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Madonna’s fast start key to victory over CCHS

Michael D. McElwain DRIVING THE PAINT — Madonna’s Santo Dobraska drives to the paint in front of Catholic Central’s Evan Long during Friday’s game.

STEUBENVILLE — Madonna scored the first 16 points in its game with Catholic Central Friday and cruised to a 63-34 triumph inside the Mickey Barber Gymnasium.

Anthony Mascio, Matt Amaismeier and Evan Bone paced the early Blue Don surge as they all connected from behind the arc. The visitors led 22-3 after the opening period.

Bone and Amaismeier each scored seven during the quarter while Mascio contributed five.

“I haven’t seen that for a long time,” Blue Don coach George Vargo said when asked about his club’s hot start. “It felt like the old days at Madonna. “It certainly was enjoyable to see that kind of run. It got us going and we were able to keep things going for the rest of the contest.”

Madonna, which improved to 7-5 and swept the season series with its cross-river rival, was up 39-12 at the intermission.

To their credit, the now 2-12 Crusaders didn’t fold. They put together a solid effort in the third, outscoring their guests 15-13.

“Our kids played hard,” Central coach Don Ogden said. “We played a very good and a very well-coached team tonight. Things certainly didn’t start out well for us.

“At the half, we made adjustments, mainly they were sort of mental adjustments. We provide some reassurance and told them the first thing we wanted to see was for them to play hard.”

Held scoreless in the first half, Central sophomore Daniel Bolster found his touch in the third quarter, scoring 10 of his team’s 15 points.

Madonna had three players finish in double figures. Bone took game scoring honors with 19.

Mascio and Amaismeier evenly divided 26.

“Anytime you can get three players in double figures, you are going to have a good offensive night,” Vargo said. “We also were looking to pick up our defensive effort tonight since we kind of struggled on the defensive end in the last two games we have lost.

“We picked it up defensively earlier this week against Beallsville and we did it again tonight.

Now, we have to keep it going tomorrow when we play Doddridge County.”

Bolster finished with 14 to pace Central. Jaden Bradley added six.

“I’m tired of moral victories at this point,” Ogden said. “I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with that until we get some more scoreboard victories.

“We did see some things tonight that we liked, particularly in the second half. Those are things we can build on going forward.”

The Blue Dons outrebounded Central 30-20. Santo DoBraska hauled down five to lead Madonna. Bradley had a similar number for the Crusaders.

A Blue Don sweep:

Koleton Griskevich put together a monster game as Madonna earned a 41-36 win in the junior varsity contest. The freshman finished with 26 points.

Eli Fayak scored 13 to lead Central.

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The Blue Dons are back at it today, welcoming Doddridge County to the Dube Dome.

During the afternoon, Madonna will hold a special ceremony honoring Al Boniti, a dedicated educator for 43 years at Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic School. He graduated from Madonna in 1969 and later served as the head coach of the Blue Don baseball team and an assistant for the football and basketball teams. Boniti also was athletic director and head football coach for Junior Dons.

Boniti passed away in September at the age of 69.

The girls teams from the two schools will tip off at 1 p.m. with the boys to follow at 2:30 p.m.

Central is off until Friday when it hosts Edison.

Madonna 63, Catholic Central 34

Madonna 22 17 13 11–63

Central 3 9 15 7–34

MADONNA (7-5): L. Amaismeier 1 0-0 2; Mascio 6 0-0 13; Serafine 0 0-0 0; DoBraska 1 0-2 2; Pietranton 0 0-0 0; Arlia 2 2-4 6; Dietrich 0 4-6 4; Muzzi 2 0-0 4; M. Amaismeier 5 2-2 13; Bone 6 6-7 19. TOTALS: 23 14-21 63.

CATHOLIC CENTRAL (2-12): Long 0 0-1 0; Rook 0 0-0 0; Provost 0 1-3 1; Ialenti 0 2-2 2; Pergi 1 2-4 4; Bolster 5 2-4 14; Urbanczyk 0 0-0 0; C. Bradley 1 0-0 2; Rohde 0 0-0 0; Grimm 1 0-0 2; Mihalyo 1 0-0 3; J. Bradley 3 0-0 6. TOTALS: 10 7-16 34.

3-POINT GOALS: Madonna 3 (Mascio, M. Amaismeier; Bone); Central 3 (Bolster 2; Mihalyo); REBOUNDS: Madonna 30 (DoBraska 5); Central 20 (J. Bradley 5); TURNOVERS: Madonna 6; Central 15.

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