Neshannock snaps two-game skid
Neshannock (68) Vs. Wilmington (57)
The Neshannock High boys basketball team returned to its winning ways last night.
A day after being upset by Mohawk, the Lancers earned a 68-57 nonleague victory over Wilmington at Westminster College.
“It was definitely good to get a win,” said Neshannock coach John Corey, whose team dropped two games in a row following a 6-1 start.
“Against Mohawk, we just got outplayed.”
The Lancers came out more aggressive against Wilmington, Corey said. Neshannock (7-3) received double-digit performances from Bobby Nittinger (21), C.J. VanEman (17) and Joey Fontana (12).
Sophomore point guard John Sansone added nine points and 10 assists.
Against Mohawk, Fontana and Sansone combined for only two points.
“Getting those guys going was definitely a huge help,” Corey said.
Wilmington coach Will Harris admitted it was tough to matchup against Neshannock’s lineup, which features four players that average in double digits.
“To Neshannock’s credit, they have too many offensive weapons to keep track of,” Harris said. “We haven’t faced a team (like that).”
Jake DeMedal recorded a career-high 36 points for Wilmington (4-4). The senior knocked down 14 field goals, including two 3-pointers. Darryl Pace added 11 markers.
“Best offensive performance I’ve had from a player in my five years,” Harris said of DeMedal. “It’s just too bad we couldn’t get the win after a performance like that.”
DeMedal’s offensive outburst is the seventh individual outing of 20 points or more the Lancers have allowed this season.
Union’s Anthony Thomas began the onslaught with 47 points on Dec. 13. Mohawk’s Jake Grim has tallied 28- and 29-point performances, while North East’s James Bailey (24) and West Middlesex’s Matt Dogan (31) also victimized the Lancers’ defense.
“We better figure it out,” Corey said. “We’ve run almost every type of defense that’s out there. Still, night in and night out, we’re giving a huge performance to somebody.”