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Laurel edges Rochester
Laurel (49) Vs. Rochester (47)
Jan 20, 2009
Jake Dando was a hero last night for the Laurel High boys basketball team.

Dando buried an eight-footer with one second left to lead the Spartans to a 49-47 victory over Rochester in a WPIAL Section 2-AA matchup.

“I was very pleased with the effort,” Laurel coach Mike Tinstman said. “This was a great team win and we played well defensively.

“We hit some big shots and we needed this win.”

The Spartans (3-5 section, 7-8 overall), who swept the Rams (3-5, 8-7), are in a four-way tie for the final playoff spot. Shenango (3-4, 6-9) is in third place.

“This win makes the season a little more exciting,” Tinstman said. “We will focus one game at a time and see where we end up.”

Mohawk (8-0, 14-2) is in first place, followed by New Brighton (4-3, 11-4).

Mike Natale paced all scorers with 16 points for Laurel, while Dando chipped in with 10. Shane Caldararo pulled down a team-high five rebounds for the winners.

Trey Johnson posted 13 points for Rochester.



Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Laurel 9 14 19 7 0 49
Rochester 12 13 13 9 0 47
Box Scores
LAUREL (49)
Shane Caldararo 4 1-4 9
Jake Dando 4 1-2 10
Tyler Forbes 2 1-2 7
Mike Natale 6 0-0 16
Eric Wallas 2 0-0 5
Chad Long 1 0-0 2.
Totals: 19 3-8 49.

ROCHESTER (47)
Trey Johnson 6 0-0 13
E.J. Blackwell 4 0-0 9
Jason Adamson 1 0-0 2
Paul Everson 5 1-2 12
Terry Gettings 4 0-0 8
Terry Slade 1 1-2 3.
Totals: 21 2-4 47.

LAUREL 9 14 19 7 — 49
ROCHESTER 12 13 13 9 — 47

3-point goals — Laurel 8 (Dando 1, Forbes 2, Natale 4, Wallas 1), Rochester 3 (Johnson 1, Blackwell 1, Everson 1).
JV score: Rochester 46, Laurel 38. High scorer: L — Ryan Melichar 11.


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