Wolverines fall to Smethport

Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg Tyler Hepinger passes to one of his Sheffield teammates during a game against Smethport at Sheffield High School, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Sheffield scored first to lead 2-0, then Connor Alfieri hit the first of Smethport’s nine three-pointers to give the Hubbers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on their way to a 54-37 win over the host Wolverines Friday.

Caleb Lutz had six of the Hubbers nine threes on his way to a game-high 22 points.

“We’re undersized and so we don’t want to get beat inside,” Sheffield coach Mike Knapp said. “Our film study showed the three might be the area to give a little. Then Lutz got hot.”

Smethport built a 16-8 first quarter lead on the strength of going 4-6 from beyond the arc. The Hubbers closed out the stanza with a pair of breakaway layups, their first two-point field goals of the game, including one at the buzzer.

“We’re still struggling with pressure defense,” Knapp said.

Sheffield’s Cale Albaugh gets fouled while putting in a layup during a game against Smethport at Sheffield High School, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Albaugh had 15 points, but the Hubbers defeated the Wolverines, 54-37.

The Hubbers cooled a bit from the perimeter in the second quarter, hitting only one three, but they used the screen game to set up some back door cuts to the basket and build a 28-12 advantage midway through the period. Cale Albaugh and Matt Dunham muscled in a pair of short-range jumpers and Albaugh hit a three of his own to close the gap to nine as the Wolverines trailed 28-19 at the half.

Luke Davidson went 1-2 from the free throw line to start the second half, but Lutz came back and hit a pair of threes to essentially end Sheffield’s comeback attempt.

“We’ve got a lot of young players and when Lutz puts a dagger in the heart, it takes a lot of the steam out,” Knapp said.

Smethport connected on two more threes in the fourth quarter to go up 50-27. Albaugh had a pair of breakaway layups, including a three-point play, but the scoring wasn’t consistent enough for the Wolverines to keep pace.

“It’s (the consistency) is something we’re working on,” Knapp said. “We made a conscious effort to screen more and get Matt and Cale open.”

Both teams made wholesale changes with about 2 1/2 minutes to go in the game and Knapp said he was pleased with the effort from his bench players.

“A lot of those kids haven’t had a lot of minutes so far,” he said. “I told them when they get in there they need to show me something and they did that.”

Lutz (22) and Alfieri (18) combined for 40 points and eight of the nine three-pointers for the Hubbers.

Albaugh (15) and Dunham (8) led the Wolverines in scoring.

Sheffield will be back in action Tuesday when the Wolverines host Austin.

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SMETHPORT (54)

Shall 0-1-3-1, Costa 3-0-4-7, Jewell 0-0-0-0, Alfieri 6-2-2-18, Ognen 0-0-0-0, Szarowicz 0-0-0-0, Peterson 1-1-2-3, McDowell 0-0-0-0, Helsley 0-1-2-1, Vangarder 0-0-0-0, Lutz 8-0-1-22, Woodruff 0-0-2-0, Southard 1-0-0-2

SHEFFIELD (37)

Dunham 2-4-4-8, Albaugh 5-3-4-15, Kyler 0-0-0-0, Davidson 1-1-2-3, Hepinger 1-0-0-2, McGraw 0-0-2-0, Laufenberger 0-0-0-0, Camp 2-0-0-4, McNeal 0-0-0-0, Filegar 0-0-0-0, Benson 0-1-2-1

By Quarters

Smethport 16 12 16 10 – 54

Sheffield 8 11 8

10 – 37

Three-point FGs: Smethport (9) – Lutz (6), Alfieri (2), Costa; Sheffield (2) – Albaugh (2)

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JV SMETHPORT 40, SHEFFIELD 25

Smethport used a late third quarter rally to regain the lead and never lost it again in a 40-25 junior varsity win over Sheffield.

Lane Shall led the Hubbers with 12 points.

Hunter Russo and Nolan Alabaugh each had seven points for Sheffield.

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SMETHPORT (40)

Ognen 0-2-2-2, Helsley 1-1-5-3, Christie 1-2-3-4, Burritt 3-0-2-6, McDowell 3-0-0-7, Burdick 2-0-3-4, Pavloc 0-0-0-0, Rounsville 0-0-0-0, Howes 0-2-3-2, Nolte 0-0-0-0, Bullers 0-0-0-0, Shall 3-5-7-12

SHEFFIELD (25)

Johnson 2-0-0-05, McNeal 1-0-2-2, Russo 3-1-3-7, Young 0-0-0-0, Vinopal 2-0-2-4, O’Donnell 0-0-2-0, Lester 0-0-0-0

By Quarters

Smethport 10 4 13 13 – 40

Sheffield 4 8 8 5 – 25

Three-point FGs: Smethport (2) – Shall, McDowell; Sheffield (2) – Johnson, Alabaugh

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