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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Stapleton rallies Indians past Kittanning

by The Indiana Gazette on January 15, 2014 10:39 AM

Following a rocky first half during which bench players carried Indiana, leading scorer Riley Stapleton came alive in the second half and scored 15 points to power the Indians to their sixth straight win, 57-38 over Kittanning, in a WPIAL Section 1-AAA boys’ basketball game Tuesday.

Indiana (12-1, 5-1 section) moved into a three-way tie for first place in the section with Knoch and Mars. The Indians haven’t lost since falling to Knoch, 52-37, on Dec. 20.

“We got off to an extremely sluggish start,” Indiana coach Greg Lezanic said. “Fortunately we got a spark from our bench guys in the first half, particularly Jordan Hudzicki. They picked it up when our starters were struggling.”

The last-place Wildcats limited Stapleton to just two points in the first half and trailed by six, 25-19, at halftime.

But Stapleton scored seven points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth, helping Indiana outscore Kittanning 32-19 in the second half, including 19-12 in the third to build a double-digit lead.

“He (Stapleton) took control of the game when he started taking the ball to the basket,” Lezanic said. “He quit relying on the outside shot and started dribble penetrating. When we needed a basket, Riley took the basketball and drove to the hoop.”

Hudzicki chipped in 10 points for the Indians.

Indiana plays host to Kiski School tonight.


HOMER-CENTER 75, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 34: Senior Joe Capitosti scored a game-high 27 points and eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career to power first-place Homer-Center to a lopsided win over host Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference game.

Capitosti, who heading into the game needed 11 points to reach 1,000, nabbed a steal and made a layup two minutes into the second quarter to reach the milestone.

“I really have nothing but good things to say about him (Capitosti),” Homer-Center coach Bob Rado said. “He’s a very versatile and unselfish player, especially this year. He’s not always looking to score. He’s just looking to make everyone better, and that’s why we’re having so much success right now.”

After a tight first quarter, Homer-Center outscored the Colts 28-11 in the second to take a 20-point halftime lead, and the Wildcats never looked back.

Darren Carr tacked on 14 points for Homer-Center.

Seth Bearer scored eight points to pace Northern Cambria.

Northern Cambria welcomes Saltsburg on Thursday. Homer-Center (12-1) plays host to Ligonier Valley on Monday.


SALTSBURG 81, PENNS MANOR 59: Saltsburg’s Ian Satler scored a career-high 33 points, and the Trojans collected a season-high in points en route to an easy win over visiting Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game.

Satler nailed four 3-point field goals in the first half and scored 14 of the Trojans’ 25 second-quarter points to help them build a 20-point halftime lead, 39-19.

Satler, who piled up a career-best 14 field goals, scored 12 of Saltsburg’s 26 third-quarter points to stretch the Trojans’ lead to 25 points, 65-40, heading into the fourth.

“He (Satler) did it all offensively. He shot the ball well plus he took it to the hoop a lot and made a bunch of transition layups,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said.

Steve Richards chipped in 16 points for the Trojans.

Mitch Hamilton scored 17 points to pace Penns Manor. Luke Popovich and J.T. Horwat scored 12 points apiece.

Saltsburg (4-6, 2-4) travels to Northern Cambria on Thursday. Penns Manor heads to Blairsville on Monday.


MARION CENTER 60, UNITED 38: Marion Center’s Jake Bothell scored a game-high 19 points, Todd Fetsko added 17 points, and the Stingers shut down United en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.

Bothell drilled a 3-pointer, one of four 3s on the night for him, in the waning seconds of the second quarter to give Marion Center a nine-point halftime lead, 29-20.

The Stingers pulled away after halftime, outscoring United, 31-18, in the second half, including 19-9 in the fourth quarter.

Blake Brendlinger scored eight points for United.

Both teams play Thursday. Marion Center (8-4) plays host to Blairsville, and United (4-7) travels to Penns Manor.


PURCHASE LINE 55, HARMONY 46: Four Purchase Line players reached double figures in scoring, and the balanced Red Dragons erased a six-point halftime deficit to topple host Harmony in a non-conference game.

Zack Faught scored nine points in the third quarter to help Purchase Line outscore Harmony, 17-7, and carry a four-point lead, 42-38, into the fourth.

Aaron Boring made 6 of 8 free throws in the fourth, and Purchase Line outscored the Owls, 16-8, to run away with the win.

“This was a great team win,” Purchase Line coach Steve Woodrow said. “Both Zack Faught and Aaron Boring came off the bench and played wonderful games. They were real difference-makers tonight.”

Eric Faught and Boring scored 12 points apiece, and Zack Faught and Taylor Antisdel each scored 10.

Harmony’s Logan Sral made three 3s and led all scorers with 24 points.

Both teams play Thursday. Purchase Line (4-4) plays host to Ligonier Valley, and Harmony travels to Brockway.


WEST SHAMOKIN 60, DEER LAKES 39: The Wolves used a big third quarter to gain some separation and cruised past the Lances in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game.

West Shamokin limited Deer Lakes to one point and no field goals in the second quarter on its way to a 22-10 halftime lead, and the Wolves iced the game by outscoring the Lancers 21-8 in the third quarter.

Zane Clowser amassed game-highs in points and steals with 14 and six, respectively. Jake Hough scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, Zac Horner scored 10 points, Scott Przybysz grabbed six rebounds, and Andrew Brocious dished out a game-high five assists.

West Shamokin (10-2, 2-2) plays host to Burrell on Friday.


APOLLO-RIDGE 48, FORD CITY 40: Second-place Apollo-Ridge raced to an eight-point halftime lead and notched its sixth straight win by holding off Ford City in a WPIAL Section 1-AA game in Spring Church.

Dom Schrecengost hit three 3s and scored a season-high 15 points for the Vikings. Alex Smith added 12 points, three blocks and two steals, Tre Tipton chipped in nine points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and freshman Duane Brown tacked on seven points, seven steals, four rebounds and four assists.

Apollo-Ridge (12-1, 4-1) welcomes Summit Academy on Friday.

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