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The Neshannock High boys basketball team turned in another strong performance last night.

The Lancers came out in high gear offensively and cruised past New Brighton 76-38 in a WPIAL Section 1-3A home decision. The hosts secured a playoff berth as well.

Neshannock (6-3, 13-4), winners of three straight, was coming off a key 77-65 section road win Friday.

The Lancers led 21-13 after one quarter and 38-23 at the break.

“You worry about a letdown. It was great to get the win,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “I wasn’t real pleased giving up 13 points in the first quarter. Overall, I thought we played pretty well.”

Preston Turk tallied 21 points to lead the Lancers. Niko Rylott, Max McHale and Russell Kwiat collected 10 markers each for the winners. Chris Scott was next with nine.

Jake McCormick grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds to go with six points.

Chris Gerello notched 14 points to lead the way for the Lions (1-9, 6-11).

Neshannock, which sits in third place by a game over Beaver Falls (5-4, 8-10), will take to the road for a matchup with the Tigers.

“Friday is a huge game at Beaver Falls,” Corey said. “Two key areas for us is controlling the boards like we do and reducing our turnovers.

 “Some of the games where we’ve played and looked really good, our turnovers were up. We have to find a way to help the guys clean it up. We can definitely improve down the stretch.”

Union 56, Rochester 32

The Scotties raced out to a 20-1 lead after one quarter and cruised to a Section 1-1A road win over the Rams. The win coupled with Cornell’s 91-48 decision over Eden Christian puts Union in the WPIAL Class 1A playoffs.

The Scotties (8-3, 14-4) built a 29-15 lead at the break.

“It was nice to start strong,” Union coach Mark Stanley said. “We jumped on them early and we stayed out in front.

“It was a good road win for us.”

Nate Meeks led Union with 15 points and Vince Fuleno chipped in with 14.

“Fuleno got us going early. He hit some 3s early,” Stanley said. “Nate played well, too. We shot the ball well.” 

 Nick Pasquarello pulled down a team-best seven rebounds for Union to go with his six markers.

Burgettstown 60, Mohawk 43

Josh Kurtz scored 15 points and Joey Hervatine added 13 in the Warriors’ Section 3-2A road loss.

Burgettstown (2-7, 8-10) got 21 points, all on 3-pointers, from Dante Gianfrancesco.

OLSH 79, Laurel 54

The Spartans slipped to 3-6, 6-11 with the Section 3-2A homecourt loss.

Darren DiMichelle paced first-place OLSH (10-0, 17-1) with 18 points.

Marcus Haswell scored 19 points and Sam Haswell added 15 for Laurel (3-6, 6-11).

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UNION (56)

Vince Fuleno 5 0-0 14, Nick Pasquarello 2 2-3 6, Seth Pinkerton 3 0-2 6, Caleb Lombardo 1 0-0 3, Tyler Benedict 1 0-0 2, Nate Meeks 4 4-4 15, Rob King 0 1-2 1, Anthony Stanley 1 0-0 3, Nick Vitale 0 0-0 0, Jake Vitale 0 0-0 0, Aaron Gunn 0 0-0 0, Ron Holmes 1 0-0 2, Mike Mrozek 0 0-0 0, Steve Adams 0 0-0 0, Namir Estes 0 0-0 0, Anthony Huntley 0 0-0 0, Antonio Faraone 0 0-0 0, Sean Louis 2 0-0 4, Mike Flowers 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 7-11 56.

ROCHESTER (32)

Noah Whiteleather 6 9-12 24, JD Azulay 2 0-2 4, Devon Hener 1 0-1 2, Brock Palak 0 0-0 0, Declan Eaton 1 0-0 2, Shyler Drumm 0 0-0 0, Jacob Haskins 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 9-15 32.

UNION  20  9  18  9  —  56

ROCHESTER  1  14  7  10 — 32

3-point goals — Union 9 (Fuleno 4, Lombardo 1, Meeks 3, Stanley 1), Rochester 3 (Whiteleather 3).

