Shenango rolls in playoff tune-up
Shenango (63) Vs. Union (44)
The Shenango High boys basketball team got its revenge last night.

After losing a pair of WPIAL nonsection decisions to Union this season, the Wildcats earned a 63-44 victory at home.

“The guys came out ready to play,” Shenango coach Bob McQuiston said. “Our defense did a nice job pinching the gaps so they couldn’t penetrate our zone.”

Rich Gaston led the way with 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Wildcats improved to 9-13. Mike Murcko followed with 20 points.

Chris Grant chipped in with eight rebounds and Bobby Gwin had four assists.

“The guys played with some passion,” McQuiston said. “It was the last game for the seniors on our home court. They played hard all year and I’m proud of their efforts.

“It’s a good win for us and you always want to go into the playoffs on a high note.”

Jason Burkes led the Scotties (12-9) with 10 points.

Shenango (Section 2-AA) and Union (Section 1-A) will advance to the WPIAL playoffs. Pairings will be announced tonight.
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Shenango 17 23 11 12 0 63
Union 11 4 16 13 0 44
Box Scores
UNION (44)
Anthony Thomas 3 1-2 8
Jason Burkes 3 1-3 10
Matt Ault 1 2-2 4
Anthony Forletta 0 0-1 0
Nick DeCesare 3 0-0 8
Damian Trott 2 0-0 4
Greg Respress 1 0-0 3
Ronnell Hunt 1 0-0 2
Mike Pelto 1 0-0 2
Andre Jones 1 0-0 3.
Totals: 16 4-8 44.

SHENANGO (63)
Brian Herb 1 0-0 2
Bobby Gwin 2 0-1 6
Chris Grant 1 3-4 5
Mike Murcko 7 3-4 20
Rich Gaston 10 5-9 25
Dave McCowin 0 0-0 0
Jordan Hill 1 0-0 3
Brett Cassella 0 0-2 0
Anthony Pisano 0 0-0 0
Joe Colavecchia 0 0-2 0
Matt Jacobs 0 0-0 0
Jordan Razo 0 0-0 0
Brandon Kusnierz 0 0-0 0
Rocco Nero 0 0-0 0
Jordan Bender 0 0-0 0
Josh Misner 0 2-2 2.
Totals: 22 13-24 63.

UNION 11 4 16 13 — 44
SHENANGO 17 23 11 12 — 63

3-point goals — Union 8 (A. Thomas 1, Jones 1, DeCesare 2, Burkes 3, Respress 1), Shenango 6 (Murcko 3, Gwin 2, Hill 1).
JV score: Union 40, Shenango 35. High scorer: U — Trott 12, Hunt 10. S — Herb 9. Razo 9.
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