Harmony falls to Bald Eagle Area in Lions Club title game|
Saturday, December 29, 2012
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PURCHASE LINE - Foul trouble plagued Harmony's Nate Young in the first half of the championship game at the Purchase Line Lions Club tournament on Friday night against Bald Eagle Area.
Young, who had 20 points in an opening night win over Clearfield, bounced back with four quick points to begin the second half.
Unfortunately for the Owls, it was too little, too late.
Young's outburst was answered by a 16-0 Eagle run, as Bald Eagle Area pulled away for a 72-32 win.
The Eagles improved to 8-0 on the season.
"They're 8-0 now and they're 8-0 for a reason," said Harmony head coach Doug Martz. "They're a well-rounded team and they play all aspects of the game. It's tough for us to match up against right now. We strive to be able to match up against that, but we're not there yet.
"They play a full-court game defensively and, offensively, they run in transition. They've got the height, and they have the perimeter play as well."
Against the Bison on Thursday evening, the Owls benefited from cold spells en route to the win. One day later, however, the roles were reversed.
Harmony (2-5) pulled to within three on a Dustin Kurtz bucket with 2:16 left in the first quarter, but the Eagles flexed their muscles and outscored the Owls 7-0 to close the stanza.
A 3-pointer at the buzzer from tournament MVP Dennis Fisher made it 15-5.
The Owls' Tyler Tiesi, who along with Young was selected to the all-tournament team, opened the second with a short jumper, but that was the last time Harmony cut the deficit to single digits.
After a solid showing against Purchase Line, the Eagles' depth proved again to be the difference, as Bald Eagle Area had 10 different players score at least one bucket.
"Any little run we got on," Martz said, "their (defensive) pressure would squelch that out. Our runs were very small - two and four points - before they went on those big runs. We respect the level that, that kind of team is playing at right now."
The 6-foot-7 Fisher ended the night with a game-high 19 points, while teammates Brandon Gettig (12) and Bryce Greene (10) also added double figures.
In addition to Fisher, Greene and Gettig were tabbed all-tournament players.
Young scored eight of his nine points in the third to lead the Owls, who got eight points - all in the fourth quarter - from Evan Novella.
Harmony is back in action Wednesday when it entertains Moshannon Valley.
"Playing in these games is good," said Martz. "We play a tough schedule and (Bald Eagle Area) is a tough team. We got good competition out of this tournament, and that will help us with the rest of our schedule."
Purchase Line 63
The Bison's Trey Jordan and Christian Lezzer combined for 61 points, as Clearfield rallied from a halftime deficit to handle the host Dragons in the consolation game.
Jordan went for a career-high 37 with 22 coming after the intermission.
The Bison trailed 38-34 at the break - with their two high-scorers netting 15 apiece - but a 25-point outburst in the third gave them a 9-point lead heading into the fourth.
Clearfield didn't stop there, as it posted 26 more to pull away from Purchase Line (2-5).
"(The first half) looked like Groundhog Day (because) we couldn't make layups," said Bison head coach Forrest Campman, referencing his team's struggles from an opening night loss to Harmony.
"In the first half, we couldn't find five guys that were playing well together. In the second half, they all played well together. It's not hard to figure out - we didn't miss any layups in the second half and we scored 50 points."
The Dragons, who got 15 points from both Alec Sunderlin - an all-tournament team selection - and Derrick Deyarmin, went ahead 42-41 with 6:41 left in the third on a bucket from Taylor Antisdel, but that was the last time the hosts were in front.
Clearfield got five straight points from Seth Beardsley to take the lead for good, and Lezzer and Jordan took over from there.
Jordan made 17 field goals in the contest with 10 coming after halftime.
"Trey's a very good scorer and he's very athletic," Campman said. "I don't know if I've ever had that, overall, kind of athletic kid. He's a 6-foot kid that can dunk the basketball real easy, and he has great speed and quickness.
"He's able to get away with not having that great of a left hand and he can still score a pile of points. He's probably averaging 18, 19 points per game, and we do need him and Lezzer to score ... but you also need those other guys to contribute, and we didn't have that (Thursday) and in the first half tonight."
Sunderlin pulled in a game-high 17 rebounds, while teammate Eric Faught capped a solid tournament with a nine-point, 11-rebound performance.
Both Lezzer and Jordan had 11 rebounds for Clearfield, which moved to 3-4 on the season.
Purchase Line head coach Dave Krug was unavailable for comment.
The Dragons are back in action Wednesday at Blairsville, while the Bison entertain Punxsutawney on Friday.
Jordan 17 2-6 37, Beardsley 2 0-0 5, Westen 3 0-2 6, Lezzer 10 3-5 24, Janocko 1 2-2 4, Ford 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 0-0 2, Sellers 0 0-0 0, Climie 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0, Hryn 0 0-0 0, Taylor 1 1-2 3. Totals: 37 8-17 85.
Frantz 3 1-4 7, D. Deyarmin 7 0-2 15, Antisdel 1 3-4 5, G. Boring 0 0-0 0, Faught 4 1-3 9, Sunderlin 6 3-6 15, C. Deyarmin 1 0-2 2, Learn 2 2-2 8, Ewing 1 0-0 2, Ober 0 0-0 0, A. Boring 0 0-0 0, Detwiler 0 0-0 0, Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 10-23 63.
Three-pointers: Jordan, Beardsley, Lezzer; Learn 2, D. Deyarmin.
Score by Quarters
Clearfield 15 19 25 26-85
Purchase Line 18 20 12 13-63
Bald Eagle Area-72
Bryan Greene 1 4-4 6, Gettig 4 2-2 12, Bryce Greene 5 0-0 10, Dyke 3 0-0 6, Fisher 8 2-3 19, Schall 0 0-0 0, Cingle 1 3-6 5, Riley 2 0-0 5, Romine 2 0-0 5, Carolus 1 0-0 2, Bennett 1 0-0 2, Chambers 0 0-0 0, Connor 0 0-0 0, Onder 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 11-15 72.
Lucas 0 0-0 0, Sral 2 0-0 5, Tiesi 2 0-0 4, Young 4 1-2 9, Novella 3 2-3 8, Kurtz 1 0-0 2, Fox 0 0-0 0, Hugill 1 0-0 2, Fritz 0 2-2 2. Totals: 13 5-7 32.
Three-pointers: Gettig 2, Fisher, Riley, Romine; Sral.
Score by Quarters
Bald Eagle Area 15 12 24 21-72
Harmony 5 5 8 14-32