Union pulls away from Our Lady of Sacred Heart
Union (63) Vs. OLSH (50)
Feb 04, 2012
Special to the News

It was a sick victory for Union over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Friday night.

Sick as in good and sick as in two of the Scotties starters were not feeling well, not that you could tell by their performances.

“Joe (Salmen) and Drew (Robinson) were sick all night,” Union coach Dave Smialowski said. “But they came to school and sucked it up ... they battled.”

Salmen paced Union with 21 points in the 63-50 WPIAL Section 1-A victory at Mike Covelli Field House. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and made the key basket in the game for the Scotties. Robinson scored just seven points but did a good job handling OLSH’s full-court pressure.

Salmen said he threw up a couple times Thursday night and then again yesterday morning before heading to school. Then he went out and made the Chargers feel ill.

Not only did he lead the offense, but he guarded OLSH sharpshooter Andrew Orie in Union’s man-to-man defense. Orie finished with 21 points, scoring 17 in the third quarter, but had just two points in the first half as Union built a 31-18 lead.

“I’ve been guarding the (other team’s) best player all year,” said Salmen, who was giving away four inches in height to the 6-foot-3 Orie. “I just try to stay long and move my feet ... not play (him) with my hands and try to beat him to a spot.”

Union scored the first two field goals of the third quarter to take a 35-18 lead, but that’s when OLSH caught fire.

With Orie leading the way, the Chargers went on a 15-4 run to pull to within 39-33 with two minutes left in the quarter. Union took a 44-37 lead into the fourth period but was having trouble hanging onto the basketball.

Matt Sangermano’s layup with 5:34 left to play trimmed Union’s lead to 49-44. The Scotties then missed a pair of 3-point field-goal attempts and OLSH grabbed the rebound after the second miss. It looked as if Union was in trouble, but Benjamin Young, who scored 15 points, stole the ball for the Scotties and got it to Salmen who drove the left side for a layup with 3:48 remaining.

That basket, more than any other, seemed to hurt the Chargers, even though they scored twice to cut the deficit to 51-48 with a little more than three minutes left.

“They had the momentum ... it was in their favor and that ball was flying all over the place,” Smialowski said. “Yeah, I think that drive by Joey deflated them.”

Union (4-4, 10-8) scored twice — Tre Major, who had 13 rebounds, on a layup and Markel Peace, who finished with 14 points, off a steal — after OLSH cut it to three points. Sangermano, who scored 17 points, missed the front end of a one-and-one with 2:16 left and Salmen went sailing in for a fastbreak layup at 1:31 to all but secure the victory.

“Oh yeah, they’re a good team,” Smialowski said when asked if he knew OLSH would make a run at the Scotties in the second half. “We made a run, they made a run ... there were a lot of mini runs in the second half. Fortunately, we made more than they did ... and we had that cushion. I’m proud of the way we fought.”

Union has won four of its past five games. The Scotties are tied with OLSH (4-4, 14-4) for third place behind Lincoln Park and Cornell. Western Beaver, which defeated Rochester last night, 69-59, is a game back in the standings at 3-5.

All of which will make for an interesting final few days of the season. Union entertains Lincoln Park on Tuesday then closes out section play at Western Beaver on Friday. Western Beaver is at OLSH Tuesday. And OLSH plays at Cornell, which is 5-3 in the section and visits Rochester Tuesday, on Friday.

The top four teams in the section standings advance to the WPIAL playoffs.

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Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Union 16 15 13 19 0 63
OLSH 13 5 19 13 0 50
Box Scores
OUR LADY OF SACRED HEART (50)
Andrew Orie 8 3-4 21
Matt Sangermano 8 1-3 17
Greg Ott 0 0-0 0
Isiah Neely 2 1-2 6
Derek McMonagle 3 0-0 6
Nick Metz 0 0-0 0
Kendall Page 0 0-0 0
Chris Gamcik 0 0-0 0
Totals: 21 5-7 50

UNION (63)
Joe Salmen 7 4-4 21
Drew Robinson 3 0-0 7
Trevon Major 3 0-0 6
Markel Peace 4 6-10 14
Benjamin Young 5 2-3 15
Wayne Seamans 0 0-0 0
Clifford Clark 0 0-0 0
Totals: 22 12-17 63

OLSH 13 5 19 13 — 50
UNION 16 15 13 19 — 63

3-point goals — OLSH 3 (Orie 2, Neely 1), Union 7 (Salmen 3, Young 3, Robinson 1).
JV score: OLSH 53, Union 26. High scorers: U — Jacob Jendrysik 9, Austin Burk 9.
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