The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 17, 2012

Local Basketball in Brief | 12/18/12


Richland 71, Central Cambria 68

EBENSBURG – Richland’s run to the PIAA Class AA football semifinals forced the boys’ basketball team to postpone the start of its season, but it proved to be worth the wait as the Rams opened with a double-overtime win at Central Cambria on Monday night.

The Rams (1-0) struggled to score inside early as they made only eight of 27 attempts from close range during the first half, but had the shooting touch from outside when needed late in the game.

Aaron Miller forced overtime with a 3-pointer near the end of regulation and teammate Kyle Flick helped force the second overtime with a 3-pointer at the end of the first overtime.

Matt Shaffer led Richland with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Miller finished with 19 points and Flick finished with 16 points and seven steals. Richland also helped its cause with solid free-throw shooting in the second overtime.

The Red Devils (1-6) struggled at the line as they made 18 of 36 attempts.

Tanner Ambrisco led Central Cambria with 17 points and he made all four of the Red Devils’ 3-pointers. Trevor Zearing scored 14 points, while Dan Bowman netted 13, Will Seymour had 12 and Scott Holsinger added 10.

Bishop Carroll 64, Bedford 38

EBENSBURG – Bishop Carroll shrugged off a sluggish start with a 23-point second quarter en route to a win over visiting Bedford.

Scott Ranck led a quartet of Huskies (3-1) in double figures scoring with 15 points. Nik Suckinos netted 12 points, while Marcus Lee scored 11 and Brandon Martinazzi added 10.

Tyler Black and Zach Kendall scored 10 points apiece for the Bisons (0-3).

Gr. Johnstown 66, Cambria Heights 51

PATTON – Roshon Fields finished with 19 points and a game-high 22 rebounds as Greater Johnstown defeated Cambria Heights for its third straight win.

Philip Madison led the Trojans (3-2) with 22 points.

Greater Johnstown remains unbeaten in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference.

Isaac Vescovi scored a game-high 23 points for the Highlanders and Nathan Bearer added 10.

Johnstowns led, 19-9, at the end of the first quarter.

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