FLINTON – The Curwensville Golden Tide boys basketball team had won three straight before making the trip to Glendale Monday night. On the Vikings home court the Tide ran into a hot shooting host as Glendale came away with a 74-65 win.
The teams split the season series as Curwensville won the first time around in early December, 64-47. The loss has Curwensville standing at 6-8 while Glendale reached the .500 mark at 8-8 with the victory. After the Moshannon Valley League (MVL) contest was decided both squads have identical MVL records at 2-3.
Curwensville had three starters score in double figures while the Vikings had four. But none was bigger than Glendale freshman Tyler Jenny pouring in 18 points on the evening with nine in the second period and seven in the final frame. Just as impressive was the fact that Jenny made five of six free throws down the stretch in the final eight minutes.
Glendale senior Sam Yingling inched closer to 1,000 career points as he fueled Glendale with 22. Yingling is now just 33 points shy of the century mark in scoring. Brock Kauffman added 14 and Brett Hullihen had 10 for head coach Gregg Mazenko’s squad.
It was just a two point game at the half with Glendale up 37 to 35. The Vikings however came out strong to start the second sixteen minutes and actually built an 11 point lead at one time. On the night Glendale won every quarter to continue to build and protect their lead. The Tide had an 34-29 edge near the end of the first half only to see their hosts go on a eight to one run to take the lead into the locker room.
A note of interest was the fact that Glendale poured in 22 fourth quarter points and 14 came from the free throw line. The home team had only one other made free throw before the final period and that was in the third quarter. The Vikings shot 15 for 21 from the charity stripe with the visiting Tide hitting 13 of 17. Glendale made seven three’s and Curwensville four.
Tide junior guard Ben McGary had a great game in leading all scorers with 23 points, which included three treys. David Kalgren had 13 and Joey Palmer 12 for coach Matt Wassil’s Curwensville team. Palmer fouled out with 3:12 left in the game.
It was the first time Glendale has beaten coach Wassil in six games.
Glendale won the JV game 35-32.
The Tide will try to get back on the winning track when they travel to Brockway on Wednesday night. Curwensville beat the Rovers in December 59-42. Junior Varsity action starts at 6 pm with the varsity game immediately following.
CURWENSVILLE – David Kalgren 4 4-7 13, Ben McGary 9 2-2 23, Derek Dixon 2 0-0 4, Joey Palmer 5 2-2 12, Ryan Gardner 0 0-0 0, Sam Gardner 2 4-4 8, Jed Greslick 2 1-2 5. TOTALS – 24 13-17 65.
GLENDALE – Brock Kauffman 5 2-2 14, Sam Yingling 7 6-8 22, Brett Hullihen 4 1-2 10, Vance Kimberly 3 1-2 8, Tyler Jenny 6 5-7 18, Brad O’Donnell 1 0-0 2, Luke Westover 0 0-0 0. TOTALS – 26 15-21 74
THREE-POINTERS: Curwensville 4 – McGary 3 and Kalgren 1. Glendale 7 – Kauffman 2, Yingling 2, Hullihen 1, Kimberly 1 and Jenny 1.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
CURWENSVILLE 16 19 12 18 65
GLENDALE 17 20 15 22 74