HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Zilinskas shines in first start for Indiana boys
Jacob Zilinskas posted a double-double in his first career start, three other Indiana players reached double figures in scoring, and the Indians scored their fourth straight to start the season, 64-52 over host Mount Pleasant in a WPIAL non-section boys’ basketball game Friday.
The Indians built a four-point halftime lead, 25-21, and then nearly doubled their first-half scoring output with a 21-point third quarter to extend their lead to 46-37.
Indiana jumped out to a 12-point lead roughly three minutes into the fourth quarter before stretching its lead to 20 points, 60-40, with approximately three minutes to play.
“I don’t think we made a jump shot the whole first half,” Indiana coach Greg Lezanic said. “So we came out in the second half and played with a little more aggression and a little more defensive urgency, and that allowed us to take control of the game.”
Starting in place of Darrious Carter, who was on a football recruiting trip, Zilinskas collected team-highs in points and rebounds with 13 and 11, respectively.
“What a nice game he had in place of Darrious,” Lezanic said. “He scored in the paint and in transition, and he controlled the boards alongside Riley (Stapleton), Blake (Shields) and Chris (McConnell). It was just a really a nice first start for Jacob.”
Shields and Kevin Jack scored 12 points apiece, and Stapleton added 10 points.
Indiana (4-0) travels to Knoch on Friday.
BLAIRSVILLE 58, CENTRAL CAMBRIA 51: Troy Williams notched a double-double and scored a season-high 26 points to power Blairsville to a win over Central Cambria in the opening round of the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association Mountain Cat Tournament in Johnstown.
The Bobcats trailed by two points at halftime before outscoring Central Cambria, 15-4, in the third quarter to take a nine-point lead, 38-29.
Blairsville made 11 of 20 second-half shots from the field and 13 of 16 free throws. Central Cambria shot 9 of 30 in the second half.
Williams collected two steals and a game-high 12 rebounds, Colton McMillan added nine points, six rebounds, a team-high four assists and a game-high four steals, and Cameron Livingston had eight rebounds and two steals.
Blairsville (3-0) plays host to United on Tuesday.
PROPEL 88, SALTSBURG 56: Saltsburg surrendered 35 field goals and allowed two players to score more than 20 points to fall to host Propel in a non-conference game.
“They were a quick, physical team and we just couldn’t handle their pressure,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said. “Although the scoreboard doesn’t show it, it was closer than it looked. I’m very happy with our effort. We played much better than we did against United on Tuesday or Blairsville on Thursday.”
Steve Richards scored a team-high 19 points to pace Saltsburg.
Saltsburg (1-4) travels to Purchase Line on Tuesday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 67, ST. JOSEPH 57: Apollo-Ridge scored 20-plus points in the second and third quarters and improved to 5-0 by outlasting St. Joseph in a WPIAL non-section game in Spring Church.
The Vikings scored 21 second-quarter points to build an eight-point halftime lead, 32-24.
Apollo-Ridge doubled its halftime lead to 16 points, 52-36, by outscoring St. Joseph, 20-12, in the third quarter.
Tre Tipton scored a season-high 24 points to lead Apollo-Ridge.
Apollo-Ridge plays host to Kittanning on Wednesday.
UNIONTOWN 82, DERRY 35: Four Uniontown players reached double figures in scoring and the Red Raiders played stifling defense to earn a lopsided win over host Derry in a WPIAL Section 3-AAA game.
Derry (1-3, 0-1 section) travels to Southmoreland on Tuesday.
CALVARY BAPTIST 53, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 23: Calvary Baptist jumped out to an 18-point halftime lead and limited Calvary Christian to just 10 field goals en route to an easy win in a non-conference game in Huntingdon.
Joel Knupp tallied a double-double to lead the Patriots. Knupp racked up 18 points, a game-high 12 rebounds and four assists. Tyler Chambers added four assists and a game-high 19 points, Andy Knupp had 10 rebounds, and eighth-grader Luca Covato chipped in a game-high four steals.
Calvary Baptist (4-1) travels to DuBois Christian on Monday.
BURRELL 36, INDIANA 32: Indiana played stifling defense but mustered just two second-half field goals and lost a low-scoring, back-and-forth WPIAL non-section game to host Burrell.
Although they limited Burrell to just four points in the second quarter, the Indians still trailed 24-23 at halftime.
The Bucs handcuffed the Indians in the second half and outscored them, 12-9, including 9-5 in the third quarter.
Indiana managed just one field goal in each of the third and fourth quarters and made just 4 of 6 second-half free throws.
“It was a tough defensive game, but we’re very pleased with how we played,” Indiana assistant coach Otto Peterson said. “Burrell’s the second-ranked double-A team in the WPIAL and we just played them with the kind of intensity you see in a playoff game. If we were in a little better shape it would have been a different story.”
Jessica Stever scored nine points to lead Indiana.
Indiana (3-2) travels to Mount Pleasant on Friday.
UNITED 55, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 20: Unbeaten United scored 15 of the game’s first 16 points and coasted to a win in a Heritage Conference game. The Lions, who made 25 field goals to the Colts’ six, jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead, 28-6.
Eden Bloom led United with a game-high 20 points, and she filled up the stat sheet with seven rebounds, five steals and four assists. Taylor Mack and Hope Hixson added five steals apiece, while Mack, Morgan Strait and Kylee Surike had three assists each.
Allison Sedlock scored 16 points to guide Northern Cambria.
Both teams play Monday. United (4-0) plays host to Blairsville, and Northern Cambria travels to Ligonier Valley.
SALTSBURG 50, PROPEL 12: Abby Peace notched a double-double and collected game-highs in points and rebounds to steer Saltsburg to its first win of the year, a non-conference victory over host Propel. Peace scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Larissa Anderson dished out four assists, and Olivia Satler grabbed four rebounds.
Saltsburg (1-4) plays host to Purchase Line on Tuesday.
PENNS MANOR 40, PURCHASE LINE 29: Sarah DaBella tallied a double-double and scored 19 second-half points to lead host Penns Manor to a win over Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game.
The Comets broke open a 12-12 halftime tie in the third quarter and outscored the Red Dragons, 16-4, to take a 12-point lead, 28-16. DaBella, who grabbed 10 rebounds, scored 11 of her game-high 21 points in the third.
Mary Roach scored nine points and racked up a game-best 14 rebounds for Penns Manor.
Ashley Goodlin led Purchase Line with 11 points. Brooke Riva chipped in 10 points.
Both teams play on the road Monday. Penns Manor (1-3) travels to Homer-Center and Purchase Line heads to Saltsburg.
CALVARY BAPTIST 40, CALVARY CHRISTIAN 34: Calvary Baptist zoomed to a 17-point halftime lead and then held off a fourth-quarter surge from Calvary Christian to earn a win in a non-conference game in Huntingdon.
Megan Plants scored 22 points to match her season-high for the Patriots. Brittany Prugh added 11 rebounds, and Kayla Chambers notched 10 points. Chambers also amassed game-highs in rebounds, assists and steals with 13, seven and six, respectively.
Calvary Baptist (4-1) travels to DuBois Christian on Monday.