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Haighs pace BG to title

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Bishop Guilfoyle’s Patrick Haigh goes to the basket as State College’s David Young defends on Monday.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic will have a young varsity boys basketball team on the floor in the 2021-22 season, but that doesn’t mean that the Marauders won’t be without talent.

Especially with a pair of brothers in Patrick and Danny Haigh providing the foundation.

Patrick Haigh, the team’s leading scorer last winter as a sophomore, poured in 25 points, and incoming freshman Danny added 20 Monday night as BG won the Blair Regional YMCA High School Boys Basketball Summer League championship with a 57-46 title victory over State College at the Blair Regional YMCA.

“They are both very good,” BG coach Chris Drenning said of the Haigh brothers. “Obviously, Patrick has played a lot of basketball for us in his first two years, starting as a freshman and being our leading scorer last year as a sophomore.

“And Danny is very talented and has uncommon poise for (an incoming) freshman. They both work very hard.”

Patrick Haigh converted six field goals, including a 3-pointer, and made 12 of 13 free throws, while Danny rifled in five 3-pointers among his six field goals.

“It’s going to be awesome playing varsity basketball with him the next two years,” Patrick said of Danny. “He showed the way that he can shoot the ball tonight, and I am excited to see what he will do for our team.

“Playing in this league and winning it is a really good experience,” Patrick added. “Considering how young we are as a team, to be successful in this league is really good for us.”

Danny Haigh felt that the Marauders played good team basketball Monday.

“I thought that we played really well together,” Danny said. “We were without two of our big men tonight, but we worked the ball for open shots, and we hit a bunch of 3-pointers (seven in the game).”

State College, which was previously undefeated in the league entering the game, bolted out to an early 7-4 lead before BG took command with a 10-2 run that included two free throws from Domenic Yanoshak, a putback bucket by Torin Robertson, and 3-pointers from Patrick Haigh and Jayce Hettinger.

Danny Haigh then added a field goal and two 3-pointers to stake BG to a 25-20 halftime lead.

Led by Patrick Haigh’s 20 second-half points and 12 from Danny Haigh, BG gained separation over the final 20 minutes of the game.

After State College pulled to within 31-26, BG salted the game away with a 12-point run on three field goals and three free throws from Patrick Haigh and another 3-pointer from Danny Haigh to take a 43-26 lead midway through the second half.

“I was very pleased with how we executed tonight,” Drenning said. “We played extremely hard, and we shared the ball well.”

State College coach Brian Scholly — whose team was led by Lake Black’s 19 points and 13 from Jaden Mitchell — agreed.

“They played really well and shot really well,” Scholly said of the Marauders. “They deserve credit. They did a good job of moving the ball, and they put a lot of pressure on our defense.

“This is a good league,” said Scholly, whose team finished 10-1, including 9-0 during the regular season. “This was a fun game. This is what summer is all about — getting better as a team. Playing here this summer was a good experience for us.”

And for the Marauders as well.

“Playing in leagues like this will only help our young guys,” said Drenning, whose team finished 9-2 overall. “We want to expose our players to the best offseason competition that we can during the summer and the fall in order to get themready for the scholastic season.”

Game notes: Clearfield’s Cole Miller received the league’s Sportsmanship Award … The Sheetz company contributed a $100 gas certificate to the league champion BG team, and a $50 gas certificate to the runner-up State College team.

STATE COLLEGE (46): Young 0 0-0 0, Mitchell 5 1-2 13, Black 5 5-8 19, Dye 1 1-2 3, Furmanek 2 0-2 4, Martin 2 0-0 5, Urie 1 0-0 2, Pavloski 0 0-0 0, Trout 0 0-0 0. Totals – 16 7-14 46.

BISHOP GUILFOYLE (57): Hettinger 1 0-0 3, P. Haigh 6 12-13 25, D. Haigh 6 3-4 20, Yanoshak 1 3-4 5, Robertson 1 2-2 4, Ruggery 0 0-0 0, Kissell 0 0-0 0, Reilly 0 0-0 0. Totals – 15 20-23 57.

3-point goals: State College 7 (Black 4, Mitchell 2, Martin); Bishop Guilfoyle 7 (D. Haigh 5, P. Haigh, Hettinger).

Officials: Wally Reimer, Kevin Laird, Sarah Fye.

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