Charleroi gets 1st win in romp over Bentworth
After two disappointing losses to start the season, the Charleroi boys' basketball team broke out of its slump in a big way Friday night, recording its first win of the season in dominating fashion.
The Cougars (1-2, 1-0) scored early and often en route to a 73-30 victory over Bentworth (0-2, 0-1) in a Section 5 AA opener for both teams.
“We really needed this for our team psyche,” Charleroi coach Bill Wiltz said. “After a couple tough losses, a win like this does a lot for your mindset.”
While the Cougars were on point defensively, forcing turnovers, blocking shots and outrebounding the Bearcats by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, what really stood out was their ability to consistently hit open 3-point shots.
“The biggest difference was beyond the arc,” Wiltz said. “Tonight we shot and defended extremely well from 3-point range. In our losses this season, we have done neither of those successfully.
“I would be lying if I said we weren't really focusing on that in practice.”
Charleroi shot 12-for-21 from 3-point range, compared to Bentworth, which was just 1-for-8. Evan Anderson and Matt Indorante both went 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.
Anderson scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter to help pace Charleroi to an 18-8 lead. In the second, Indorante went for 8 and Ryan Konek and Dakota Moorer both scored 5 as the Cougars poured in 27 points and went into halftime with a 45-16 lead.
Indorante left the game in the third after scoring a game-high 23 points.
“I will say we played better tonight than we did our last game,” said Bentworth coach Bob Kennedy. “At least we were aggressive. But until you learn the basic fundamentals of the game, this is what happens. But I do see some improvement.”
Jacob Crockett and T.J. Kurutz led the way for the Bearcats, each with six points, while John Flory added five and had Bentworth's lone 3-pointer.
The Bearcats played without one of their top players as Mike Clark suffered a broken nose in the junior varsity game and was unavailable.
“I only have 12 kids, so I use some of my players in the JV game,” explained Kennedy.
Charleroi scored 19 points in the third quarter to take a 64-24 lead going into a fourth quarter, which featured a running clock.
“I saw no negatives tonight,” Wiltz said. “Everyone played well. We executed our game plan. Right now I'm just enjoying it.”
Charleroi next plays on Tuesday at Beth-Center, while Bentworth hosts Carmichaels on Monday night.
Donnie Tasser is a freelance writer.