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Glendale downs Curwensville, 52-40
Thursday, January 10, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
FLINTON - Glendale boys basketball coach Ryan Pastva thought his team played sloppy at times during the first half of Wednesday's contest with Curwensville.
The Vikings, who rallied from 16 points down for a win over the Golden Tide a week earlier, showed their first-year coach that it isn't how you start, but how you finish.
Curwensville closed to within 2 after facing an 8-point deficit early in the fourth quarter, but Glendale put away the pesky Tide with a 14-4 run to win, 52-40.
"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," said Pastva. "I thought we played sloppy in the first half, but really picked it up in the second half ... especially down the stretch. When we got the lead we were able to hold on to it because we made smart decisions with the basketball."
Glendale sophomore Shea O'Donnell's 3-point play with 2:23 on an assist from Chris Wilson proved to be the breaking point for Curwensville, which dipped to 0-9.
Wilson and Damon Braniff closed out the win with layups in the final minute.
O'Donnell led the Vikings (6-4) with 15 points and 16 rebounds, while Braniff (13) and Marcus McCrae (10) also cracked double digits. McCrae chipped in with 11 boards.
"They were in foul trouble and that definitely helped the situation," said Pastva, whose team converted 16 of 28 attempts on the line. "We were very unselfish, too. They play well as a team and we don't have a lot of guys hogging the ball."
The late-game woes are nothing new for head coach Shane Pentz's squad, who have been within 12 points each game except for two.
Tanner Elensky, who scored a game-high 19 points for the Tide, led the fourth quarter comeback with five-straight points to bring his team to within a pair.
"In all honesty, it's the story of our season," said Pentz of how the game ended. "We've played seven games down to the last two minutes and we're just coming a little bit shy and it happened again tonight.
"Right now, we're just snake bitten. Give Glendale credit ... they stepped up and made plays when they needed to."
While Glendale was able to seal the win down the stretch from the charity stripe, the Golden Tide had trouble converting when they got there.
Curwensville attempted 14 shots and made just four.
"They shot a lot more free throws than we did," Pentz said, "and the biggest difference in the game was the number of free throws they made.
"We lost some guys defensively a couple of times, but overall we played a good defensive game. We wanted to make sure we covered their shooters tonight, and I thought we did a much better job with that because we didn't give them any open three's. They just had some guys make plays down the stretch."
Glendale closes out the week by hosting Moshannon Valley on Friday.
Curwensville has the rest of the week off before entertaining Elk County Catholic on Tuesday.

Johns 0 2-5 2, Elensky 9 1-6 19, Jacobson 1 0-1 2, Gardner 2 0-0 4, Olson 4 0-0 8, Rauckhorst 2 1-2 5, Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Kurtz 0 0-0 0, Thorp 0 0-0 0, Brooks 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 4-14 40.
Barnhart 0 6-6 6, O'Donnell 3 9-10 15, Sinclair 1 0-0 2, McCrae 5 0-3 10, Braniff 6 1-9 13, Wilson 3 0-0 6. Totals: 18 16-28 52.
Score by Quarters
Curwensville   7 15 8 10-40
Glendale      10 12 9 21-52
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