Bobcats Fall To Crusaders In District Nine Boys Class-1A Championship On Super Saturday (March 2nd), At Tippin, Will Now Face Southern Fulton At Home In First Round Of PIAA State Playoffs This Friday (March 8th) At 7 P.M.

Above photo – Bobcats on offense

The Clarion Area Bobcats fell to the Elk County Catholic Crusaders 75-54, in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District Nine Boys Class-1A Championship, on Saturday (March 2nd). The game was part of the Super Saturday event, held at PennWest-Clarion University’s Tippin Gymnasium, which featured six championship games, 1A, 2A and 3A for both Boys and Girls.

The Crusaders held a 13-8 lead after one period. Kam Merrell had four of the Bobcats twelve points.

The Bobcats were down by just three points, 29-26 at halftime. Bryce Brinkley and Gabe Simko combined for twelve of Clarion’s sixteen points in the second, with each scoring six points. Brinkley’s points came on three treys; he had four for the game.

With a 24-10 edge in the third ECC led 53-36 heading to the final stanza, where a 22-18 Crusader advantage set the final.

Bobcats receiving their medals from head oach Tom Lewis and assistant coach Ryan Radaker

Brinkley and Simko scored eleven points each. Devon Lauer also scored in double-figures with ten points, including a three-pointer.

Dawson Smail had 7 points and Merrell scored six points.

Owen Kriebel had a trey. Tanner Miller, Dauntae Girvan and Derek Smail had two points each.

The (13-9) Bobcats will now host Southern Fulton (14-11) the District 5 Number 3 team (14-11),on Friday (March 8th) at 7 p.m.

(Let’s go, Cats!!!!)