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Panthers win while Devils fall

December 8, 2012
By Nate Foreman (nforeman@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

EBENSBURG - Experience trumped youth twice Friday night at Central Cambria High School.

Perennial power Penn Cambria dismantled tournament newcomer Penns Manor and defending District 5 Class AA champion Conemaugh Township held off host Central Cambria in the first night of the annual Ron Davidson Roundball Classic.

For only the third time since 2006, Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference rivals Penn Cambria and Central Cambria will not meet for the championship.

With its 54-44 win over the Red Devils, Conemaugh Township will look for its first tournament title.

"That's why you play preseason tournaments against quality competition - to see where you stack up," Conemaugh Township coach Chuck Lesko said. "Penn Cambria is as good as anyone in the area, so we're looking forward to the challenge."

Down 14-7 in the first quarter, the Indians seemed poised to run away from the Devils.

But an 11-0 run that extended into the second quarter gave Central Cambria an 18-14 lead with 5 minutes remaining in the period.

Township regrouped, went into the locker room with a 27-25 advantage and never looked back.

The Red Devils were led by Tanner Ambrisco's 17-point effort.

Jeff Fisher paced the Indians with a game-high 21 points, while Dillon Boyer and Jeremy Sotosky each added 12.

"We knew they were a very solid team, a very well-coached team," Central Cambria coach Adam Stephan said. "We showed our lack of experience tonight."

Conemaugh Township's full-court press defense gave Central Cambria fits all night, forcing 20 turnovers.

"We certainly like to preach to play solid defense," Lesko said. "Luckily tonight, we forced them to work hard for their shots. That's what we wanted to do, and it turned out in our favor."

"We knew they were going to press us a little bit," Stephan said. "They gave us a couple different looks. We've just got to take care of the basketball. We turned the ball over a lot. We can't have that if we want to win a basketball game."

Penn Cambria took out over nine months of waiting and frustration on a heavily overmatched Penns Manor team in the early game Friday night.

The Panthers completely dominated on both ends of the floor in a 61-17 blowout.

"We've been waiting for this game since last February when Bishop McCort beat us [in the playoffs]," said Penn Cambria coach Jim Ronan, whose team is looking for its second consecutive Ron Davidson championship. "We worked tremendously hard all offseason to get to this point. This group of seniors that I have right now, they are really hungry. They feel they have a lot to prove."

Even with A.J. Leahey scoring only seven points in the first half, the Panthers had a 25-5 lead after one quarter and led 40-8 at the break.

The defense forced 25 first-half turnovers and never allowed Penns Manor to get in any rhythm. The Comets had 32 tunrovers on the night.

Penn Cambria's Mack Behe scored 10 of his 12 points in the first 16 minutes. Leahey scored the Panthers' first 10 points of the third quarter for a game-high 17.

"One of the things we have been focusing on is the defense," Ronan said. "We can really take teams out of the schemes they want to do. Offensively, we just got a lot of good looks off of our defense. That's what we wanted to accomplish tonight."

PENN CAMBRIA 61, PENNS MANOR 17

PENNS MANOR (17): Horwat 0 0-0 0, Rizzo 1 0-0 2, Hamilton 0 2-2 2, Jewart 2 0-2 4, Kowalski 0 3-4 3, Henderson 0 2-4 2, Alter 0 0-0 0, Lute 0 0-0 0, Sink 1 2-5 4, Marshall 0 0-0 0. Totals 4-31 9-17 17.

PENN CAMBRIA (61): Behe 5 1-2 12, Keagy 1 1-2 3, Lawhead 2 3-6 7, Leahey 6 2-2 17, J. Mardula 0 0-2 0, M. Mardula 1 0-0 2, Schwaderer 2 0-0 5, Tsikalas 1 0-0 2, Hite 0 0-0 0, Chirdon 0 3-3 3, George 0 0-0 0, Przybys 2 0-0 6, Kost 0 0-0 0, Bastian 1 2-2 4, Slatko 0 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 12-19 61.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Penns Manor5 3 6 3 - 17

Penn Cambria25 15 16 5 - 61

3-point goals: Penns Manor 0-5, Penn Cambria 7-21 (Behe, Leahey 3, Schwaderer, Przybys 2).

Records: Penns Manor (0-1), Penn Cambria (1-0).

CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP 54,

CENTRAL CAMBRIA 44

CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP (54): Speigle 1 0-1 2, Burns 0 7-8 7, Boyer 4 4-5 12, Sotosky 6 0-1 12, Fisher 8 4-7 21, Callihan 0 0-2 0, Formica 0 0-0 0. Totals 19-42 15-26 54.

CENTRAL CAMBRIA (44): Bowman 1 0-0 2, Seymour 4 0-0 8, Holsinger 4 1-4 9, Hodgson 3 0-0 6, Ambrisco 6 2-2 17, Tsikalas 2 0-0 2, Zearing 0 0-0 0. Totals 19-42 3-6 44.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Con. Township14 13 14 11 - 54

Central Cambria10 15 11 8 - 44

3-point goals: Conemaugh Township 1-11 (Fisher), Central Cambria 3-9 (Ambrisco 3).

Records: Conemaugh Township (1-0), Central Cambria (0-1).

 
 

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