JV score: No game.

MOHAWK (43)

Joey Hervatine 5 0-0 13, Braydon Cameron 2 0-0 4, Josh Kurtz 7 1-2 15, Dylan Lloyd 1 0-0 2, Brett Bobin 1 0-0 2, Nathan McCutcheon 2 1-2 7. Totals: 19 2-4 43.

BURGETTSTOWN (60)

Bobby Kozares 3 0-0 7, Cole Shergi 3 3-4 10, Dante Gianfrancesco 7 0-0 21, Dylan Poirier 4 4-7 12, Scott Ferris 5 0-0 10. Totals: 22 7-11 60.

MOHAWK  10 15 14 4  — 43

BURGETTSTOWN  19 10 10 21 — 60

3-point goals — Mohawk 5 (Hervatine 3, McCutcheon 2), Burgettstown 9 (Gianfrancesco 7, Shergi 1, Kozares 1).

JV score: Burgettstown 42, Mohawk 34. M — William Bloom 11.

NEW BRIGHTON (38)

JoJo Reynolds 2 1-3 5, Thomas Kirby 4 0-0 8, Darius Harshaw 0 0-0 0, Chris Gerello 6 2-4 14, Zac Cook 2 1-3 7, Calib Schuler 0 0-0 0, Payne Jackson 1 0-2 2, Gabe Haddoy 0 0-0 0, Blake McKay 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Brad Rose 0 0-0 0, Aaron Elliott 1 0-0 2, Christian Kirschner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 4-12 38.

NESHANNOCK (76)

Chris Scott 3 3-3 9, Preston Turk 7 2-2 21, Niko Rylott 4 0-0 10, Jake McCormick 2 2-2 6, Max McHale 4 2-2 10, Russell Kwiat 3 2-2 10, Spencer Perry 2 3-5 7, Jason Nativio 0 0-0 0, Brett Nesbitt 0 0-0 0, Matt Nativio 0 0-2 0, JP Mozzocio 0 0-0 0, Michael Sopko 1 0-0 3, Cam’ron Owens 0 0-0 0, Nick Viggiano 0 0-0 0, Matt Parkonen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 14-18 76.

NEW BRIGHTON  13  10  11  4 —  38

NESHANNOCK  21  17  20  18 —  76

3-point goals — New Brighton 2 (Cook 2), Neshannock 10 (Turk 5, Rylott 2, Kwiat 2, Sopko 1).

JV score: Neshannock 50, New Brighton 29. N — Cam’ron Owens 11.

OUR LADY

OF THE SACRED HEART (79)

Darren DiMichelle 6 6-7 18, Jake DiMichelle 4 5-6 13, Austin Wigley 5 3-4 13, Ricco Tate 7 0-2 14, Tyler Bradley 2 0-0 4, Michael Dugan 3 3-3 9, Jake Cosent 0 0-1 0, Eric Alexa 0 0-0 0, Richard Banks 1 0-0 2, Andrew Polar 1 0-0 2, Kevin Wilson 0 2-2 2, Connor 0 1-2 1. Totals: 29 20-27 79.

LAUREL (54)

Bobby Dicks 0 0-0 0, Sam Haswell 4 5-6 15, Logan Ayres 0 0-0 0, Kobe DeRosa 1 0-0 2, Garrett Linton 1 0-0 2, Derreck Brest 0 0-0 0, Michael Pasquarello 0 0-0 0, Marcus Haswell 5 8-9 19, John Magee 2 2-5 6, Cameron Caldararo 0 0-0 0, Dominic Wade 1 3-4 5, Landin Esposito 1 3-3 5, Eli Sickafuse 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 21-27 54.

OLSH  20 22 18 19 —  79

LAUREL 5 17 12 18 —  54

3-point goals — OLSH 1 (Wigley 1), Laurel 3 (S. Haswell 2, M. Haswell 1).

JV score: OLSH 44, Laurel 32. L — Garrett Linton 9.

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