Glendale boys topple rival Moshannon Valley, 73-26|
Saturday, January 12, 2013
By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor
FLINTON - Shea O'Donnell scored nine of his game-high 18 points in the first quarter Friday at Donald A. Kitko Gymnasium to lead the Glendale boys basketball team to a 73-26 pasting of visiting Moshannon Valley.
O'Donnell had 14 points and five rebounds in the first half and added one bucket in each of the third and fourth quarters as the Vikings played much of the second half with their starting five on the bench.
"He started off hot, and he was making his shots," Black Knight head coach Mike LaFuria said. "We couldn't stop their inside game. But we just didn't play well tonight.
O'Donnell, Chris Wilson, Gary Witherow and Bill Snyder all pulled down seven rebounds for Glendale, which handled Mo Valley on the boards, 43-25.
"Our goal was to not shoot the long ball tonight, and obviously that worked," Glendale head coach Ryan Pastva said. "I have to commend our guys for their hard work on the boards, boxing out, and getting to loose balls and hustling."
The Vikings held a 6-4 lead two minutes into the first before going on a 15-2 run keyed by O'Donnell, Wilson and Witherow in the paint.
Glendale led, 21-8, after the first quarter and was never threatened again.
"They hung with us in the first quarter at the Cambria Heights Tournament," Pastva said of Mo Valley. "But it didn't seem to go that way this time. We've improved from that game drastically.
"I think our big turning point was the Curwensville game where we came back from being 16 points down. That game set our identity. We knew who we were after that game and understood what we needed to do. We learned a lot about ourselves that game and have put a better team together since then."
O'Donnell scored two more baskets in the paint in the second quarter and Dakota Sinclair, who subbed in for Damon Braniff due to foul trouble, added two inside buckets and hit two of three free throws to help Glendale up its advantage to 39-14 at the half.
"They did the same thing (in the Cambria Heights Tournament)," LaFuria said. "We couldn't stop them inside the first game, and we couldn't stop it tonight. Our height is our weakness."
Six quick points in the third quarter, including four from Braniff, ballooned the lead to 45-14 and Pastva went to his bench quickly.
The Vikings' second team continued to exploit the advantage in the paint and the hosts outscored the Black Knights 23-6 in the quarter to take a 62-20 lead and set the running clock in motion.
"As a coach, you always see things you can improve on, but I think they (the second team) did a great job coming in and doing what they were told," Pastva said.
Mo Valley's Luther Harlow found some success in the fourth quarter, scoring four points off offensive rebounds and putbacks. Harlow scored seven points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
David Bubb led the Knights in scoring, slashing his way to 10 points, while also collecting nine rebounds.
"Bubb played a good game for them," Pastva said. "He was their go-to guy and we had a hard time stopping him."
"He's playing pretty good, but he can still play better," LaFuria said of Bubb. "He played a pretty good game tonight."
Glendale had 11 different players score in the game. Braniff and Witherow each added three assists and Wilson dished out two.
"We have a lot of unselfish guys on this team, and it's nice to see that," Pastva said. "It's not about ‘me' getting a bucket, it's about Glendale getting a bucket. You love to see that.
"Collectively it was a good team win."
Glendale improved to 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Moshannon Valley League. Mo Valley dipped to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in the MVL.
The Vikings are back in action Monday, playing host to Claysburg-Kimmel, while the Black Knights entertain Bellwood-Antis on Tuesday.
"We have a tough game Tuesday against Bellwood, so we just have to try to recover from this and practice hard and see what happens," LaFuria said. "We're just not playing that well right now."
Glendale topped Mo Valley in jayvee action, 35-21. Snyder scored 17 for the Vikings with Michael Krupa netting nine for the Knights.
Bailey 0 0-0 0, McHugh 0 0-0 0, Harlow 2 3-6 7, Bubb 5 0-0 10, Sherkel 0 0-0 0, Demko 2 1-2 6, Krupa 1 0-2 3, Kovalick 0 0-0 0, Ohs 0 0-0 0, Gulish 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 4-10 26.
Barnhart 1 2-2 4, O'Donnell 7 4-6 18, Wilson 2 0-0 4, Witherow 3 3-4 10, Braniff 3 2-4 8, Sinclair 4 2-3 10, Schultz 1 0-0 2, Snyder 3 1-2 7, Matchock 2 0-0 5, M. Kimberly 1 0-0 2, Landeck 0 0-0 0, C. Kimberly 1 0-0 3. Totals: 28 14-21 73.
Three-pointers: Demko, Krupa; Witherow, Matchock, C. Kimberly.
Score by Quarters
Moshannon Valley 8 6 6 6-26
Glendale 21 18 23 11-73