Gaston leads Shenango to win
Shenango (60) Vs. Wilmington (45)
A big first half proved important to the Shenango High boys basketball team.
The Wildcats used a 12-point advantage at the midway mark against Wilmington and rolled to a 60-45 win last night in opening action in the Union Booster Tournament.
“We played a good game,” Shenango coach Bob McQuiston said. “We had a tough loss to Rochester last week, so we really bounced back and played with some passion and played with some emotion.”
The Greyhounds (3-3) trailed 26-14 at the half and never recovered.
Rich Gaston led all scorers with 34 points and added nine rebounds for the Wildcats (5-4). Mike Murcko followed with 13 points.
“Our guards did a good job,” McQuiston said. “Bobby Gwin did a nice job getting the ball inside and Rich did a nice job scoring 34.
“The guys came to play. Chris Grant also did well guarding Shane Wagner.”
Wagner paced Wilmington with 13 points and his cousin, Matt Wagner, followed with 10 markers.
The ’Hounds were forced to play without the services of Dallas Hartman. The senior center was ejected during a nonregion game against Kennedy Catholic last week.
Shenango will play Union in the championship game today. The tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.