Oil City High’s home gymnasium is nicknamed “The House of Hustle.”
Tuesday night, the Oilers were overwhelmed at a house of horrors — E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, where opposing teams’ dreams go to die.
Led by a quartet of double-digit scorers, Farrell High boys basketball team served as an obstacle to the Oilers’ objective — the outright 2014 District 10 Region 5-AAA crown — as the Steelers staged a 69-54 victory.
Approximately 3èweeks ago the Steelers suffered a 55-50 setback at “The House of Hustle,” but Tuesday’s triumph was not about vengeance according to Steelers’ skipper Roland Shannonhouse.
“No two ways about it, we needed to get back on the winning track; we didn’t want our guys’ heads to go down — we’ve gotta keep them confident — and this was a good opportunity, ’cause (the Oilers) are a fine team, they’re well coached.
“We needed the win, and (the Steelers) came out and performed,” Shannonhouse simply summarized.
Farrell (11-3, 17-3) forged a 26-15 first-quarter lead by connecting on 12 of 17 floor shots en route to what ultimately was a wire-to-wire win.
Andrew Williams’ right-wing triple with approximately 4 seconds remaining in the half had the Oilers within 38-30. However the Steelers scored the first 7 second-half points as Jamel Brown fed Chris James; James then returned the favor by collaborating on a screen-and-roll with Ike Jones, and Brown bombed a trey, forging Farrell to a 45-30 lead approximately 2 minutes into the 3rd quarter.
It was a double-digit deficit for the Oilers (11-3, 16-3) for the duration.
The Steelers’ stifling man-to-man pressure coerced the Oilers into 18 miscues; conversely, Farrell finished with only 8.
“It had to be done,” Shannonhouse said. “They had one specific goal offensively, and that was to take us off the dribble. So we had to have our guys step off, give a little cushion, keep ’em on the perimeter for as long as we could, and help out with their spin dribble.
“We made a good adjustment.”
In the game at Oil City, the Oilers overwhelmed Farrell from the free-throw line, converting 25 of 37 attempts while the Steelers’ sin-stripe shooting was only 12 for 17. Tuesday night — while Farrell finished a frigid 5 for 17 from the line, the Oilers were only 10 for 12.
For Farrell, Jones (18 points, 6 rebounds) was joined by Brown (14 points, 6 assists), James (11 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds), Tyrone Archie (8 points, 8 rebounds) and Dewayne Burns (7 points).
“I thought our discipline on offense was what really got us. We ran our sets and got the ball where we needed to get it, and we made shots,” Shannonhouse assessed regarding the Steelers’ 29 for 58 shooting.
“I think that was our advantage. We had a lot of discipline on offense. Guys weren’t selfish, they spread the ball around, and when they were open, they hit the easy ones. That’s what made the difference in the game,” Shannonhouse said.
Farrell’s 5 starters attempted between 8 and 11 floor shots, and were led by Jones’ 8 for 10 marksmanship. Also, 4 different Steelers staged 3-point fielders.
Logan Way was Oil City’s leader with 16 points while snaring 7 rebounds, while Williams went for 10 points and dished out 3 assists and Frank Serbati served up 4 assists. However Devon Geib got in early foul trouble (2 with 4:28 remaining in the 1st frame), and never really got into the flow. Despite scoring 11 points, he attempted only 7 shots.
There was some dispute when he was assessed his 5th foul with 4:50 left, thereby being disqualified. A technical foul was called, and Brown bucketed 3 free throws (1 on the personal, 2 on the technical), then added a subsequent drive to complete a 5-point swing.
The Oilers ended 19 for 40 from the floor, while Farrell finished with a 33-24 rebounding edge.— By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Sharpsville 45, Lakeview 43 — At Stoneboro, the visiting Blue Devils decisioned the Sailors in the Region 2-AA affair.
For Sharpsville (3-8, 7-13), which snapped a 4-game skid (6 of 7) for skipper Jim Smiley, Sage Barringer bucketed a game-high 22 points, tossing in 2 treys.
Leading Lakeview (2-9, 8-13) was Brandon Rice (15), Austin Rice (11) and Jake Doddo (10).
ä West Middlesex 59, Reynolds 49 — At West Middlesex, the Region 2 champion Big Reds moved to 11-0 in the region and 16-5 overall with the win over the Raiders (7-5, 14-7).
WM led 18-11 after the opening 8 minutes and 28-22 at the break and then outscored Reynolds 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to pull away.
Trey Staunch fired in 22 points for WM and Ryan Dogan buried 5 treys en route to 17 for the Reds.
Garhett Frable paced Reynolds with 15 points, Woods had 13 and Jacob Leipheimer added a dozen points.
ä Hickory 52, Slippery Rock 35 — At “The Rock Box” in Slippery Rock, the Hornets moved to 10-5 in Region 5-AAA and 15-5 overall with the win over the Rockets (1-13, 5-15).
Bubba Pryts paced Hickory with 14 points and 8 rebounds, Aaron Conley registered 11 points and 8 boards and Donté Green added 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Brady Kadlubek was the leading scorer for Slippery Rock with 11 points.
ä Grove City 49, Meadville 42 — At Meadville’s “House of Thrills,” the visiting ’Grovers garnered the Region 5-AAA win, their 3rd in their last 4 outings.
Grove City got out to a 12-4 first-quarter lead before the Bulldogs bullied their way to a 20-all halftime stalemate. However the visiting Eagles erupted for 19 points during the decisive 4th frame.
