Tidioute, Sheffield boys suffer road losses

COCHRANTON, Pa. – Tidioute Charter knew going into Friday night’s game at Cochranton that it would have to find a way to stop sharp-shooting senior Cardinal Kohl Bernarding.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, knowing and doing are two different things.

Bernarding poured in 41 points, 24 coming from 3-pointers, and the Cardinals rolled to their 12th straight win, 84-52.

“We knew he was good, but he was unconscious tonight,” TCCS coach Terry Cotterman said. “It was only a 4-point game through the first four minutes, then they went on a tear. They just didn’t miss.”

That tear, which included three 3s from Bernarding, put Cochranton (17-4) up 28-8 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs (12-7) settled things down in the second and trailed 41-18 at the half.

“We had a few turnovers during their little run in the first,” Cotterman said. “We played pretty decent in the second.”

TCCS tried to make an adjustment offensively to cut into the lead, but virtually every missed shot led to a transition opportunity for Cochranton.

“They were getting out in the fast break a little bit because we wanted to penetrate,” Cotterman said.

Those fast break opportunities allowed the Cardinals to break the game wide open with a 31-point effort in the frame. The fourth quarter was all Bernarding as he scored all 12 Cochranton points, on four 3-pointers.

“We should’ve done a better job on him, I’m a little disappointed in that,” Cotterman said. “I wasn’t disappointed with the effort we had. We need this kind of game, playing against good teams. The effort was there all night.”

Ryan Williams led the Bulldogs with 17 points and Jared Veasey added 16 points and seven rebounds. Patrick Shields had eight points and eight rebouds.

TCCS closes out the regular season at home Wednesday against Cranberry, then will have nearly two weeks to prepare for the postseason (Feb. 26).

“The competition was good and we talked about covering the best shooters,” Cotterman said. “At times, we didn’t do that tonight. Our defensive transition hurt us against Jamestown and it was poor tonight. Hopefully, we’ll be able to correct that.”

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TCCS (52)

Shields 3-0-8, Veasey 6-4-16, Williams 5-2-17, Krouse 1-0-2, DeLoe 0-1-1, Kennedy 1-0-2, Sabella 2-0-6, Team 18-7-52

Cochranton (84)

Gallow 2-0-6, McKay 4-0-9, Moore 1-0-2, Bernarding 15-3-41, Miller 4-0-8, Dunn 1-0-3, Freyermuth 1-0-3, Fox 3-1-8, Jackson 2-0-4, Team 33-4-84

By quarters

TCCS 8 10 17 17 – 52

Cochranton 28 13 31 12 – 84

3-point FGs: TCCS (9)-Williams 5, Shields 2, Sabella 2. Cochranton (14)-Bernarding 8, Gallow 2, McKay, Dunn, Freyermuth, Fox.

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CURWENSVILLE 73, SHEFFIELD 52

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Christian Bakaysa and Josh Terry scored 21 points each to send Curwensville past Sheffield in AML crossover action, 73-52 on Friday.

Tyler Hepinger went 13-of-15 from the free throw line on his way to a 17-point effort to lead Sheffield, while Mitch McNeal posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Curwensville jumped out to an early 24-12 lead after the first quarter en route to the win.

“We played better than we have in a while,” said Sheffield coach Mike Knapp. “We’ve had about 6 1/2 hours of practice time since January 21 and played seven games. We had a little practice yesterday, and that really helped.”

The Wolverines return to action on Tuesday, hosting Ridgway on Senior Night.

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SHEFFIELD (52)

Dunham 1-5-8-7, Hepinger 2-13-15-17, Richards 4-1-4-10, McNeal 5-0-0-10, Vinopal 1-0-0-3, Kyler 1-3-4-5, Totals 14-22-31-52

CURWENSVILLE (73)

Francisco 3-0-0-6, Bakaysa 5-11-12-21, Irwin 1-4-4-7, Blum 2-0-0-5, Guiffre 1-1-2-3, Terry 6-5-6-21, Landsberry 3-1-2-8, Condon 1-0-0-2, Totals 22-22-26-73

By Quarters

Sheffield 12 10 12 18 – 52

Curwensville 24 16 11 22 – 73

Three-point FGs: Sheffield (2) – Richards, Vinopal; Curwensville – Terry 4, Irwin, Blum, Landsberry

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