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.”
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
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Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
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Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
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Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
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Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
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Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
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Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
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