Bobcat Boys Basketball Season Ends With PIAA Second Round Loss To Bishop Guilfoyle (03/12/20)

(Thanks to Matt Lerch for the photos.) Above: Hunter Craddock going high for the opening tipoff

The Clarion Bobcat Boys saw their fine season come to an end, at Punxsutawney High School on Thursday (March 11th), with a 66-47 PIAA State Tournament Second Round loss to District Six champion Bishop Guilfoyle.

The Marauders led 20-12 after one and 32-21 at the half and 50-34 after three.

Cal German shooting from outside

Cal German led the Bobcats with 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Josh Craig and Beau Verdill followed with nine points apiece. All of Craig’s points came from outside the arc, with one of Verdill’s points being from long range.

Skyler Rhoades had 8 points, Nick Frederick scored 3 points, and Hunter Craddock and Christian Simko each had two points.

Beau Verdill fighting in traffic.

Bishop Guilfoyle’s Will Helton led all scorers with nineteen points.

The District Nine Runner-up Bobcats finish the season at 17-10, and with a good nucleus coming back, things look pretty good for next season.

Nick Frederick putting up a shot

Bobcat Head Coach Scott Fox had this to say after the game. “A tough game today. I’m very proud of the kids that made it to the second round of states.

“The senior class, I can’t say anything bad about, all good things with those kids. They’re some real good kids, real good leaders. I hope the kids below them learned a lot from them.

“The kids deserved it. I’m proud of all the kids, for putting forth the effort, coming back from where we were at the beginning of the year. Hopefully the excitement builds for next year.”

Playing their last game for the Bobcats were seniors Josh Craig, Nick Frederick, Skylar Rhoades, Mitch Geiger and Kyle Porciello. Congratulations to these young men, on their careers, and to all the Cats on a fine, fine season!!!!