The Union High boys basketball team could not capitalize on early opportunities, falling to Monaca 58-49 in Section 1-A action.

Union raced out to an 11-3 lead and squandered chances for an even bigger margin with missed shots and turnovers.

"We had a chance to get it to 20-3 but some open shots were not falling," Union coach Mark Stanley said.

After trailing by only one at halftime, Union scored just eight points in the third quarter. Monaca (2-0, 5-3) totaled 16 in the quarter to pull away.

Brandon Scott and Mike McCoy each scored 10 points to lead the Scotties (0-1, 1-7).

Montour 73,

Ellwood City 59

After jumping out to an early lead, turnovers got the best of Ellwood City in a Section 2-AAA game.

The Wolverines (0-2, 2-7) committed 12 turnovers in the first half and 13 in the third quarter as they watched Montour (1-0, 7-1) pull away for the victory.

"They started trapping us at half court and we're not doing what we needed to do," Ellwood coach Rod Smith said. "When we finally did, we were able to battle back."

Ellwood trailed by seven at the break, before being outscored 31-9 in the third quarter. The Wolverines made a run, outscoring Montour 20-5 in the fourth, but never threatened.

"We did not quit," Smith said. "We made a run in the fourth, but that third quarter was a nightmare."

Dan Hogue led Ellwood with 20 points. Trey McKim added 18.

Riverside 71,

Neshannock 44

Riverside jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it routed Neshannock to pick up its first Section 2-AA victory.

The Lancers (0-2, 3-5) managed just 19 first half points, a total Riverside (1-1, 7-1) matched in the second quarter alone. The Panthers led by 16 at halftime.

Neshannock's offense was not much better in the second half and could not cut into the Riverside lead.

Mike Conglose led the Lancers with 12 points. Angelo Fornataro scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Knoch 67,

Laurel 42

Knoch made 10 3-pointers as it blew out Laurel in nonsection play.

The Spartans fell behind 27-14 after the first quarter, as Knoch (1-1, 5-3) made five 3-pointers in the frame.

"They came out and shot very well," Laurel coach Mike Tinstman said. "They had five 3s in the first quarter and we had no answer for it."

Laurel (1-0, 5-3) struggled offensively with only Kevin Mattocks reaching double figures. He had 12 points.

"They put good pressure on us," Tinstman said. "We did not get any easy looks. They jumped on us early and we never got back into it."

Farrell 68,

Mohawk 64

Mohawk's fourth-quarter rally fell short as it dropped its Section 2-AA opener.

Trailing by 17 at halftime, the Warriors (0-1, 4-3) cut the Farrell lead to three in the fourth quarter but they could get no closer.

"Anytime you go into Farrell you kind of know what you are going to be in for," Mohawk coach Kevin Wrona said. "You have to be physically and mentally tougher for 32 minutes and we only did it for about 20."

Mohawk received 62 of its 64 points from three players.

Richard Colick and Matt Wier both scored 24 points. Josh Crum added 14.

"Bottom line is we are disappointed," Wrona said.

Bobby Wright led Farrell (2-0, 5-1) with 26 points.

Kennedy Catholic 84,

Vision Quest 37

Blair Rozenbald scored a game-high 23 points for Kennedy Catholic. Shareef Brown and Jeff Brown each scored nine points for Vision Quest.


Montour 76,

Ellwood City 38

Montour led from start to finish in its rout of Ellwood City Lincoln in Section 2-AAA action.

The Lady Wolverines (0-2, 1-6) managed just two points in the third quarter and never scored more than 13 in a stanza.

Montour (2-0, 4-2) opened up a 42-23 lead before outscoring Ellwood City 26-2 in the third to put the game out of reach.

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