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Jones scores 1,000th point in Jan. 20 victory

by on January 23, 2020 2:26 PM

WINGATE — It was the Jaden Jones show on Jan. 20 when Bald Eagle Area hosted the Bucktail Bucks.

Jones, who was a star on the gridiron this past fall, showed he has skills on the hardwood too. The senior scored 19 points in the 79-51 victory, and became the sixth BEA player to reach the 1,000-point plateau after he dropped in a layup early in the third quarter. The last Eagle to accomplish the feat was Brandon Getting in 2015.

Nate Hoover and Nick Maynard were also in double figures in the game with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Three days before, on Jan. 17, BEA visited Clearfield, which was not a very productive destination for Centre County basketball teams during the past week.

The Bison chalked up victories over Bellefonte on Jan. 15 and then over Bald Eagle Area, 59-42.

The Bald Eagles came into the game with The Bison with two wins in their last three games and were looking to extend that streak.

Clearfield however was not in a very sharing mood. The Bison went on a 7-2 run just before halftime to take a 23-17 lead and then slowly built on that in the 17-point victory.

Beside the usual production by high-scoring Karson Rumsky and Cade Walker, Clearfield got double-digit scoring from three other players and the balance was too much for BEA to account for.

Jaden Jones and Nate Hoover scored 13 points each for BEA, while Nick Maynard added 11.

BEA, now 4-9 for the season, will continue with Mountain League games at Penns Valley on Jan. 24 and at Philipsburg-Osceola on Jan. 29.

BELLEFONTE

The Bellefonte boys’ basketball team recorded its third-straight win over a non-conference foe on Jan. 13 with a 44-40 victory over St. Marys.

Yet when the Raiders have faced off against Mountain League rivals, things have not gone so well.

On Jan. 17 at home, Bellefonte took on league-leading Tyrone, and after a relatively close first quarter, the Golden Eagles got very hot.

They outscored Bellefonte 48-24 in the middle 16 minutes of the game on the way to an 80-42 win.

Brandon Lucas had 21 points for Tyrone and Damon Gripp added 19 in the Golden Eagles’ 11th victory of the year against just one loss.

Ben McCartney scored 18 points for Bellefonte and Isaiah Nadolsky added 12 in the loss.

Two days before that, on Jan. 15, the Raiders were involved in a much closer affair at Clearfield, but the results, unfortunately, were the same.

Clearfield broke open a close game before halftime with a 16-6 run and then held on from there for a 58-51 win over the Red Raiders.

Cade Walker and Karson Rumsky each netted 15 points for the Bison, who improved their record to 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain League.

McCartney poured in 30 for Bellefonte, including four three-pointers, and Nadolsky added 15.

The two losses put the Raiders’ record at 4-8 overall and 1-6 in the league.

Next up in the conference will be games against Central on Jan. 24 and Penns Valley on Jan. 29.

PENNS VALLEY

The Penns Valley Rams played three home games in the past week and won two of them.

Sounds normal, but it is difficult to describe — much less understand — how improbably one-sided each of those games were.

First, there was a visit from Philipsburg-Osceola on Jan. 15. P-O came in with a 6-6 record and with some impressive victories, but the Rams dominated the game from start to finish in a 67-29 victory.

Logan Snyder scored 18 points and Zach Braucht dropped in 13 while the Rams held the Mounties to just 11 field goals on the night.

And P-O’s high-scoring, 6-foot-6 forward Ryan Whitehead was held without a point.

Two nights later, it was the exact opposite against a very good Central team. The Dragons held PV to just four first-half points — it was 21-4 at halftime — and held on for a 47-26 victory.

Snyder scored seven points, Braucht had five and no one on the Ram roster broke into double figures.

Central upped its record to 10-5 with the win, and the game would have to count as its best defensive effort of the season.

If the Rams were sulking after the Central loss, it didn’t show against Bellwood-Antis on Jan. 20.

Snyder and Braucht were back, and joined by Jon Aston, the Rams took a few defensive ideas from Central and crushed B-A 71-19.

Aston and Snyder each scored 18 points and Braucht had 15 as PV led 16-6 at the end of the first quarter and 33-12 at halftime. A 14-2 run in the third quarter sewed it up for PV and improved the Rams’ record to 9-6 on the season.

Coming down the stretch now, PV has two important Mountain League games coming up: BEA on Jan. 24 and Bellefonte on Jan. 29.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA

The improvement was obvious compared to P-O’s loss at Penns Valley on Jan. 15, but the Mounties still could not keep up with 11-1 Huntingdon.

The Bearcats slowly edged ahead with a big second quarter and rode that to an 80-63 win over the Mounties.

Huntingdon now is still just one game behind undefeated Tyrone in the Mountain League standings, but the win over P-O was by no means easy.

Tyler Doyle scored 32 points for Philipsburg and Ryan Whitehead had 21 as the Mounties kept pace. But Huntingdon’s balance — four players in double figures — told the story and P-O fell to 6-7 for the season.

Next up for the Mounties will be a home contest against Clearfield on Jan. 24 before a road game against Moshannon Valley on Jan. 27.

SAINT JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC ACADEMY

There were reasons to celebrate at St. Joseph’s Academy on Senior Night.

The Wolfpack took on Harmony, and after some tense moments and a big Harmony rally, SJCA ultimately prevailed, 65-58, for its second win of the season.

The Owls, down by 16 at halftime, rallied to tie the score at 43 in the second half. Brendan Scanlon and Aidan Cross were able to restore order and lead the Wolfpack down the stretch.

Scanlon finished the night with 32 points, while Cross had 19 and Noah Straub added 11.

It was the second victory in a row for St. Joe’s, and the Wolfpack will next travel to Jersey Shore on Jan. 24 and then to United on Jan. 27.

STATE COLLEGE

The State College Little Lions lost their fifth Mid Penn Commonwealth game in a row at Chambersburg, 55-42, on Jan. 17.

The loss dropped SC’s record to 4-11 overall, with five conference games remaining on the schedule: at Harrisburg (Jan. 24), Mifflin County (Jan. 27), Altoona (Jan. 29), Carlisle (Feb. 4) and at Central Dauphin (Feb. 7).

 



Pat Rothdeutsch covers Penn State football for The Centre County Gazette. Email him at [email protected]
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