Spartans ‘step it up’ in win over Mohawk
Mohawk (49) Vs. Laurel (64)
Jan 04, 2014
The Laurel High boys basketball team was just a bit quicker than Mohawk last night.

That extra speed added up a convincing 64-49 WPIAL, Section 2-AA road win for the Spartans.

“They were one step ahead of us the entire night,” Warriors coach Rob Fadden said. “To be honest, I think Laurel wanted to win more than we did. They played harder than we did. Every opportunity for a loose ball or an offensive rebound went their way.

“They go hard after offensive rebounds. They did a nice job of getting second and third opportunities and converting off them.”

Regardless of how it happened, Laurel coach Ken Locke will take his squad’s first section win of the season.

The Spartans improved to 1-3 in the league and 4-5 overall.

“It’s very important,” Locke said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, our section has to be the toughest section in Double-A. It’s nice to get a win and get a win on the road.

“Our guys were ready to go. We were so close there for a few of our losses. The guys came ready to play. I give them credit. It’s always difficult to win on the road. I’ll definitely take it.”

Laurel turned a 17-11 deficit in the first quarter into a 29-23 lead at halftime and extended its lead to 41-34 after three quarters.

The Spartans drained all 10 of their fourth-quarter free throws to seal the win. Laurel connected on 15-of-18 freebies for the game.

“I’m happy with that,” Locke said. “That helped us seal the victory. We’ve been sporadic from the line all year. We have good shooters. We’re definitely better than what we shot in our last game. We were able to make them (last) night. I like that.”

Mohawk (1-3, 5-5) managed 20 field goals and didn’t have a player reach double figures. Jonathan Grim led the Warriors with nine points.

Zachary Wilson led the Spartans with 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Jacob Wilson tallied 14 points and five steals. Mason Mraz chipped in 14 points and six rebounds.
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Mohawk 17 6 11 15 0 49
Laurel 11 18 12 23 0 64
Box Scores
LAUREL (64)
Zachary Wilson 4 2-2 10
Josh Dando 3 0-0 7
Kyle Forbes 0 0-0 0
Noah Wertz 0 2-2 2
Tucker Skerbetz 0 0-0 0
Damian Steele 0 0-0 0
Joe Bandemer 0 0-0 0
Scott Siddall 5 6-6 17
Jacob Wilson 6 2-2 14
Mason Mraz 5 3-6 14
Totals: 23 15-18 64

MOHAWK (49)
Tyler Rader 4 0-0 9
Zach Shasteen 2 2-4 6
Travis Giardina 2 1-1 5
Ricky Malutic 1 0-0 2
Isaac Strobel 0 0-0 0
Michael Kurtz 1 2-2 4
Gio Menichino 3 0-0 6
Spencer McConahy 2 0-1 4
Shane McFarland 2 0-1 4
Jonathan Grim 3 3-6 9
Totals: 20 8-15 49

LAUREL 11 18 12 23 — 64
MOHAWK 17 6 11 15 — 49

3-point goals — Laurel 3 (Dando 1, Siddall 1, Mraz 1), Mohawk 1 (Rader 1).
JV score: Mohawk 54, Laurel 18. High scorer: L — Isici Layne 7; M — Ricky Malutic 10, John Zagotti 10.
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