Meadville Tribune

Sports

December 28, 2012

St. Francis rises up to beat Cardinals

MEADVILLE — Unfortunately for the Cochranton boys basketball team, a game consists of four quarters.For the first three quarters on Thursday night, the Cardinals (4-3) were hanging around with the defending Sertoma Holiday Tournament champion, St. Francis Catholic (Canada), before falling to the Phoenix 67-47 in the opening game of the 2012 Sertoma Club Holiday Tournament at the House of Thrills. The Cardinals were outscored 18-6 in the final quarter.

“We just couldn’t find a rhythm or get anything going,” Cochranton first year head coach Scott McCurdy said. “No excuses on our end but if we stepped up and played a little harder things could have been different. We just didn’t show up to play and they did.”

Cochranton will look to salvage a win in the tournament tonight when they face Seneca, a 69-48 loser to host Meadville in the night cap.

Things got off to a shaky start on the Cardinals’ first possession as Alex Custead was forced into a tie up, resulting in the first turnover of the game. The Phoenix would take advantage on a 3-pointer by Thomas Lalande, giving St. Francis a 3-0 lead.

Alex Custead would score his only two points of the game off an inbounds play to bring the Cardinals to within one. Lalande would prove to be the sharpshooter to watch early on, drilling his second three in as many possessions.

The Phoenix showed their aggressive nature as they implemented the full-court press from the start. The press seemed to force the Cardinals hand, creating turnovers and ill-advised shots.

“The press hasn’t bothered us all year,” McCurdy said. “Usually it generates some good shots for us but it just wasn’t happening. We just couldn’t get everyone on the same page on both ends of the court.”

The press and a mix of St. Francis’ senior Patrick Pilato was a bad combination for the Cardinals. Halfway through the first quarter, Pilato decided to take over the game. Whatever he wanted to do, the Cochranton defense could not find a way to stop him.

Pilato scored 22 of his 32 points in the first half, including going 13-for-14 from the free throw line.

There were a few key moments in the game that Cochranton had an opportunity to get themselves back in the game. Late in the first quarter, senior Jed Villamar provided a spark off the bench with his quick 4-0 spurt.

Villamar would pick the pocket of the Phoenix point guard and raced down the court for an easy lay in. On the Cardinals’ next possession, Villamar would showcase a nifty wrap around move from underneath the basket to cut the deficit to 18-13 after the first quarter.

Cochranton would exchange buckets back-and-forth with St. Francis for the majority of the second quarter. Junior Nick Dickson would pull the Cardinals to within two on a nifty fake leading to an easy layup. Like they had all game, the Phoenix had an answer for the Cardinals’ run. After a Connor Dick layup to increase the lead back to four, Pilato’s drained a 3-pointer to give the Phoenix a comfortable margin at seven.

Another three by Pilato increased the lead to 10 with less than a minute remaining in the half. That is when the luck turned to the Cardinals’ side. With time running out, Cochranton’s Andy Saunier found himself trapped before throwing up a prayer just behind the 3-point line, only to see it bank in at the buzzer.

“I didn’t know how much time was left and I heard everyone screaming,” Saunier said. “I kind of just chucked it up and banked it in. It was lucky for sure.

Whatever luck remained for the Cardinals was gone at the start of the second half. Cochranton was never able to make a run to close the gap.

The Cardinals were able to cut the deficit back to five when Dickson hit a rainbow three, but had trouble stopping the Phoenix on defense. Pilato and Dick would make back-to-back shots to increase the lead to 49-41 with one quarter remaining.

That is when the wheels fell of for Cochranton. The fourth quarter collapse gave way to any comeback attempt the Cardinals had in mind.

Besides Pilato, Dick and Lalande also reached double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

For the Cardinals, Dickson was the only player to reach double digits with 12 points.

“For whatever reason we just didn’t come to play,” McCurdy said. “We need to learn from it and put it behind us. We will show up mentally ready to play tomorrow. You will see a different Cardinal team. Win or lose, there will be a lot better effort on both ends of the court. Our guys will be on the same page tomorrow.”

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Celebration District 1 captures East Region title in rout

    Everyone has a dream.
    For Cochranton’s Sam Kinter that dream was to one day emulate the youngsters she watched on television taking part in the Little League World Series.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in first NFL camp

    Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.

    July 31, 2014

  • SLIDESHOW: A look back at the 2003 World Series team

    Click image for slideshow

    With the D1 team heading to this year's World Series we thought it would be fun to look back at the 2003 team who went to Kentucky.

    July 31, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 claims spot in Senior League World Series

    District 1 will represent the East in the Senior League Softball World Series which begins Sunday in Sussex County, Delaware.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 District 1 girls enjoy day off

    It was a tense day for many of the teams participating in the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks