NEW BETHLEHEM — Trying to play spoiler in the hotly contested KSAC-South Division race between Keystone and Karns City, the Redbank Valley Bulldogs basketball team came up short in an upset bid in a 53-38 loss at home to Keystone Tuesday night.
The Panthers led 17-16 at halftime, but outscored the Bulldogs 36-22 the rest of the way as Dalton Jones and Corey Rapp scored 17 and 12 points respectively.
Logan Wadding paced the Bulldogs with 13 points. Keaton Kahle and Brock Barrett scored nine and seven points.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 5-14 going into their final three games. They were scheduled to host Venango Catholic Wednesday before visiting Moniteau Friday and hosting Punxsutawney next Monday.
A-C Valley 50,
At Rimersburg, the visiting Falcons earned a season split with the Knights in a one-point KSAC-South win.
The Falcons led 31-25 at halftime and held on to win as Russ Carr and Eddie Stevanus scored 17 and 16 points respectively.
Lucas Bowser and Nolan Cumberland scored 18 and 13 points respectively for the Knights, who fell to 6-14 with their third straight loss and seventh setback in their last eight games.
The Knights close the season at home Friday against Keystone and next Monday against West Shamokin.
In last week’s other games:
FRIDAY, Feb. 2
Redbank Valley 58,
A-C Valley 55
At Foxburg, the Bulldogs rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons on the road.
Redbank Valley trailed 43-30 after three quarter and outscored the Falcons, 19-12, the rest of the way.
Brock Barrett and Ethan Hetrick turned in double-double games. Barrett led the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Hetrick added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Keaton Kahle scored 13 points and Nick Smith added 10 points.
Tanner Kerle scored all eight of his points in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs, who avenged an 11-point loss to the Falcons at home in December.
Dalton Callander led the Falcons with 14 points.
Karns City 56, Union 50
At Rimersburg, the Knights put a scare into the Gremlins who are trying to win the KSAC South, but the visitors escaped with a six-point divisional win.
Karns City led 31-18 at halftime thanks to a 22-10 second-quarter edge, but the Knights rallied back into the game with a 32-25 second-half advantage.
Nolan Cumberland led the Knights with 14 points while Lucas Bowser finished with 12 points and seven rebounds to go along with four steals.
Freshman Chase Beighley scored 15 points for the Gremlins.