Hollidaysburg’s defense tough on PC in fourth
By Dan Isenberg
For the Mirror
CRESSON — The Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers showed Tuesday night at Penn Cambria High School that it takes a lot more than just scoring points to win a game.
The Tigers held Penn Cambria scoreless in the fourth quarter, while senior guard Nick Viduya sank a 3-pointer and went 4-of-4 at the line for seven of the Tigers’ 12 fourth-quarter points as Hollidaysburg stifled Penn Cambria, 54-44. Viduya added 10 assists to his fourth-quarter performance.
“We challenged the kids to hold them,” Hollidaysburg coach Brad Lear said. “We didn’t say zero, but we just said this was our quarter. Historically speaking, our two best quarters are one and three, so we’re trying to get that fourth quarter closed out, and tonight we did it with some different people.”
Closing out the fourth came late in the third for the Tigers. Penn Cambria held a 44-37 lead with 1:30 left to play in the frame after Braedon O’Donnell, the game’s leading scorer with 18 points, dropped his third 3-pointer of the quarter.
Josh Holsopple, who led the Tigers with 11 points, drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four, and the Tigers went to the final frame down just two.
Casey Ottoway’s bucket tied the game at 44, and Viduya’s trey broke the tie and put the Tigers ahead for good, as they finished the game on a 17-0 run. They were just 2-of-3 from the field in the quarter.
“Once we climbed the mountain and built that three-point lead, I just said kill it,” Lear said. “Because with our two best guards from earlier in the year sitting on the bench, and Dominic Frucella sitting on the bench with the flu, the other kids just stepped up.”
In addition to Viduya, Michael Day, Collin Stevenson, and Jaden Delerme each netted eight points for the Tigers in a balanced offensive effort.
“That was one of the better games he had,” Lear said of Viduya. “Him controlling the defense, making the calls. Collin had a couple big rebounds at the end of the game, and I thought Casey Ottoway and Joey (Corey) came in and played well. It was a good team effort.”
Penn Cambria coach Jim Ronan said Hollidaysburg got the Panthers out of their comfort zone and were able to make defensive adjustments late in the game that kept hsi team on their toes.
“They came and trapped us in different places, and we turned it over a couple of times but it wasn’t even necessarily the turnovers that got us,” Ronan said.
“If you watch basketball, you see it all the time,” Ronan said. “When a team switches stuff up, and throws a little wrinkle in there, it’s enough to alter the momentum that a team has offensively, and they did a great job with that.”
Hollidaysburg hosts Indiana Saturday, while Penn Cambria hosts Bishop Carroll Thursday.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (54): Viduya 1 4-4 7, Day 2 4-4 8, C. Stevenson 3 1-2 8, Holsopple 4 0-0 11, Ottoway 3 0-0 6, Corey 1 0-0 2, Barton 0 0-0 0, Marks 2 0-3 4, Delerme 3 2-3 8. Totals — 19 11-16 54.
PENN CAMBRIA (44): O’Donnell 5 3-3 18, T. Perrone 2 1-2 6, Ronan 1 0-2 2, Shuagis 3 0-0 8, Garrett 0 0-0 0, R. Perrone 0 0-0 0, Smith 2 0-0 6, Tsikalas 2 0-0 4. Totals — 15 4-7 44.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Hollidaysburg 17 10 15 12 — 54
Penn Cambria 13 13 18 0 — 44
3-point goals: Hollidaysburg 5 (Viduya, C. Stevenson, Holsopple 3); Penn Cambria 10 (O’Donnell 5, T. Perrone, Shuagis 2, Smith 2).
Records: Hollidaysburg (11-6); Penn Cambria (8-13, 3-6 LHAC).
JV: Hollidaysburg 53-38. High scorers–Barton, H, 18; Tsikalas, PC, 16.