Riverside turns back Neshannock
Neshannock (50) Vs. Riverside (66)
Jan 29, 2011
By JOE SAGER
ncsports@ncnewsonline.com

NORTH SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP — The Neshannock High boys basketball team remains atop the WPIAL Section 2-AA standings.

However, after last night’s 66-50 loss at Riverside, the Lancers aren’t alone anymore.

Neshannock dropped into a first-place tie with Summit Academy (7-2 section, 10-6 overall) — a team the Lancers beat Tuesday night. The Panthers’ physical win brought them within a game of the top spot as well.

“My coaches and I had talked a couple weeks ago that we had a stretch where we played Ellwood City, Summit Academy and Riverside and we saw that we had to at least get two out of those three,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “Obviously, we wanted all three, but we had to have the Summit game and we knew if we could get one more, we’d be OK. We’re still sitting in first place. We just have to get focused on Shenango and win out now.”

Neshannock (7-2, 13-4) failed to capitalize on Tuesday’s emotional 85-77 overtime win over Summit. The Lancers struggled mightily on both ends of the floor against the Panthers (5-3, 10-8) — especially on offense.

“We shot 28 percent from the field,” Corey said. “We’re a way better shooting team than that. I don’t know what they were, but I know they were a whole heck of a lot better than that. I think our effort was there; we just weren’t hitting shots.”

It was just the opposite for Riverside, which avenged a 71-62 loss at Neshannock.

“We played well. We wanted to play with some excitement, enthusiasm and a little bit of excitement,” Riverside coach John Rorick said. “We were struggling lately against some good teams, but we wanted to come home against the first-place team and defend our home court. We just came out like a house of fire. That’s what Neshannock did to us the first game. They got out to a big lead early and we wanted to try to return the favor. They are a very well-coached team and they play hard. That’s why they are in first place. They have some great players. I am extremely proud of our guys with how hard they played. They had some fun.”

The Panthers erupted in the first quarter. Jake Thellman tallied 10 of his 16 points in the frame as the hosts grabbed a 21-11 lead.

Riverside went on a 12-0 spurt to start the second and increased the margin to 22 points, 33-13, with 3:45 remaining in the half.

With leading scorer Brandon Marinelli on the bench most of the first quarter with two personal fouls, the Lancers struggled to generate more offense. He came back in late in the second quarter and Neshannock went on an 11-2 run fueled by John Sansone’s triplicate trio and Marinelli’s two free throws. However, Marinelli was whistled for his third personal with 1:58 left in the half and went to the bench and didn’t return until the third quarter. He finished the night with 15 points.

“He’s a scorer. They came out with a game plan that they were going to make him work extremely hard. They were grabbing him and pushing him and just really making him fight for points,” Corey said. “Obviously, that’s frustrating when you’re getting bumped and held and pushed. He has to play through that. He’s seen it before.”

Neshannock made strong runs in the third and fourth quarters. The Lancers cut the deficit to 43-34 in the third and came within seven, 56-49, with 3:47 left in the game, but the Panthers answered both times.  

“We made big shots. The last two losses we had, we struggled a little shooting. We shot the ball well,” Rorick said. “We got big efforts from everybody. We played good defense. We made their shots a little tougher. I am just extremely proud of our guys.”

Riverside senior guard Zac Rorick, the coach’s son, led all scorers with 30 points. He continues to battle back from a shoulder injury and didn’t play in the teams’ first meeting on Jan. 4. Thellman had 16 points, while Sean Strosnider added 10.

Sansone led the Lancers with 17 points, while Marinelli had 15.
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Neshannock 11 13 12 14 0 50
Riverside 21 16 15 14 0 66
Box Scores
NESHANNOCK (50)
Anthony Van Eman 1 0-0 2
John Sansone 6 0-0 17
Nick Graziani 2 3-4 7
Brandon Marinelli 6 3-4 15
Alex Seltzer 2 0-0 4
John Conglose 0 1-2 1
David Burkes 1 2-2 4
Totals: 18 9-12 50

RIVERSIDE (66)
Sean Strosnider 4 2-2 10
Jake Thellman 8 0-0 16
Brent Mulneix 2 1-2 6
Gig Jewell 2 0-0 4
Zac Rorick 9 7-9 30
Tom Mansfield 0 0-0 0
Dom Vetica 0 0-2 0
Totals: 25 10-15 66

NESHANNOCK 11 13  12 14 — 50
RIVERSIDE 21 16 15 14 — 66

3-point goals — Neshannock 5 (Sansone 5), Riverside 6 (Rorick 5, Mulneix 1).
JV Score: Riverside 40, Neshannock 26. High scorers: R — Tyler Falk 15. N — Ethan McCarthy 9.
Home | Game Schedules | Archive Coverage | Player of the Week
Lets Talk Basketball | BasketBlog | Big Shots
www.NCBounce.com
Copyright © NCBounce.com
All rights reserved. Do not duplicate or redistribute in any form.
Site Designed By: MotionLX, LLC