Golden Tigers enjoying late-season surge

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Zach Ottaway and his four fellow senior starters on the Hollidaysburg Area High School boys basketball team are on their first winning streak of the season.

It might be just two games, and Tuesday’s win came against a 1-17 Carrick team, but it’s progress.

“We’ve been in almost every game all year,” Ottaway said. “We’re starting to put it all together. We’re starting to find some chemistry, get some balance on offense and pressing on defense well.”

A week after eking out a victory against Latrobe, Hollidaysburg left no question which team would win Tuesday. The Golden Tigers forced seven first-quarter turnovers and led by 19 at halftime in a 73-46 win.

Ottaway finished with 18 points, and Brian Urban scored 17 for Hollidaysburg. More importantly to Golden Tigers coach Mick Pentoney nine other Hollidaysburg players scored at least two points.

“[Ottaway and Urban] have been scoring a lot of points all season,” Pentoney said. “It’s when the other guys like Dom Viduya and Eric [Miller] and when we get other guys involved that more guys get more confidence. That helps us and lets us play deeper.”

Hollidaysburg played so deep Tuesday that only 10 of its 31 second-half points were scored by starters.

“They didn’t put any of their starters back in during the final quarter, and that’s something I really appreciated,” Carrick coach Walt Milinski said. “They are very well coached and have five experienced senior starters. They know what they are doing and played a great game.”

Ottaway scored eight points in the first quarter as Hollidaysburg jumped ahead, 25-11.

“We have been working on our press all week,” Ottaway said. “Coach wanted us to jump out and get on them quick with some fast-break points, and it worked out.”

DaiVon Lewis led Carrick with 13 points.

“We start two sophomores and three juniors, and we’ve got to get better,” Milinski said. “We didn’t do that tonight, but a lot of that had to do with how well Hollidaysburg played. We didn’t take care of the ball, we didn’t shoot well and we didn’t rebound well.”

The Golden Tigers forced 20 turnovers while improving to 5-10.

“I tell our guys all the time, teams can either get better or get worse at this time of the year,” Pentoney said. “Teams sometimes get discouraged and start packing it in, or you get motivated and start taking off. I think it’s our time. We’re getting better after going through a tough part of our schedule.”

CARRICK (46): Jackson 2 2-4 6, Edmonds 2 0-0 5, Lewis 6 1-2 13, Quinten 3 2-4 8, Atkins 0 0-0 0, Scott 2 0-3 4, Hannan 1 1-1 3, Ta. Thorton 0 2-4 2, Evans 0 0-0 0, Lowe 2 0-2 5, Pham 0 0-0 0. Totals – 18 8-20 46.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (73): Springer 1 2-2 4, Miller 1 0-0 2, Viduya 2 1-1 5, Urban 6 5-5 17, Z. Ottaway 9 0-0 18, Consiglio 3 0-0 8, Ruggery 2 1-4 5, Mason 3 0-0 6, Holsopple 1 0-0 2, Adams 1 2-3 4, J. Ottaway 0 0-0 0, Delozier 0 0-0 0, Holipsky 1 0-0 2, Cirprich 0 0-0 0. Totals – 27 11-15 73.


Carrick11 12 11 12 – 46

Hollidaysburg25 17 17 14 – 73

3-point goals: Carrick 2 (Edmonds, Lowe); Hollidaysburg 2 (Consiglio 2).

Records: Carrick (1-17); Hollidaysburg (5-10).

Officials: Ted Beam, Mike Andrews, Randy Burkett

JV: Carrick, 43-40. High scorers-Grant Delozier/Ryan Adams, H, 14 each; Taylor Thorton, C, 13.