Derek Turner tallied a game-high 20 points for Grove City (9-7, 14-7), tossing in 4 triples, while Foster Reznor rifled in 10 and Danny Torok tossed in 2 treys.
Jason Clune connected for 16 points and Shequon Lindsey 14 to lead Meadville (5-9, 7-13) in scoring.
ä George Junior Republic 69, Sharon 68 — At Grove City, GJR’s Hadari Baker laid in a basket with 1.6 seconds left and Daunell Stovall’s half-court heave clanked off the front of the rim as the Tigers of GJR (6-8, 9-10) edged Sharon (6-9, 9-12) in a Region 5-AAA encounter.
Tamair Holloway had a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead GJR. Also posting double-doubles were Qayshawn Oliver with 18 points and 23 boards and Malik Gibson with 16 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocks.
Also for GJR, Hadari Baker dished out 7 assists and had 5 rebounds and Ron Pearson posted 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Aubray Jennings drained 6 treys en route to 22 points for Sharon and Jason Austin added 15 points. Sharon buried 15 treys during the game.
ä Kennedy Catholic 71, Rocky Grove 55 — At Rocky Grove, Andre Campbell rifled in 6 treys en route to a career-high 33 points in leading Region 1 champion KC (8-0, 13-8) to a win over the Orioles (4-3, 7-12).
Jacob Feeney had a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double for Kennedy Catholic and Gerald Zachar contributed 13 points.
Tyler Davis scored 17 for Rocky Grove, Garrett Gannoe bucketed 15 and Adam Kirwin had 11 points.
ä Cochranton 52, Mercer 40 — At the County Seat, the visiting Redbirds rolled to the inter-region road rout.
Cochranton, Region 3 champ, claimed a 23-17 halftime lead, then permitted Mercer just 9 third-period points.
Nick Dickson delivered a team-high 19 points to key Cochranton (18-3), while Logan Herzberger hit for a dozen.
Mercer (11-10) was led by Jon Scheidhauer’s game-high 22-point performance.
ä Wilmington 72, Greenville 70 (OT) — At Greenville Tuesday, the Hounds improved to 7-4 in Region 2-AA and 12-9 overall with the OT win over the Trojans (2-9, 8-12).
The teams were knotted at 25-all at halftime. Greenville went up 52-43 after 3, but the Hounds outscored the Trojans 22-13 in the 4th to force OT and then posted a 7-5 scoring advantage in the extra session to earn the win.
Jordan Smith scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Hounds, Spencer DeMedal bucketed 16, Rocco Fagan had 15 and Jesse Hilliard added 13 markers.
Aaron Emmett led the Trojans with 19 points, Trey VanAken scored 18, Tyler Fattman tallied 14 and Trent McErlane added 11.
ä Commodore Perry 54, VisionQuest 45 — At Sheakleyville Tuesday night, the host Panthers prevailed in the Region 1-A affair. Overcoming an 8-point 2nd stanza, the Panthers poured in 30 second-half points.
Coach Jon Hildebran’s club has effected an impressive turnabout from last year’s winless campaign.
For Commodore Perry (3-4, 10-10), Jeremiah Small scored 20 points and Tanner Hildebran hit for 12.
VisionQuest (4-4, 5-14) was led by Jessie Robinson, who rifled in a game-high 22 points, but ended as the Eagles’ lone double-figure scorer.
ä Brookfield 75, Champion 47 — At Warren on Tuesday, the visiting Warriors (11-7) held a slim 11-10 lead after the opening 8 minutes, but outscored the Golden Flashes (1-18) 21-8 in the 2nd quarter to pull away for the win.
Nate Johnson rifled in 25 points to lead Brookfield while Davon Sims and Marc Kraml scored 11 and Jamar Tarver added 10.
Michael Turner and Lucas Nasanti had 14 points each for Champion.
ä Saegertown 87, Jamestown 61 — At Saegertown Tuesday, the visiting Muskies fell to 1-16 with the non-region loss to the Panthers (8-13).
Scott Sada (20), Mitchell Wood (17), Tyler Walters (17) and Jason Amy (12) scored in double digits for Saegertown.
Kyle Melton led the way for Jamestown with 20 points, Brian Livingston bucketed 16 and Todd Depree added 11 markers.
ä Hickory 76, Youngstown East 27 — At “The Hive” in Hermitage, coach Jeanette Whitehead’s Lady Hornets (21-0) kept their hopes alive of an undefeated regular season with the rout of East.
Holly Grober fired in 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds to lead Hickory while Brandi Beader scored 12 points, and Nikki Arbanas, Megan Chess and Nicole LaCava all notched 11 points.
Arbanas also dished out 5 assists, LaCava grabbed 6 boards and Chess added 3 assists.
LaVreah Hilton led the way for East with 8 points.
Hickory will look to close out the regular season with a 22-0 record when they visit Grove City on Thursday in a Region 5-AAA clash.
ä Cochranton 68, Lakeview 27 — At Cochranton, the host Lady Redbirds rolled to the inter-region rout.
Madison Bernarding bucketed a game-high 20 points to key 2013 District 10 Class A runnerup Cochranton (16-4), while Kendall Dickson drilled 13 and Morghan Egli ended with 10.
Lakeview fell to 5-17 overall.
Oil City High’s home gymnasium is nicknamed “The House of Hustle.”
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
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