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Crusaders advance to 9-A title game with win over DCC

March 2, 2011

Photo by Jim Mulcahy Elk Catholic’s Mitchel Haberberger, 35, drives past DuBois Central’s Chris Marshall, 11, during the second half of last night’s District 9 Class A semifinal game played at Clarion University. Haberberger finished the night with 15 points.

CLARION - The Elk County Catholic Crusaders advanced to the District 9 Class A championship game with a 58-47 victory over the DuBois Central Cardinals in a game played at the Waldo Tippin Gymnasium at Clarion University.
The Crusaders will now meet the Union Knights Saturday night at 8 p.m. at Clarion University for the D9-A title. DuBois Central will square off against North Clarion at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the consolation game set for Clarion University. Union got by North Clarion 49-47 last night at CUP.
The Crusaders were able to break open a close game midway through the fourth quarter, when they went on an 8-2 run to take a 55-39 lead with 1:53 left in the game.
“We got a little lackadaisical and sluggish in the second quarter,” said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub.
Defensively, we had a much better plan tonight than Saturday night with the post play. But the bottom line was that we made a couple of shots which changed the way they had to play defense.”
The Crusaders were led offensively by Darren Simons with 17 points on one two, four threes and a three-for-five night from the foul line. Mitchel Haberberger added 15 points on five field goals and a five-for-seven night from the foul line.
DuBois Central was led by Dan Fitzpatrick with 16 points on four twos, two threes and a two-for-three night from the foul line. Chris Marshall and Taylor Pentz each added 11 points. Pentz scored his points on three twos, a three and a two-for-two night from the foul line. Marshall scored his points on five field goals and a one-for-three night from the foul line.
The Crusaders outrebounded the Cardinals 24-20. Ben Daghir led ECC with seven points, while Marshall led DCC with 10 caroms.
Tyler Herzing and Fitzpatrick traded buckets to start the game. A field goal by Simons and two foul shots by Haberberger gave ECC the 6-2 lead. Pentz cut it to 6-4 before Pearsall hit a foul shot, Herzing a three and Pearsall a two, 12-4. Dan O’Connor scored for ECC, with Herzing scoring for Elk. Brad Gallagher scored to cut Elk’s lead to 14-8 at the end of one quarter.
Haberberger scored on a putback to make it 16-8. A bucket by A.J. Nesbit and a foul shot by O’Connor cut it to 16-11. Pearsall hit a three, giving ECC the 19-11 lead. DuBois Central went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 19. Luke Daghir’s field goal gave the Crusaders the 21-19 halftime lead.
Marshall opened the second half by tying the game at 21. Ben Daghir made it 23-21 before Pentz sank two foul shots, 23-23. A three by Pearsall made it 26-23. Marshall cut it to 26-25. Simons and Fitzpatrick traded threes. Ben Daghir scored on a putback and Herzing added a foul shot, 32-28. Marshall scored for DCC before Simons hit a three, 35-30. Pentz scored for DCC, 35-32. Haberberger sank a foul shot and Luke Daghir scored a field goal with five seconds left, 38-32. Pentz hit a three at the buzzer, 38-35.
Luke Daghir increased Elk’s lead to 40-35. Haberberger converted a three-point play, 43-35. Fitzpatrick sank a foul shot before Simons hit a three, 46-36. Marshall converted a foul shot, 46-37. Elk went on an 8-0 run as Haberberger scored six and Ben Daghir two, 54-37, with 2:48 left. Gallagher scored for DCC, 54-39. A foul shot by Haberberger made it 55-39 with 1:53 left. Fitzpatrick hit a three, 55-42. Marshall hit a field goal and Fitzpatrick converted a three-point play, 57-47. Simons made one of two from the foul line, making the final score 58-47 in favor of the Crusaders.
“Union is very well-coached, very scrappy. They will be charged up to play. We need to make sure we match their intensity,” Straub said.

Game notes
The Crusaders are now 23-4 on the season.

The Cardinals turned the ball over 20 times to Elk Catholic’s seven.

The Crusaders will meet the Union Knights Saturday night at 8 p.m., the nightcap of a six-game day at Clarion.

A.J. Nesbitt 1-0-0-0-2, Chris Marshall 5-0-1-3-11, Brock LaBue 0-0-0-0-0, Jake Krause 0-0-0-0-0, Brad Gallagher 2-0-0-0-4, Taylor Pentz 3-1-2-2-11, Dan O’Connor 1-0-1-1-3, Dan Fitzpatrick 4-2-2-3-16. Totals 16-3-6-9-47.

Ricky Pearsall 1-1-1-4-6, Tyler Herzing 2-1-1-5-8, Ben Crowe 0-0-0-0-0, Eric Wehler 0-0-0-0-0, Brandon Pollick 0-0-0-0-0, Caleb Lecker 0-0-0-0-0, Ben Wortman 0-0-0-0-0, Kevin Kraus 0-0-0-0-0, Michael Jacob 0-0-0-0-0, Darren Simons 1-4-3-5-17, Mitchel Haberberger 5-0-5-7-15, Ben Daghir 4-0-0-0-8, Luke Daghir 2-0-0-0-4, Josh Gebauer 0-0-0-0-0. Totals 15-6-10-21-58.

Score by quarters
DCCHS 8 11 16 12 47
ECCHS 14 7 17 20 58

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