Connellsville ends season with win over Albert Gallatin
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The Connellsville boys basketball team may not have reached its goal of qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs this season, but the Falcons did go out winners.
Connellsville concluded its season Friday by honoring its seniors and earning a 69-57 victory over visiting Albert Gallatin in Section 1-AAAA.
“You're always happy when it's a senior night game and you can send them off on the right note,” Connellsville coach Dan Bosnic said. “The results don't always reflect the effort it took. I thanked them for their effort they put forth. We didn't always get the results, but their effort, I appreciate. This is a great group of young guys.”
Considering it was senior night, it was only fitting that seniors Trent Bauer, Jimmy Leichliter and Jade Maher each put up strong numbers to help the Falcons (11-10, 5-7) close the season in style by securing an overall winning record.
Bauer set the tone early by getting some hard baskets on the inside. He finished with a game-high 27 points. Bauer was particularly effective in the first half as Connellsville built a 39-32 halftime advantage.
“He took a lot of contact and did a good job of finishing,” Bosnic said of Bauer.
Jimmy Leichliter also hit some big shots early and finished with 21 points as Connellsville outscored Albert Gallatin 24-10 in the second quarter.
According to Albert Gallatin coach Shea Fleenor, the second quarter was the difference in the game.
“It's been the story of our season,” Fleenor said. “If we could put 32 minutes together, we could beat teams. Without that second quarter, I think we might have won.”
The Colonials (7-14, 0-12) did battle back. Albert Gallatin got Bauer in foul trouble early in the third quarter, which meant that Connellsville's big man watched the majority of the quarter from the bench.
Albert Gallatin stayed in the game thanks to some key baskets from Christian Goletz, Nick Groover and Josh Zidek. Goletz and Groover each finished with a team-high 14 points, and Zidek added 12 points.
But with Bauer on the sidelines, Maher stepped up and filled the void down low by hitting three clutch baskets in the third quarter. Maher finished with 10 points.
“He did a great job of finishing around the hoop,” Bosnic said of Maher.
Trailing by 13 to start the fourth, the Colonials were able to claw within nine points with four minutes to go. But just when Albert Gallatin seemed to have hopes of a late rally, Leichliter buried a key 3-pointer to restore a double-digit lead and the Falcons held on for the win.
While the Falcons went out with a victory, the Colonials will look to do the same when they close their season with a nonsection game at Mt. Pleasant on Monday.
“Win, lose or draw, they work extremely hard,” Fleenor said. “They could have folded at any time this season, but they kept battling. We just have to keep on getting better.”
Jason Black is the Local Sports Editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Newman thrilled to sign with Division I Cleveland State
- Plum girls basketball standout commits to St. Francis
- Steel Valley tabs Schifino as new boys basketball coach
- Henry Kuzma, architect of 1965 Midland Leopards, dead at 86