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Burrell uses 18-0 run to dispose of Dynamos

| Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, 11:14 p.m.
Burrell's #34 Matt Hess attempts a lay-up against Springdale's #13 Charlie Guy during the basketball game at Burrell High School on Friday December 14, 2012. Erica Hilliard | Valley News Dispatch

Springdale coach Seth Thompson said he can see why Burrell is considered the favorite in Section 1-AA.

Burrell took the lead for good midway through the first quarter and rolled to a 52-36 home victory on Friday night.

An 18-0 run that straddled the end of the first half and the midpoint of the third quarter propelled Burrell (3-1) to the nonsection win.

Matt Hess led the Bucs with 16 points and Pete Spagnolo added 15 to offset a 28-point performance by Dynamos senior Charlie Guy.

“They're certainly a good team,” Thompson said. “There's a reason why they are picked to win their section.”

Burrell coach Rob Neiderberger, however, isn't quite ready to pronounce the Bucs as the team to beat.

“We need to execute better,” he said. “We need to work on some things.

“I thought we were a little sloppy, but come the third quarter, we turned it on a little better, and that's what we need to do to win consistently. We're still looking for a full 32 minutes from this group.”

Burrell showed a strong inside game to take control.

Hess' reverse layup and a basket by Cole Bush after two offensive rebounds gave the Bucs a 13-6 edge at the end of the first quarter.

Burrell held Springdale (1-3) scoreless from the 2:28 mark of the second quarter until Guy broke the drought on a basket with 4:45 to go in the third quarter.

Burrell took its biggest lead, 49-21, at the end of the third quarter.

Guy dominated the fourth quarter with 13 points.

“He's our horse,” Thompson said. “He definitely had a great, great game on both ends. He did a lot of nice things that go unnoticed on the stat sheet.”

Burrell, which played in Class AAA last year, appears to have more depth this season.

“We have a lot of guys we feel comfortable with bringing in and out of the game,” Neiderberger said.

“A lot of guys do certain things well for us.”

Neiderberger praised the effort of senior Ryan Puchak, who scored eight points off the bench, and several other reserves who contributed.

Hess led Burrell with 10 rebounds, and Alex White added six assists.

Burrell was supposed to play Elderton Tuesday to open the section season, but the Armstrong County school was closed in July.

Instead, the Bucs will host The Neighborhood Academy from Pittsburgh's Bloomfield section Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Springdale will play its Section 3-AA opener Tuesday at Serra Catholic.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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