SC’s Kanaskie, Sekunda explode on Altoona
STATE COLLEGE – A team that lives by the 3-point shot can also die by the 3-point shot.
In the case of the Altoona boys basketball team, it lost because of State College’s ability to shoot the 3.
The Little Lions (13-5) managed to rack up 15 3-pointers as they defeated the Mountain Lions (7-8), 73-57, Wednesday night at State College High School. Altoona beat the Little Lions earlier this season.
“They outplayed us,” Altoona coach Paul Hasson said. “I got to give State College credit; they have two phenomenal players, and they were really hot tonight.”
Those players were Kyle Kanaskie and Bryan Sekunda. They accounted for nearly 80 percent of the State High offense.
It took the home team little time to get on the scoreboard when Sekunda scored a bucket just 10 seconds into the first quarter. Kanaskie topped off the quarter with a jumper with 2:30 to play giving State a 25-17 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
The senior guard led all scorers with 35 points, 27 of which game came from nine 3-pointers.
“My teammates found me when I was open, and I made my first 3, and I got more confidence every time I hit it and felt good,” Kanaskie said.
Tony Acrie got the visitors on the board with a jumper early in the first quarter, and Manny Span followed up a jump shot of his own from Matt Dry to make it 7-4.
The Little Lions started to pull even further away in the second stanza.
A charge on the Mountain Lions’ DeShae Lee with less than two minutes to play gave State enough momentum to carry the quarter. Sekunda finished off the quarter with one of his four 3-pointers to give State a 43-31 lead.
“In that first half, it was a half of just exchanging points on possession,” State College coach Drew Frank said. “Altoona was doing as nice of a job running their stuff as we were. At halftime I thought we needed to make more defensive adjustments.”
Sekunda scored 11 of his 25 points in the quarter and nailed four 3-pointers.
In the third quarter, both teams had their defenses on display.
Altoona held State to nine points in the quarter but could only muster 10 of its own. Lee scored six of his team-high 22 points in the quarter to cut the deficit to 11 points.
“Defensively, we played real well in the third quarter,” Hasson said. “We got back into the game, and it was just a little too much to overcome.”
The final quarter was much like the first for State College as Kanaskie went on his second 13-point scoring spree, which was topped off by one his 3-pointers for the game’s final score.
“This is our rivalry game,” Frank said of the matchup. “I think it’s good [to play Altoona]. It’s what high school athletics should be.”
Altoona will now have the chance to put this loss behind it immediately as it looks to even its record against Central Mountain tonight, something Hasson believes may help after having games cancelled in the last week.
“It’s kind of nice we get the chance to play [tonight],” he said. “We had two games cancelled last week. It’s probably what the doctor ordered.”
ALTOONA (57): Lee 10 0-0 22, Dry 3 5-5 12, Lytle 2 0-0 5, Acrie 1 0-0 2, Span 3 0-0 6, Givens 5 0-0 10, Berardinelli 0 0-0 0, Hill 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 5-5 57.
STATE COLLEGE (73): Shadle 1 2-2 5 Kanaskie 13 0-1 35, Schailey 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 1-2 3, Sekunda 9 3-4 25, Engle 0 0-0 0, Nodell 1 0-0 3, Karstetter 0 0-0 0, Irwin 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 6-8 73.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Altoona17 14 10 16 – 57
State College25 18 9 21 – 73
3-point field goals: Altoona 4 (Lee 2, Dry, Lytle); State College 15 (Nodell, Shadle, Kanaskie 9, Sekunda 4).
Records: Altoona (7-8); State College (13-5)
JV: State College, 45-24. High scorers-Dustyn Dammann, A, 8; Alex McCann, SC, 16.