By Pete Chiodo
The Meadville boys basketball team had a bunch of guys that played well in Saturday night’s game against East.
Donte Hollingsworth, however, he just about filled up his entire highlight reel in that one 32-minute span. The senior knocked down several graceful jump shots and slipped in a handful of impossible-looking layups, all while scoring an electrifying 33 points in the Bulldogs’ 85-67 win over the Warriors in the championship game of the Sertoma Club Tip-off Tournament last night at the House of Thrills.
“Yeah, Donte played well,” said Meadville head coach Norm Price. “The whole team played well. They shared the ball. It was an enjoyable weekend.”
MASH is now 2-0. On Friday the Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 70-48 victory over Conneaut.
“Coming in, we were concerned about Conneaut because of the size they have. And you never know what you’re going to get with East and Central because of their athletic ability,” Price said. “But we did well.”
Last night’s win was also No. 399 for coach Price. He and the Bulldogs will be looking for No. 400 on Wednesday when they travel to Erie to take on McDowell.
“The proudest thing about this whole thing is that I got them all at one school,” said Price. “I’m just proud that they’ve all been here.
“And hopefully we won’t take too long to get it.”
Back to Hollingsworth: He was named MVP of the tournament thanks to his performance, which also included six rebounds and a pair of assists.
He was 14-for-21 from the field and 4-for-6 from the free throw line.
He scored 10 of Meadville’s 14 points in the first quarter, which East led 17-14.
He then added six more in the second quarter. And he also had some help in that frame by the Clune brothers — senior Trevor and freshman Jason. Trevor tallied eight points and had eight rebounds in the second period. Jason added five points and three rebounds.
Together, those three spearheaded an 18-2 run to start the second quarter, putting Meadville in front 32-18. The ’Dogs would not trail again.
East did get as close as 40-36 early in the third quarter. However, the Bulldogs outscored the Warriors 23-7 over the final five minutes of the frame to take a 63-43 lead into the fourth.
Trevor Clune hit one triple during that run. And Zak Price finished off the quarter with back-to-back long-distance treys.
The fourth quarter was a shoot-out, which East won 24-22. Yet the Warriors never really threatened Meadville’s lead with Hollingsworth keeping the pace with an 11-point effort.
Trevor Clune finished the game with 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. He was an obvious choice for the all-tournament team.
Price and Malik Anderson each had 10 points. And Jason Clune tallied nine points and seven rebounds.
For East, Trousie Thrower — an all-tournament team pick — led the way with 19 points. Kyree Kirkland finished with 15 points after banging in three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.