HIGH SCHOOL BOYS' BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Ligonier Valley outlasts Trojans in overtime
Ligonier Valley’s Scott Fennell scored on a putback with five seconds left in overtime to lift the Rams to a thrilling 51-49 win over visiting Saltsburg in a Heritage Conference game.
With the game tied 49-49, Rams’ freshman Collin Smith airballed a short jump shot, only to watch Fennell snatch the errant shot out of the air and score with five seconds to play to put Ligonier Valley ahead, 51-49.
Ligonier Valley forward Jordan Jones then blocked a shot from Saltsburg’s Steve Richards with less than a second to play to seal the win.
Fennell, who finished with 12 points, scored all of Ligonier Valley’s four points in overtime.
“It was really a great back-and-forth game,” Saltsburg coach Don Stitt Jr. said. “Neither team led by more than five points the whole night.”
Ligonier Valley’s Jordan Jones scored a game-high 20 points.
Ian Satler scored 12 points for Saltsburg. Richards added 11 points, and freshmen Nick Porter and Frankie Plowman scored nine points each.
Both teams play today. Saltsburg (8-11, 6-8) travels to Penns Manor and Ligonier Valley plays host to Blairsville.
MARION CENTER 69, PENNS MANOR 38: Host Marion Center scored the first 12 points of the game and more than doubled up Penns Manor in field goals en route to a lopsided win in a Heritage Conference game.
The Stingers allowed no field goals in the first quarter and just two in the second and jumped out to a 33-point halftime lead, 40-7.
Marion Center’s Todd Fetsko led all scorers with 20 points. Jake Bothell added 15 points.
Gavin Grimaldi scored 10 points to pace Penns Manor.
Both teams play at home today. Marion Center (14-6, 11-3) plays host to United and Penns Manor welcomes Saltsburg.
CALVARY BAPTIST 49, SLIPPERY ROCK CHRISTIAN 21: Calvary Baptist’s Joel Knupp posted a double-double, Tyler Chambers scored 13 points, and the Patriots scored their eighth straight win by routing host Slippery Rock Christian in a non-conference game.
Knupp collected game-highs in points and rebounds with 20 and 14, respectively.
Chambers tallied a game-high four steals, and Andy Knupp dished out a game-best five assists.
Calvary Baptist (16-3) plays host to Bedford CIA on Friday.