Frederick, Stutz shine for Tornado
Butler boys roll past Riverside, 79-48
By Derek Pyda
Eagle Staff Writer
FOX CHAPEL — There were a number of excuses Butler's players could have used for coming out flat against Riverside.
They ignored them all.
The Golden Tornado forced 10 first-quarter turnovers and jumped out to a 24-8 lead before coasting to a 79-48 boys basketball win over the Panthers in the final day of the Peter Sauer Memorial Tournament at Shady Side Academy on Thursday.
“A low point for us this season was the first game of this tournament, blowing a (15-point) lead and losing to Woodland Hills,” said Butler coach Matt Clement of a 69-67 defeat on Tuesday. “Today, this was the third game in three days for us and our kids could have come out against a smaller school and figured we could just show up and win.
“But the pressure we applied and the way we played, I was impressed, especially since we played at that pace the whole game (Wednesday in beating Cumberland Valley).”
The Panthers found themselves against the ropes early on, turning the ball over on their last five possessions of the first quarter. Butler senior forward Tyler Frederick scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the opening period and senior guard Joel Stutz drained the first two of five 3-pointers.
“It really wasn't hard at all to get up for this game,” said Frederick, who was 11-of-16 shooting. “We lost that first game and Coach always tells us to learn from our losses.”
When the Panthers (5-4) did get shots off, they scored more times than not. They were 8-of-12 from the field in the first two quarters and 18-of-33 in the game. But they turned the ball over regularly throughout the first half — 19 times — whether it was against the Tornado press or half-court defense.
Butler (6-3) took full advantage of the miscues, building a 47-21 edge by halftime. Riverside finally settled down in the second half, but its deficit was simply too great to make a comeback.
Butler drained 12 three-pointers in the win. Along with Joel Stutz's five makes from beyond the arc, Andrew Yonker and Ian McCarrier both hit two.
As a team, the Tornado made 12-of-23 treys.
“We average between 15 and 25 attempts from the outside per game,” said Clement. “It's not like we were taking contested shots from out there. Riverside was packing five guys in the lane and we just took what they were giving us. Joel has been shooting the ball so well the last few games.”
Ethan Morton contributed 13 points and six assists to Butler's cause.
Stutz and Frederick were both named to the all-tournament team.
Frederick added seven rebounds.
“This is the affect he should have on every game,” Clement said of Frederick. “When he is playing like this, we are a better team.”
Since both Butler and Seneca Valley lost on Tuesday and won in Wednesday's action, they could have played each other in the tournament Thursday.
But the programs are Section 1-6A rivals and will be playing each other twice over the next six weeks.
“We decided that if both teams made the championship game, we would play them,” said Clement. “But if it was a loser's bracket game, there was no point.”
Riverside coach John Rorick was unavailable for comment.
Connor Ollio (24) makes a move against Riverside's Justin Baust during the
Holden ornado's 79-48 boys basketball win Thursday at Shady Side Academy.
Ty Thellman 2 3-4 8, Austin Dambach 5 1-2 11, Will Yasenka 2 0-0 5, Jesse Fornataro 3 2-2 8, Justin Baust 3 1-2 7, Gunnar Boehm 1 0-0 2, Daevon Williams 2 0-0 6, Dan Zelch 0 1-2 1, Brian Macmurdo 0 0-0 0, Luke Bookamer 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 8-12 48.
Andrew Yonker 2 0-0 6, Jace Stutz 1 0-0 3, Ian McCarrier 2 0-0 6, Tyler Frederick 11 0-0 22, Connor Ollio 4 1-2 9, Ethan Morton 6 0-0 13, Joel Stutz 5 0-0 15, Jason Gray 0 0-0 0, Cade Negley 0 0-0 0, Jefferson Ford 1 0-0 3, Tarik Taoufik 0 0-0 0, Isaiah Scribner 1 0-0 2, Dillon Uranker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 33 1-2 79.
Riverside 8 13 16 11 — 48
Butler24 23 17 15 — 79
3-point goals: Riverside 4 (Williams 2, Yasenka, Thellman); Butler 12 (Jo. Stutz 5, Yonker 2, McCarrier 2, Ja. Stutz, Ford, Morton).