HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Fetsko pours in 29, leads Marion Center boys to victory
Todd Fetsko scored 20 points in the first half and finished with a season-high 29 to power host Marion Center to a 72-50 win over Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference boys’ basketball game Tuesday.
Fetsko scored 14 points in the first quarter to help Marion Center race to a 14-point lead, 24-10.
The 6-foot-5 senior forward continued his tear with eight of Marion Center’s 18 second-quarter points, and the Stingers jumped out to a 22-point halftime lead, 42-20.
Although he didn’t play in the fourth quarter, Fetsko still finished with 14 field goals.
“They tried a zone press and we handled the pressure pretty well and got a lot of three-on-two buckets on the backside from layups,” Marion Center assistant coach Nathan Johns said. “Todd scored the majority of his points on layups. We were definitely more efficient tonight than we’ve been this season.”
Jake Bothell chipped in 10 points for Marion Center.
Eric Faught paced Purchase Line with 14 points. Alec Sunderlin tacked on 10 points.
Both teams play Thursday. Marion Center (2-1) travels to Homer-Center, and Purchase Line plays host to Penns Manor.
UNITED 49, SALTSBURG 40: United made nine free throws in the fourth quarter and pulled away in a back-and-forth clash with Saltsburg to earn a win in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
The Trojans ended the third quarter on a 7-2 run to forge a 34-34 tie.
With both teams in a double-bonus situation, the Lions drew six personal fouls and two intentional fouls in the fourth quarter. Blake Brendlinger made 5 of 6 free throws, Jake Beacker sank 3 of 5, and Weylon McGeary nailed 1 of 2, and United outscored Saltsburg 15-6 to seal the win.
“We were both in the double-bonus. We just got a few more opportunities than they did, and the two intentional fouls really helped,” United coach Tyler Stokes said.
McGeary had 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds to lead three United players in double digits. Brendlinger added 13 points, Mike Gill tacked on 10 points, and Beacker grabbed eight boards.
Saltsburg’s Steve Richards led all scorers with 14 points. Ian Satler made three 3-point field goals and scored 11 points.
After going 1-21 last season, United is off to a 2-0 start and has already eclipsed last season’s win total.
Both teams play at home Thursday. United (2-0) plays host to Northern Cambria, and Saltsburg (1-2) welcomes Blairsville.
BLAIRSVILLE 81, PENNS MANOR 53: Blairsville established a 20-point halftime lead and never let off the accelerator en route to a blowout win over Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game in Kenwood.
The Bobcats scored 24 points in each of the first two quarters to build a 48-28 halftime lead.
Colton McMillan scored a season-high 26 points to pace Blairsville. Troy Williams scored 14 points, and Ryan Horchar added 12.
Luke Popovich hit three 3s and scored 14 points to lead Penns Manor. Brad Remaley added 12 points.
Both teams play on the road Thursday. Blairsville travels to Saltsburg, and Penns Manor heads to Purchase Line.
WEST SHAMOKIN 45, RIVERVIEW 36: West Shamokin made 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to preserve its marginal lead and hold off Riverview for a win in a WPIAL non-section game in Oakmont.
Zane Clowser made three 3s in the first half to help West Shamokin jump out to a three-point halftime lead, 21-18.
The Wolves limited Riverview to just six points in the third quarter and stretched their lead to 31-24 entering the final quarter.
West Shamokin made just one field goal, but the Wolves hit 12 of 21 free throws in the fourth quarter to outscore Riverview 14-12 and hold on for their third straight win. Zac Horner made 7 of 12 free throws in the quarter, and Alex Lasslo went 3 of 5.
“Zane’s our point guard and our leading scorer and he went down with an ankle injury late in the third quarter,” West Shamokin coach Mike Nagy said. “Fortunately we had a lead because they got very aggressive and started to foul us. We weren’t perfect at the line, but we did what we had to do.”
Clowser nabbed four steals and led all scorers with 13 points. Jake Hough added 12 points, six rebounds and four steals, and Ryan Dean added five rebounds and three steals.
West Shamokin (3-0) plays host to Springdale on Thursday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 72, FREEPORT 33: Apollo-Ridge raced to a 27-point halftime lead and never looked back en route to a win over host Freeport in a WPIAL non-section game.
Apollo-Ridge added to its 14-point first-quarter lead by scoring 23 points in the second to build a commanding 42-15 halftime lead.
The Vikings’ Tre Tipton led all scorers with 20 points. Freshman Duane Brown made three 3s and scored 15 points, and Maurice Stankus added 14 points.
Apollo-Ridge (3-0) travels to Derry tonight.
CALVARY BAPTIST 57, MOUNT CARMEL CHRISTIAN 41: Tyler Chambers posted a season high in points and a career-best in rebounds to lift Calvary Baptist to an easy win over Mount Carmel Christian in a non-conference game in Mount Pleasant.
Chambers led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 16 boards. He also came up with four steals.
Joel Knupp tacked on 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Andy Knupp added 14 points for the Patriots.
Calvary Baptist (3-1) travels to Calvary Christian on Friday.