- Grove City, Pennsylvania


February 5, 2014


Mercer cans 10 treys in victory


Mercer County Area — BOYS BASKETBALL

ä Sharon 53, Grove City 45 — At “The Eagle’s Nest” in Grove City, coach Jason Rankin’s Tigers (5-6, 8-9) snapped a 6 game losing streak in posting an 8-point Region 5-AAA victory over the Eagles (6-6, 11-6).

Aubray Jennings had 11 points to lead Sharon while Mark Henry and Daunell Stovall had 10 each.

Derek Turner rifled in a game-high 20 points for Grove City.

ä Lakeview 48, Reynolds 36 — At Stoneboro, the Sailors (2-7, 7-11) led 13-10 after the opening 8 minutes, 23-20 at halftime, 31-26 after 3 and outscored the Raiders 17-10 in the final quarter to notch the Region 2-AA upset.

Zach VanDusen scored a game-high 13 points to pace Lakeview and Brandon Rice added 11 markers.

Anthony Beck had 11 points for Reynolds (5-4, 12-5) and Garhett Frable tallied 9 points.

ä Hickory 64, Grove City 35 — The host Hornets Friday rolled to the Region 5-AAA victory, avenging a 68-66 setback at Grove City earlier this season.

After a 1st frame that featured 4 deadlocks and a half-dozen lead changes, Hickory harvested a 28-24 margin at intermission. However the Hornets erupted for an 18-3 third-quarter surge.

While the Eagles endured 1-for-7 shooting with a handful of turnovers during that 8-minute nightmare — 18.5 points-per-game scorer Derek Turner was whistled for his 3rd and 4th personals, the latter with 2:01 left, by which time he had scored 4 points — a half-dozen Hornets contributed scores, led by Anthony Cannone’s 5.

Cannone connected for a game-high 22 points and he and Conley’s co-conspirators included Bubba Pryts (10 points, 4 rebounds), Donté Green (7 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists), Nick Tantuo (game-high 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 points), Nate Mastrian (2 treys), and Brandon Rhoades (5 rebounds).

Hickory (8-3, 13-3) has won 4 consecutive contests and 8 of its last 9.

After a pleasantly surprising 9-1 start, Grove City (6-5, 11-5) is trending in the wrong direction at the most inopportune time, having lost 3 straight and 4 of its last 6.

Turner and Danny Torok tallied 11 points apiece and Spencer Marnich — playing just days after his father’s death — hauled down a team-high 6 rebounds while Torok dished out 3 assists.

However the Eagles ended 14 for 38 (36.8 percent) from the floor and committed 19 miscues, compared with respective totals of 28 for 53 (52.8) and 14 for Hickory. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Farrell 62, Franklin 38 — At Farrell’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Steelers rolled in the Region 5-AAA contest.

Coach Roland Shannonhouse’s Steelers led 15-8 after one period and 28-18 at halftime. After 3 frames the hosts were up 39-26 before putting another 23 points on the board in the final quarter.

Ike Jones led Farrell (10-1, 15-1) with 19 points, while Clifton McNair added 11 points and Chris James 10. Issac Grain paced the Knights (3-7, 6-9) with 14 markers.

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