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Ligonier boys basketball team drops 2

| Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 9:30 a.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier’s Scott Fennell takes a shot at the hoop in a recent high school basketball game. Taken 1/3/2014 at the Ligonier High School

The Ligonier Valley High School boys basketball team traveled to take on conference opponents Blairsville and Purchase Line last week. The Rams were unable to come away with a victory in either game, losing first to Blairsville, 65-32, then 73-53 to Purchase Line, bringing the season's record to 3-4 in the Heritage Conference and 3-8 overall.

In the Rams' lowest scoring game of the season, Blairsville allowed only three points in the opening quarter, putting up 11 and taking a 28-15 lead into halftime. The Wildcats held Ligonier to single digits in both the third and fourth quarters. A 27-9 third quarter was all Blairsville needed to put the game out of reach, finishing with the largest point gap the Rams have allowed all season.

Collin Smith led the Rams in scoring putting up 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Jordan Jones followed with nine points. Trent Stewart sank a 3-point shot. Calin Gropp and Scott Fennell both scored three, with Fennell also grabbing eight rebounds. Jake Nemeth and Tanner Solich both contributed two points to Ligonier's total.

Ligonier was able to narrow the margin in the loss to Purchase line, if only slightly. The Red Dragons put up 27 points to Rams' 10 in the first quarter. Ligonier managed to close the gap to 11 points by halftime, however, 26 Purchase Line points provided a comfortable enough lead that the Rams 28 points in the second half fell short of the mark.

Jones reclaimed his place as the Rams' top scorer, racking up 23 points. Nemeth scored 11 points and grabbed six offensive rebounds. Justin Hugo finished with a pair of 3-pointers for six, Nate Mattis added four points. Alex Tutino, Fennell and Smith each added two points. Fennell again grabbed eight rebounds, and Smith broke a four-game streak where he scored 10 or more points.

The Rams will return home for more conference action 7 p.m. Friday to take on Northern Cambria.

Peter Turcik is a contributing for Trib Total Media.

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