DuBOIS — In a tight game the whole way through, the DuBois Central Catholic boys basketball team fell to Curwensville, 62-55, on Tuesday evening at the Varischetti Sports Complex on DCC’s Senior Night.
The Cardinals’ lone two seniors –Thomas Grecco and John Swalligan –were honored before the game for their contributions to the DCC program.
Although the Cardinals came out on the short end, Grecco and Swalligan both played a key role in keeping the game close as they ended the night with six and four points, respectively. All of the senior duo’s points came in the second half.
DCC junior Justin Miknis led DCC with 19 points on the night and now sits just 44 points shy of 1,000 points for a career with two games left in the regular season.
DCC led 14-13 after one quarter, thanks to seven quick points from Miknis. They also picked up a big three-pointer from Josh Solnosky in the period.
Curwensville took a brief lead late in the quarter on an Avery Francisco layin, but Miknis had a pair of free throws after being fouled with under two seconds left.
The lead changed eight times in the second quarter as the pace of the game picked up. When the dust settled at halftime, the Cardinals took a 30-29 lead to the locker room.
Central opened up a lead as big as eight points in the third quarter after starting the period on a 9-2 run. Grecco hit a three-pointer in the run, while Swalligan had a couple buckets.
Still, the Golden Tide tied the game at 40 with two minutes remaining, and took a 42-41 lead on a Josh Terry layup, which was the score going into the fourth quarter.
The lead only got bigger for Curwensville as they started the final period with a 13-4 run in the first five minutes, putting the score at 55-45 with three minutes to play.
The Cardinals still got it to a three-point game with 1:20 remaining after Miknis and Grecco each hit treys, putting the score at 56-53.
Curwensville made enough free throws down the stretch to take the game, going 8-for-13 in the fourth quarter.
Terry led Curwensville with 18 points, while Devon Barrett had 17. Christian Bakaysa had 15, and Francisco put in 10.
Solnosky put in 15 points for the Cardinals.
With the win, Curwensville (9-9) got back to .500 on the season. With weather pending, the Tide visit West Branch tonight.
DCC, which fell to 7-13, travels to Harmony on Thursday.