MONITEAU ROMPS PAST PORT ALLEGANY
Feb. 23 - District 9 Class AA Boys' Semifinals at Clarion University
By Chris Rossetti
CLARION – Third-seeded Moniteau used a 27-4 run from late in the second quarter until midway through the third quarter to break open a close game and get a 72-44 win over second-seeded Port Allegany in the District 9 Class AA boys’ basketball semifinals Monday night at Clarion University’s Tippin Gym.
The Warriors, who now play Keystone in the title game at 8 p.m. Saturday at Clarion University, led by just a point, 18-17, before going on a 9-0 run that turned into a half-ending 14-4 run that gave them a 32-21 lead at the break.
The Warriors then came out and scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to go ahead 45-21.
The pivotal moment of the third-quarter run occurred with Moniteau already up 39-21 following two straight fast-break baskets. The Warriors looked poised to make it three straight fast-break scores when Port Allegany’s Claude Haskins fouled Moniteau’s Tyler Hempfling at mid-court and was called for an intentional foul. That started a sequence that saw the Warriors score six straight points without relinquishing the basketball.
First, Hempfling hit his two free throws to make it a 20-point lead at 41-21. Then Hempfling scored on a jumper to make it 43-21. On the basket, Haskins was called for another foul going for a potential rebound giving Moniteau the ball back. Tyler Grossman then made the Gators pay by connecting on a shot to make the score 45-21.
Port Allegany finally got its first basket of the second half on a shot by Jeremy Niece at the 4:03 mark, but the Gators found themselves trailing 51-28 at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Moniteau kept threatening to invoke the 30-point mercy rule, but Port Allegany kept the deficit in the mid-20’s for most of the quarter.
The game started out tight with the score knotted at nine late in the first quarter before Moniteau finished the quarter with a 3-0 spurt to take a 12-9 lead.
Ryan Rumbaugh paced the Warriors in the opening eight minutes scoring eight of his 10 points in the quarter.
Meanwhile, Haskins hit a couple of long-range three’s while scoring seven points to carry Port Allegany in the opening eight.
Moniteau came out in the second quarter and quickly got the lead to 15-9 on a three-pointer by Hempfling and then went ahead 18-11 on a three by Grossman. But Port Allegany fought back to cut the lead to 18-17 thanks to another three by Haskins before Moniteau finished the half on the big run.
In the second quarter, Grossman started to take over the game for Moniteau scoring 10 of his game-high 24 points in the quarter. Hempfling, who finished with 21 tallies and Scott Wiest each added five points.
Haskins continued to carry the load for Port Allegany scoring five more of his team-high 17 in the second quarter.
But Moniteau kept Port Allegany’s second leading scorer Craig Flint quite in the first half limiting him to just two points in the half and 10 for the game.
In the third quarter it was Hempfling’s turn to shine for Moniteau netting eight points in the quarter with Grossman chipping in with four more to help Moniteau outscored Port Allegany 19-7 in the quarter. Flint came alive a bit for Port Allegany scoring five of their seven points in the quarter.
It was Hempfling again netting eight more points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors close out the game. Grossman added seven in the frame for Moniteau, while Haskins, playing in his last high-school game, had five for Port Allegany with Willie Bova chipping in with four.
NOTES – Port Allegany’s loss meant an 0-3 performance for the Northern Tier League’s boys’ basketball teams in this year’s playoffs … Since 1995-96, NTL boys’ teams are just 17-38 against non-NTL competition in the playoffs including 7-27 since 1998-99 … Moniteau will be looking for its first-ever District 9 boys’ basketball title Saturday … The Warriors last appeared in the title game in 2001-02 losing to Karns City 69-48 … That is the only championship game Moniteau has appeared in since at least 1971-72 (which is where District 9 records list both the runner-up and champion).
MONITEAU 72, PORT ALLEGANY 44
Score by Quarter
Moniteau 12 20 19 21 – 72
Port Allegany 9 12 7 16 – 44
MONITEAU – 72
Ryan Rumbaugh 5 0-0 10, Tyler Hempfling 8 4-6 21, Ross Brown 1 0-1 2, Matt Schandelmeier 0 0-0 0, Cody Campbell 0 1-2 1, Eric Hilliard 1 0-0 3, Nick Dolak 1 0-0 2, Scott Wiest 3 2-4 9, Tyler Grossman 9 2-4 24, Matt Buczkowski 0 0-0 0, Garth Kohlmeyer 0 0-0 0, Robb Flick 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 9-17 72.
PORT ALLEGANY – 44
Willie Bova 2 3-4 7, Craig Flint 4 1-2 10, Nick Todd 0 0-0 0, Dan Roche 0 0-0 0, Claude Haskins 6 1-3 17, Guy Moses 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Niece 3 2-2 8, Jeremy Tanner 0 0-1 0, Marcus Petrisek 1 0-0 2, Steve Alcock 0 0-0 0, Robert Tomac 0 0-0 0, Brian Mickle 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-12 44.
THREE-POINTERS: Moniteau 7 (Grossman 4, Wiest, Hilliard, Hempfling). Port Allegany 5 (Haskins 4, Flint).