DuBOIS — The last time that the DuBois Central Catholic High School boys’ basketball team took the floor, it snowed. This time it rained — a lot.
However, most of it was contained inside the gym as DCC junior Justin Miknis rained down points on A-C Valley to the tune of 33 in a 70-61 victory Monday.
Miknis got after the Falcons early and often as he 13 of DCC’s 24 first-quarter points and had rolled up a 20-point game in the second with 4:20 still showing on the clock before the half.
While DCC (2-3) faltered a little in the second half, allowing A-C Valley to close to within three points of the lead twice in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals were able to get just enough to hold on down the stretch and eventually extend the lead.
One of the biggest reasons was the scoring efforts of seniors Jon Swalligan and Thomas Grecco.who combined for 12 second-half points and junior Brandon Walker who added seven in the final 16 minutes.
That played big as A-C Valley clamped down on Miknis in the second half, holding him scoreless for a stretch of better than eight minutes.
While Miknis led the team with 33, Swalligan ended in double digits as well with 12 while Walker finished with nine and Grecco eight.
The Falcons had their own share of balanced scoring as three of their five starters finished in double digits while the others ended with nine and eight points, respectively.
Dalton Callander led the way with 17 points while Russell Carr had 11 and Eddie Stevanus ended with 10.
But, it was a rather inauspicious start for DCC as A-C Valley led 2-0 before the clock even started to wind thanks to a pair of made free throws off a pregame technical foul on the Cardinals.
While it took a couple of minutes for DCC to get going, when it did there was little that got in its way.
With A-C Valley up, 6-2, less than a minute into the game, the Cardinals stomped on the gas and rolled off 17-unanswered points to go up, 19-16.
A slump of their own cost the Cardinals much of that margin but were able to regroup and finish the first quarter with a 24-16 advantage.
Central Catholic eventually pushed that margin to 13 points on a basket by junior Peter Downer with about five minutes left and again when Miknis gathered another bucket to give him 20 with 4:20 left before taking a 39-27 lead to the intermission.
However, DCC lost some ground over the next eight minutes and opened the final quarter up by nine, 51-42.
A-C Valley then opened the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the margin to three and kept it between three and five until about midway through the frame when DCC started to pull away.
Walker eventually turned the lead from five to nine himself over the next few trips down the floor, first hitting a jumper then converting on a pair of free throws to make it 64-59 with just over 2:30 left in the game.
Miknis then hit another basket to push the margin back to double digits for most of the final minutes before the Cardinals wrapped up the nine-point victory.
The Cardinals travel to St. Marys Wednesday.