HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Indians claim 20th win of the season
Three days removed from winning its first section title since 1998, Indiana finished its regular season on a three-game winning streak and notched its 20th win of the year by easing past Derry, 61-39, in a WPIAL non-section boys’ basketball game Monday.
The Indians (20-2) claimed a WPIAL Section 1-AAA co-championship with Knoch and Mars on Friday. The WPIAL playoff pairings will be announced at a meeting tonight.
“It’s huge to be playing good basketball at this time of year, and to get to 20 wins is just a pleasant bonus,” Indiana coach Greg Lezanic said. “Twenty wins wasn’t one of our early-season goals, but once it was in our grasps it certainly became a late-season goal. But I told the guys after the game, ‘Enjoy 20 wins now because tomorrow it won’t mean anything.’”
Not only was the Indiana’s last section title in 1998, so was it’s last 20-win season.
The Indians jumped out to a five-point first-quarter lead, 19-14, before outscoring Derry 16-11 in the second quarter to stretch their halftime lead to 10 points, 35-25.
Indiana’s Darrious Carter led all scorers with 14 points. Jacob Zilinskas added 13 points, Riley Stapleton had 12, and Blake Shields added 10.
Matt Vasinko scored 11 points to power Derry (6-13).
APOLLO-RIDGE 70, PENNS MANOR 32: Loren Wingard, Dylan Flickinger and Mike Percic each notched career highs in points and playoff-bound Apollo-Ridge shut down Penns Manor to notch a win in a non-conference game in Kenwood.
Wingard set career highs with four 3-point field goals and 14 points. Dylan Flickinger added 11 points, and Percic scored 10 points. Gavin Grimaldi scored 10 points for Penns Manor.
Apollo-Ridge (18-3 overall, 8-2 section) concluded its regular season and will play in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. Penns Manor travels to Marion Center today.
PURCHASE LINE 56, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 53: Host Purchase Line wiped out a 10-point halftime deficit, made 7 of 8 fourth-quarter free throws, and held Northern Cambria scoreless in the last three minutes of the game to score a win in a Heritage Conference game.
“We just chipped away in the third quarter and then we got hot at the line in the fourth. That was a big key to the comeback,” Purchase Line coach Steve Woodrow said.
The Red Dragons’ Dan Learn hit a jump shot to tie the game, 53-53, late in the fourth quarter. On the next Purchase Line possession, he made a layup in the paint off an offensive rebound to give Purchase Line a 55-53 lead with about a minute to play. Alec Sunderlin made 1 of 2 free throws in the waning seconds to make it a three-point game, 56-53.
Purchase Line’s Taylor Antisdel led all scorers with 16 points. Learn finished with 14 points. Sunderlin chipped in 10 points.
Seth Bearer scored 15 points to pace Northern Cambria. Adam Higa added 10.
Both teams play Wednesday. Purchase Line (6-12) plays host to Harmony, and Northern Cambria (2-15, 2-11) travels to Homer-Center.
WEST SHAMOKIN 62, UNION 52: West Shamokin senior Zane Clowser scored a career-high 28 points and the playoff-bound Wolves concluded their regular season with 17 wins by besting host Union in a non-conference game.
Clowser also had five rebounds and six steals. Austin Bussard chipped in 11 points, Scott Przybysz had 10 points, and Adam Crise dished out a game-high five assists.
West Shamokin (17-5) awaits the WPIAL Class A playoff pairings, which will be announced tonight.
DEER LAKES 69, SALTSBURG 63, 2 OT: The visiting Trojans rallied from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit, but they ran out of gas in the second overtime and lost a non-conference game to the Lancers.
Saltsburg committed turnovers on its first three possessions of the second overtime and allowed Deer Lakes to capitalize on all three for a 7-0 run that sealed the Trojans’ fate.
Steve Richards led the Trojans with 25 points, and Ian Satler followed with 23. Freshman Skylar Spohn added a career-high 10 points.
“We went into a full-court press and started creating some turnovers and getting some easy baskets early in the fourth,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said of the 25-point fourth-quarter burst. “We stayed with that pressure the whole way, but they started to handle it better in the first overtime period. I’ve got to give our kids credit, though; they battled back from an 18-point deficit late in the third quarter.”
Saltsburg (8-10) returns to Heritage Conference play today with a game at Ligonier Valley.