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Connellsville boys basketball stomps Albert Gallatin

Connellsville's Ryan Pearl moves the ball up court in the first half of Connellsville's match up against Albert Gallatin at Albert Gallatin Area High School on Friday.

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By Dave Stofcheck
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012

Albert Gallatin was so concerned with stopping Connellsville big man Paul Martin that it lost track of Falcons point guard Adam Siecinski, one of the smallest players on the court Friday night.

Siecinski made the Colonials pay, as he scored a game-high 20 points to help Connellsville breeze past Albert Gallatin, 64-21, in Section 1-AAAA action.

Connellsville (7-1, 3-1) rebounded from its lone loss this season, a 13-point defeat to Hempfield four days ago.

Albert Gallatin took an early 8-5 lead and prompted Falcons coach Dan Bosnic to take a 30-second timeout. Connellsville responded with a 15-2 run to close the quarter, and the rout was on.

"We made some silly mistakes early, but we got our focus back," Bosnic said. "We got back to doing the things we need to do to be successful. We kind of lost our way in the Hempfield game, but we can take a lot of positives from this game."

Martin, 6-foot-9, finished with just two field goals and six points against a backed-in Albert Gallatin zone. But all of the attention garnered by Martin gave Siecinski plenty of open looks.

Siecinski is listed at 5-8, but actually is closer to 5-6.

"You pick your poison," Albert Gallatin coach Warare Gladman said. "We were scrambling for position inside, and then we would give up the long-distance three."

Connellsville has Class AAAA's top-ranked defense, and yesterday's performance only solidified that ranking. The Falcons have allowed just 40.7 points per game, which stands third in all of the WPIAL regardless of classification.

Whether it was due to an anemic Albert Gallatin offense or a stellar Falcons' defense, or perhaps a combination of both, the Colonials (0-8, 0-4) were held to their second-lowest point total this season.

Chris Uphold's layup with 3:01 remaining in the first quarter tied the score at 10. Albert Gallatin didn't make another field goal in the game -- a span covering 27 minutes.

"(Connellsville was) clicking on all cylinders," Gladman said. "Their experience and athleticism took care of things tonight. We were competing in the first quarter, but once our adrenaline wore off, we kind of fell back and they picked up their game."

Uphold led Albert Gallatin with nine points.

Connellsville returns to action today, when it takes on Ringgold at noon at North Catholic High School in the Don Graham Classic.

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