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City champs

Madonna tops Weir for 4th in a row

January 18, 2014
By RALPH COX - Sports correspondent , The Herald-Star

WEIRTON - "Everything clicked" was how Madonna coach, George Vargo, explained what happened in his team's 87-42 city championship win Friday night over Weir High at the Dubie Dome.

The Blue Dons were winning their fourth straight city title and, boy, did they click.

Madonna scored the first 22 points of the game before the injury-ridden young Red Riders could get on the board. The Blue Dons all but insured the outcome in the first quarter with a 25-2 lead.

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CITY CHAMPIONS — The Weirton Madonna boys basketball team poses with the Weirton Rotary traveling trophy after an 87-42 win over Weir High Friday inside the Dubie Dome for the annual city championship. It was the fourth straight for Madonna.

And the onslaught didn't stop there. The Blue Dons scored 27 more points in the second quarter to Weir High's 12 to go into the intermission ahead by 52-14.

"Everything we did was right tonight," Vargo said. "Our full court and half court defenses went well, we ran our half court offensive sets good, rebounded well, ran well and we kept our composure."

In addition, the Blue Dons out rebounded the Riders 35-27 and shot the basketball well with several offensive boards and putbacks. Madonna scorched the nets making 30 of 69 field goal attempts and finished with 10 three-pointers.

Fact Box

Madonna 87, Weir High 42

Weir High 2 12 14 14 - 42

Madonna 25 27 22 13 - 87

WEIR HIGH (1-8): Knight 1 0-2 2, Viakley 2 0-0 4, Gaudio 2 0-2 5, Wood 2 0-0 6, Kirk 3 0-2 8, Enrietti 3 2-3 8, Thompson 0 1-2 1, Luevano 3 0-0 8. TOTALS: 16 3-11 42. 3-pointers, 7 (Kirk, 2, Wood, 2, Luevano, 2, Gaudio); Rebounds, 27 (Kirk and Enrietti, 5 each); Turnovers: 17.

MADONNA (7-2): Comis 6 6-7 21, Guio 2 0-0 4, Antinone 0 1-4 1, J. Ewusiak 3 0-1 7, T. Ewusiak 3 0-0 6, Bowser 0 4-6 4, Mazur 5 0-0 14, Higgins 0 2-2 2, Silvestri 1 1-2 3, Lyons 2 0-0 5, Jeter 1 2-2 5, Martin 6 1-2 13, Biondillo 1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 30 17-26 87. 3-pointers, 10 (Mazur, 4, Comis, 3, J. Ewusiak, Lyons, Jeter); Rebounds, 35 (Martin, 8); Turnovers: 10.

"Everything went in tonight," said Vargo, whose club improved it's record to 7-2. "(Ross) Comis made a couple of threes and (Nick) Mazure came off the bench and made some threes and Matt Lyons (a freshman) hit one late in the game."

The Blue Dons accepted the traveling trophy sponsored by the Weirton Rotary Club following the game. Vargo said it is the first time in the history of Madonna High School that they have won the city championship four years in a row.

"I've been doing this 32 years now," said Weir High's Mike Granato. "I've never had a scenario where I've lost three starters in a year let alone three in the past seven games."

Already without two starters, senior Kamari Washington, who left the team, and sophomore Jo. Jo West, who injured a knee, Granato's starting point guard, sophomore Marcus Smith, went down during pre-game warmups with a sprained ankle.

"He was a key for some different things we are trying to do," Granato said. "That's not why we lost, but all of a sudden now here we are forced to play a lot of inexperienced kids.

"I tip my hat to Madonna. They have a great ball club and certainly those kinds of things are not why we won or lost, but what we've got to do now is focus on the guys that are healthy and the guys that are ready to go with the idea that down the road maybe it will help us create some depth.

"We had a lot of young kids out there - freshmen, sophomores. They really stepped up. I know it sounds kind of crazy when the score is 87-42 and you talk about how proud you were of your kids' effort. Regardless of how shaky it may have gotten, I thought they left it out on the floor.

"When you get that kind of effort all you can do is tip your hat to the other guy. When you're missing some key ingredients it's tough to make good soup."

Sophomore Ryan Kirk and freshmen, Cody Enrietti and Chayton Luevano led the Red Riders in scoring with eight points each and Kirk, who started the game in place of the injured Smith, and Enrietti led their club in rebounding with five apiece.

Meanwhile, 13 Madonna players got in on the scoring with senior Ross Comis leading the way with 21. Comis also had four assists and two steals.

Mazur came off the bench and knocked down four bombs from behind the arc and added a two-pointer for 14 points.

Madonna's 7-foot senior center, Josh Martin, scored in double figures for the second straight game nailing six field goals and a free throw for 13 points. Martin also led the Blue Don rebounding with eight off the glass.

"I'm proud of winning the city championship four times in a row for the first time in school history," Vargo continued. "I'm proud of it for the kids and our alumni including a lot of people that have played for me over the past 20 years here at Madonna. That game was for a lot of people tonight.

"I tried to be a professional and a gentleman trying to keep the score as close as possible. I want to thank the Weirton Rotary for sponsoring the trophy, too. I think that's the first time that four people from Rotary came to the game for the presentation and that's nice community leadership.

"I'm real happy with the way things turned out. We're going into Sunday looking at OVAC points. We're probably number one in the OVAC. This game gives us a lot of points, but we have a tough road now. We'll find out what we're made of this next week.

"We travel to Morgantown Wednesday to play Trinity, then come back home to play Steubenville Catholic Central Thursday at 6 p.m. at Franciscan University and then go on the road to Magnolia next Saturday to play Williamstown at 4 p.m.

"So we have a pretty tough road Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and all three teams are pretty darned good."

Weir High (1-8) plays at Oak Glen next Tuesday.

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