CHS Improves Record to 9-3
January 16, 2020
The Central Dragons visited Tussey Mountain on Dec. 23. In a tight and hard-fought game at Tussey Mountain on Dec. 23, the Central boys’ basketball team came up one point shy, falling 58-57.
The Dragons took a slim 16-14 lead after one quarter and led 37-34 at halftime. The Titans consistently hit long three-point shots to keep the game close.
The defenses took control after intermission with Tussey Mountain outscoring the Dragons 16-12 to lead by a point entering the final eight minutes. Both teams were held to eight points in the final quarter with Tussey surviving.
For the game, Braden Kitt tallied a season-high 33 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Fellow senior Jacob Eberlin also corralled eight boards. The Dragons shot 23 of 53 from the field compared to 21 of 40 for their hosts. Tussey finished with an impressive 8 of 11 from long range.
The Central Dragon basketball hosted three opponents last week, two from the Mountain League, and came out unblemished with three victories. The wins give the Dragons a 9-3 record on the season.
On Jan. 6, the Dragons welcomed Bellwood and defeated the Blue Devils 56-38. Bellwood took a 12-11 first-quarter lead and trailed just 23-20 at halftime. The Dragon defense took over after intermission, holding Bellwood to 18 points while scoring 33 of their own.
Senior Braden Kitt paced the offense with 23 points and scored 14 of the Dragons’ 20 third-quarter points. Senior Jacob Eberlin added eight, sophomore Devon Boyles six and senior Jason Ferry five.
On Jan. 7, it was Philipsburg-Osceola entering the Dragons’ den. P-O played a solid first half and trailed just 30-22 at the half. It was all Dragons after intermission with the Dragons flexing their muscles on the way to a 69-44 victory.
Devon Boyles paced 11 Dragon scorers with 16 points, including 6 of 7 from the charity stripe. Lleyton Kling added a season-high 12 points, while Braden Kitt scored nine. Jacob Eberlin scored seven, Colby Liebal 6, Eli Lingenfelter six and Tyrell Rolle five.
The third game of the week, on Jan. 10, turned out to be the stiffest contest as Clearfield (6-4) visited. The visitors led 14-11 after one quarter and 27-21 at the half.
After a few defensive changes, the Dragons began to cut into Clearfield’s lead. Central trailed by just two entering the final quarter and tied the game with a late basket, sending the game into overtime. The teams combined to miss eight consecutive foul shots down the stretch, but once OT arrived it was all Dragons, as Central outscored the Bisons 10-2 to take the 51-43 victory.
Jacob Eberlin led the Dragon offense with a season-high 15 points, followed by Braden Kitt with 10. Lleyton Kling added eight and teammates Hunter Klotz and Devon Boyles six apiece.
“Three wins in a week is great, especially after losing three of four,” Central coach Paul Frederick said. “It looks like we’re back on track. We played great in all three games during the second half. Now we need to get off to better starts. The Clearfield game was a nice win for us. We struggled shooting and at the line but our defense stood strong.”