Tidioute boys get historic win

Tuesday night featured a little bit of history for the Tidioute boys basketball team.

Jared Veasey scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Bulldogs picked up their first-ever Region 1 victory with a 40-34 win over Commodore Perry.

“It’s good for the kids, they really battled,” said Tidioute coach Terry Cotterman. “We started out strong, but the second quarter, we have to get over the second quarter stuff. We got a little sloppy and got in some foul trouble.”

The second quarter Cotterman referred to saw the Panthers outscore Tidioute (8-5 overall, 1-1 Region 1) 13-9, erasing a 4-point Tidioute lead and tying the score at halftime.

The Bulldogs re-took the lead in the third quarter, however, and didn’t give it back.

In addition to Veasey, Patrick Shields had eight points and seven rebounds, Maison Deloe eight rebounds and Ryan Williams four steals.

“Ryan played his best all-around game, even though his points were down,” Cotterman said.

And, being in close games, Tidioute has the luxury of leaning on an experienced group of seniors.

“We really lean on those guys,” he said. “They’ve played a lot of games.”

Cotterman also praised the minutes he got from his bench as well.

“We knew coming in it was going to be a competitive game,” he said.

Nathan Stringert led Commodore Perry (2-11, 0-1) with 16 points.

Tidioute returns to action on Thursday against Jamestown Bethel before traveling to Eisenhower on Saturday.

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COMMODORE PERRY (34)

Cropp 4-0-8, Stringert 5-2-16, Mink 3-2-8, Artman 1-0-2, Totals 12-4-34

TIDIOUTE (40)

Shields 2-3-8, Veasey 5-11-21, Williams 2-0-5, Klos 1-0-2, Deloe 1-2-4, Sabella 1-0-2, totals 11-16-40

By Quarters

C. Perry 5 13 8 8 – 34

Tidioute 9 9 10 13 – 40

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JOHNSONBURG 57, SHEFFIELD 37

JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Johnsonburg raced out to a 16-4 lead in the first quarter and never looked back as the Rams beat visiting Sheffield, 57-37, Tuesday.

The Rams balanced first quarter scoring gave way to Austin Green in the second as he put down nine of his game-high 23 points in the period.

“Johnsonburg is a very good team and I though the kids fought hard,” Sheffield coach Mike Knapp said. “We had a couple guys off the bench, Caden Copely and Matt Dunham, who gave us some good minutes.”

Johnsonburg led 33-13 at the half.

Sheffield found its offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter. Tyler Hepinger and Jake Vinopal combined to score 10 of the Wolverines’ 15 points in the quarter.

“I thought we showed a lot of progress and this is something to build on,” Knapp said.

Green was the only Ram to reach double figures.

Hepinger and Vinopal each had 14 points for the Wolverines.

Sheffield travels to Kane Friday.

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Sheffield (37)

Hepinger 6-0-2-14, Vinopal 6-1-2-14, Richards 1-4-4-7, Dunham 1-0-0-2, McNeal 0-0-0-0, Kyler 0-0-0-0, Benjamin 0-0-0-0, Team 14-5-8-37

Johnsonburg (57)

Green 9-1-1-23, Watts 4-0-0-8, Notorianni 2-1-2-5, Stelene 2-0-0-4, Lombrana 2-0-0-4, Schloder 2-0-0-4, Ga. Gregori 2-0-0-4, Zilkofski 1-0-0-2, Wells 1-0-0-2, Bliss 0-1-2-1, Gi. Gregori 0-0-0-0, Team 25-3-5-57

By quarters

Sheffield 4 9 9 15 – 37

Johnsonburg 16 17 14 10 – 57

3-point FGs: Sheffield (4)-Hepinger 2, Richards, Vinopal. Johnsonburg (4)-Green 4.

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SAEGERTOWN 43,

EISENHOWER 33

SAEGERTOWN, Pa. – Eisenhower battled on the road in one of their best performances of the season, a 43-33 setback to Saegertown on Tuesday.

The Knights were down just five, 20-15 at halftime, and stayed in it until the very end.

Zane Alexander poured in a game-high 13 points for EHS, while Curt Darling added nine.

Eli Draa had 16 to lead Saegertown.

Saegertown won the JV game in a nailbiter, 32-31. Jake Venman had 13 points for the Knights

“We had a chance to win both tonight,” said Eisenhower coach Ryan Williams. “Inexperience showed in the second half. It’s good for us to play a close one. We need to play the same on Saturday.”

That game on Saturday has the Knights hosting Tidioute.

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