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West Branch boys upend Glendale, 66-57, in overtime
Friday, February 1, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
FLINTON - With the Glendale boys basketball team's furious start and West Branch's furious end that only meant one thing - an overtime frame to decide the winner.
The Warriors continued their momentum into that extra frame on Thursday, outscoring the Vikings 11-2 to take home the 66-57 victory.
"The kids came out and wanted this. We beat them the first time and they were going to be after us. We came out flat," said West Branch head coach Danny Clark. "The second quarter we picked it up. Brandon Zwick came in and hit some big shots for us. Nate Kerlin came in and played well. Those guys stepped up."
Glendale broke out to an 11-1 lead to start the game, led by two baskets each from Shea O'Donnell and Damon Braniff.
West Branch scored twice in the final minute of the first, as Zwick hit a 3 with 1:00 on the clock to give the Warriors their first bucket of the game.
Kody Trude added a jumper for West Branch, before O'Donnell closed it out with two free throws to give the Vikings a 13-6 lead after one.
Glendale led most of the next two quarters, as West Branch took the lead once in the second on another Zwick 3 late.
But the Vikings were never able to pull out to more than a 10-point lead and hold it, mainly due to the loss of O'Donnell, who picked up his third foul in the second quarter.
"We had a different game plan coming into this one from the last one," said Glendale head coach Ryan Pastva. "It worked out well early, and then they started to figure it out.
"You have to credit West Branch. They knocked down some shots. Parker (Emigh) hit some unbelievable stuff that I don't know if I would ever make in my life."
West Branch started to get things going again just before the end of the third, as it went on a 12-7 run just before the end of the quarter.
"We were down two at the half and then in the third quarter they came out and we were down 10 that quick," said Clark. "We kept it close. It was a back-and-forth game."
The Vikings ended up taking a 44-39 advantage into the fourth frame.
But it was Warriors who started to heat up, going on another 10-2 run to take a 50-46 lead.
"It was definitely a little different without Shea out there," said Clark. "The post presence was a big part of our game plan, and it wasn't there.
"I thought we made due. We fought back tooth-and-nail in the fourth quarter."
Glendale responded with five straight points to go back in front, 51-50 with just over a minute to play.
Mike Pennington gave West Branch back the lead with a 3, but was answered with a Braniff layup right as the clock hit 1:00 to go.
West Branch looked to take the lead again with 39 seconds left, but Austin Krise missed the his 1-and-1 and it was called Glendale ball out of bounds.
Krise redeemed himself quickly, pulling the ball from a Viking player and flipping it behind his back to a waiting Pennington to give the Warriors the 55-53 lead.
"Austin missed the 1-and-1 and he was down," Clark said. "I saw him hang his head. But, we went up to press and Austin takes it, passes it behind his back to Mike and we scored.
Unfortunately for West Branch, Glendale answered as O'Donnell tallied a putback to tie the score at 55-55.
The Warriors had one final chance at a bucket, but it clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime.
"The fourth quarter came and we came out and wanted it," said Clark. "We made a great comeback. I thought we were going to win it there in the fourth."
The overtime period was all West Branch, as Emigh tallied six of his 26 points in the frame, while Trude added five points to set the final at 66-57.
Emigh finished the night with 17 rebounds, while Trude netted 14 points and nine rebounds. Zwick tallied 11 points, while Kaiden Koch had seven rebounds.
Koch also had a great defensive play after turning the ball over in the extra frame with West Branch up by just four points.
"In overtime, Kaiden traveled, but he went right back down the court and took a charge," Clark said. "That's what I am talking about.
"These kids respond very well. When push came to shove, we wanted it. I'm so proud of these guys. They played their butts off."
Glendale's leading scorer was Braniff with 18 points. Marcus McCrae added 13 points and 11 rebounds. O'Donnell and Anthony Barnhart each had 11 points.
"Our guys fought hard," Pastva said. "I thought this was the best team game we played when we lost. We had a really good one against Williamsburg coming into this, and I think we are starting to warm up at the right time.
"It's a tough loss for the guys, but I'm proud of them. They played hard and I can't say enough about them."
West Branch improved to 8-9 overall, 5-0 in the Moshannon Valley League and 6-5 in the Inter-County Conference. The Warriors host Bellwood-Antis on Monday night.
Glendale dropped to 9-8 overall, 4-2 in the MVL and 3-7 in the ICC. The Vikings travel to Moshannon Valley on Monday.
In jayvee action, West Branch downed Glendale, 49-35. Zwick led the Warriors with 10, while Derrian Matchock paced the Vikings with 13.

West Branch-66
Emigh 9 6-10 26, Pennington 3 0-0 8, Rockey 0 0-0 0, Trude 2 9-12 14, A. Krise 1 0-2 2, Koch 1 0-0 2, Zwick 4 0-0 11, N. Kerlin 1 1-1 3. Totals: 21 16-25 66.
Braniff 7 1-3 18, McCrae 6 0-2 13, O'Donnell 4 3-6 11, Barnhart 4 1-2 11, Schultz 0 0-0 0, Witherow 2 0-1 4. Totals: 23 5-14 57.
Three-pointers: Zwick 3, Emigh 2, Pennington 2, Trude; Braniff 3, Barnhart 2, McCrae.
Score by Quarters
West Branch  6 21 12 16 11-66
Glendale     13 16 15 11  2-57

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