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Vincentian boys basketball cruises to second round of PIAAs

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Louis Raggiunti | Pine Creek Journal
Tony DiNardo tallied a triple-double in the PIAA opener.

Although the Vincentian boys basketball team led Northern Cambria, 39-24, at the half, coach George Yokitis was less than pleased with his team's performance.

“I was sort of aggravated, because we were lethargic and quit doing what we do,” Yokitis said.

Yokitis' rant sunk in as Vincentian came out and, “played the best quarter of basketball since I have been here,” he said.

The Royals laid down 41 points and advanced to play the only team who handed them a loss this season — Bishop Carroll. Results of that game were unavailable as of press time.

Tony DiNardo led Vincentian with a triple-double (31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals), and Ryan Wolfe chipped in 16 points. Jim Kenna added 10, and Jay Cortese scored 12, nine of which came in the third quarter.

With such a monstrous quarter, the Royals only scored two points in the fourth and still came away with an 82-47 win.

“The triple-double is a testament to the team and how good my teammates are,” DiNardo said.

Kevin Fischer handled much of the distribution, and he said he is happy to do his part.

“Whoever I pass the ball to I know will do something good with it,” Fischer said. “Our defense is what really helps our offense score in transition.”

Senior Matt Lang said the Royals managed to avoid the championship hangover, and the team is on the path to do all it set out to do.

“WPIALs was nice, but we have to get back at it,” Lang said.

“We have to play our way, crank it up a notch and shoot with confidence.”

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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