HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Sluggish Indiana boys improve to 6-0
For the third straight game, Indiana played sluggish and didn’t control the game the way coach Greg Lezanic would have liked. Still, the Indians got a win, improving to 6-0 with a 53-48 victory over Punxsutawney in a non-conference road game Wednesday evening.
“It’s another ‘Let’s score one more point than the other team, then get on the bus and go back to Indiana’ kind of game,” Indiana coach Greg Lezanic said. “The way the last three have gone, we look excellent in spurts and not great in other spurts.
“In the second half I thought we were going to take control of the game, but they made a run at us in the third quarter and it was a dogfight. We were up three (points) late and they had the ball and a 3-point shot up in the air to tie it with about 2 minutes, and we ended up getting a rebound and made just enough foul shots at the end.”
Riley Stapleton scored 19 points to lead Indiana. Kevin Jack and Darrious Carter added 10 each.
Punxsutawney’s Brandon Mancuso matched Stapleton’s game-high with 19 points. Tyler Young added 13 points for the Chucks.
“The season is a marathon,” Lezanic said. “It’s 22 individual pieces to the puzzle, and you’re going to have your ups, you’re going to have your downs. You’re not going to be up all the time, but you’ve got to be mentally prepared to play, and that’s my job to get them mentally prepared.”
Indiana will need to pull together for its next game, a WPIAL Section 1-AAA showdown at Knoch (5-0).
“We really need to sharpen some things up between now and Friday night at 7:30,” Lezanic said.
Punxsutawney (3-2) visits Homer-Center on Friday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 61, KITTANNING 49: Apollo-Ridge pulled away in the fourth quarter, also improving to 6-0 with a victory in a WPIAL non-section game in Spring Church.
Alex Smith made two 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 21 points for the Vikings. Mitchell Johnston scored 11. Tre Tipton and Duane Brown added nine points each, Tipton on the strength of 7 of 9 foul shooting.
Noah Kunst led Kittanning (3-4) with 17 points, and Alex Schaffer and Eric Hulings added 11 each.
Apollo-Ridge opens WPIAL Section 1-AA play at Summit Academy on Friday.