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Boys basketball team wins 1, loses 1

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The Ligonier Valley High School boys basketball team played two away games last week. The Ligonier team grabbed a 62-54 win against non-conference Greensburg Salem High School. The Rams also played at top-ranked Northern Cambria High School, where they lost 62-24. The results bring Ligonier's conference record to 6-4, and an overall season record of 9-6.

Against Greensburg Salem, Zack Yeskey scored 19 points, Alec Bloom scored 13, Scott Fennell and Jordan Jones both scored 11, Micah Tennant scored four and Max Joblounsky and Alex Tutino each scored two points.

Coach John Berger said he was impressed with his team's rebounding in the game. Yeskey grabbed 11 rebounds, Bloom 10, Jones nine and Fennell had three rebounds and blocked three shots. “It was pretty fun to play at a big school,” Berger noted.

In the conference game against Northern Cambria, Yeskey, Bloom, Jones and Fennell each had six points.

“It was one of those nights where we couldn't get anything to go our way,” Berger commented. Everybody has a bad game, I just didn't think we could have one that bad with the talent we have.”

Berger said he was not happy with the effort his team put forth. This game was an opportunity for the Rams to move into second place in the conference. However, the loss leaves them in third place, and Berger said he believes it will not be possible to win the conference.

“We didn't come to play basketball; I don't know what it was. Northern Cambria is good, but we had beaten them already this year. We just didn't show up to play; it was uncharacteristic of our team.”

Berger added that the Rams would continue to work and improve to finish the season on a high note. Ligonier played home against Marion Center on Tuesday, and will play at home again tonight against Penns Manor in an effort to work their way back up to the top of the conference. On Tuesday, the team will travel to Saltsburg for a 7 p.m. game with the Trojans.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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