Tigers shoot lights out in win

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Hollidaysburg senior Ethan Haupt had already turned around thinking that his last second heave at the end of the first quarter was going to be offline.

Little did he realize, after a few cheers from the stands, it went in and counted.

That triple was one of 15 on the day as the Golden Tigers routed Windber, 81-31, Saturday afternoon at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School Gymnasium.

“We shoot the ball well, we’re going to put ourselves in a little better position better to win,” Hollidaysburg coach Brad Lear said. “We felt like whoever we were going to play today was going to have it rough. It was good to see us play that way.”

Haupt’s three before the end of the first gave the Golden Tigers a 15-8 lead after the first quarter. He finished the day with 14 points and was one of three players to record double-figures.

Rambler coach Steve Slatcoff was impressed with how the Tigers shot the ball.

“They shot the lights out tonight. We tried a couple of different things, they hit some open ones, but they also hit some contested ones. They really shot the ball well tonight.”

Sam Servello and Austin Finochio racked up five triples apiece for the winners. Finochio recorded two of those in Hollidaysburg’s early outburst.

Dom Frucella’s bucket off an in-bounds pass with under two-minutes in the opening half gave the Golden Tigers a 41-15 lead at the break.

“We’re fortunate enough to have a couple of kids we can plug and play,” Lear said. “In the Altoona game, no shot the ball exceptionally well. In this game, it seemed all of our guards played well both defensively and offensively.”

Sam Servello led Hollidaysburg 23 points and Finochio racked up 21. The Tiger offense outshot the Ramblers, 28-10, from the field, and much of that damage came before Hollidaysburg even went to the free-throw line.

“We knew they could shoot the basketball,” Slatcoff said. “Unfortunately for us tonight, they had a number of guys who caught fire for them.

“It was kind of like we had some holes in the barrel that we were trying to plug, but they just kept finding them”

Hollidaysburg finds themselves at a record of 7-4 at the halfway point in the season, and Lear feels the growth is starting show from a team that had to replace nearly its entire rotation from a year ago.

“We’re beginning to understand that we can score in other ways by crashing the offensive glass, cutting off passes instead of maintaining stationary stance.”

Hollidaysburg’s three-game homestead will continue on Wednesday against Williamsport.

WINDBER (31): Cominsky 3 2-6 8, Simanski 0 2-2 2, Charney 0 0-0 0, B. Roxby 2 0-0 4, Vasus 3 2-3 8, Bradley 1 1-2 3, Piscitella 0 1-2 1, C. Roxby 0 0-0 0, Hanik 1 1-4 3, Ross 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 9-19 31.

HOLLIDAYSBURG (81): Viduya 0 0-0 0, Finochio 7 2-2 21, Haupt 5 1-2 14, Storm 2 0-0 5, Pugh 1 0-0 2, Frucella 2 0-0 4, Servello 8 2-2 23, Day 1 0-0 3, Spotts 0 2-4 2, Marks 2 3-5 7, Stevenson 0 0-0 0, Ottaway 0 0-0 0, Corey 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 10-15 81.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Windber    8   7   7   9 — 31

Hollidaysburg    15 26 25 15 — 81

Records: Windber (1-7); Hollidaysburg (7-4).

3-point field goals: Hollidaysburg 15 (Finochio 5, Haupt 3, Servello 5, Storm, Day)

JV game: Hollidaysburg, 43-23.

Referees: Mike Conron, Justin Frear, Jeff Fisher.

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