Central Tech's Kareem Ferguson drills a long 3 in a 39-38 win over General McLane. GREG WOHLFORD/Erie Times-News
After suffering a tough loss to rival East on Saturday in the Meadville tournament championship, the Central Tech boys basketball team bounced back with a 39-38 win over General McLane. Senior Kareem Ferguson
didn’t score a point in 31 minutes before knocking down two crucial shots in the final 40 seconds. Ferguson hit an NBA-range 3-pointer before drilling a long jumper with 10.5 seconds left. Malik Brinson
led the Falcons with 15 points, while Lukas Hallett
scored 12 points for General McLane. Hallett had a desperation shot from three-quarters court at the buzzer but it hit off the rim. Click here for video highlights
of the non-region showdown.
•The basketball season is less than one week old and tonight will already feature a big-time boys doubleheader at the Hammermill Center. At 7 p.m., Cathedral Prep will make it season debut against 2-0 East. McDowell and Strong Vincent, which will also make its season debut, follow at 8:30 p.m. Prep was scheduled to play in Canada on Saturday before weather conditions prevented the Ramblers from making the trip. Prep won’t have an easy first game as East is coming off the Meadville tournament championship, including wins over Meadville and Central Tech. Strong Vincent will play its first game and has a young team. The Colonels have an interesting schedule to start the year with Class AA contender West Middlesex on Saturday and Erie First next week. McDowell split its two games at Bethel Park this past weekend and beat Meadville 67-50 on Tuesday. Michael Beck had 20 points in the win, while Dalton Grafius scored 16.
•A pair of contenders had big wins on Tuesday with the Fairview and Cochranton boys. Fairview looks like a strong contender in Class AA and routed Cambridge Springs 64-30. Marc Corbin scored 20 points and had four of the Tigers’ 10 3-pointers. Dan Dewey added 14 points on three 3-pointers for Fairview. Cochranton looks like a strong contender in Class A and handled Iroquois 51-33 on Tuesday. Logan Herzberger scored 13 points and Garrett Adams had 11 as the Cardinals improved to 3-0.
Cambridge Springs heavyweight Blaine Wolfrom picks up a 7-0 decision. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Jeff Bobin
•Cambridge Springs rolled to its first region win with a 57-16 win over Conneaut after going 4-1 this past weekend. The Blue Devils had six pins in the win, including Don Reichard
(145 pounds), Archie Loop
(152), Colton Noble
(170), Deven Simpson
(182), Hunter Cox
(195) and Zach Walker
(113). Cambridge Springs sits atop the Region 2 standings along with Greenville and Northwestern, which each had blowout wins on Tuesday.
•Corry and Eisenhower had the closes dual of the evening as the Beavers held on to win 39-35. Corry raced out to a 39-12 lead with five bouts left. Alex Suydan (220 pounds), Parker Curtis (113), Logan Munsee (120) and Jonathan Hammond (132) each had pins for the Beavers. Although Mark May lost by decision at 138 pounds, he clinched at least a tie for the Beavers with four bouts to go. After Eisenhower picked up 12 points on a pint and forfeit, Marquise Precha clinched the match by holding off a pin from Robbie Wilston at 160 pounds.
•McDowell wrestling pulled off one of the biggest wins in recent District 10 history on Tuesday. The Trojans beat Reynolds 30-25 in Transfer, which was the Raiders’ first home dual loss in 20 years. Keegan Fordyce clinched the McDowell win with a 7-6 decision at 120 pounds. “The kids stepped up tonight and did an unbelievable job,” said Tom Lenox, who made his debut as McDowell’s coach. “Every single one of them did their job and I’m very proud of them.” McDowell will look to carry that momentum over to the King of the Mountain tournament on Friday.