Butler boys sprint past TJ


BETHEL PARK — Just when Thomas Jefferson was ready to make a run, Butler ran away. 
The Golden Tornado used a 14-0 run in the second half to put away a 52-37 boys basketball victory Saturday in the consolation game of the Bethel Park Tip-Off Tournament. 
“You could say we clamped down on defense — and we did— but Luke Hartung was a big factor during that stretch,” Butler coach Matt Clement said. “He slid over and helped down low on No. 33 (Chase Winovich) as he went to the basket and that seemed to bog them down. 

“Luke plays out on a wing offensively, but it’s a nice luxury to have that 6-foot-3, 205-pound body who can defend inside and play rough in there.” 
Joe Carroll drained a 3-pointer moments after Zach Schademan stuck back an offensive rebound to pull Thomas Jefferson within 36-28 with 4:55 left in the third quarter. Butler had taken a 10-0 lead to begin the game and never trailed in the contest. 

The Tornado answered this surge with a free throw and 3-pointer by Nick Patten before the end of the period. Butler then scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter. 
The Jaguars went eight minutes and 41 seconds without a field goal, 7:56 without a point at all during that stretch. 
“Defense was critical to us in this game and it will be critical to us in every game,” Hartung said. “We don’t have that one big scorer who’s going to light it up every night, so we have to contain the other team. 
“I was able to slide over into the lane and help out. That works when I can get back over to guard my man.” 
The Jaguars (0-2) were held below 40 points for the second consecutive game. 
“We’re not being patient enough. What bothered me is we never got into our sets offensively,” Thomas Jefferson coach Dom DeCicco said. “We’d make one or two passes and toss one up.” 
Patten and center Mark Gross — a pair of sophomores — paced the Tornado with 10 points each. Gross and Seth Cook both had six of Butler’s 38 rebounds. Seth Horwat snared five boards. 
Neither Patten nor Gross started the game. 
“Our two leading scorers today are getting ready to play a JV game right now,” Clement said. “That’s the kind of depth we have. We had 14-to-16 guys play quality varsity minutes in this game. 
“We’ve got plenty of parts to work with. Some night, we’ll use plenty of them. Other nights, we may not. But everyone has to be ready to play when he’s called upon.” 
Adam Miller came off the bench to score 10 points for Thomas Jefferson. Winovich had eight of the Jaguars’ 36 rebounds. 
Butler proved tough to contend with in the post for the second straight game. 
“Their big people can score in there,” DeCicco said. “We wanted to keep them 6-to-8 feet away from the basket. Instead, they were receiving passes 2-to-4 feet from the basket.” 
Twenty-eight total players participated in the varsity game. 
Butler (1-1) faces New Castle Tuesday night in the Tornado’s home opener. It’s also the section opener for both teams. 
“New Castle is playing in Florida over the break and asked us to switch our game to Tuesday,” Clement said. “I don’t mind ... I’m sure they would return the favor some day. 
“New Castle is the class of the WPIAL and maybe the state this year. They bring a lot of people with them when they travel, so that atmosphere should be something. I think our kids are up to the challenge.” 
Dom Pusateri 1-2 3-3 5, Seth Cook 4-7 1-1 9, Keenan Krause 1-3 4-6 6, Zach Neudorfer 0-1 0-0 0, Arum Krause 1-3 0-2 2, Seth Horwat 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Patten 3-8 1-2 10, Andrew Parterno 0-0 0-0 0, Luke Hartung 3-6 0-0 8, Luke Tincha 1-2 0-0 2, Mark Gross 5-5 0-1 10, Shae Stobert 0-2 0-0 0, Travis Reed 0-1 0-0, Justice Lewandowski 0-1 0-0 0, Alec Geibel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 19-43 9-16 52. 
Joe Carroll 3-8 0-1 8, Zach Schademan 2-4 0-3 4, Chase Winovich 1-5 1-4 3, Jason Horan 0-4 0-0 0, Zach Good 0-1 0-0 0, Adam Miller 3-9 4-6 10, Zach Talley 2-3 0-0 4, Charlie Scharbo 0-2 0-0 0, Ben Miscavage 1-6 2-3 5, Dan Terpin 0-0 0-1 0, Steven Andros 1-1 0-0 2, Russell Seiss 0-0 1-2 1, Eric Fairman 0-4 0-0 0, Frankie Langdon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-48 8-22 37. 
Butler 22 10 8 12—52 
Tho. Jefferson10 11 7 9—37 
3-pointers: Patten 3, Hartung 2; Carroll 2, Miscavage 
JV: Butler, 48-44 (B: Arum Krause 11, Eric Hindman 8, Justice Lewandowski 8)