Connellsville snaps 8-game losing streak
Although the Connellsville boys basketball team has endured a tough season, the Falcons have shown flashes of potential, which could lead to a promising future.
On Tuesday, Connellsville played one of its best games of the season and led from start to finish in a 65-36 win over visiting Albert Gallatin. It was the Falcons' first section win and snapped an eight-game losing streak.
“It was good to see the kids with a positive attitude, even though the results haven't been what we wanted,” Connellsville coach Dan Bosnic said. “To see them have success is a good feeling.”
Connellsville did a lot of things well. The Falcons (3-11, 1-5) were the better team on the boards, they played strong defensively and they shot the ball well.
Jade Maher and Mike Parlak grabbed the momentum for Connellsville as each drained a 3-pointer in the first quarter to help the Falcons gain a 15-6 lead. Parlak controlled the point well, and Maher was strong inside and on the perimeter.
“I thought Jade did a good job on the offensive glass and as a result, he got some opportunities,” Bosnic said. “When you look at Mike, he handled the ball well and he did a great job defensively. On the 50-50 balls, Mike got to those.”
Parlak and Maher continued to produce at both ends in the second quarter as the Falcons ramped up their lead to 34-16 at the half.
Trent Bauer also had a big game inside, hitting two baskets in the second and third quarters and knocking down eight of 10 free throws for a game-high 16 points.
Early in the third quarter, the Colonials (1-12, 0-6) managed to cut Connellsville's lead to 11 points on baskets by Nate Singer, who scored a team-high eight points, and Curtis Desmorne, who, along with Logan Wrona, finished with six points.
However, Connellsville regained its form midway through the third quarter thanks to more strong inside play from Bauer. And when Brock Bonadio drained a quarter-ending 3-pointer, the Falcons had built a 49-29 lead.
The Falcons continued to play well defensively in the fourth and got solid minutes from the bench.
“The kids did a great job of protecting the basketball, and I thought the kids off the bench continued to give us energy,” Bosnic said. “Confidence is a big thing for high school kids and hopefully this is something we can build on.”
As for the Colonials, they couldn't overcome their height disadvantage.
“I don't care what Connellsville's record is because they are a match-up nightmare for us,” Albert Gallatin coach Shea Fleenor said. “We're just trying to get better.”
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.