Gateway Boys’ Basketball Punishes Penn Hills, 58-44
The Gateway boys’ basketball team raced to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and cruised past Penn Hills for a 58-44 triumph in the Section 2-AAAA opener. The busted out in the first quarter for a 22-12 advantage behind the strong play of senior guard Etholian Vennie who scored 12 first-half points and buried to 3-pointers in the early going. Vennie, who also dished out plenty of assists, finished with a team-high 19 points and was named the Player of the Game by the Quad-A Sports Network.
Gateway led 34-25 at the half and blew the game wide open in the second half and led by as much as 21-points, 56-35. Penn Hills did its best to bottle up 6-8 sophomore J.P. Kromka and limited him to 11 points, but the Indians couldn’t slow down the outside shooting of Vennie and senior Frank Bozicevic. Bozicevic totaled 13 points and dropped in a pair of 3-pointers.
The Indians were led by Sherron Shifino who scored a game-high 19 points. Junior Jeremiah Ligon left the game in the first half with an apparent head injury.
Following the one-sided win, Gateway improves to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Section 2-AAAA. Penn Hills slips to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in section play.
"Game of the Week" Players of the Game
|12/11||Ionie Banner||Penn Hills||Girls Basketball||Penn Hills at Gateway|
|12/11||Etholian Vennie||Gateway||Boys Basketball||Penn Hills at Gateway|
|12/15||Abby Gonzales||North Allegheny||Girls Basketball||Pine-Richland at North Allegheny|
|12/15||Curtis Aiken||North Allegheny||Boys Basketball||Pine-Richland at North Allegheny|
|12/21||Justina Mascaro||Bethel Park||Girls Basketball||Mt. Lebanon at Bethel Park|
|12/23||Ross Wilkerson||Chartiers Valley||Boys Basketball||Chartiers Valley at Upper St. Clair|
|1/7||Makenna Marisa||Peters Township||Girls Basketball||Upper St. Clair at Peters Township|
|1/8||Andrew Petcash||Pine-Richland||Boys Basketball||Pine-Richland at North Hills|
|1/13||Alayna Gribble||Norwin||Girls Basketball||Penn-Trafford at Norwin|
|1/13||Sean Stinelli||Penn-Trafford||Boys Basketball||Penn-Trafford at Norwin|
|1/21||Mary Kromka||Gateway||Girls Basketball||Plum at Gateway|
|1/21||Jack Marold||Plum||Boys Basketball||Plum at Gateway|
|1/25||McKenzie Bushee||Mt. Lebanon||Girls Basketball||Bethel Park at Mt. Lebanon|
|1/29||Luke Nedrow||Central Catholic||Boys Basketball||North Allegheny at Central Catholic|
|2/1||Hailey Zeise||North Allegheny||Girls Basketball||Seneca Valley at North Allegheny|
|2/5||Doug Wagner||Upper St. Clair||Boys Basketball||Upper St. Clair at Mt. Lebanon|