Lancers positioned for title shot
Neshannock (82) Vs. Monaca (41)
Feb 15, 2010
Neshannock raced to a 24-9 lead en route to an easy Section 1-A win over Monaca.
The Lancers (6-1, 15-6) can gain a share of the section title tonight with a win at Lincoln Park (7-0, 14-6). The Leopards won the first meeting, 69-64.
Neshannock posted a 58-54 win over Union on Friday to sweep the third-place Scotties (3-4, 13-5) in section play. Union owns a one-point nonsection win over the Lancers.
“With all the (weather) cancellations and delays last week, our big goal was to go 3-0 down the stretch to become section champs,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “That was our motivation for the Union game. The message was the win over Union doesn’t mean anything if we lose to Monaca.
“We’re just taking it one game at a time and now we’re where we want to be going to Lincoln Park.”
Brandon Marinelli recorded a game-high 25 points for the Lancers and Bobby Nittinger chipped in with 22 markers and seven assists. Nittinger has 954 career points.
“Brandon and Bobby had nice games for us and we got great performance by our top varsity guys, too,” Corey said. “We were very balanced scoring-wise and stat-wise.
“For us to come out and play as well as we did after Friday’s game against Union, I was pleased with that.”
Eric Bruening snared a game-best 11 rebounds for the Lancers and Joey Fontana added eight boards and three steals.
Nate Lalama tallied 10 points for the Indians (1-7, 4-16).
All five section teams will advance to the WPIAL Class A playoffs unless Western Beaver (1-6, 7-8) upsets Union at home. A Golden Beavers win would eliminate Monaca.