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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Pitt-Bradford Saturday Athletic News By Scott Elliott

Panthers Win Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament Championship

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - Evan Greening poured in a game-high 32 points, Jaewon Mitchell added a double-double and the Pitt-Bradford men’s basketball team pulled away late in the second half against Geneva Saturday to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament championship, 87-74.

Greening went 14-of-20 from the field and pulled down 14 rebounds en route to capturing tournament MVP honors. It was the senior forward’s third straight double-double to open the season.

Pitt-Bradford trailed 39-32 late in the first half, but closed the frame by scoring the final eight points to take a one-point lead into the break. Christian Kelly-Perkins had a pair of baskets to fuel the closing run.

Greening’s basket two minutes into the second half stretched the Panthers’ advantage to six yet the Golden Tornadoes rallied, ripping off a 10-3 run to take a 51-50 lead. However, the lead would be short-lived.

Greening scored on five of Pitt-Bradford’s next six possessions to push the Panthers ahead 60-51. After Geneva cut the lead to six with three minutes remaining, Greening connected from the field to extend the advantage to eight, and Kelly-Perkins hit back-to-back three pointers a minute later to help the Blue and Gold pull away for good.

Pitt-Bradford shot 46 percent from the field and connected on a season-high seven three-pointers. The Panthers went 16-20 from the free throw line, scored 13 points off 12 Geneva turnovers and totaled 20 second-chance points. Geneva hit 44 percent of its attempt but was 5-19 from long distance.

Mitchell finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, Kelly-Perkins scored 14 points, and Manny Welch and Fateem Brockington each had 10 apiece.

“This was a great weekend for the team,” head coach Britt Moore said. “I thought we had some glimpses of being good defensively and that has to keep up. We shot it pretty well today which is tough on the second day of a tournament.

Our assistant, David Menzies, did a great job of scouting all three teams, and we were really prepared.”

Mitchell was named to the all-tournament team in addition to Greening.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 2-1 on the season and will be off until Nov. 30 when it opens AMCC play at Hilbert.

Colebert, Pitt-Bradford Women Thump York

FROSTBURG, Md. - Anna Colebert scored a career-high 28 points, Ali Rinfrette chipped in with 22 and the Pitt-Bradford women’s basketball team thumped York (N.Y.) 95-50 Saturday in the consolation game of the Jim Crawley Tournament.

Colebert finished 11-of-18 from the floor, including connecting on six three-pointers to lead the Panther offense. She added a team-high seven assists and pulled down six rebounds.

Pitt-Bradford led by 12 after the opening quarter and outscored the Cardinals 32-9 in the second quarter to pull away for good.

The Panthers hit 11 three-pointers in all and held a 42-16 scoring advantage in the paint. Pitt-Bradford forced a season-high 26 turnovers, which led to 33 points, and shot 47 percent from the field one day after struggling to generate offense in its loss to Rutgers-Camden.

All nine Panthers scored in the victory, and Brittany Watts (12) and Shirleah Ragin (10) both finished in double-figures. Rinfrette hit nine total field goals and was named to the all-tourney team.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 1-1 on the season and returns to action next Saturday at home against Fredonia.

Cerchiaro, Wright Lead Panthers Against Washington & Jefferson

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s swimming teams hosted Washington & Jefferson Saturday at the Paul C. Duke III Aquatic Center. The men fell 134-118, and the women lost 79-47.

On the men’s side, the Panthers won a total of a total of eight events, led by Lucas Cerchiaro, who had individual victories in the 200-yard free, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley.

Carey Behm took first in the 1,000-yard free, Noah Frederick won the 100-yard breaststroke race, and Nicholas Boyd had a pair of wins, finishing first in the 100-yard free and 100-yard butterfly.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Corey Koss, Frederick, Cerchiaro and Boyd won in 1:41.96

In other results, Koss was second in the 100-yard backstroke, Frederick was runner-up in the 200-yard breaststroke and Behm took second in the 500-yard free.

Julian Wright led the Panther women, finishing first in the 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard individual medley. Pitt-Bradford’s other wins included Wenjing Miao in the 100-yard breaststroke and Rebecca Avery in the 100-yard butterfly.

Abbie Bradshaw finished second in the 100-yard back and Wright was also fourth in the 200-yard free.

The Pitt-Bradford swim teams will be off until Dec. 2 when they compete in the Fredonia Blue Devil Invitational.

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