Philipsburg-Osceola boys defeat Williamsburg,66-57|
Friday, December 28, 2012
By Andy Stine Sports Writer
WILLIAMSBURG - After a one-day postponement due to the latest winter storm that ripped through the area, the Philipsburg-Osceola boys basketball team came into Thursday evening still without a win on their record. However, there is nothing like receiving a late Christmas present.
After trailing by one going into halftime, the Mounties scored on their first possession coming out of the locker room to take the lead. P-O built on that lead for the rest of the second half to pick up its first win of the season, 66-57, over Williamsburg in the opening round of the Williamsburg Tournament.
"I'm proud of everybody," said Mountie head coach Dave McKnight. "This is a team win. We played four quarters of solid basketball against a very good team."
After an Andrew Reifer bucket to take the lead in the third quarter, the Mounties picked up a pair of 3-pointers from Matt Carpin to put P-O up seven. The Blue Pirates managed to cut the P-O lead down to one, but a pair of layups from Carpin and a basket from Alex Gray at the buzzer kept the lead at seven going to the fourth quarter.
The Mounties got many layup opportunities in the fourth quarter, which led to many free throws and easy points. P-O point guard Eric Nartatez and center Taylor Golemboski each had a pair of layups and hit a free throw each in the last quarter to help extend P-O's lead to 12.
"It really was a team effort," said McKnight. "Eric Nartatez is distributing the ball a little bit better. When that happens and everybody gets involved, everybody plays well.
"I'm so glad to see them do it today. We've been working on keeping the ball moving and making them do the work instead of us trying to create something out of nothing. I thought they did a better job of that today. I'm just real pleased with all of them."
Golemboski was also paired defensively against Cody Palmer, who averages over 14 points per game. Palmer scored seven of his 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Golemboski played superb defense throughout the night on Palmer.
"We talked about making sure we knew where he was," said McKnight. "He's a great finisher. Taylor Golemboski did a great job inside."
The score was tied after the first quarter due to widespread scoring throughout the lineup. Nartatez, Carpin, Golemboski and Reifer all contributed in the opening eight minutes.
Each team held leads in the second quarter and traded baskets throughout the stanza. Scoring from long distance kept the score closer for the Mounties as Nartatez drained two and Lewis Jones scored from beyond the arc.
Carpin led the Mounties with 17 points, while Golemboski had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Nartatez also chipped in with 15 points.
"We needed this. We needed to get a win under our belts. Hopefully this kind of springboards us into the long road we have coming up. When you get a win, you feel a whole lot better. When you feel a whole lot better, it's a lot easier to go into the gym and work."
P-O (1-5) plays in tonight's championship game against Central, which was a 60-41 winner over Conemaugh Valley in the opening game of the tournament. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Nartatez 6 1-2 15, Carpin 6 3-6 17, Herrington 2 0-0 4, Golemboski 7 2-5 16, Gray 1 3-4 5, Reifer 3 0-0 6, Starner 0 0-0 0, Jones 1 0-0 3. Totals: 26 9-17 66.
Fay 1 0-0 3, J. Morrissey 3 2-2 8, Dishong 7 0-0 14, Palmer 4 2-4 10, Biddle 1 4-4 7, Appleman 0 0-0 0, Young 4 2-2 10, Ross 1 2-2 5. Totals: 21 12-14 57.
Three-pointers: Nartatez 2, Carpin 2, Jones; Fay, Biddle, Ross.
Score by Quarters
Philipsburg-Osceola 13 18 18 17-66
Williamsburg 13 19 10 15-57