Laurel boys beat Shenango
Laurel (67) Vs. Shenango (45)
Jan 09, 2014
Laurel boys basketball coach Ken Locke unleashed his defense on Shenango last night.

The Spartans’ defense clamped down, forcing 20 turnovers, en route to a 67-45 home WPIAL Section 2-AA victory over the Wildcats.

“Defensively, we got after them,” Locke said. “We wanted to put pressure on them with our athletic guys and force them to take tough shots and put them on their heels a little bit. We did a tremendous job of doing that.”

The Spartans (2-3 section, 6-5 overall) have won four straight contests.

“It seems like we’ve been saying that for a couple years now,” Locke said. “We know that winning breeds confidence. Hopefully, we can keep it going, string a few more wins together and keep playing well. We tell our guys to keep playing hard and good things will happen.”

Laurel’s defense forced Shenango into 27-percent shooting from the field. The Wildcats made just 2 of 15 from behind the arc.

“Our guys came out ready to go and it shows in the final score,” Locke said. “It was a physical game and we were able to get some easy ones off turnovers. We ran the floor pretty well.”

The defensive effort led to a 19-point advantage for Laurel over the final three quarters.

“It was a tough loss,” Shenango coach Bob McQuiston said. “Laurel was up for the game and got after it tonight. When you’re not shooting well and you turn the ball over like we did, it snowballs and gets away from you. That’s what happened tonight.”

Josh Dando led Laurel with 16 points and Jacob Wilson was next with 11 markers, four rebounds and four assists. Mason Mraz contributed eight points, eight assists and seven rebounds, while Zachary Wilson pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

“Mason had an all-around good game,” Locke said. “He controls the pace and the tempo. He did a great job of finding guys in transition. He had eight points and had some nice assists. He’s doing a nice job for a freshman.

“Josh Dando, we’ve been looking for him to step up. He had some nice takes in the first quarter. He did his usual good job on defense. It was a great job by him.”

Ryan Smith paced the Wildcats (1-4, 3-7) with 11 points, while James Micco added 10.

“We have to come back (today) and get ready for New Brighton (tomorrow),” McQuiston said. “We’ve gotta be able to bounce back and forget about it.”
Nightly Roundup
Jan 09, 2014 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Laurel 14 19 18 16 0 67
Shenango 11 10 15 9 0 45
Box Scores
SHENANGO (45)
Ryley Ferrari 1 0-0 2
Jake McMillen 1 2-3 4
Sam Sibeto 4 0-2 8
Ryan Smith 3 4-6 11
Brenton Booher 2 1-1 5
Evan Hill 0 0-0 0
Christian O’Hara 0 0-0 0
James Micco 4 1-1 10
Rocco Fiorilli 0 1-2 1
Matt Benson 0 0-0 0
Andrew Miloser 1 1-2 3
Ryan Conner 0 1-2 1
Vinny Turco 0 0-0 0
Brandon Ryder 0 0-0 0
Ricky Lanigan 0 0-0 0
Alex Young 0 0-0 0
Paul Turco 0 0-0 0
Hunter Miller 0 0-0 0
Devin Ross 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 16 11-19 45.

LAUREL (67)
Zachary Wilson 0 1-2 1
Josh Dando 6 0-1 16
Kyle Forbes 1 0-2 2
Noah Wertz 4 0-0 9
Tucker Skerbetz 2 0-0 5
Damian Steele 0 0-0 0
Jake Booher 0 1-4 1
Joseph Bandemer 1 0-0 2
Scott Siddall 4 2-3 12
Jacob Wilson 5 1-1 11
Mason Mraz 2 3-4 8
Colton Brown 0 0-0 0
Coltin Esposito 0 0-0 0
Jordan Dantico 0 0-0 0
Isici Layne 0 0-0 0
Zachary Sickafuse 0 0-0 0
Benjamin Wilson 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 25 8-17 67.
SHENANGO 11 10 15 9 — 45
LAUREL 14 19 18 16 — 67
3-point goals — Shenango 2 (Smith 1, Micco 1), Laurel 9 (Dando 4, Siddall 2, Mraz 1, Wertz 1, Skerbetz 1).
JV score: Shenango 50, Laurel 30. High scorer: S — Matt Benson 14, Vinny Turco 11, Christian O’Hara 10, L — Jake Booher 12.


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