Southmoreland boys basketball team loses regular-season finale
Monday's season finale was a reflection of the whole season for the Southmoreland boys basketball team. The Scotties put in the effort, tried to fight through adversity, but ultimately didn't get the desired results in a 71-62 loss to visiting Waynesburg.
“It was a microcosm of our season,” Southmoreland coach Frank Muccino said after his team endured the loss, which sealed an 0-21 season for the Scotties.
“We do things well in spurts, but we're not consistent enough. We didn't make the plays when we needed to make them. There were probably five or six of those types of plays (Monday). Those are the plays that if you win, you make and when you lose, you don't make.”
The Scotties trailed for nearly the entire game against the Raiders, but despite being down, Southmoreland continually managed to keep the game close. Southmoreland started slow and fell behind, 9-2, but pulled to within 21-20, only to see Waynesburg's Wes Bristor hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close the first quarter and give the visitors a 24-20 edge.
Adam Fox had a huge game for the Raiders, scoring 12 points in the first quarter on his way to a 26-point effort. John Glenn Davis finished with 14 points, and Dom Sarra added 12 points.
In the second, Zac Black and Jacob Porter each made a 3-pointer to help Southmoreland take a brief lead. Black and Randy Ohler led the Scotties with 13 points. Porter scored 12 points, and Justin Livengood had 11 points.
However, Waynesburg's Dom Sarra hit three shots to help the Raiders hold a 39-32 lead at the half.
“We were fortunate,” Waynesburg coach Dave Sarra said. “We had some bad possessions, but somehow we maintained a lead. Sometimes we would get a putback or a 3-pointer, and then we would exchange buckets with them.”
Southmoreland hung tough and was able to pull within 47-46 late in the third quarter, but Waynesburg closed the quarter with a 7-0 run to stay in front, 54-46.
The fourth quarter was similar to the first three. Waynesburg built a lead, but Southmoreland would come back. At one point, the Scotties cut the Waynesburg advantage to 62-60, but Waynesburg (5-17) managed to seal the win with a 9-2 run.
For the Scotties, it was another disappointing loss, although it wasn't for lack of trying.
“We started slow, but we came back,” Muccino said. “I can't fault the effort.”
According to Dave Sarra, the experience of playing one final game was good for both teams.
“It was an evenly matched game with two clubs that have scrappy kids that play hard,” Dave Sarra said. “I think it was good for both teams to battle and compete.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.