Golden Tide thump Black Knights, 74-49|
Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
AMESVILLE - There have been more than enough hard times for the Curwensville and Moshannon Valley boys basketball teams this season. But the Golden Tide cashed in on a large paycheck that was long overdue on Wednesday evening.
Curwensville junior Austin Jacobson finished with a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 10 rebounds, Tanner Elensky netted 17 points and Brett Gardner finished with 11 to lead the Golden Tide over Moshannon Valley for their first win of the season, 74-49, at the Lamont Close Gymnasium.
"We've had chances throughout the year, but we just couldn't capitalize," said Curwensville head coach Shane Pentz. "Tonight, we finally played a complete game. We had a little stretch in the fourth quarter where we started to turn the ball over and we didn't rebound as well. We looked like we got that corrected and we finished strong. I'm happy for the kids.
"Austin Jacobson had a career high for varsity. He kept cutting backdoor in dribble-penetration and he found ways to score tonight. I'm happy for Austin."
The Black Knights started with a 5-2 lead in the early moments of the game, before Jacobson and Elensky went to work. The duo worked their way all the way to a 12-10 lead late in the first quarter. Harrison Bloom hit a three-pointer and Trey Rauckhorst's bucket gave the Golden Tide a 5-point lead after the first eight minutes of play.
"We started off good," said Mo Valley head coach Mike LaFuria. "We just went downhill after that. It's just turnovers, missed shots and the same stuff just killing us all year. We'll be fine. We just need work."
The Black Knights kept the score close until midway through the second quarter on four points each from Luther Harlow and Eric Sherkel. But the Tide went on a 10-0 run to end the first half, capped by three free throws from Elensky to take a 35-20 lead into the locker room.
The Tide had two players in double figures in the rebounding column and nearly had a third person in Alex Olson, who fell just one short. Kyle Johns joined Jacobson as the other player with 10 boards.
"Tanner helps make us go," said Pentz. "Tonight he helped distribute quite a few assists. The other thing that isn't going to show up in the box score is both Kyle Johns and Alex Olson had a lot of rebounds. It won't show up in the points, but they controlled the boards tonight."
Curwensville continued its run in the third quarter by outscoring Mo Valley 17-8 to start the period. Elensky scored seven points, while Jacobson pitched in with six.
One bright spot came in the third quarter for the Knights in Nathan Bailey. Bailey scored nine of his 11 points in the stanza and went 6-for-8 from the foul line in the quarter. He joined Sherkel and Harlow as high scorers for Mo Valley.
"He played hard tonight," said LaFuria of Bailey. "I liked his hustle. We told him that in the locker room. He got to the line. He brought his game with him tonight."
"They're very young," said Pentz of Mo Valley. "They've got many better days ahead. They can also shoot the ball a whole lot better this year than they have in the past. We noticed that right away. They have some good things to look forward to."
The Tide reserves played much of the last quarter. Bloom led Curwensville with four points in the period. Sherkel put in five points, including one of four treys for Mo Valley.
"It was an overall team effort," said Pentz. "I've been telling them that we're getting better. The wins haven't come so far until tonight, but we've been getting better. The kids' attitudes have been good. They deserved this."
Curwensville beat the Black Knights in junior varsity action, 42-33.
Jonathan Miller led all scorers with 12 points, while Levi Frailey had 11 for Mo Valley.
Curwensville (1-10, 1-4 in the Moshannon Valley League) travels to Ridgway on Tuesday, while Moshannon Valley (0-10, 0-3 MVL) hosts backyard rival West Branch tomorrow.
Gardner 4 2-2 11, Olson 3 1-3 7, Johns 4 0-0 8, Elensky 5 7-10 17, Jacobson 6 2-3 14, Bloom 2 2-2 7, Rauckhorst 2 2-4 6, Kurtz 0 0-0 0, Stephenson 0 1-2 1, Miller 0 1-3 1, Thorp 1 0-1 2, Brooks 0 0-2 0, Cannon 0 0-2 0, Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 18-34 74.
McHugh 2 0-0 5, Harlow 4 3-6 11, Bubb 1 0-1 2, Demko 1 0-0 3, Sherkel 5 0-0 11, Frailey 1 0-2 2, Bailey 2 6-8 11, Krupa 1 0-1 2, Kovalick 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 9-18 49.
Three-pointers: Gardner, Bloom; McHugh, Demko, Sherkel, Bailey.
Score by Quarters
Curwensville 17 18 24 15-74
Moshannon Valley 12 8 17 12-49