Huntingdon finished off the regular season at Bellefonte Wednesday. Nick Gearhart scored 24 points, reached 1,000 for his career, and the Bearcats put away the Red Raiders 70-41.
Gearhart is the eighth Bearcat to break 1,000 points and joins teammate Jackson Ritchey who accomplished the feat last week. It was the ninth time this season Gearhart scored over 20 points in a game. He also sank the 100th three-pointer of his career which puts him eighth all-time in Huntingdon history.
“It’s an unbelievable feat for both Nick and Jackson,” Huntingdon head coach Nick Payne said. “Huntingdon has never had two 1,000 point scorers on the court at the same time.”
Gearhart also joins his father Neil and brother Nate as 1,000 point scorers. Nate is second in Huntingdon history with 1,547 points and Neil is fourth with 1,072.
The Bearcats have won four in a row and are 20-2 overall and 13-1 in the Mountain League. It was an important win as it secured the top seed for the District 6-4A playoffs and a share of the Mountain League title with Tyrone.
The league championship is always a team goal and after a December loss to the Golden Eagles the Bearcats battled through the rest of the season, paid Tyrone back with a win, and finished in a tie for first place.
Huntingdon has put up at least 20 wins the last three years in a row. It’s the second time the Bearcats accomplished the feat. The first was from the 1999-00 season to 2001-02.
Gearhart entered the game needing 13 points. He scored seven in the first as the ‘Cats took a 15-8 lead.
Ritchey had six in the second as Huntingdon pushed out to a 32-17 lead at the break.
In the third quarter Gearhart scored 10 points and broke the 1,000 point barrier.
Huntingdon won the previous meeting 79-62. In that one the Raiders (8-14, 3-11 ML) did a good job on the offensive boards. This time Huntingdon put a stop to that.
Ritchey turned in 17 points with Alec Cooper and Andrew Miller each scoring nine.
Ben McCartney did the damage for the Raiders with 26 points.
Jacob Rigby had 16 points and Joshua Bryson 11 in the jayvee game but Huntingdon (7-13) lost 52-41.
Huntingdon will play Penn Cambria in the first round of districts next week.