The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

High School Sports

February 19, 2006

Overtime needed to crown Shanksville champions

Shanksville-Stonycreek senior guard Jeff Berkey has the milestone, he has a second WestPAC championship medal and he has all of the accolades.

But after knocking off the Conemaugh Valley boy’s basketball team 71-70 in overtime, for the team’s second conference championship in a row, it was Jon Maust that drew the attention.

Maust scored 11 of his 13 points during the fourth quarter, hitting lay-ups, jumpers and a 3-pointer to help pull the South champion Vikings (17-8) even at 66 by the end of regulation.

“I just knew I had to step up,” said Maust, who added three overtime rebounds. “The coaches told me to just take it to the hole and that’s what I did. I knew I had to have a good game tonight. I knew I had talent to do that, but I didn’t expect it.”

Veteran Shanksville coach Wayne Long was gushing afterwards about Maust’s play.

“(Maust) made the difference,” he said. “Berkey had us up at halftime, Zach Lowry did a good job, made some big plays and ran the offense well, but I think Maust made the difference in the fourth quarter. When they were driving and we weren’t, he made some steals and made the lay-ups. He made the shots he needed to make.”

Lowry hit the second of two free throws during overtime to give the Vikings a 71-68 lead that they did not relinquish, even after throwing away a pass during the extra session’s final minute.

While Maust had many small moments during the fourth quarter and overtime,

Berkey had the biggest moment with 4:31 left in the first half. The senior stepped off a screen, took a pass from Lowry at the top of the arc, and did as he has done regularly: Drain a 3-pointer.

But this one was more special than any of the others. This one made it 2,001 career points for Somerset County’s fifth-leading scorer all-time. The officials stopped the game and Berkey was joined by his coaches at center court to receive a commemorative ball and pose for quick pictures.

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