Youngsville falls to talented Union City squad

Youngsville’s Brady Olewine races up the floor during Tuesday’s Region 3 contest against Union City. Olewine finished with a team-high 19 points, but it was the Bears who came away with a 77-50 win.

Youngsville knew they had a challenge in front of them on Tuesday against a talented Union City squad.

After hanging with the Bears early, UC was able to pull away in the second half for a 77-50 victory at Youngsville High School.

“We mixed up defenses a lot with the idea they’re a really good passing team and we can’t sit in a zone for long stretches against them,” said Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof. “The plan was to mix it up, we did that, but it didn’t work. It really comes down to fundamentals as far as keeping your man in front, help side, boxing out, rebounding. I thought we did a pretty good job on the glass.”

They did do a good job on the boards, but there weren’t many to grab in the opening quarter, a high-scoring eight minutes that saw UC jump out to a 26-15 lead.

Joe Mack scored all six of his points in the first quarter and Brady Olewine six of his team-high 19.

Youngsville’s Gage Hendrickson is pressured as he brings the ball up the court by Union City’s Miles Parker during the second half of Tuesday’s game at Youngsville High School. The Bears pulled away in the second half for a 77-50 victory over the Eagles.

“He was comfortable offensively,” DeLoof said of Olewine. “And we need someone else to step up and start doing that.”

But Union City’s 3-headed offensive monster of Bronnan Higley, Miles Parker and Brayden Kinney were as advertised.

The trio scored a combined 57 points, and a 3 from Higley at the first quarter horn made it a double-digit deficit for the Eagles.

Olewine continued his hot shooting, with seven more points in the second quarter, but the Bears were able to extend the lead to 16 at the break.

“You’re not going to overwhelm them with pressure,” DeLoof said. “They have a lot of ball-handlers. I thought we played with much more energy offensively than we did defensively. We need to get that effort on the defensive end.”

Youngsville point guard Joe Mack fires a pass.

Higley, a 6-6 senior, Parker and Kinney scored 19 of UC’s (16-3 overall, 9-1 Region 3) 22 points in the third quarter, as the lead swelled to 30.

Nyko Mercado, the Eagles’ (8-11, 2-8) lone senior, played a very strong second half, scoring all 10 of his points.

The Bears did a good job of limiting Eagles’ star Gage Hendrickson, who had an uncharacteristically quiet night on offense with 7 points.

“They’re good,” DeLoof said. “That’s a perfect example of where we want to be. Tomorrow, we’ll get to work and try and narrow the gap.”

The Eagles won the JV game, 43-33. Ethan Kesterholt had 15 points and Dominic Dell 12.

Youngsville returns to action on Friday, hosting Saegertown.

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UNION CITY (77)

Parker 8-2-3-19, B. Hornaman 1-0-0-3, Hoban 2-0-0-6, Kinney 7-0-0-14, B. Higley 11-1-2-24, K. Hornaman 2-0-0-5, J. Higley 2-2-2-6, DeSimone 0-0-0-0, Bojcazko 0-0-0-0, Uber 0-0-0-0, Dufala 0-0-0-0, Eliason 0-0-0-0, Totals 33-5-7-77

YOUNGSVILLE (50)

Mack 3-0-0-6, Kesterholt 0-0-0-0, Olewine 8-0-0-19, Bower 0-1-2-1, Hendrickson 3-3-4-7, Mercado 3-4-5-10, Mowrey 0-0-0-0, Dell 2-0-0-5, Peterson 1-0-0-2, Totals 20-8-11-50

By Quarters

Union City 26 14 22 15 – 77

Youngsville 15 9 8 18 – 50

Three-point FGs: Union City (6) – Hoban 2, K. Hornaman, Parker, B. Hornaman, B. Higley; Youngsville (2) – Olewine, Dell

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JV: Youngsville 43, Union City 33

YOUNGSVILLE (43)

Dell 6-0-0-12, Kesterholt 5-5-5-15, Mowrey 3-0-0-6, Sorber 0-0-0-0, Procter 3-0-0-6, Baes 1-0-1-2, Upton 0-1-2-1, Hogg 0-1-2-1, Crane 0-0-0-0, Totals 18-7-10-43

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COCHRANTON 87, EISENHOWER 44

Cale Miller led four Cochranton players in double figures in an 87-44 Region 3 win over Eisenhower on Tuesday.

The hot-shooting Cardinals (15-4 overall, 10-0 Region 3) scored 51 points in the first half en route to the win.

Curt Darling and Drew Williams had big offensive games for the Knights (2-18, 0-10).

Darling knocked down four 3’s en route to 12 points, while Williams had a team-high 17 points, including three 3’s.

Cochranton also won the JV game, 77-40.

Jake Venman and Gavin Labowski had eight points each for EHS.

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COCHRANTON (87)

Gallo 4-2-2-12, McKay 3-0-0-6, Morris 1-0-0-3, Bernarding 6-1-2-15, Miller 8-1-4-17, Freyermuth 1-3-4-5, Jackson 2-0-0-4, Walker 4-0-2-8, West 5-2-2-12, Grimes 2-0-0-5, Totals 36-7-16-87

EISENHOWER (44)

Williams 5-4-8-17, Darling 4-0-0-12, Robinault 3-0-0-6, Alexander 0-0-1-0, Martone 3-0-2-7, Venman 0-0-0-0, Benson 0-0-0-0-0, Warren 1-0-0-2, Totals 16-4-11-44

By Quarters

Cochranton 25 26 17 19 – 87

Eisenhower 8 14 8 14 – 44

Three-point FGs: Cochranton (6) – Gallo 2, Bernarding 2, Morris, Grimes; Eisenhower (8) – Darling 4, Williams 3, Martone

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GIRLS

UNION CITY 43, YOUNGSVILLE 17

UNION CITY, Pa. – Eliza Reynolds scored 14 points to lead UC to a Region 2 win over Youngsville.

Sadie Hoffman and Erin Dunn had 7 points each for the Lady Eagles.

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