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ST. MARYS â€“ The Elk County Catholic Crusaders handed the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch a 67-47 District 9 League setback last night at the ECCHS gym.
The Crusaders were able to use a quick start to jump out to an 18-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play. The Dutch were never able to recover as the Crusaders went on for the victory.
â€śWe had a good start but I thought we played a little loose in the fourth quarter,â€ť said ECCHS coach Aaron Straub. â€śWe were shooting the ball pretty well and when you make them they are all good shots.â€ť
â€śThis team is working hard. Weâ€™re scrapping hard. When we make mistakes out inexperience shows but itâ€™s not for a lack of effort,â€ť said Straub. â€śWe have played 11 games and weâ€™re halfway through the season, and other than last week in Punxsy, I think the effort has been good.â€ť
The Crusaders were led by Brock McCullough with 23 points on 10 field goals and and a three for six night from the foul line. Clayton Housler had 17 points on six twos, one three and a two for four night from the foul line.
The Dutchmen were led by Justin Quiggle with 23 points on five twos, two threes and a seven for eight night from the foul line. Brandon Vollmer and Jimmy Werner were next with six points each.
â€śWeâ€™re definitely regressing since early in the season and thatâ€™s my responsibility,â€ť said St. Marys coach Mark Guido. â€śWe have to find a way to get the intensity back.â€ť
â€śGive Elk Catholic credit. They played better. They were the better team tonight,â€ť said Guido.
The Crusaders took a 4-0 lead on buckets by McCullough and Housler. Werner scored for the Dutch before Elk went on a 12-0 run. Housler scored on a putback with Cappiello hitting a three and converting a three-point play. McCullough and Housler both scored to make it 16-2 with 1:36 left in the quarter. Vollmer sank two foul shots for the Dutch with McCullough making the score 18-4 at the end of the first period.
Housler and Shajuan Carrero traded buckets to start the second quarter. Housler hit a two and Devin Constable hit a three as Elk went up 25-6. Sam Guido converted two foul shots before Housler converted two. Brandon Schlimm sank one of two foul shots for Elk. Justin Quiggle then connected on a trifecta. He added three foul shots to cut Elkâ€™s lead to 28-14. Ben Wortman scored on a putback to give Elk the 30-14 lead at the half.
Werner made the score 30-16 to start the second half. McCullough made one of two from the foul line and Wortman scored off a steal, 33-16. Quiggle sank two foul shots and Vollmer scored on a putback making the score 33-20. Housler and Quiggle traded buckets before Elk went on a 10-0 run as McCullough scored eight and Cappiello two, 45-22. Quiggle scored twice, 45-26. Housler hit a three and McCullough scored twice as Elk led 52-26 at the end of three quarters.
Werner made it 52-28 to start the fourth quarter. Constable hit a three for ECC with Quiggle hitting a two for the Dutch. McCullough scored for Elk. A three by Caleb Bennett and a two by Vollmer made it 57-35 with five minutes left in the game. In the closing minutes the Dutch outscored the Crusaders 12-10 making the final score 67-47 in favor of Elk Catholic.
The Crusaders are now 6-5 overall and 2-1 in District 9 League play. They are 2-1 in the AML North Division.
The Dutchmen are now 6-6 on the season and are 0-4 in District 9 League play.
Elk Catholic will play host to the Curwensville Golden Tide tonight. Junior varsity begins at 6 p.m. with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.
St. Marys returns to action tonight when they play host to the Punxsutawney Chucks in a District 9 League game. Junior varsity is set for 6 p.m. with varsity set for 7:30 p.m.