Second Half Comeback Fuels Glendale Over Golden Tide, 57-53

CURWENSVILLE – The Glendale boys basketball team moved above .500 on the 2012-13 season by beating Curwensville Wednesday night, 57-53, with an inspiring second half comeback on the Golden Tide’s home floor.

The victory has the Vikings sitting at 4-3 overall, 3-0 in Moshannon Valley League (MVL) play, and the Golden Tide still winless at 0-6 and 0-3 in MVL action.

Trailing by 16, 43-27, in the middle of the third quarter, the Vikings went on a 30-10 run to finish the game and pick up the big league win.

The comeback was fueled by eight second half three pointers by Glendale, three each by senior Damon Braniff and sophomore Anthony Barnhart.  Braniff  led all scorers on the night with a game high 21 points.

After Glendale took a 10-8 lead into the second quarter the Tide came alive with eight points from junior Austin Jacobson.  The offensive effort by Jacobson had Curwensville up by four points at the half, 23-19.

The third eight minutes of action was the best Curwensville has played all season, as the Tide outscored the Vikings 23-16 to go into the final frame with an 11 point margin, 46-35.

At one point in the third, junior guard Tanner Elensky made it 43-27 in favor of Curwensville.  And then the Vikings started to chip away.

Glendale actually cut the lead to 43-35 on a bucket by Marcus McRae before the Tide’s Brett Gardner hit a trey at the buzzer to put the home team up by double digits, 46-35, after three quarters were in the books.

With six three’s in the fourth quarter the Vikings would outpoint host Curwensville 22-7 to pull out the come from behind victory.

Curwensville would have a 51-46 lead with 4:15 remaining in the battle only to have McRae send the Vikings out in front for good , 54-53, with a bucket at the 2:30 mark.

The Tide would not score again as Glendale would hit three of six free throws to finish Curwensville 57-53.

Barnhart ended the night with 14 tallies, whileMcRae added 13 points for the Vikings.

The Golden Tide were paced by Gardner with 15 and Jacobson adding 12.

A disappointed Tide head coach, Shane Pentz, spoke afterwards, saying, “We haven’t played in about two weeks and it certainly showed in this game. Our legs were heavy tonight and for some reason we stopped guarding their shooters. We were just leaving Glendale’s shooters wide open by letting them catch and shoot. And they knocked a bunch of three-pointers down”

Glendale, which made 10 treys during the game, went to the free throw line 24 times, making nine, while the Tide was four of six from the charity stripe.

The junior varsity game also went to the Vikings, as they beat the Tide 29-27 on a bucket at the buzzer in the evening’s first contest.

Curwensville will play at DuBois Central Catholic on Friday night at 7:30 pm.

The Vikings will travel to Allport on Friday to play the West Branch Warriors in a key Moshannon Valley League game starting at 7:30 pm.

GLENDALE — 57

Damon Braniff  7 3-7 21,  Marcus McCrae 5 1-6 13,  Anthony Barnhart 5 0-0 14,  Shea O’Donnell 1 3-7 5,  Dakota Sinclair 1 2-4 4,  Gary Witherow 0 0-1 0,  Matt Schultz 0 0-0 0, TOTALS  -  19    9-25   57.

CURWENSVILLE —  53

Brett Gardner 5 4-6 15,  Kyle Johns 2 0-0 4,  Tanner Elensky 4 0-1 9,  Alex Olson 3 0-0 6,  Austin Jacobson 6 0-0 12,  Marcus Stephenson 0 0-0 0,  Trey Rauckhorst 2 0-0 4,  Justin Brooks 0 0-0 0,  Nate Kurtz 1 0-0 3,  Jason Thorpe 0 0-0 0, TOTALS  -   23   4-7   53.

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

GLENDALE 10 9 16 22 57

CURWENSVILLE 8 15 23 7 53

THREE-POINTERS: Gardner, Elensky, Kurtz, Braniff 4, Barnhart 4, McRae 2

OFFICIALS: Bill Zupich,  Marvin Martell

Golden Tide Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/07 @ Clearfield ppd. 0 – 0
12/10 @ Clearfield 37 – 42 0 – 1
12/11 @ Brockway 32 – 45 0 – 2
12/14 RIDGWAY 37 – 59 0 – 3
12/17 @ West Branch 56 – 68 0 – 4
12/18 HARMONY 60 – 62 0 – 5
12/21 KANE ppd. 0 – 5
01/02 GLENDALE 53 – 57 0 – 6
01/04 @ DuBois Central
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