By Jon Gerardi
The Daily Item
COAL TWP. -- Once Austin Stine's name was read along with those on the 47th annual Knights of Columbus all-tournament team, the Shamokin High's Purple Palace erupted with cheers from the Indians' home fans, and for good reason.
The senior was phenomenal both days of the tournament, but perhaps saved his best performance for the championship game.
Stine recorded his second double-double in as many nights with a 26-point, 18-rebound effort as Shamokin handled Lourdes, 62-34, to win the tournament and remain undefeated on the season.
"Austin was huge the whole game," Shamokin coach Chris Zimmerman said. "He's finally starting to put it together and he's going to be a handful the rest of the year."
Stine helped lead a first-half surge for Shamokin (8-0) that saw the Indians pull away from Lourdes (4-3) with an 11-1 run. Stine accounted for 10 of those points, including a nice putback off a missed free throw to start his streak.
The Indians built a double-digit lead early in the second quarter. The Red Raiders cut the lead to eight points twice just inside of two minutes before halftime, but that was the closest Lourdes got the deficit, as Shamokin led by 10 at the half.
The Indians shot 23-for-53 (43 percent) from the floor.
"It was obvious to see we didn't shoot the ball very well. We're a much better shooting team than we played," Zimmerman said. "I guess it's a good night to be cold being that we had some other things going and kind of scored inside at will."
While Stine was the offensive spark that kept the Indians going, Shamokin got seven points from Josh Pappas. Jakob Weaver, Dan Delbaugh and Thomas Campbell -- who came off the bench late -- each added six.