by Jake DeLuca
The West Shamokin Wolves varsity basketball team had to wait a week to get the chance to wipe the sour taste from their mouths after a loss to United last Wednesday, but good things come to those who wait and West Shamokin was no exception from that as they defeated the Marion Center Stingers, 52-31.
The first quarter started out in West Shamokin’s favor as Ben Vicini knocked down two three-pointers to help give the Wolves an early 8-1 first quarter lead, but the Stingers surged back taking the lead for a while before the first quarter ended at 15-13 West Shamokin.
After the first quarter the Wolves looked like a different team thanks to some defensive adjustments by Head Coach Judd McCullough.
“We switched defenses and we found a defense that started to create some deflections and turnovers and create some momentum, that was a key for us coming back early,” McCullough said.
Unfortunately for the Stingers the adjustments made by West Shamokin really did the trick as the Wolves carried a 30-18 lead into halftime and never looked back.
The Wolves would finish the game with a 52-31 win behind Mike Spera’s 16 points, Ben Vicini’s 12 points, and Drew Orlosky’s first career double double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
It will be a short turn around for West Shamokin as they head to Northern Cambria in a game that was originally scheduled to be played Friday evening. After their game tomorrow however the Wolves will have a week off to prepare for their home tournament next Thursday and Friday.
“The message will be that we have a lot of time to rest up, a lot of time to celebrate, and love our families and celebrate the holiday season, but it’s time to sell out (Thursday) and give it all we have and reach deep. Northern Cambria is playing back-to-back nights too, so I anticipate us coming out with hunger – we better, because I will let them know if we don’t,” McCullough said.