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Elk Catholic's Crusaders recorded a big victory on Thursday evening when they handed the previously undefeated DuBois Central Cardinals a 69-64 overtime loss at the Aaron J. Straub Gym on the Elk Catholic campus. Ben Daghir's three-point shot at the buzzer tied the game at 54-all at the end of regulation, then the Crusaders outscored the Cardinals 15-10 in the OT to win the game.
"This was a good win against a very good team," stated Coach Aaron Straub of the Crusaders. "I am very happy with the way we played tonight. We played a very aggressive ball game, both on offense and defense."
"There is a fine line between winning and losing and tonight we found a way to cross over that line and pick up the victory. We played very well in the first half but in the second half we slipped a little, but rebounded in the overtime period to win this very big game.
"We shot the ball from the foul line a lot better tonight and did a good job on the board against a taller DuBois Central squad. This was a big win for us and gave us some momentum to take into the Holiday Tournament next week."
Elk Catholic had four players in double figures on Thursday. Tyler Herzing led the way with 17 points, followed by Ricky Pearsall with 15 points and Darren Simons and Ben Daghir each scoring 12 points. Rounding out the scoring for the Crusaders were Luke Daghir and Mitchel Haberberger with four points each, Eric Wehler with three points and Josh Gebauer with two points.
DuBois Central also had four players in double figures, with Chris Marshall and Jake Krause each scoring 15 points and Taylor Pentz and David Gangwere with 10 points each. Brad Gallagher added eight for the Cardinals, while Dan O'Connor had four and Dan Fitzpatrick two points.
DuBois Central took a 2-0 lead at the start of the game on a bucket by Gallagher. Pearsall tied it seconds later and Haberberger gave Elk the lead, 4-2, with two foul goals. A trey by Krause made it 5-4, but Elk responded with two foul goals by Pearsall and field goals by Haberberger and Pearsall to make it 10-5. A DCC bucket was answered by an L. Daghir field goal. Pentz and Simons traded fielders, then Krause and Herzing traded fielders, 16-11. B. Daghir hit a trey for Elk, but DCC answered with a three-point play to make it 19-14 Elk at the end of one.
Pearsall hit a foul goal and B. Daghir a field goal to open the second period, 22-14. A DCC foul goal was answered by a field goal and two foul goals by Pearsall, 26-15. Gallagher and Herzing exchanged field goals, then Marshall scored for DCC, but Herzing responded with a trey to make it 31-19. Herzing added another field goal to make it 33-19, but DuBois Central scored the final four points of the half to make the halftime score ECCHS 33, DuBois Central 23.
Wehler opened the third quarter with a bucket for Elk, 35-23, but DuBois Central scored the next 14 points to take a 37-35 lead over Elk County. Pearsall tied the game at 37- all, then Marshall and Pearsall traded buckets, 39-all. Marshall hit another field goal, but Simons answered with a trey to give Elk a 42-41 lead. DCC scored the final two points of the period to take a 43-42 lead into the final period.
Herzing put Elk up 44-43 at the start of the final period, but Marshall and Fitzpatrick both hit field goals to give DCC a 47-44 lead. Pearsall made two foul goals and Simons one to tie the game at 47-all. B. Daghir hit a field goal and Herzing a foul goal to give Elk a 50-47 lead. DCC answered with two field goals and a foul goal to take a 52-50 lead. Wehler cut it to 52-51, but two foul goals by DCC made it 54-51 with time running out in the game. Just before the buzzer sounded to end the game, L. Daghir hit a trey to tie the game at 54-all and force it into overtime.
Herzing put Elk up 56-54 at the start of the OT, then Simons and Herzing both hit two foul goals to give Elk a six-point, 60-54 lead. DuBois cut it to 60-56, but L. Daghir scored to push it back to six, 62-56. Two foul goals by DCC were answered by two by Simons, 64-58. DuBois cut the lead to 64-60, but Herzing added a foul goal and B. Daghir two foul goals to push the lead to seven, 67-60. DuBois cut it to 67-69. Simons pushed it back up to 69-62 with 10 seconds left. The Cardinals scored the final bucket of the game at the buzzer, but the Crusaders held on to win the game 69-64.
Elk out-rebounded the Cardinals 28-26 with Pearsall leading the way with seven, followed by B. Daghir with six and Simons with five. Marshall led the DuBois boys with eight rebounds.
The Crusaders are now 3-2 on the season and will return to action on Wednesday in the opening round of the Elk County Holiday Tournament. The Crusaders will take on the St. Marys Area Flying Dutchmen in the 6:30 p.m. game. The 8 p.m. game will pit the Ridgway Elkers against the Johnsonburg Rams.
DuBois Central 64
Chris Marshall 7-0-1-2-15, Jake Krause 5-1-2-4-15, Brad Gallagher 4-0-0-0-8, Taylor Pentz 4-0-2-2-10, Dan Fitzpatrick 1-0-0-0-2, A. J. Nesbitt 0-0-0-0-0, Brock LaBue 0-0-0-0-0, David Gangwere 3-0-4-5-10, Dan O'Connor 2-0-0-1-4. Totals. 26-1-9-14-64
Elk Catholic 69
Ricky Pearsall 4-0-7-11-15, Tyler Herzing 5-1-4-9-17, Eric Wehler 1-0-1-2-3, Darren Simons 1-1-7-8-12, Josh Gebauer 1-0-0-0-2, Ben Crowe 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchel Haberberger 1-0-2-2-4, Ben Daghir 2-2-2-2-12, Luke Daghir 2-0-0-1-4. Totals 17-4-23-35-69.
Score by quarters
DCC 14 9 20 11 10 64
ECC 19 14 9 12 15 69
ECC JVs win
The Elk County Catholic JVs picked up a victory in the preliminary game as they defeated the DuBois Central JVs by a 44-39 score.
The DuBois Central squad went out to a 10-8 lead in the opening quarter of play, then pushed their lead to seven points at the end of the half as they outscored Elk 17-12 to take a 27-20 lead.
The third quarter found the Crusaders battling back as they outscored DCC 18 to 3 to take a 38-30 lead into the final period of play. DuBois Central outscored Elk 9-6 in the final period, but it wasn't enough as the Crusaders held on to win 44-39.
DCC scoring: Kragewski 8, Fasshachet 3, Heigel 6, Sette 10, Park 1, LaParne 3, Crag 8.
ECCHS scoring: Clayton Housler 19, Mitchell O'Neill 0, Alex Herzing 0, Devin Constable 2, Hank Cappiello 7, Scott Reichard 0, Jack Herzing 6, Ben Cortina 2, Mitchell Gahr 0, Brock McCullough 6, Shea Meyer 2.