Mohawk hangs tough, but Lancers still prevail
Neshannock (60) Vs. Mohawk (47)
Dec 21, 2013
The Neshannock High boys basketball team knows there’s still work to be done.

The Lancers improved to 3-0 in Section 2-AA with a 60-47 win over Mohawk last night.

“Obviously, being 3-0 is good,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “At this point, we’re more concerned about improving ourselves and the level of our offense and defense. We’re focused on improving and getting better.

“Mohawk played really well. They’re a very physical group and they do a good job on the glass at both ends of the floor. That’s a big part in why we didn’t play well. We didn’t play as well as we have been and that’s a credit to them.”

The Lancers (5-1 overall) got eight points from Matt McKinney and six from Matt Seltzer as they built a 24-15 first-quarter lead, but it was Neshannock’s defense that set the tempo.

“We had five steals in the first quarter,” Corey said. “We were changing up defenses on them in hopes of confusing them a little. Giving them different looks definitely helped. They started to figure it out, so we got away from that and settled into a matchup man-to-man.”

The Warriors (1-2, 3-3) stayed within striking distance of the Lancers for the remainder of the game and pulled to within three in the third quarter.

“After that, we went through a drought where we couldn’t put the ball in the hoop,” Mohawk coach Rob Fadden said. “We knew they were going to pressure us and we knew we’d turn the ball over. We wanted to limit our turnovers and not give up easy transition points, because a team like Neshannock is going to capitalize on your mistakes.”

Jimmy Medure led the Lancers with a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double, while McKinney and Ernie Burkes added 18 and 16, respectively.

“There’s no question that Neshannock is a good team with two good guards in Burkes and McKinney,” Fadden said. “We didn’t do a good job of locating guys early. With good guards like that, you can’t leave them open.”

Jonathan Grim’s 16 points paced Mohawk.

“Jon played well,” Fadden said. “He was more aggressive and was more offensive-minded. We need that from him. Hopefully, he gains confidence and this will be the Jon we see for the next 16 games.

“I was happy with the effort. We bounced back from a pretty disappointing performance Tuesday. We get up for Neshannock regardless of our records. We have to learn to play everyone else in the section the same way.”
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Neshannock 24 14 9 13 0 60
Mohawk 15 13 6 13 0 47
Box Scores
Tyler Rader 1 0-2 2
Zach Shasteen 3 0-0 6
Travis Giardina 3 1-2 7
Ricky Malutic 1 0-0 2
Michael Kurtz 0 0-0 0
Gio Menichino 4 0-0 8
Spencer McConahy 2 0-0 5
Shane McFarland 1 2-3 4
Jonathan Grim 6 0-1 13
Totals: 21 3-8 47

Ernie Burkes 4 7-8 16
Matt McKinney 7 0-1 18
Ethan Moose 1 0-0 2
Matt Seltzer 4 0-1 8
Ty Haswell 0 0-0 0
Jimmy Medure 5 2-2 12
Fred Mozzocio 0 0-0 0
Marcus Giangiuli 2 0-0 4
Totals: 23 9-12 60

MOHAWK 15 13 6 13 — 47
NESHANNOCK 24 14 9 13 — 60

3-point goals — Mohawk 2 (McConahy 1, Grim 1), Neshannock 5 (McKinney 4, Burkes 1).
JV score: Neshannock 53, Mohawk 40. High scorer: M — Zach Shasteen 13; N — Don Colucci 11.
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