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O'Donnell pulls down 27 rebounds in Glendale's win over United
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
FLINTON - Not even a fire alarm could stop the Glendale boys basketball team on Monday evening.
The alarms, and the resulting evacuation, delayed the ending of the junior varsity game, but once the Vikings took the floor, they were the ones too hot to handle, downing visiting United, 65-34.
"This was the first time playing a team for the second time," said Glendale head coach Ryan Pastva. "It was a measuring stick for us. This was a show of how we improved. I feel like we have done a great job.
"The first time we played them, we shot lights-out, so I don't think the score was indicative of how we played in the first game."
The last time the two faced off was in the opening game of the season. Glendale won that game, 58-41.
Vikings Damon Braniff, Marcus McCrae and Shea O'Donnell combined to score 17 points in the first quarter, while O'Donnell also had 12 of his 27 game-high rebounds in the frame.
The Vikings led 39-12 at the half, closing out the quarter with an 11-0 run.
That run was sparked by a bucket and resulting free throw from Gary Witherow, who finished the night with seven points and five rebounds off the bench.
"Gary stepped up very well for us," Pastva said. "He played solid defensively. He was finishing when we got the opportunity. He did the little things right."
The third quarter was all O'Donnell - literally. O'Donnell scored 12 of the Vikings' 15 points in the quarter. Braniff added one of his three treys on the night to put Glendale up 54-22 heading into the final quarter.
The duo scored 41 of the team's points on the night, with Braniff picking up a game-high 22 and O'Donnell notching 19.
"Shea did an amazing job rebounding tonight," Pastva said. "That was awesome. It was big for us. He had a lot of rebounds. It was one after the other."
Part of Glendale's success was its ability to force turnovers and pick up a sizeable advantage on the boards.
The Vikings outrebounded the Lions 60-24 on the night. Most of United's rebounds came in the fourth quarter.
"We didn't turn over the ball much tonight either," said Pastva. "I'm just glad we were able to get everybody in. The hard work paid off and we got everyone in from top to bottom. That's great."
All 13 players who were dressed for Glendale played in the game.
McCrae finished the night with 12 points and five rebounds, while Anthony Barnhart had four rebounds.
"Barnhart had a quiet night, but I still think he played well for us defensively," said Pastva. "You'll have those nights. But he does everything we ask him to do.
"When you win a game like that, you can't really complain where the points come from."
United was led by 10 points each from Michael Gill and Tyler Offman. James Currie had six rebounds for the Lions, which dropped to 0-9 on the season.
The Vikings improved to 5-4 overall.
Glendale hosts Curwensville in a Moshannon Valley League matchup on Wednesday. The two played last Wednesday, and the Vikings rallied after being down by 16 points to defeat the Tide, 57-53.
"We got away with one at Curwensville," Pastva said. "They (Curwensville) know it, and they know what our shortcomings were. We've talked with the guys and we know what we need to do to have a more positive outcome this time."
Glendale also won the junior varsity game, 36-33. Bill Snyder led the Vikings with 16 points.

Brendlinger 1 0-0 2, Beacker 1 0-4 2, Currie 0 0-0 0, Patterson 0 0-0 0, Gill 5 0-0 10, Offman 5 0-3 10, McAdoo 2 0-0 4, McGeary 2 2-3 6, Smith 0 0-0 0, Ramer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 2-10 34.
Braniff 8 3-6 22, McCrae 3 6-7 12, Schultz 0 0-0 0, Barnhart 0 2-2 2, O'Donnell 6 7-9 19, Witherow 3 1-1 7, Sinclair 1 0-1 2, Matchock 0 0-0 0, M. Kimberly 0 1-2 1, C. Kimberly 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Landeck 0 0-0 0, Snyder 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 20-28 65.
Three-pointers: Braniff 3.
Score by Quarters
United        6  6 10 12-34
Glendale  17 22 15 11-65

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