Big win
Raiders win huge game on the road
Butler Eagle
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January 14, 2013
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Seneca Valley’s Easton Bazzoli drives around Hampton’s Collin Luther during the Raiders’ 57-35 win over the Talbots Friday night.

HAMPTON TWP — There are road wins and then there is what the Seneca Valley boys basketball team pulled off Friday night.

The Raiders outscored Hampton 47-20 in the final three quarters and left the Talbots’ gym with a resounding 57-35 Section 3 victory.

Seniors Easton Bazzoli and R.J. McCauley led the triumph, both scoring 18 points.

“We hadn’t been playing that well,” said McCauley, “but we stepped up tonight. We showed people what we’re capable of doing.”

The Raiders held a 43-31 lead after three quarters, but a Hampton run seemed to be lurking in the final period. It never came.

Seneca went on an 8-0 run in the first 5:49 of the quarter to extend its lead to 51-31, with Bazzoli, McCauley and Alex Snyder accounting for all eight points.

Amazingly, the Talbots got off just four field goal attempts the entire period. For most of that span, they were hampered by turnovers, committing eight in the final eight minutes.

“Seneca Valley (8-3, 4-2) did a great job with their zone defense,” said Hampton coach Joe Lafko. “They’re long and were able to get in our passing lanes.”

Hampton’s twin towers, juniors Ryan and Collin Luther, scored just eight and nine points, respectively.

For Raiders’ coach Victor Giannotta, it was a defensive performance he would like to bottle up for the rest of the season.

“Our kids were extremely active tonight,” he said. “They were very attentive to our defensive switches.”

Hampton forced eight turnovers from the Raiders in the first quarter and led 15-10 entering the second period, but that is where the Raiders began to assert themselves.

Bazzoli scored nine points while the Raiders out-rebounded a tall Hampton squad 11-7.

McCauley stepped up in the third quarter, tallying nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“The kids had been practicing well and we got it to show on the court tonight,” said Giannotta. “This was the best game we have played all year.

“Hampton is a good team and for us to come in here and win, it’s big,” he added. “But we have to keep it going. We play Butler on Tuesday.”

Hampton (10-2, 4-2) had entered the week undefeated before dropping a 74-65 section contest at North Allegheny last Tuesday.

“I am concerned,” Lafko admitted. “I’m definitely not happy with the situation. We have a game (Saturday) against North Catholic, so we won’t have to think about this loss for long.”


Matt Darby 1 3-6 5, Easton Bazzoli 5 5-7 18, Mike Smith 2 2-2 6, R.J. McCauley 5 6-8 18, Alex Snyder 3 1-2 7, Taylor Mantick 0 2-2 2, Eric Woods 0 1-2 1, Dan Cashdollar 0 0-0 0, Dakota Topf 0 0-0 0, Bryce Schnatterly 0 0-0 0, Kyle Snyder 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 20-29 57.


John Floss 0 2-2 2, Jack Obringer 1 0-0 3, Ryan Luther 3 2-2 8, Collin Luther 3 3-4 9, Rich Ford 1 0-0 2, Joey Lafko 2 0-1 4, David Huber 2 2-2 7, Tom Radziminski 0 0-0 0, Hayden Seserko 0 0-0 0, Pat Murray 0 0-0 0, Jake Adams 0 0-0 0, Trace McConnell 0 0-0 0, Chandler McKinney 0 0-0 0, Nathan Hyre 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 9-11 35.

Seneca Valley 10 14 19 14—57

Hampton15 7 9 4—35

3-point goals: Seneca Valley 5 (Bazzoli 3, McCauley 2); Hampton 2 (Obringer, Huber)

Saturday: Seneca Valley at Perry