The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

High School Sports

December 18, 2012

H.S. boys basketball: Selinsgrove puts together team win

SELINSGROVE — Shamokin’s Austin Stine stood at the foul line after sinking his first free throw and took a few dribbles before staring at the basket. There was less than a second on the clock, and a make would all but end the game.

Stine let it go as just about every Selinsgrove fan in attendance was screaming. They all watched as the ball bounced out and a putback attempt by Kevin Carsto was no good.

The missed opportunity got the Selinsgrove High School gym more amped up than it already was as it forced overtime and the Seals rode the momentum.

The Seals opened overtime with three huge 3-pointers — two in a row from Dillon Hoke — and stayed ahead of Shamokin all four minutes to earn an exciting 66-62 HAC-I win on Tuesday night.

“It was a great comeback for us. If you look up the definition of ‘team effort’ this was the game for us,” Selinsgrove coach Ray Moyer said. “Everybody pulled through. We got in foul trouble and kids off the bench came through.”

Hoke (23 points) opened the game for the Seals with a layup. That was the last time Selinsgrove would score until 34 seconds into the second quarter, staring at an 11-point deficit.

The Indians saw that hefty 11-point deficit and momentum start to slip away, however, in the second quarter, as Selinsgrove scored 19 points to make it just a two-point game, 23-21.

David Aurand (12 points, eight rebounds) scored just 40 seconds into the third quarter to tie it up and, less than two minutes later, the Seals had their first lead since the opening basket. From there, the two squads exchanged leads nine different times and Selinsgrove battled back from a seven-point deficit with 1:31 to play to take a brief lead, 53-52, before Shamokin tied it up with less than a second to play.

The Indians had four different players score in double digits in the loss led by Josh Pappas’ 14 points, which included a team-high four 3-pointers. Carsto had a double-double with 12 and 11 boards, while Jake Weaver and Dan Delbaugh each contributed 10.

Despite the Indians getting scoring from various players, it couldn’t put away Selinsgrove.

“I don’t think we finished the end of the first half the way we wanted to. We lost (Selinsgrove’s Isaiah) Rapp a little bit; we knew he was the guy that could shoot the basketball (and), for whatever reason, we were losing him and we weren’t finishing plays off offensively,” first-year Shamokin coach Chris Zimmerman said. “We really feel like this game may have slipped away from us in the first half.”

Rapp and Ethan Fadale came up big for Selinsgrove off the bench. Rapp scored 17 points — including shooting a team-high five 3-pointers — while Fadale scored eight (three from downtown).

“Ethan Fadale and Isaiah Rapp, two sophomores off the bench for us, really sparked us,” Moyer said. “We were dead in the water and those two came in and hit some big shots for us.”

Shamokin and Selinsgrove combined to score 20 treys, 12 from the Seals.

What hurt Shamokin was costly turnovers and some rebounding problems. The Indians turned the ball over 27 times to Selinsgrove’s eight, allowing the Seals to continue to get second chances and take advantage throughout the game. That kept it close and didn’t allow the Indians to increase push a lead out of reach.

Shamokin had three huge turnovers in the final 52 seconds that all lead to Selinsgrove points and ultimately, a loss.

“We pressured them a little bit and got some turnovers,” Moyer said. “That’s another thing: when you can’t make a basket, you’re trying to get something off your defense and I think that helped a little bit too to get us going.”

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