DuBOIS — Forget the Wheaties, apparently the Bradford Owls preferred to snack on another popular cereal before routing DuBois, 65-34, on Wednesday.
Bradford (6-5 overall, 2-0 District 9 League) certainly had plenty of snap, crackle and pop in their game both up-and-down the court.
The Owls snapped the net from long range, especially early, to the tune of seven 3-pointers while crackling the scoreboard with four different players, all starters, in double digits and also popping DuBois defensively, holding the Beavers scoreless over a span of roughly seven minutes between the first and second quarter leading to a 2-point second quarter for DuBois.
Bradford was led by senior Tyler Gigliotti who scored a game-high 16 points, including three 3s, while senior Deondre Terwilliger had 14 points and senior Alec Kuzmeskas and junior Donny Pattison each had 10. Both Terwilliger and Kuzmeskas hit a pair of 3s.
DuBois (6-6, 1-3) started out well, leading early while staying within five of Bradford until late in the first quarter, but then couldn’t find the basket.
Following a pair of free throws by senior Shadi Hassan with less than a minute to play in the first, DuBois didn’t score again until Jonathan Cruz picked up a bucket with just over a minute to play in the half.
Bradford all but ended the game during that stretch, picking up 19 unanswered points to turn a 16-11 lead into an all-but-insurmountable one of 35-11.
The Owls could have been content to just milk the clock after the break but kept things going on high until the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Chase Husted was the only Beaver to hit the double-digit scoring plateau as he led the team with 12 points while Justin Manduley had seven and Cruz finished with five.
Scoring wasn’t a problem for DuBois early as it lead by a point midway through the first quarter and kept things tied until there were just under three minutes to play in the first.
But while the Beavers were working for their points in-and-around the paint, Bradford was chugging from beyond the arc, scoring its first 12 points from long range.
The Owls kept rolling after that, scoring their next six in a more conventional fashion to take an 18-11 lead after one.
From there, it all came apart for DuBois as Gigliotti and Terwilliger took turns breaking the DuBois defense through the first half of the second quarter.
At one point, Gigliotti’s point total (14) was higher than that of the output of the entire DuBois squad combined (11). It wasn’t until early in the third that the Beavers finally outpaced him.
Cruz finally broke the scoreless stretch with a basket with about 1:22 left in the half but it was the only time that the ball went through the net for DuBois in the frame as Bradford took a 40-13 lead to the intermission.
That margin continued to grow in the third and finally reached a high of 38 points, 58-20, with less than a minute to play in the frame.
DuBois did cut into that lead in the fourth, outscoring Bradford 13-7 in the final eight minutes, but it was far too little to make a meaningful impact.
The Beavers will now travel to Bald Eagle Area on Saturday.