Youngsville boys win in OT, Warren avenges loss at Titusville
COCHRANTON, Pa. — Good teams find a way to win.
Trailing for most of the game, Youngsville needed to find a way to win it late. Timber Bower knocked down a pair of late 3-pointers to send the game to overtime and Gage Hendrickson hit a free throw with 5.3 seconds left in overtime to give Youngsville a 44-43 Region 3 win at Cochranton Tuesday.
“On a night where we had too many turnovers and missed a lot of shots we should make, our defense kept us in it long enough to come away with a win,” Youngsville coach Jesse DeLoof said.
Cochranton (2-13 overall, 2-5 Region 3) held a 12-6 lead after the first quarter and lead 20-14 at the half. Youngsville (13-3, 6-1) trimmed the deficit to four, 32-28, heading into the fourth quarter.
A far cry from the earlier meeting between the two, when the Eagles led nearly the entire game and won by 21.
“We left a ton of points out there in turnovers, missed layups and missed foul shots,” DeLoof said. “We need to be better going forward. A lesson learned after a close win is much better than one after a loss. We need to make sure we learn from this.”
Jaiben Walker led the Cardinals with 12 points, while Jon Gallo added 10 in the loss.
Bower finished with 12 points and Hendrickson and Brady Olewine 10 each for the Eagles.
Youngsville will need to regroup and get focused quickly. The Eagles welcome region leader Cambridge Springs to the Eagles’ Nest Friday for a game that could decide the Region 6 champion. The Blue Devils won the first meeting in Cambridge Springs, 51-30.
“We have two big practices and a great opportunity Friday playing the No. 1 team in the region at home,” DeLoof said. “We will need to play an ‘A’ game.”
Hendrickson 4-1-3-10, Bower 4-1-2-12, Mack 3-0-1-6, Olewine 5-0-2-10, Kesterholt 1-0-2-2, Peterson 2-0-0-4, Proctor 0-0-0-0, Dell 0-0-0-0, Total 19-3-8-44
Gallo 4-1-2-10, Morris 1-1-2-4, Walker 5-2-4-12, Jackson 2-2-2-6, Miller 1-0-0-3, Kenny 1-0-0-3, Barzak 2-1-2-5, Total 12-7-12-43
Youngsville 6 8 14 12 4 – 44
Cochranton 12 8 12 8 3 – 43
3-point FGs: Youngsville (4)-Bower 3, Hendrickson. Cochranton (3)-Morris, Miller, Kenny.
WARREN 61, TITUSVILLE 54
TITUSVILLE, Pa. –In their first meeting this season, Warren let a late fourth quarter lead slip away in a tough loss to Titusville.
The Dragons flipped the script Tuesday. The Rockets watched a fourth quarter lead vanish on their home floor as the Dragons picked up a 61-54 Region 6 road win. It was Warren’s fourth straight win.
“It was another exciting one with Titusville,” Warren coach Jeff Berdine said. “We’ve been able to stack some wins together in region and this was a big one. We don’t want someone to have a tiebreaker over us.”
Titusville (11-3 overall, 5-2 Region 6) held a 1-point lead with 1:45 to play and Elijah Perez on the free throw line. Perez sunk both to push the lead to three. Ben Berdine hit a short jumper on the next possession and the Dragons (9-5, 5-2) called a quick timeout. Warren’s Payton Barnes and Mitch Grosch doubleteamed on the inbounds and forced a turnover. Tom Bablak picked up the loose ball and sent it to Ryan Arnold streaking down the court. Arnold was fouled as he made the shot and hit the free throw to put Warren on top.
“We went from down one to up two,” Berdine said. “Arnold’s 3-point play took the life right out of them.”
The Dragons finished the game on a 10-0 run, including the two baskets from Berdine and Arnold.
A back-and-forth first half saw Warren finish with a 2-point advantage, 28-26. The Dragons extended the lead to seven in the third quarter, but the Rockets answered and cut the lead to 44-40 heading to the fourth. Perez scored eight of Titusville’s 14 third quarter points.
“We got a little bit impatient,” Berdine said. “We made some bad rotations on defense and were a little too quick on offense.”
Warren’s defense stepped up in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to seal the win.
“Our last four games with Titusville have gone right down to the end and this one was no different,” Berdine said. “We made more defensive plays in the last four minutes. Offensively, we got a little impatient, but we were the better defensive team and that’s why we won.”
Ben Berdine finished with a game-high 26 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Bablak had 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Barnes had five points, seven rebounds and five assists. Grosch had five points and four assists.
“We had four guys with at least four assists,” Berdine said. “The ball is moving and I though we did a good job tonight of getting the open guy the ball when we needed to.”
Warren will look to avenge another early season loss when General McLane comes to the Joseph A. Massa gymnasium Friday.
“Tonight was huge,” Berdine said. “But Friday is just as big. We gave away two games and we need to get those back.”
Arnold 1-3-3-5, Berdine 13-0-0-26, Bablak 7-4-7-18, Grosch 2-0-0-4, Gustafson 1-0-0-3, Barnes 2-0-0-5, Rafalski 0-0-0-0, Blair 0-0-0-0, Swanson 0-0-0-0, Total 26-7-10-61
Perez 5-3-5-14, Stover 3-1-1-9, Roberts 4-0-1-10, E. Colon 0-2-2-2, W. Colon 2-2-3-6, Anthony 6-1-2-13, Evans 0-0-0-0, Total 20-9-14-54
Warren 17 11 16 17 – 61
Titusville 14 12 14 14 – 54
3-point FGs: Warren (2)-Gustafson, Barnes. Titusville (5)-Stover 2, Roberts 2, Perez.