Meadville Tribune


December 7, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: McElhinny gets first Bulldogs win in rout

MEADVILLE — Asked how important it was getting the team’s first win of the season, Meadville’s head boys basketball coach Mark McElhinny blurted out the answer before the question was even finished.

“Huge,” he said.

“It’s huge because we’re going into a really nice stretch here the next couple weeks — McDowell, Sharon, Hickory.”

McElhinny didn’t even mention the fact that it was his first victory as the head coach of the Bulldogs varsity team. Even after a small congratulatory gesture following Saturday’s 65-28 victory over Conneaut in the Sertoma Tipoff Tournament consolation game, he just nodded his head and moved right along.

“We took care of the ball — eight or nine turnovers,” he said. “We ran our offense, got some good looks, got some momentum and were able to stretch the game out.”

It’s not like it’s his first hoe-down, after all. It was actually the 209th varsity basketball victory for McElhinny, not to mention all the other wins he’s garnered on the junior basketball level over the past three years.

This one just happened to be the first with the big ’Dogs. So, it seemed, he wasn’t ready to get worked up about it, no doubt hoping that there are more momentous victories to come.

“It was fun,” was all he would say.

On the other hand, Bulldogs sophomore Jason Clune had no problem talking up the win.

“It’s always a big one to get over the hump with a new coach,” Clune said. “We had a game plan, we came out and we executed. That’s basically what it was. It was a good win coming off a tough loss (Friday) night to East.”

Asked about the new regime, he answered, “I love it. I love it. It’s a great change. We practice hard every day. It’s a great team atmosphere.”

Clune, an all-tournament team pick, was a focal point to the Bulldogs’ attack last night, leading the team with 19 points. He had 16 in the first half alone, a full half of the points Meadville scored during the first two quarters as it took a 32-14 lead over the Eagles. Clune also led the team in rebounds with eight.

Faizon McClure, another all-tournament selection, also had a big game offensively, scoring 15 points. And senior Jake Gregor did a little bit of everything, scoring 10 points with six assists, five steals and five rebounds.

“Faizon got out and played real well tonight, ran the floor,” said McElhinny. “And when he does that it opens things up for us in other areas. Clune was steady again. Gregor was a calming influence out there too.”

The Bulldogs were also to get nearly everyone off the bench in the fourth quarter. Cottrell McDonald had time to score four points. Roman Pero and Anthoni Boitnott knocked down treys. Alex Parker, Jake Jageman and Derek Niemann each had a bucket.

“That’s key, getting them experience,” said Clune. “Our goal in the third quarter was to get a sizable lead so they could come in and get some experience and we could get guys some points in varsity.”

The Bulldogs amassed that lead with a tenacious defense that recorded 19 steals during the game, as well as a determined effort on the boards, which saw the ’Dogs grab 34 rebounds, including 17 on offense.

“Clune, he killed us on the boards,” said Conneaut head coach Bob Leupold. “Gregor, they all crash hard. ... It didn’t help that our big guy (Chris Richardson) went down in the first quarter, probably the first two minutes of the game. He should be all right. I think he just rolled (an ankle).”

Conneaut’s top scorer was Danny Holcomb, who tallied eight points. Freshman Tom Detelich finished the game with seven and was picked for the all-tournament team.

The Eagles, now 0-2, continue the hunt for their first win of the season. And Leupold isn’t using his team’s overall youth as the reason why.

“That’s no excuse,” he said. “We’ve got to come to play. This is triple-A basketball. This is what we’ve got to prepare for. I take full responsibility for my team’s inadequacies tonight. But we’ll get better. (Meadville) is young too. I don’t use youth as an excuse. We’ve got to do things better. We’ve got to make a good pass, make our layups and rebound.

“But we’ll get better. This is good experience. We played a quad-A team and a triple-a team. My young players got a lot of experience this weekend. And that’s a good thing. ... We can only get better.”

Text Only
  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Brendon Barclay Unbeaten Panthers need five games to top Bulldogs

    Through the first four games, there was no telling which team was undefeated and which team had only one win entering Monday night’s Region 1 volleyball clash between Meadville and Saegertown.
    By the fifth and deciding game, the cream rose to the top.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ogwumike goes No. 1

    It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.
    Minutes after taking Chiney Ogwumike with the top pick in the WNBA draft Monday night, the Sun made a blockbuster deal to trade 2012 MVP Tina Charles to the New York Liberty.

    April 14, 2014

  • Watson pulls away at Augusta to win second green jacket

    One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.
    All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.
    Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act Sunday at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.

    April 14, 2014

  • Harvick survives shootout for win at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.
    Harvick was among several veteran drivers fighting for the Nationwide Series win Friday night when rookie Chase Elliott used fresher tires and a strong machine to move from the back of the pack to first place over the final two laps.

    April 14, 2014

  • Spezza lifts Senators to SO win over Penguins

    Jason Spezza scored in the shootout to help the Ottawa Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night and finish the season on a five-game winning streak.
    The teams were tied 2-2 after two periods and didn’t score in the third or overtime.

    April 14, 2014

  • Brewers sweep Pirates, win ninth straight

    Kyle Lohse was eager to top his Milwaukee teammates.
    He sure came close.
    Lohse came within an out of a complete game, and the Brewers won their ninth straight with a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

    April 13, 2014

  • Ramirez lifts ChiSox over Indians

    Alexei Ramirez came up to the plate, ready to swing.
    Ramirez hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw from John Axford in the ninth inning, rallying the Chicago White Sox over the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on a rainy Sunday.

    April 13, 2014

  • Masters Watson Watson surges to Masters lead following birdie spree

    Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of “Bubba golf,” producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Ferry Sinks Off South Korean Coast Town, Victims Remember Texas Blast Freeze Leaves Florida Panhandle With Dead Trees At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Are School Dress Codes Too Strict? Raw: Fatal Ferry Boat Accident Suspicious Bags Found Near Marathon Finish Line Boston Marks the 1st Anniversary of Bombing NYPD Ends Muslim Surveillance Program 8-year-old Boy Gets His Wish: Fly Like Iron Man Sex Offenders Arrested in Slayings of CA Women India's Transgenders Celebrate Historic Ruling Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge

Is simplifying the U.S. tax code the best way to boost the economy? The code today is 73,608 pages and it grows every year. Which one of these suggestions seems like the best solution:

Make a progressive tax rate that’s a simple 6 percent for everyone.
End tax breaks for the “1 percent.”
It’s not as simple as one change — many things have to happen.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide