Cardinals fly past Eagles

Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg Youngsville’s Noah Myers floats in for a layup duing the first half of a game against Cochranton at Youngsville High School, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Myers finished with five points, but the Cardinals defeated the Eagles, 76-30.

The Youngsville boys basketball team has been following an upward trajectory this season as the young team tries turn the program around.

The Eagles took a step back in that process Friday night as Cochranton came to the Eagle’s Nest and left with a 76-30 victory.

“This process isn’t like walking down a hall where you turn a corner and everything is gone,” Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof said. “It’s like going up a steep hill, and we looked back over our shoulder tonight and saw that old team.”

Youngsville (3-15 overall, 1-10 Region 3) had 24 turnovers to just five assists in the game, and the Eagles were outrebounded by the Cardinals (12-7, 7-4) 15-5 on the offensive glass.

“We turned the ball over, missed layups and didn’t rebound,” DeLoof said. “We can’t expect to win when we do those things.

Times Observer photo by Brian Hagberg Youngsville's Timber Bower puts up a three-pointer over Cochranton's Zach Snedeker during their game at Youngsville High School, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

“We need players to step up and stop those things when they happen,” he continued. “We need them to come together and say no more.”

The Eagles had no answer for Cardinals Kohl Bernarding and Tanner Fox. The juniors combined to score 48 of Cochranton’s 76 points. Bernarding connected on three 3-pointers in the first quarter, two within seconds of each other. Bernarding hit a three from the corner, stole the inbound pass, stepped back and hit again from nearly the same spot.

Bernarding finished with 25 points, while Fox had 23.

Gage Hendrickson led the Eagles with 10 points. Timber Bower added eight in the loss.

Youngsville will look to get back on the upward trajectory when the Eagles travel to Iroquois Tuesday.

“We’ll come in tomorrow and get right back to work,” DeLoof said.

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Bernarding 9-3-4-25, Fox 7-5-6-23, Snedeker 3-0-0-9, Miller 3-2-3-8, Sekerski 2-0-0-4, Suder 2-1-2-5, Gallo 1-0-0-2, Freyermuth 0-0-0-0, Wagner 0-0-0-0, Morris 0-0-0-0, Dunn 0-0-0-0, Kenny 0-0-0-0, Walker 0-0-0-0


Mack 1-0-0-3, Hendrickson 3-4-7-10, Myers 2-1-2-5, Bower 2-2-2-8, Peterson 0-2-2-2, Mercado 1-0-0-2, Procter 0-0-0-0, Kesterholt 0-0-0-0, Wilson 0-0-0-0, Olewine 0-0-0-0, Mowrey 0-0-0-0, Dell 0-0-0-0

By Quarters

Cochranton 28 14 24 10 – 76

Youngsville 13 7 5 5 – 30

Three-point FGs: Cochranton (11) – Bernarding (4), Fox (4), Snedeker (3); Youngsville (3) – Bower (2), Mack

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Youngsville: Mercado 10, Murrey 8, Kesterholt 6, Mowrey 4, Olewine 2