Ellwood boys defeat Shenango
Ellwood City (64) Vs. Shenango (55)
The Ellwood City Lincoln High boys basketball team started strong last night and made it stand.

The Wolverines built a 10-point halftime lead and pushed it to 15 after three quarters en route to a 64-55 nonsection home win over Shenango.

Ellwood City (1-3) was up 29-19 at the break and 46-31 after three periods.

“I liked how we played defense for three quarters,” said second-year Wolverines coach Anthony Ovial. “Shenango did a nice job of running their offense in the fourth quarter. But overall, I thought we did a nice job defensively.

“It was a total team effort.”

Ellwood City pulled down 36 rebounds, led by Nick Ioanilli with 12 boards. Ioanilli added 12 points as well.

“I thought we did a nice job on the glass on both ends,” Ovial said. “We got ourselves second chances.

“I really thought for two nights (Tuesday against Mohawk in a loss) we did a nice job on the boards. Rebounding is one area we’ve improved from game one on. Hopefully that continues.”

Wildcats coach Bob McQuiston noted the importance of Ellwood’s mastery on the boards.

“I thought Ellwood really came out and got after it,” he said. “Physically, they were really strong in the paint.

“They got a lot of second and third shots and we didn’t get any.”

Tanner Walsh paced the Wolverines with a game-high 26 points and five assists. Justin Vetica tossed in 11 markers for the winners.

“Walsh had a big night and he played well,” Ovial said. “It was a well-rounded game for us. It was as complete of an effort as it could be. The guys played their roles.”

Ryley Ferrari netted 17 points for Shenango (1-2) and Ryan Smith was next with 12. The Wildcats were just 12 of 24 at the foul line.

“I thought it came down to rebounding and foul shooting,” McQuiston said. “That was the difference in the game.”

Both schools open WPIAL section play tomorrow. Shenango travels to Beaver Falls in Section 2-AA play and Ellwood hosts in Blackhawk in Section 2-AAA action.

“This is a resilient bunch,” McQuiston said. “They will bounce back and be ready for Friday.”

Said Ovial, “Once you get into section play, there’s nothing easy. We know we have to play hard and physical every night. Just do what we do.”

Game Scoreboard
Ellwood City 17 12 17 18 0 64
Shenango 10 9 12 24 0 55
Box Scores
Ryley Ferrari 8 0-2 17
Jake McMillen 0 0-0 0
Sam Sibeto 0 0-0 0
Ryan Smith 4 3-5 12
Brenton Booher 2 1-4 5
Evan Hill 0 1-2 1
Christian O’Hara 2 2-2 7
James Micco 2 5-9 9
Rocco Fiorilli 2 0-0 4.
Totals: 20 12-24 55.

Tanner Walsh 10 6-11 26
Jeff Fallabel 0 0-0 0
Justin Vetica 4 3-5 11
Nick D’Itri 1 0-0 2
Matt Morabito 0 2-2 2
Frederick Roth 2 0-1 5
Nick Ioanilli 6 0-2 12
Brady Kosior 0 0-0 0
William Scott 2 2-2 6.
Totals: 25 13-23 64.
SHENANGO 10 9 12 24 — 55
ELLWOOD 17 12 17 18 — 64
3-point goals — Shenango 3 (Ferrari 1, Smith 1, O’Hara 1), Ellwood City 1 (Roth 1).
JV score: Shenango 44, Ellwood City 39. High scorer: S — Christian O’Hara 17; EC — Trey Moses 9.
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