Big 3rd quarter a charm for SV
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December 31, 2012
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Seneca Valley’s Alex Snyder looks to pass between Sto-Rox defenders Jason Rippole (23) and Tony Frenzley (12) on Friday night during the Raiders’ 62-47 victory.

JACKSON TWP — While the first half of Friday’s boys basketball clash between Seneca Valley and Sto-Rox proved to be back and forth, the Raiders owned the decisive third period.

SV’s defense forced nine turnovers in the quarter, helping the Raiders outscore the Vikings 18-6 en route to a 62-47 victory in the championship game of the Seneca Valley Holiday Tournament.

The Vikings committed just five total turnovers in the first half, but had trouble maintaining possession from the outset of the third quarter.

“This is a big win because Sto-Rox (4-4) is always in contention for a WPIAL (Class AA) title,” said Raiders coach Victor Giannotta.

“The third quarter was obviously the difference in the game tonight,” he added. “We looked interested in playing defense.”

That is what Giannotta was hoping for after Sto-Rox featured balanced scoring in a 16-point second quarter that tied the game at 28.

Also key to the Raiders pulling away was senior guard Easton Bazzoli, who did not score in the first two quarters, but lit the Vikings up for 13 of his game-high 17 points in the third period. The effort included a pair of dunks.

Bazzoli’s shooting helped the Raiders (6-2) make 7-of-11 field goals in the third.

T.J. Holl added 13 points in the contest and Eric Woods came from the bench to score another 12 points. Both players had a pair of 3-pointers.

One of Woods’ trifectas came with three seconds left in the third quarter after the Raiders held the ball for over a minute. The shot put Seneca up 46-34 with eight minutes left to play.

The offensive contributions were a welcomed sight for Giannotta following a foot injury to senior forward Zach Spangler last week in practice.

“Since then, Eric has been getting more minutes and he’s taking advantage of them,” said Giannotta.

Lenny Williams paced Sto-Rox with 12 points.

“We did enough to win, but we need to start playing a full 32 minutes,” Giannotta added.

The Raiders will open 2013 with a stiff test when they host section foe New Castle on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Sto-Rox coach Bill Minear was unavailable for comment.


Lenny Williams 4 4-8 12, Craig Johnson 0 1-1 1, Tonyea Curry 4 1-2 9, J.J. Short 1 0-0 2, Tony Frenzley 1 0-0 3, Brendan Blair 4 0-0 9, Ben Shackelford 1 0-0 2, Makil Allen 2 5-6 9, Jason Rippole 0 0-0 0, Elisha Bonner 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 11-17 47.


Matt Darby 2 2-2 6, Easton Bazzoli 7 2-2 17, Dan Cashdollar 1 0-0 2, Dakota Topf 1 0-0 2, T.J. Holl 5 1-2 13, Eric Woods 4 2-2 12, R.J. McCauley 1 0-0 2, Alex Snyder 2 2-2 6, Kyle Snyder 1 0-1 2, Mike Smith 0 0-1 0, Zach Snyder 0 0-0 0, Bryce Schnatterly 0 0-0 0, Taylor Mantick 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 9-12 62.

Sto-Rox 12 16 6 13—47

Seneca Valley16 12 18 16—62

3-point goals: Sto-Rox 2 (Frenzley, Blair); Seneca Valley 5 (Woods 2, Holl 2, Bazzoli)

Friday: New Castle at Seneca Valley