FLINTON - The Claysburg-Kimmel boys basketball team has not had a winning season in decades. The last time Claysburg finished above .500 was the 1973-74 season.
The Bulldogs ended that lengthy drought Thursday with a 68-53 win over Glendale, improving to 12-9 with just two games left in the regular season.
"This was a big one," Claysburg coach Josh Klausman said. "For the juniors and seniors who've been around and striving for this, it's nice to see all the hard work pay off."
Carter Cerully poured in 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half, putting a damper on the Vikings senior night celebration. The senior swingman also pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double.
Senior point guard Austin Lamont just missed a triple-double. The four-year starter scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists.
"For years, we've been known as the easy team," Lamont said. "Ninth through 12th grade has been a learning process. It's nice to come to the court not as underdogs, but as competitors who can win and put some fear into the other teams."
Claysburg led 19-6 early on before Glendale went on an 11-2 run to make it a four-point game late in the first half, 27-23.
"Early on we were throwing the ball away and making dumb passes," Glendale coach Ryan Pastva said. "We kept talking about chipping away and not trying to get it back all at once. When they bought in, it worked well."
Shea O'Donnell led the spurt with seven of his team-high 21 points. The 6-foot-5 junior also had 18 rebounds.
Matt Schultz finished with a double-double for Glendale as well, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Claysburg's Tyler Brown drained a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to give his team a 32-25 lead. The senior guard finished with 12 points.
The Bulldogs opened up a 15-point cushion by the end of the third quarter thanks in large part to Cerully's 12 points.
"When we get up, we spread the floor, make the defense come out on us and exploit it," Cerully said. "If the defense collapses, we dish it off. If not, we finish. I was able to finish a lot."
Claysburg scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to open up a 21-point lead. After baskets by Lamont and Cody Dugan, Cerully scored driving to the rim yet again to make it a 57-36 contest.
"Cerully is so quick getting to the basket," Pastva said. "You can see all the work they put in the offseason. Not to take anything from our kids, but they hustle, they work, they want it. You can see it."
Glendale ripped off a 14-3 run to make it 60-50 game with just under 3 minutes to play.
O'Donnell scored three buckets down low and Anthony Barnhart sank a pair of 3-pointers.
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (68): Lamont 5 4-6 17, Brown 5 0-2 12, Gergely 3 0-4 6, Cerully 11 1-2 23, Eberhart 2 2-4 6, Dugan 2 0-0 4, Claycomb 0 0-0 0, Keller 0 0-0 0. Totals - 28 7-16 68.
GLENDALE (53): C. Kimberly 0 0-0 0, Landeck 0 0-0 0, Potutschnig 1 2-4 4, Sinclair 1 0-0 2, Schultz 6 3-6 16, O'Donnell 10 0-4 21, M. Kimberly 2 0-0 4, Barnhart 2 0-2 6, Wigfield 0 0-0 0. Totals - 22 5-16 53.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Claysburg-Kimmel19 13 19 17 - 68
Glendale11 14 11 17 - 53
3-point goals: Claysburg-Kimmel 5 (Lamont 3, Brown 2); Glendale 4 (Schultz, O'Donnell, Barnhart 2).
Records: Claysburg-Kimmel (12-9, 8-5 ICC North); Glendale (7-11, 4-8 ICC North).
JV: Glendale, 44-31. High scorers-Claycomb, CK, 14; Braniff ,G, 18.