Ellwood City defeated Rochester 64-62 on Wednesday after an evenly matched game that saw neither team lead by more than six points.
After the game worked its way to another tie late in the fourth quarter, Ellwood City used back to back three-pointers from Anthony Roth and Broc Boariu to stretch out to their biggest lead in the contest at 56-50.
Rochester fought back and after a three point play by Strozier tied the game again, Wolverine forward Bubsy secured a late offensive rebound and connected with a game-winning bucket.
Lincoln fell short early, trailing 29-27 by the half, only to come back strong in the final two quarters. Lincoln locked in their lead in the final quarter, scoring 21 points. The Wolverines defense stood tall and held the Rams to 39% shooting and only allowed two Rochester 3-pointers in the contest.
Boariu led the charge for Lincoln’s offense, scoring 20 points, with seven points during the fourth period. He also contributed seven rebounds and one steal. Busby punched in for another double-double, finishing with 18 points and 13 rebounds (6-9 shooting, 3 blocks). Roth, who leads the team in scoring, was forced into a tough shooting night, finishing 4-16 from the field, but contributed with six rebounds, six assists, and 3 steals for the winners.
Andrew O’Brien also put up 5 points, five rebounds and two steals. Roth (13 points) and Rick Pitrelli (8 points) each sunk multiple three-pointers.
Lincoln finished the game with 37 rebounds (11 offensive / 26 defensive), three blocks and eight steals.
The Wolverines (8-3 overall) next travel to Riverside Friday evening for the always important rivalry game against the Panthers. Gametime is scheduled for 7:00pm.
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LADY WOLVERINES FALL TO FARRELL
The Ellwood City girls basketball dropped a non-section contest Tuesday against Farrell, 61-33.
Junior Natalia Greco led the offensive charge with 15 points (5 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block) to lead the team while Isabella Roth finished with seven points, three assists, and connected on the lone 3-pointer for Ellwood City.
The Lady Wolverines (3-7 overall) next travel to Freedom Thursday evening for a section matchup against the Bulldogs.