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Ellwood City (53) Vs. Ambridge (52)
Brandon Lucarelli came through in the clutch for the Ellwood City Lincoln High boys basketball team on Saturday.

Lucarelli split a pair of foul shots with seven seconds left to lift the Wolverines to a 53-52 win over Ambridge in the PBC Holiday Coaches vs. Cancer Festival hosted by the Bridgers.

With the score knotted at 52, Lucarelli misfired on the first attempt. However, he drained the second shot for the deciding marker.

“Brandon came through big at the end for us,” Ellwood City coach Al Campman said. “We’re hoping we can feed off that win. Sometimes, when you win games like that, it becomes a habit."

The Wolverines (2-2) were coming off a tough 56-51 overtime loss to Neshannock on Friday in the WPIAL Section 2-AA opener for both schools.

Ambridge (0-5) had one final possession but Ellwood City forced a turnover as time expired.

“We made a defensive adjustment there and the kids listened; that’s a positive,” Campman said. “Coming off a heartbreaking loss like we were, it’s tough coming back that soon and playing a game. But they responded very well.”

Lucarelli paced the Wolverines with 16 points and Ryan Horgan was next with 13.

Malik Walker registered a game-high 23 points for Ambridge.


Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Ellwood City 15 12 14 12 0 53
Ambridge 16 11 12 13 0 52
Box Scores
ELLWOOD CITY (53)
Ryan Horgan 6 1-1 13
Gino Ceriani 1 1-2 3
Devon Siegfried 0 1-2 1
Matt Morella 2 0-0 4
Jared Vetica 2 1-2 7
Matt Germanoski 2 0-1 4
Marcus McCowin 2 0-0 5
Brandon Lucarelli 5 2-3 16.
Totals: 20 6-11 53.

AMBRIDGE (52)
Brandon Hoo 6 0-0 15
Zach Priest 1 1-2 3
Will Stanley 1 0-0 3
Malik Walker 7 6-7 23
Khalil Tookes 1 2-3 4
Jordan Grassel 0 0-0 0
Giovanni Avolio 2 0-0 4
Jordan Sweigart 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 18 9-12 52.

ELLWOOD CITY 15 12 14 12 — 53
AMBRIDGE 16 11 12 13 — 52
3-point goals — Ellwood City 7 (Lucarelli 4, Vetica 2, McCowin 1), Ambridge 7 (Walker 3, Hoo 3, Stanley 1).
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