Balance key for Shamrock

Photo for the Mirror by Gary M. Baranec Matt Michael of Shamrock Electric puts up a shot over Snare and Associates defender Brady Gehret.

Some mid-season roster adjustments paid off handsomely for Shamrock Electric in the CBRC Lakemont Park Summer Basketball League’s post-season playoffs.

Shamrock dropped two out of three regular-season meetings to Snare & Associates Mortgage Services but it was a different story in the playoffs.

Balanced scoring — seven players got on the board — as Shamrock Electric trimmed Snare & Associates, 47-35, in Friday’s playoff championship matchup at Lakemont.

It was the second straight Division 2 championship for Shamrock Electric. Snare & Associates were Division 3 champs a year ago before moving up a division this summer.

“We were missing a lot (of players) when we were losing earlier,” said Nate Cherry, Shamrock’s leading scorer with 11 points. “We’ve definitely worked better as a team since we got some of the newer guys.”

Seven players joined in the scoring parade for Shamrock with Cherry’s 11 leading the way. Michael Wigfield tallied 9 while John Potutschnig and Taylor Crippen chipped in with 8 apiece.

Cherry, a former Altoona High standout who will play collegiately at Slippery Rock, scored 9 in the first half as Shamrock Electric built a 23-15 lead at the intermission.

Potutschnig, who played at Glendale High, tallied 7 in the second half, helping Shamrock to keep Snare at arm’s length.

Shane Reffner led Snare & Associates with 11 points while Joe Dziabo added 9 and Brady Gehret 7.

“We knew it would be tough underneath with their size — Tanner (Thomas) and Wiggy (Michael Wigfield),” Reffner offered.

“They have good guards, too,” Reffner continued. “Nate Cherry is one of the best guards out here. He had a good high school career and he can shoot over top of everybody. Even if you get a hand in his face, he’s tough, if he’s hitting.”

Cherry hit early and his teammates took up the slack in the second half. Snare & Associates fell behind early and never caught up.

“They (Shamrock) were getting a lot of bounces in the first half while we were rimming in and out,” Reffner said. “We got behind and had to work too hard on defense to get back in the game.

“We just didn’t have enough time.”

SHAMROCK ELECTRIC (47): Potutschnig 3 1-2 8, Crippen 4 0-0 8, Behe 2 0-1 4, McMahon 0 2-2 2, Wigfield 4 1-1 9, Cherry 4 2-4 11, Thomas 2 0-0 5, Yingling 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 6-10 47.

SNARE & ASSOCIATES MORTGAGE SERVICES (35): Burke 0 0-0 0, Guenot 0 1-2 1, Gehret 3 1-2 7, Steiner 1 0-0 2, Hancuff 1 1-2 3, Reffner 5 1-2 11, Dziabo 2 5-9 11, Matias 1 0-0 2. Totals — 13 9-17 35.


Shamrock Electric 23 24 — 47

Snare & Associates 15 20 — 35

3-point goals: Shamrock 3 (Potutschnig, Cherry, Thomas).

Officials: Clark Adelman, Rich Gergely, Tim Hite.