Hounds savor 'real' win
The Monessen Greyhounds finally got the win they've been waiting for and picked up their second “first” win of the season at home by blowing out Geibel, 60-23.
Head Coach Joe Salvino knew it was only a matter of time before his team would hit the win column on the court after the Greyhounds (2-8, 1-0) ran a gauntlet of tough non-section games.
“It wasn't necessarily the losing part that bothered me,” Salvino said. “It was the effort I was seeing. During the holiday tournaments I didn't think we put in a lot of effort against those quality teams. Tonight I saw somethings that I really hope we keep on doing.
“It always helps when you win your first game in section play.”
Luke Doptis led a balanced Greyhound attack, scoring a team-high 12 points. Clintell Gillaspie added 11 points and eight rebounds. The Greyhounds played without junior Justice Rawlins, who participated in the Under Armour All-American Junior Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla., Thursday.
“I think everyone stepped their game up and did what I asked them to do,” Salvino said. “For the most part, everyone played as a team. Everyone picked up their game. Clintell really picked up the intensity, and Noah Rullo and Lavelle Rush coming off the bench gave us a spark. Javon Brown stepped up his game ... it was a great team effort.”
It also helped that the Greyhounds were at home for only the second time this season.
“It's always nice playing at home. Granted, the competition was a little different,” Salvino said. “At home you have the support of the fans. That's a big thing and the kids welcome it.”
Another Greyhound Salvino acknowledged was Tyler Yuille, who ripped down 13 rebounds.
Geibel (0-6, 0-1) was led by Aaron Agostoni's team-high 12 points.
Monessen resumes play Tuesday when it makes the long journey to Avella.
“The travel, well that's all part of it. We got to Avella Tuesday and Mapletown Friday,” Salvino said. “Believe it or not, the season is half over. I think we have 12 games left and all but two of those are section games. Hopefully we can steal some games on the road and keep this up.”
Charleroi 55, Brownsville 52
It was a game the Cougars had highlighted on the schedule long before tipoff and they knew it would be a big game as far as the Section 5 AA standings were concerned.
“It's a good win, but it's one of those that we wish we could have played better,” Cougars coach Bill Wiltz said. “I'm glad we won, though. It was a big one.”
Jim Diaz scored a game-high 19 points to lead the way, and Matt Indorante nailed four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points as Charleroi (6-3, 4-0) held on late.
“We got beat up on the boards pretty bad. That's disappointing,” Wiltz said. “But the kids played hard. They knew coming in that this game was big. We've been looking forward to it for a long time. In this section you have to beat good teams when you get them on your home court.”
Cole Novotne scored 15 points to lead the Falcons (5-3, 2-2), who lost their third straight. Teammates Dre Durkin and Josh Mapstone added 11 and 10 points respectively.
The Cougars, who remained tied with California for the section's top spot, travel to Frazier Tuesday.
California 84, Bentworth 61
Brian Fisher became the second Trojans' player to go over the 1,000-point mark in under a week as California knocked off Bentworth for the second time in six days.
Standing at 997 career points as the third quarter started, Fisher nailed a 3-pointer which kick started the Trojans, who outscored the Bearcats 28-12 in the frame. The Trojans outscored Bentworth, 54-34, in the second half after leading by only three at halftime.
Tanner Huffman led the Trojans (8-1, 4-0) with 25 points, but Fisher wasn't too far behind with 22. Evan Patterson chipped in 11 points for California.
The Bearcats (4-5, 2-2) were led by Cody Levine's 18 points. The senior was ejected in the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul of the game. Other Bearcats in double figures included Chris Blackburn with 13 points and Mike Clark with 12.The win keeps the Trojans tied atop Section 5 AA with Charleroi. The two teams meet Jan. 15 at California.
West Mifflin 62, Belle Vernon Area 33
It was a long night for the Leopards as they were nearly doubled up by the host Titans.
Ryan Maha (13) and Cye Murphy (12) combined for 25 points and Derek Fulmore added 11 points to lead West Mifflin (8-2, 4-0) to the Section 4 AAA win.
Ryan Thomas was the lone Leopard to reach double figures, scoring 11 points.
The Leopards (2-8, 1-2) trailed 27-16 at halftime and managed only six points in the third quarter.
BVA will look to avoid their third straight loss when they travel to Thomas Jefferson Tuesday.
Thomas Jefferson 70, Ringgold 45
The Rams were able to get leading scorer John Maldonado back from a concussion, but the results remained the same as the Rams were outgunned at Section 4 AAA foe Thomas Jefferson.
Maldonado scored a team-high 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, but was the only Ringgold player to hit double figures.
Chase Winovich scored 21 points and Jason Horan added 17 to lead the Jaguars (6-3, 3-0).
Nico Law (9) and Demetrius Louis (8) combined for 17 points for Ringgold (1-9, 0-4).
Thomas Jefferson shot 14 of 16 from the free throw line compared to 6 of 11 for the Rams.
Ringgold will look for their first section win Tuesday when they travel to East Allegheny.
Mt. Pleasant 69, Yough 50
Mt. Pleasant broke open a close game in the third quarter, outscoring the Cougars 21-7 in the frame to help vault them to the Section 3 AAA win.
Ben D'Amico scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Cougars. Teammate Josh Sterner chipped in 11, but it wasn't enough to overcome the large deficit.
Marcus Malara's game-high 23 points led the Vikings (6-4, 2-1), who also got 11 points from Cody Monroe and 10 more from Ryan Gumbita.
Yough (4-7, 1-3) resumes play Monday when they travel to Elizabeth Forward for a non-section game.
Jeff-Morgan 61, Frazier 55 susp.
Frazier's game at Jefferson Morgan was suspended with two minutes remaining in the game due to a leaking roof in the Rocket's gymnasium.
The game will be resumed in the fourth quarter on Jan. 29 when the Rockets travel to Frazier for their regularly scheduled Section 5 AA matchup.
Elizabeth Forward 70, East Allegheny 63
Four Warriors scored in double figures to lead Elizabeth Forward to a Section 4 AAA win over East Allegheny.
JaQuan Davidson scored a team-high 17 points, Jalen French added 16, and Austin Matta (12) and Matt Bernadowski (11) combined for 23 points as the Warriors (4-6, 1-3) overcame a small halftime deficit to pick up the win at home.
Jordan Williams and Joel Randolph each scored 17 points and Kaisau McMillan added 12 for the Wildcats (4-7, 0-3).
EF resumes play Monday at home against Yough.
GirlsCharleroi 45, Frazier 33
Coming off their big win at Monessen Thursday, the Frazier girls suffered a small letdown in losing to visiting Charleroi in a non-section game Friday.
“I think there was a little letdown,” Frazier coach Shara Zupanc said. “We were a little beat up, too, though. We had a real physical game in Monessen.”
Mia Woytovich scored a game-high 18 points, with 10 in the second half as the Lady Cougars (7-5) pulled away.
“Mia was in foul trouble in the first half, but when she came back in the second half she took over,” Zupanc said of the Charleroi junior. “She's a great player and was really tough to guard.”
Lynsey Wright added 10 points for the Lady Cougars.
Lauren Timko (13) and Cassidy Guiser (11) combined for 24 points for the Lady Commodores.
Frazier (4-4) hosts a big Section 4 A game Monday against Winchester Thurston while the Lady Cougars will travel to Burgettstown in 5 AA play.
Jeremy Sellew is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2667.