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Roundup: Charleroi fends off Yough surge

| Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 1:01 a.m.

The Charleroi Area boys' basketball team didn't have an answer for Josh Sterner.

But the hosts did just enough scoring of their own to hold off a late surge by Yough, in a 64-61 victory Thursday at the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic.

Sterner finished with 33 points, including 10 3-pointers. He hit five treys in the fourth quarter alone as Yough outscored Charleroi, 30-16.

Charleroi (4-2) held a 17-point lead going into the final frame. Despite the one-man show, Yough was unable to grab the lead.

“We went into a box-and-1 (defense) and he was just shooting over three guys. He was unconscious,” Charleroi coach Bill Wiltz said. “We played hard, we played well. We were just scratching our heads figuring out how the hell to stop (Sterner).”

Ryan Konek (16 points), Matt Indorante (13), and John Arnold (11) led a balanced-scoring attack for Charleroi, who face off against Belle Vernon Area at 9 p.m. today.

Blake Kosor added 11 points for Yough (2-7), who will take on Bentworth at 6 p.m. today.

California Area 53, Southmoreland 52

Demetri Clements scored a game-high 25 points and sank the game-winning free throw as the Trojans (3-3) held off the pesky Scotties in the opening game of the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic.

Mike Mucha, who led Southmoreland with 12 points, sank a 3-pointer with four seconds left to tie the game at 52.

Clements took the inbounds pass and was fouled with one second remaining before draining the front end of a 1-and-1 for the eventual winning margin. Clements missed the second try and the Trojans were able to swat the loose ball away as time expired.

“I don't want to say he missed the second one on purpose, but he was told to miss the second one,” California coach Bruno Pappasergi said, laughing.

“We had a 10-point lead in the third quarter and they went on a 10-0 run to tie the game. Maybe it was a good game to watch, but not from a coaching standpoint.”

Cass Taylor added eight points for California while Ben Niemiec added 11 for Southmoreland.

The Trojans play Steel Valley at 7:30 p.m. today.

Belle Vernon Area 84, Bentworth 39

The Leopards got 23 points from Jason Capco and overwhelmed Bentworth in the nightcap of the Charleroi Federal Holiday Classic.

Belle Vernon Area (3-2) used a pressure defense to jump out to a 51-18 halftime lead and cruised to the victory. Brett Lewis and Travis Snyder added 11 and 10 points respectively for the Leps.

Damon Petroca-Bakos (13) and Angelo Rios-Lopez (12) hit double figures for Bentworth (1-6).

Girls Neshannock 61, Monessen 12

Monessen fell behind 24-0 and sleepwalked its way to a blowout loss Thursday at the Neshannock Tournament.

Madison McHale netted a game-high 17 points for Neshannock (9-0).

Teraee Bradford had six points for the Lady Greyhounds (1-4), who play 1 p.m. Saturday against Ford City.

Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2639 or

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