DuBOIS — DuBois Central Catholic found itself in a nip-and-tuck battle with Penns Manor Tuesday night, and the Cardinals used a 6-0 run to end the game to pull out a hard-fought 61-55 victory.
The teams entered the fourth dead even at 47-47 and traded scores for most of the quarter. Brandon Walker hit two big 3-pointers for DCC early in the fourth, while a hoop by Justin Miknis put the Cardinals up 55-52 with 2:39 to play.
Penns Manor’s Tommy Hamilton quickly countered with a trey of his own to even the score, but the shot proved to be the final points for the Comets.
Cardinal freshman Nick Felix hit a huge jumper in the lane with 1:30 remaining to put DCC up for good at 57-55. The Comets were then forced to foul in the final minute, with Cardinal junior Justin Miknis hitting 4 of 5 at the line to put the game away.
Miknis led all scorers with 23 points. Junior teammate Josh Solonosky posted 12 points in his first game of the season and Walker added 11. Jonathan Kurtz had seven points, while Thomas Grecco chipped in six points and 14 rebounds.
“We got contributions from everybody,” said DCC coach Dom Varacallo. “I think Brandon Walker’s two threes in the fourth quarter were huge when we were struggling to score a little. Kurtz had a nice spurt in the second half and Felix hit a big shot late in the fourth. Josh (Solnosky) kind of filled in the gaps and then Justin (Miknis)made his foul shots at the end.
“Thomas Grecco’s rebounding in the second half was also key because they really killed us on the boards in the first half. They were outworking us on the glass, but he stepped up in the second half to get those rebounds.”
Penns Manor jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, only to see DCC rally back behind Miknis and Solnosky to trail 17-16 after one quarter. Walker opened the second quarter with a trey to put DCC up 19-17. The remainder of the half was a back-and-forth battle, with the Comets leading 29-27 at the break.
Kurtz, Miknis and Solnosky helped push DCC out to a 42-35 lead in the third, but Penns Manor answered back late in the period to even things up entering the decisive fourth quarter.
Central Catholic (6-9) is back in action tonight at Brockway.