ECC 51, BRADFORD 49
Dec. 14, 2004
ST. MARYS – Mike Prechtl's offensive rebound basket with two seconds remaining capped a remarkable Elk County
Catholic comeback and enabled the Crusaders to eke out a 51-49 win over the Bradford Owls Tuesday night in the
District 9 league opener for both teams in St. Marys.
Bradford led 47-40 with roughly 4 minutes remaining only to see the Crusaders storm back behind sophomore sensation Jesse Bosnik's seven fourth-quarter points to steal the win.
"This is a game we let get away," Bradford head coach Dave Fuhrman said. "We couldn't get key
stops or key rebounds, and we made critical turnovers against their press at the end of the game. We got
tentative in the last four minutes and played not to
"I really thought we played extremely hard and outplayed them for three-and-a-half quarters, but we did not close the game out."
Bosnik took over the game in the final minutes for ECC. The sophomore hit a 35-foot three-pointer and two pull-up jumpers with Owl defenders draped all over him down the stretch.
"He is something special," Fuhrman said. "And he’s only a sophomore. He plays with poise and smarts well beyond his year. He is the best young player I have seen in my 15 years as a head coach in this area."
It was actually the shot that Bosnik didn’t make that helped the Crusaders get the win.
In the closing seconds, Bosnik had the ball but tripped. He threw up a wild shot just hopping for something to happen. It did when Prechtl got the rebound and put in the winning shot.
Less over a minute before that, Bradford had tied the game at 49 on a free throw by Eric Arnet after ECC had actually gone ahead of the Owls.
Bosnik led the Crusaders with 24 points and was the only Crusader in double
The Owls were led by Evan Luciano who scored 11 points. The
Crusaders remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0 and are 1-0 in the D9 league while the Owls fall to 3-2 overall
and 0-1 in the league.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 51, BRADFORD 49
Bradford – 49