Golden Tide Stung by Freeport Yellowjackets, 85-54

FREEPORT — Unable to cope with Freeport’s pressure defense, the Curwensville Area High School boys basketball  team was tagged with an 85-54 loss in its Freeport Holiday Tournament debut Thursday evening.

“They pressed the whole game, and we knew that was coming, but we didn’t handle it as well as we should have,” Golden Tide coach Matt Wassil said.

The Yellowjackets, who owned a deceiving 2-6 record, including a 53-51 loss to an undefeated Indiana team ranked No. 3 in WPIAL Class AAAA by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, outscored the Golden Tide in every quarter.

Curwensville (3-2) hung around in the first half, trailing by 31-23 at the break.

“We had a slow start, but we battled back,” Wassil said. “They just had too many scoring opportunities off our turnovers, and they shot the ball better than we did.”

Freeport kept the full court press on to rack up 27 points in each of the last two periods.

Christian Bakaysa was the big gun for the Golden Tide with 22 points, including three 3-pointers.

For the Yellowjackets, 6-2 senior forward Ben Beale poured in 28 points, with a dozen coming from behind the arc, while point guard Jalen Brown and Damon Shiring added 14 and 12, respectively.

Curwensville will play Mercyhurst Prep (4-4) in the consolation game Friday at 5 p.m. and Freeport will test unbeaten Eden Christian Academy (7-0) of Pittsburgh for the tourney championship.

CURWENSVILLE — 54

Devan Barrett 4 0-0 8, Josh Terry 4 1-2 9, Avery Francisco 1 0-1 2, Christian Bakaysa 8 3-6 22, Noah VonGunden 0 0-0 0, Nick Stewart 1-4 1, Nate McKenrick 1 0-0 3, Dakota Bloom 3 1-2 9, Jeremy Irwin 0 0-0 0, Jordan Demko 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 21 6-15 54.

FREEPORT — 85

Brody Cowan 3 1-2 7, Jalen Brown 5 3-9 14, Isiah Bauman 1 1-2 3, Gavin Skradski 2 5-6 9, Garret Shaffhauser 2 0-0 5, Aidan Skradski 1 0-0 3, Damon Shiring 5 1-2 12, Ben Beale 9 6-8 28, Plocki 1 0-0 2, Anthony Aulicino 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 30 17-29 85.

Three-Point Field Goals — Curwensville 6 (Bakaysa 3, McKenrick 1, Bloom 2); Freeport 8 (Brown 1, Schaffhauser 1, A. Skradski 1, Shiring 1, Beale 4).

Score by Quarters

Curwensville   15    8  12  19  –  54
Freeport            21 10  27  27  –  85

Golden Tide Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/08 @ Clearfield 52 – 54 0 – 1
12/11 WEST BRANCH 57 – 54 ot 1 – 1
12/15 @ Mo Valley 61 – 49 2 – 1
12/20 GLENDALE 82 – 47 3 – 1
12/28 @ Freeport Tourney
12/28 vs. Freeport 54 – 85 3 – 2
12/29 @ Freeport Tourney
12/29 vs. Mercyhurst Prep
01/03 @ Ridgway
01/05 BROCKWAY
01/09 DUBOIS CENTRAL CATH
01/11 HARMONY
01/16 @ Elk County Catholic
01/19 KANE
01/22 MO VALLEY
01/23 RIDGWAY
01/26 @ Brockway
01/31 @ Glendale
02/02 JOHNSONBURG
02/06 @ DuBois Central Catholic
02/07 @ West Branch
02/09 @ Sheffield
02/12 CLEARFIELD
02/14 @ Harmony
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