Curwensville boys upend Harmony, 55-37|
Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
WESTOVER - The Curwensville boys basketball team must not have forgotten what happened in their first meeting with Harmony on Dec. 18. After being down almost the entire game, the Owls took the lead in the last two minutes and held on to beat the Golden Tide by two.
Curwensville made sure the second meeting wouldn't become as tight of a contest, as hot shooting from the field in the second half led to 34 points to beat Harmony, 55-37 for its second win of the season.
"We played pretty well offensively," said Golden Tide head coach Shane Pentz. "In the first half, we were getting good shots. We just weren't able to knock them down.
"At halftime, we talked about if we can just make some of the shots that we were getting, we'd be okay in the second half. We started making some shots in the second half that we missed in the first, and that was the big difference."
"I really give a lot of credit to Curwensville," said Harmony head coach Doug Martz. "We played them pretty early in the season and I can really appreciate Coach Pentz and how hard he's worked, how hard his team has worked and how much progress I've seen out of that squad. I thought they played a really good ballgame tonight."
With the Owls up 5-2 in the middle of the first quarter, Curwensville ended the period outscoring Harmony 10-4 led by two lay ins from Austin Jacobson and a bucket each from Trey Rauckhorst and Tanner Elensky and a pair of free throws from Brett Gardner.
Jacobson came away with 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds on the night for the Tide.
"Austin is aggressive on rebounding when he's at his best," said Pentz. "That also creates some offense for him. He's started every game now and it seems like he's getting more and more rebounds and his offense is starting to come around. It's good to see out of Austin. He works hard."
The teams traded baskets throughout much of the second quarter.
With the Owls down two with just six seconds left in the half, the Golden Tide raced down the floor for a final shot and came away with a pair of free throws due to a blocking foul on Harmony just before the buzzer sounded. Elensky hit the free throws to send Curwensville into halftime leading 21-17.
The two free throws before the half proved to be a momentum changer for the Golden Tide, who opened the third quarter with six straight points in a minute.
"Instead of a 2-point game, it was a 4-point game," said Pentz. "After the half, we made a 3 pretty quickly to take it to seven. From there, we just expanded on that."
"It did give Curwensville momentum going into halftime," said Martz. "That was a jolt for them. We have nearly a tie game and we go in with that. It hurt us."
After going 7-for-11 on free throws in the first half, the Owls struggled from the foul line the rest of the game. The team made 5 of 15 freebies from the charity stripe in the second half to bring their total to 12-of-26 on the night.
"We didn't have the luck of the bounce tonight for sure," said Martz. "If we shoot foul shots tonight, we keep ourselves in the game and give ourselves a chance in the second half. It was our Achilles' heel. It took away any chance from us being in it against a team that has really improved."
Jacobson scored six points in the third quarter, while Elensky hit his first of two 3-pointers. Elensky finished the night with 17 points, while Gardner pitched in with 11.
"We run a pretty guard-oriented offense and those two can take advantage of some mismatches on some nights," said Pentz. "Tonight was a night we were able to get in the lane and make some shots. We got some steals. We got some layups. We got out in transition, and that's when they're at their best."
"Our guards were getting worn down tonight," said Martz. "It's a real tough mission to guard Gardner and Elensky for a full game. The guards put their heart into it, but I thought we were pretty well drained in the second half."
Curwensville outscored Harmony, 18-12, in the last stanza. Elensky put in five pints for the Tide, while Nate Young scored four points and Logan Sral splashed the only trey of the game for the Owls.
Young ended the game with 15 points and eight rebounds, despite running into foul trouble. Sral had 11 points and ripped down eight boards.
Curwensville won the junior varsity game, 31-21. Rauckhorst led the Tide with 12 points, while Brandon Fox led all scorers for Harmony with eight.
Curwensville improved to 2-12 overall and 2-4 in the Moshannon Valley League, while Harmony dropped to 5-10 and 3-3.
Both teams are back in action tomorrow evening. Curwensville travels to Brookville, while the Owls entertain Brockway.
Gardner 3 5-7 11, Johns 2 0-0 4, Elensky 6 3-5 17, Olson 2 0-0 4, Jacobson 5 1-2 11, Rauckhorst 2 0-0 4, Bloom 0 2-2 2, Kurtz 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 2-2 2, Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Thorp 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 13-18 55.
Novella 1 0-3 2, Young 5 5-7 15, Sral 4 2-4 11, Lucas 1 0-0 2, Kurtz 1 0-0 2, Fritz 0 2-6 2, Hugill 0 2-2 2, Fox 0 1-4 1, Nalley 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 12-26 37.
Three-pointers: Elensky 2; Sral.
Score by Quarters
Curwensville 12 9 16 18-55
Harmony 9 8 8 12-37