Youngsville boys drop OT thriller to Maplewood

Youngsville’s Brady Olewine (43) puts up a jump shot during the first quarter of a Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament game against Maplewood at Sheffield High School, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Olewine had 17 points, but the Tigers topped the Eagles, 57-47, in overtime.

A well-timed timeout can often help a team swing momentum in their favor.

Trailing 30-15 in the third quarter of their Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament game against Maplewood, Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof called a timeout to try to make some adjustments. The Eagles responded with a 12-2 run to get back within striking distance.

“We made some adjustments we knew would work,” DeLoof said. “Then we were playing with a sense of urgency.”

Youngsville still found itself down by four with under 20 seconds to play. Brady Olewine hit a 3-pointer, and Joe Mack stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. He went 1-2 from the line to send the game to overtime. In the extra frame, Maplewood connected on 8-9 free throws to pull away for a 57-47 win and a berth in the championship game.

“In overtime, we got away from what got us to overtime,” DeLoof said. “It just wasn’t a focused effort.”

Youngsville’s Joe Mack (5) puts up the game-tying free throw in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter of a game against Maplewood at Sheffield High School, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Mack’s free throw sent the game to overtime, where the Tigers topped the Eagles, 57-47.

The Tigers used a suffocating defense to create turnovers early and jumped out to a 7-2 lead thanks to a Clay Cox 3-pointer. The Eagles clawed their way back in it, but a late field goal gave the Tigers a 13-7 advantage heading to the second.

A Gage Hendrickson 3-pointer early in the second was the main highlight for the Eagles in the period as Maplewood continued to create turnovers. The Tigers were also winning the battle on the glass, and even though they weren’t shooting particularly well they were able to create extra chances on the offensive glass.

“We were unsure of where to go with the ball,” DeLoof said. “I’ve been telling the guys they need to be like a quarterback out there, reading through their progressions especially when they’re playing against a zone defense.”

Maplewood held a 24-15 lead at the half.

The Tigers continued to create turnovers through the first part of the third quarter and held the Eagles without a point until DeLoof called the timeout with 4:46 to play in the quarter.

Sheffield’s Tyler Hepinger (13) goes for a layup during the first half of a Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament game against Kane at Sheffield High School, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Hepinger poured in 21 points, but the Wolves advanced to the championship game with a 73-51 win over the Wolverines.

Olewine led the Eagles with 17 points, Hendrickson had 12 and Mack added eight in the loss.

Joel Cox had a game-high 18 points, while Clay Cox had 15 and Jordan Hollabaugh had 13 for the Tigers.

Youngsville will take on host Sheffield in the consolation game today at 6 p.m., with Maplewood and Kane to follow in the championship game.

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Sheffield’s Jacob Vinopal (20) tries to save the ball from going out of bounds during the second half of a game against Kane at Sheffield High School, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The Wolves defeated the Wolverines, 73-51, to advance to the Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament championship against Maplewood.

Mattocks 0-0-0-0, Hollabaugh 6-1-2-13, Groger 0-0-0-0, C. Cox 7-0-1-15, J. Cox 5-8-9-18, Brunot 3-0-0-7, Nageotte 1-2-2-4, Totals 22-11-14-57


Mack 2-4-6-8, Hendrickson 3-4-5-12, Peterson 1-1-3-3, Olewine 8-0-0-17, Mercado 3-1-1-7, Kesterholt 0-0-0-0, Dell 0-0-0-0, Sorber 0-0-0-0, Totals 17-10-15-47

By Quarters

Maplewood 13 11 8 11 14 – 57

Youngsville 7 8 8 20 4 – 47

Three-point FGs: Maplewood (2) – C. Cox, Brunot; Youngsville (3) – Hendrickson 2, Olewine

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Kane never trailed on its way to a 73-51 win over Sheffield in a Sheffield Sports Boosters Christmas Tournament game Thursday.

The Wolves jumped out to an 8-0 lead on their hosts and led 25-6 after the first quarter.

The Wolverines started to climb back in it early in the second and trimmed the deficit to 28-13 with just under six minutes to go. It was all Kane from that point.

Kane closed the half on a 21-4 run to take a 49-17 lead into the locker room.

Neither team was especially sharp in the second half, but the Wolves did enough to keep the Wolverines from making a prolonged run.

Tyler Hepinger had a game-high 21 points for the Wolverines.

Alex Rezzelle led a trio of Wolves in double figures with 16 points. Chad Greville added 12 and Izaiah Smith finished with 10.

The Wolverines take on cross county rival Youngsville in the consolation game today at 6 p.m. with Kane and Maplewood to follow in the championship.

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Kane (73)

Rezzelle 6-4-4-16, Greville 4-3-4-12, Z. Smith 2-6-12-10, Pierson 2-2-2-8, Whiteman 3-0-0-7, T. Holt 2-0-0-6, Zuzek 3-0-0-6, B. Smith 1-0-0-3, Bizzak 1-0-0-3, C. Holt 1-0-0-2, DeLuca 0-0-0-0, Team 25-15-22-73

Sheffield (51)

Hepinger 7-5-7-21, Richards 4-0-0-9, McNeal 4-0-0-8, Kyler 0-3-4-3, Vinopal 1-0-0-2, Copley 1-0-1-2, Albaugh 1-0-0-2, LaVan 1-0-2-2, Benjamin 1-0-0-2, Stoltz 0-0-2-0, Team 20-8-16-51

By quarters

Kane 25 24 10 14 – 73

Sheffield 6 12 13 20 – 51

Three-point FGs: Kane (8)-Pierson 2, T. Holt 2, B. Smith, Whiteman, Greville, Bizzak. Sheffield (3)-Hepinger 2, Richards.

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CORRY, Pa. – Clymer (NY) Central had three players score in double figures en route to a 56-27 win over Eisenhower in the consolation game of the Corry Christmas Tournment on Thursday.

Hunter Wassink, Lucas Willink and Zavon Overton all had 14 for Clymer.

Jared Martone had 8 points to lead the Knights, while Drew Williams added 7.

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Wassink 6-2-2-14, Beckerink 2-0-2-5, R. Overton 1-1-4-3, Dunnewold 2-2-2-6, Willink 7-0-0-14, Z. Overton 6-0-1-14, Beal 0-0-0-0, Totals 24-5-11-56


Williams 2-2-2-7, Darling 0-0-0-0, Robinault 1-3-4-5, Labowski 0-0-0-0, Alexander 1-0-0-2, Benson 0-0-0-0, Savko 0-0-0-0, Martone 3-2-3-8, Warren 2-1-2-5, Totals 9-8-11-27

By Quarters

Clymer 12 8 14 22 – 56

Eisenhower 3 7 11 6 – 27

Three-point FGs: Clymer (3) – Z. Overton 2, Beckerink; Eisenhower (1) – Williams