HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Wildcats pull double duty in title run
Fresh off their deep run in the high school football state playoffs, the Homer-Center Wildcats got the majority of their team back just in time for the Homer-Center tip-off tournament. And they didn’t disappoint.
Forced to play the entirety of the scheduled two-day tournament on Saturday, the Wildcats rolled over Harmony, 65-35, to start their day and capped it with a 55-37 win over Derry in the championship game to capture the title.
Joe Capitosti had a game-high 13 points and younger brother John Capitosti added 11 points for Homer-Center in the championship game as the deep and balanced Wildcats slowly wore down the Trojans and pulled away in the second half. Logan Citeroni collected eight rebounds, and Darren Carr had seven.
Ryan Maloy had 10 points to lead Derry (1-1).
Against Harmony, the Wildcats raced to a 38-21 halftime lead and never looked back.
Joe Capitosti was the lone Homer-Center player to reach double-digit scoring with 11 points, but the balanced Wildcats got 11 players in the scoring column. Four players, Carr, John Capitosti, Citeroni and Ben Wolford added eight points apiece.
Logan Sral scored a game-high 18 points for Harmony.
Homer-Center (2-0) visits Ligonier Valley on Tuesday. Harmony (0-2)
WEST SHAMOKIN 52, MARION CENTER 32: Playing their second game of the day, the Stingers fell behind by double digits by halftime and never recovered in championship game of their tip-off tournament.
Marion Center mustered just eight first-half points and trailed 19-8 at halftime. It didn’t much better for the Stingers after halftime, who couldn’t cut into the deficit in the second half.
Jake Bothell had a team-high eight points, Mikey Badzik had seven and Todd Fetsko was limited to six after a 21-point game in the Stingers’ first game of the day.
Zane Clowser led West Shamokin to the tournament title with a game-high 17 points, while Jake Hough added 13 points and Alex Lasslo chipped in 11.
Marion Center (1-1) welcomes Purchase Line on Tuesday. West Shamokin (2-0) visits Riverview on Tuesday.
MARION CENTER 62, A-C VALLEY 47: Todd Fetsko’s monster game was bigger than Jeff Eaton’s.
Fetsko scored 21 points and grabbed 27 rebounds in a dominating performance to offset Eaton’s 38-point game for A-C Valley, and the Stingers ran away from the Falcons in an opening-round game of the Marion Center tip-off tournament Saturday morning.
Jake Bothell added 14 points for Marion Center, and Hunter Stiteler and Colton Fairman contributed 10 points apiece.
SALTBURG 65, WINCHESTER THURSTON 53: Senior Ian Satler drained six 3-point field goals and poured in a game-high 27 points to lead the Trojans to a bounce-back win in the consolation game of the Leechburg tip-off tournament.
One night after reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career, Steve Richards added 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Trojans.
Satler was voted to the all-tournament team. Freshman Zach Sinclair contributed 10 rebounds for the Trojans.
Saltsburg (1-1) visits United on Tuesday.
CENTRAL CAMBRIA 66, PENNS MANOR 20: Central Cambria raced to a 15-point first-quarter lead and then handcuffed Penns Manor en route to an easy win in the opening round of the Central Cambria Tournament. J.T. Horwat scored nine points to pace Penns Manor.
Penns Manor (0-1) plays host to Blairsville on Tuesday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 55, LEECHBURG 44: Apollo-Ridge took command of a low-scoring, back-and-forth game early in the second half and then cruised the rest of the way to top Leechburg in the championship game of the Leechburg Tournament.
Leechburg erased a six-point first-quarter deficit and limited Apollo-Ridge to just nine points in the second quarter to take a three-point halftime lead, 24-21 before the Vikings rallied. Duane Brown scored a game-high 19 points to lead Apollo-Ridge. Alex Smith and Tre Tipton added eight points apiece.
Apollo-Ridge (2-0) plays host to Freeport on Tuesday.
BEDFORD CIA 36, CALVARY BAPTIST 34: Calvary Baptist got in foul trouble midway through the second half and then blew an eight-point fourth-quarter lead to fall to Bedford CIA in the championship game of the Calvary Baptist Tip-Off Tournament.
Knupp, the tournament’s most valuable player, scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Patriots. Andy Knupp chipped in 10 points.
Calvary Baptist (2-1) travels to Mount Carmel Christian School on Tuesday.