Crusaders, Rams reach tourney finals

The Elk County Catholic Crusaders will meet the Johnsonburg Rams this evening at 8 p.m. in the finals of the ECCHS Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball Tournament.Elk Catholic advanced to the finals, rallying to beat the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen 51-43, while the Johnsonburg Rams rolled over the Ridgway Elkers 64-35.ECCHS vs. St. MarysThe first period of play saw the Dutch dominate the Crusaders as they opened an 18-7 lead. Elk Catholic outscored St. Marys 11-10 in the second period to cut the St. Marys lead to 28-18 at the half.In the third period, the Crusaders outscored the Dutch by a 14-7 margin, cutting the St. Marys lead to 35-32 with one quarter remaining.The final quarter saw the Crusaders outscore the Dutch by a 19-6 margin to win the game by a 51-43 margin.St. Marys scoring: Justin Beimel 12, Caleb Bennett 8, Quinn Cunningham 2, Sam Guido 6, Brandon Vollmer 6, Logan Gilmore 4, Shajuan Carrero 4.ECCHS scoring: Clayton Housler 15, Alex Herzing 14, Hank Cappiello 8, Jack Herzing 4, Ben Cortina 2, Brock McCullough 6, Shea Meyer 2.Ridgway vs. JohnsonburgThe Rams took a slim 5-4 first-period lead. In the second quarter, Johnsonburg outscored Ridgway by an 18-8 margin to take a 23-12 halftime lead.The third quarter saw the Rams score 25 points while holding Ridgway to 13 as Johnsonburg opened a 48-24 lead with one quarter remaining.The fourth quarter found Johnsonburg outscore the Elkers 16-11 to win the game 64-35.Johnsonburg scoring: Cameron Grumley 12, Cole Peterson 19, Frank Kocjancic 15, Mitchell Vallone 5, CJ Herbstritt 6, Kyle Sheldon 7.Ridgway scoring: Sam Rozelli 11, Damon Carlson 6, Tyler Stark 1, Keith Zawatski 4, Joe Jaques 13.