continued to methodically build their lead throughout the second half.

Craig led all scorers with 24 points and Emma Marino added nine points in the win.

Marissa Grubbs led the Wolverines with eight points while Lexi Lyon had seven.

The Wolverines will face another cross county rival when they take on Eisenhower today at 3 p.m., while Youngsville will face Port Allegany at 6 p.m.

EISENHOWER 36, PORT ALLEGANY 29

It looked for all the world as though Eisenhower was going to drop a heartbreaker to Port Allegany in the second game of the 2017 Sheffield Tip-Off Classic.

The Knights kept battling to get close to the Gators, but the Gators were able to keep holding them off. Miranda Garris’ buzzer-beating layup to end the third quarter gave Eisenhower its first lead at 25-23 and Lydia Giannini and Emily Wheeler connected on four late free throws to seal a 36-29 win for the Knights.

Giannini and Port’s Cailey Barnett each had a game high 10 points. Wheeler added another seven points in the win.

(Editors Note: Full box scores from both Friday and Saturday will be published in Monday’s edition of the Times Observer).

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