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Anders sees silver lining for Blue Pirates

By Scott Shindledecker

For the Mirror

CLEARFIELD — The Williamsburg Blue Pirates boys basketball team has had a season to remember, but it came to an end Thursday night at Clearfield Area High School in a 76-48 loss to Elk County Catholic in the second round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs.

The Blue Pirates (16-11) gave first-year head coach Brock Anders many memories.

“I couldn’t be any more proud of these kids, our seniors, our program,” he said. “The effort they gave was outstanding.

“I didn’t take over until August and we didn’t really get started until November because of football, so to get to this point, the second round of states, it’s something.”

The Blue Pirates were 6-6 before winning 10 of their next 14 games to get to the second round of states.

“The guys battled so hard all year, the community support, I’m just proud to stand next to this group of kids,” he said.

They reached the District 6 title game and then edged Southern Fulton last week to qualify for the second round.

Thursday’s opponent, ECC, is one of the top programs in the western part of the state, and the Crusaders came out strong, taking a 22-10 lead after one quarter of play.

ECC guard Gabe Kraus scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the first four minutes as ECC took a 16-4 lead.

The lead was 20-7 before Austin Fay hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 22-10.

ECC’s lead grew to as many as 23 points, 38-15, with 2:45 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by Nate DaCanal, who scored 23.

ECC (28-0) led 41-20 at the half, but the Blue Pirates were much more competitive in the third quarter as ECC outscored them by a single point, 18-17.

“It’s an honor for me to coach against Aaron Straub, he’s done so much and had so much success,” Anders said. “I wish a few more calls would have gone our way in the first half and seen what might have happened, but the kids took it in stride.”

Anders received a technical foul in the third quarter with 5:29 left after one of his players was fouled and he turned to the Williamsburg fans and clapped and cheered.

Nick Michelone led Williamsburg with 15 points. Rashadd Knorr scored eight, while Silas Dishong and Andrew Rhoads each had seven.

Dishong, Fay, Rhoads, Aden McMonagle and Alex Remes played their final games for Williamsburg.

ECC will play District 10 champion Kennedy Catholic Saturday in the state quarterfinals.

WILLIAMSBURG (48): Knorr 3 2-2 8, Michelone 4 5-6 15, Dishong 2 3-7 7, Fay 2 0-0 5, McMonagle 1 2-2 4, Rhoads 3 1-1 7, Bones 1 0-0 2, James 0 0-0 0, Hileman 0 0-0 0, Remes 0 0-2 0, Ward 0 0-2 0. Totals — 16 13-22 48.

ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC (76): DaCanal 9 4-4 23, Newton 3 1-2 8, Kraus 7 6-6 24, Stauffer 3 2-2 8, Dippold 2 0-0 4, Hoffman 0 1-2 1, Braun 3 2-2 8, Singer 0 0-1 0, Breindel 0 0-0 0, Aiello 0 0-0 0, Mader 0 0-2 0. Totals — 27 16-19 76.

Score by Quarters

Williamsburg 10 10 17 11 — 48

Elk County Catholic 22 19 18 17 — 76

3-pointers: Williamsburg 3 (Michelone 2, Fay); ECC 6 (Kraus 4, DaCanal, Newton).

Records: Williamsburg (16-11); ECC (28-0).

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