The St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball team opened their season Friday night with a 77-41 victory over the Johnsonburg Rams last night at the SMAHS “Dutch Oven”.
The Dutchmen were able to take charge of the contest, taking the first quarter by an 18-7 margin. St. Marys was leading by an 18-2 score with 2:53 remaining in the quarter.
“We put a lot of work in in the offseason and that’s what bears fruit at this time of year,” said St. Marys coach Mark Guido.
“Our defensive intensity was there for us tonight. We’re going to bring it. We’ll play tough defense every game and tonight we were able to put the game away in the third quarter.”
“It was a great team effort tonight. Overall I was pleased with our team effort,” added Guido.
The Dutch offense had three players in double figures led by Jimmy Werner with 22 points on eight field goals and a six-for-eight night from the foul line. Dylan Reigel scored 18 points on five two-point field goals, two three-point field goals and a two-for-two night from the foul line. Ryan Mancuso finished with 16 points on four twos, two threes and a two-for-three night from the foul line. Mancuso also had 10 rebounds in the contest.
The Rams were led by Joe Holmberg with 12 points on four field goals and a four-for-five night from the foul line. Cameron Grumley and Louie Imbrogno each added eight points.
“It was a rough start for us tonight and I think it was a major wake-up call for some of our players,” said Johnsonburg coach Bill Shuey.
“We have a lot of work to do. Sometimes you need a game like this to jog the cobwebs. We didn’t seem to have any sense of order out there.”
“St. Marys played hard out there tonight. We did a lot of ball watching,” added Shuey.
Mancuso hit a field goal to open the contest, followed by a field goal by Dylan Reigel off a steal. Joe Holmberg scored for the Rams before St. Marys went on a 14-0 run. Reigel had seven points, Mancuso five and Werner two during the run for the Dutch. The Rams scored the final five points of the period, making the score 18-7 at the end of the first period.
Grumley and Imbrogno scored for the Rams to start the second period. Werner scored twice, 24-11, before Holmberg converted a three-point play, 24-14. Bob Vollmer gave the Dutch the 25-14 lead with 3:21 left in the half with a foul shot. Two foul shots by Troy Padasak cut the Dutch lead to 25-16. In the closing minutes of the first half, the Dutch outscored the Rams 10-3 to take a 35-19 lead.
Ryan Hockman scored for the Dutch to open the second half. With 6:17 left in the third period Mancuso hit a three, followed by field goals by Reigel and Mancuso. A three by Imbrogno made it 44-25. St. Marys went on a 12-0 run to go up 56-25 with 2:06 left in the third. After two foul shots by Holmberg, the Dutch went on a 4-2 run to close out the third period. Uhl and Werner scored for the Dutch and Quinn Luhr scored for Johnsonburg.
The Dutch were able to outscore the Rams 17-12 in the fourth quarter, making the final score 77-41 in favor of the Dutch.
The Dutch are now 1-0 on the season and will return to action Monday when they host the Oswayo Valley Green Wave. Junior varsity is set for 6 p.m., with varsity scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Rams are now 0-1 on the season. They return to action Tuesday when they travel to Elk County Catholic. Junior varsity is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, with the varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Troy Padasak 0-0-2-2-2, Luke Shreffler 1-0-0-0-2, Cameron Grumley 2-0-4-4-8, Quinn Luhr 1-0-0-0-2, Joe Holmberg 4-0-4-5-12, Kyle Sheldon 0-0-3-3-3, Mitchell Vallone 0-0-0-0-0, Cole Peterson 0-0-0-0-0, Bill Bliss 0-0-0-0-0, Mitchell Holmberg 0-1-0-0-3, Louie Imbrogno 1-2-0-0-8. Totals 9-3-14-16-41.
St. Marys 77
Rocco Harshbarger 0-0-0-0-0, Jordan Weinzierl 0-0-3-6-3, Ryan Hockman 2-1-0-0-7, Sam Guido 0-0-0-0-0, Michael Fox 0-0-0-0-0, Bob Vollmer 1-0-1-3-3, Dylan Reigel 5-2-2-2-18, Ryan Uhl 4-0-0-0-8, Ryan Mancuso 4-2-2-3-16, Jimmy Werner 8-0-6-8-22. Totals 24-5-14-22-77.
Score by quarters
Johnsonburg 7 12 10 12 41
St. Marys 18 17 25 17 77
The St. Marys junior varsity squad lost to Johnsonburg by a 53-29 score.
Johnsonburg took a 9-7 first period-lead, then outscored the Dutch 15-8 in the second quarter for a 24-15 lead at the half.
The Rams outscored the Dutch 15-8 in the third period and 14-6 in the fourth quarter to win the game 53-29.
St. Marys scoring: Justin Beimel 4, Caleb Bennett 9, Quinn Cunningham 2, Sam Guido 3, Brandon Vollmer 7, Shajuan Carrero 4.
Johnsonburg scoring: Cameron Grumley 11, Cole Peterson 20, Frank Kocjancic 11, Mitchell Vallone 6, C.J. Herbstritt 5.