Mercer County Area —
ä Oil City 54, Sharon 49 — At Sharon, the teams met for the 2nd time in 3 nights, and unfortunately for the host Tigers the outcome was the same in the Region 5-AAA affair.
The teams were tied a 22 at intermission, but Oil City secured a 16-10 edge during the 3rd period, then held on in the 4th frame.
Devon Geib garnered a game-high 17 points for the Oilers (8-2, 13-2), while Andrew Williams went for 14. Oil City shot 15-for-20 from the free-throw line.
In its 6th straight setback, Sharon (4-6, 7-9) was led by Carnell Hawkins’ 15 points and ’Bray Jennings’ 11, which included a trio of treys. However the Tigers tallied only 6 of 9 freebies.
ä Kennedy Catholic 80, VisionQuest 62 — At Franklin High, coach Rick Mancino’s Golden Eagles improved to a perfect 6-0 in Region 1-A and 10-6 overall with the win over the Eagles (3-2, 4-11).
Sam Crow posted a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double to key KC, Gerald Zachar scored 13 points and dished out 8 assists, Andre Campbell registered 11 markers, and Gavin Cianci grabbed 7 rebounds.
Jessie Robinson scored a game-high 22 points to lead VQ and Dominik Robinson had 19.
ä Farrell 62, Kennedy Catholic 51 — At Hermitage, the Golden Eagles held a slim 13-12 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but the Steelers (16-1) outscored KC 19-5 in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the non-region win.
Ike Jones led the way for Farrell with 15 points while Clifton McNair and Chris James had 11 points each.
Andre Campbell fired in a game-high 16 for Kennedy Catholic (10-7), Gerald Zachar was 11-of-12 from the charity stripe and finished with 13 points and Sam Crow bucketed 11.
ä George Junior Republic 53, Meadville 50 — At Grove City, the host Tigers notched the hardfought Region 5-AAA victory as Ron Pearson drilled a key trey with about 10 seconds remaining in the contest.
The game was tight throughout with GJR up 15-11 after one frame and 27-19 at half. The Bulldogs hacked the GJR lead down to 38-32 at the 4th quarter turn and then closed the gap near the end.