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Sideline Cancer wins thriller

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Sideline Cancer advanced to the Elite 8 of The Basketball Tournament with a thrilling 58-57 win against The Bucketneers, East Tennessee State University’s alumni team, on Wednesday evening.

Sideline Cancer was down by one going into the Elam Ending and down 57-55 with a target score of 58. Trey Lewis tipped a missed shot by The Bucketneers to Marcus Keene, who took the ball the length of the floor, and pulled up from approximately 30 feet in traffic for the Elam Ending game-winning 3-point shot.

Keene’s heroics helped lead Sideline Cancer to last year’s championship game, but he was expected to miss the first three rounds of this year’s tournament before he surprised everyone by showing up Sunday just before Sideline Cancer’s tournament opener.

The win secured a bid to the Elite 8 in Dayton, Ohio starting Saturday, July 31. Sideline Cancer will play Team 23, a 75-67 winner over Best Virginia, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 on July 31.

Sideline Cancer’s top scorers included Jamel Artis with 19 points and Keene with 13 points. Eric Thompson led the team with 10 rebounds. Desonta Bradford led the Bucketneers with 16 points.

Sideline Cancer plays in honor of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation.

Hollidaysburg wins

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg 12U Little League team advanced to the Little League International Pennsylvania State Championship after beating State College in the Sectional Championship, 9-8.

Hollidaysburg was down 8-4 going into the fifth inning. After scoring a run in bottom of the fifth, Hollidaysburg loaded the bases, and Mack Layton hit a grand slam into the left center-field bleachers to take the lead.

JJ Stultz closed out the top of the sixth inning.

Hollidaysburg will be one of the final eight teams in Pennsylvania vying for an opportunity to go on to Bristol, Conn., to compete in the Little League International Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, which will be aired on ESPN.

DP Little WS set

BELLWOOD — The 2021 Dean Patterson Little World Series will kick off Saturday in Bellwood a year after the 2020 tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be seven first-round games Saturday beginning with Sheetz (AIYBL) against Masonic Lodges at 10:30 a.m. Also in action will be Gallitzin Gremlins against ERA Sports, Loretto Legion taking on Penn Med, Dean Patterson squaring off against Firemen, L.S. Fiore taking on Martin Oil, Sheetz (LTYBL) against Holsinger’s Plumbing, and Burgmeier’s Hauling going up against Sylvan Veterinary to close out the first night at 8:30 p.m.

Eagle’s and Yellow Springs Hardwoods both got first-round byes and will play Sunday at 2 p.m. The other seven teams that received byes and will begin play on Sunday do not yet have an opponent. They are, Greenwood Meadows, Greenfield Electric, Caracciolo’s, Park Home, Northern Cambria, Thompson Pharmacy and Cresson Lions/Legion.

The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at 8 p.m.

Lilly nips BCO

LILLY — Shane Suter struck out 13 batters in helping Lilly edge Blair County Oil, 3-2, in Greater City Baseball League action.

Landon Sinclair, George Roberts and Matt Minor each had two hits for Lilly.

BLAIR COUNTY OIL (2): Massaro 412, Foose 401, Steffy 401, Paniagua 301, Conrad 300, Sweeney 301, Martin 400, Bryan 413, Stewart 400, Siford 300. Totals — 33-2-9.

LILLY (3): Bracken 301, Gallaher 300, Sinclair 322, Roberts 302, R. Ickes 311, Porter 300, Fabbri 000, Suter 000, C. McCoy 200, Minor 302, Gully 300. Totals — 26-3-8.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Blair County Oil 000 011 0–2 9 5

Lilly 011 010 X–3 8 4

E–Stewart 2, Bryan, Siford, Massaro, Gallaher, Sinclair 2, Roberts. 2B–Massaro 2, Sinclair 2, Roberts. RBI–Massaro, Steffy, Roberts 2, Minor. WP–Suter. LP–Conrad. SO–Suter 13, Conrad 2. BB–Suter 1.

Records: Blair County Oil (11-10); Lilly (18-3).

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