Boys Basketball - Greensburg Central Catholic vs Hempfield
GCC Boys Rally in 4th for 51-48 win over Hempfield
Greensburg Central Catholic played the role of "Bad Santa" by gifting a 4th quarter lump of coal to the visitors from Hempfield, as they rallied to beat the Spartans 51-48 on Thursday, December 22, at the GCC gymnasium in Carbon.
A good-sized and vocal crowd filled both sides of the gym as the two schools, that both call Hempfield Township home, met for a non-conference battle before heading into the Christmas break. The host Centurions won the first quarter scoring 10-6, as both teams were slow to get into a consistent rhythm.
The Spartans closed the gap in the second quarter, as Harrison Sowers poured in 9 of Hempfield's 16 points and took them to the locker room trailing the Centurions 23-22 at halftime.
The lead bounced back and forth throughout the third quarter, as Hempfield scratched out a 34-33 lead heading to the final frame.
But the Centurions saved their best for the end. With several Centurions in foul trouble, Tyree Turner scored 9 of GCC's 18 points down the stretch to leapfrog the Spartans and secure the 51-48 victory.
Tyree Turner led all scorers with 24 points, with Franco Alvarez chipping in 10 for the Centurions. Harrison Sowers topped the Spartans with 20.
The next action for both teams will be at the Greensburg Salem holiday tournament on December 28 and 29. Hempfield (2-5) is scheduled to face Connellsville and Greensburg Salem, while GCC (4-3) will play Bishop Guilfoyle and Connellsville.
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