Boys team picks up 2 wins
The Ligonier Valley High School boys basketball team won two landslide victories against conference opponents. The Rams won at home against Saltsburg High School 71-44 and away at United 78-30. This brings their conference record to 4-2 and their overall season record to 6-4.
Against Saltsburg, senior Zack Yeskey led the scoring with 22 points. Junior Alec Bloom scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Jones scored 12. Senior Micah Tennant scored 11 points. Sophomore Justin Hugo scored two three-pointers for six points. Sophomores Luke Smetak and Calin Gropp both came off the bench to score two points and senior Patrick Waugh scored one point.
“It's just great for the program; we're really starting to come around,” said head coach John Berger. “I'm pretty satisfied, especially going to United and getting a win. Road wins are important, especially this time in the year. We're playing very well right now.”
In the away game against United, Bloom led the scoring with 14 points. Yeskey followed with 18. Jones again scored 12 points. Tennant scored eight points coming off the bench. Waugh scored seven. Senior Max Joblounsky scored four points, Hugo scored three and Junior Alex Tutino scored two points.
Berger said these high scoring games offer a great opportunity to rest starters for tougher matches, and also to bring players off the bench and give them more game time experience.
“We have been playing everybody when we get up by so many points so we don't run up the score,” Berger said.
The Ligonier Valley Rams basketball team played host Jan. 11 to Blairsville and Jan. 16 to Purchase Line. They will compete against Homer City 7 p.m. Friday at the Ligonier Valley High School gym.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.