Harrison Blackledge couldn’t help but let out a big smile for his senior teammate Dom Iero. It may have been one shot late, but Blackledge and his teammates stood and recognized Iero for surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career during Hoover’s 91-67 win over Kent Roosevelt in a boys basketball Division I sectional final at Harry Fails Gymnasium.
Harrison Blackledge couldn’t help but let out a big smile for his senior teammate Dom Iero.
It may have been one shot late, but Blackledge and his teammates stood and recognized Iero for surpassing the 1,000-point mark for his career during Hoover’s 91-67 win over Kent Roosevelt in a boys basketball Division I sectional final at Harry Fails Gymnasium.
The Vikings move on to Thursday’s district semifinal against Green, which was a 72-36 winner over Fitch in the first game of the night.
Iero actually hit the mark exactly on a foul line jumper with 3:29 left in the game. Blackledge and his teammates didn’t fully realize it until Iero buried a
3-pointer from the top of the key 46 seconds later. Iero’s teammates gave him a standing ovation and Blackledge yelled “Yeah, baby.”
“I knew that he was close to it,” Blackledge said. “I checked with (head) coach (Randy Montgomery) to see how close he was when he went back in and he hit that 3, I was just elated.
“I couldn’t be happier for a teammate and a brother of mine.”
IERO GETS GOING IN SECOND HALF
Iero had a slow start and scored only two points in the first half. He said he was hard on his teammates, and Montgomery sat him for the second quarter to send him a message.
“We had a talk at halftime to come out and show everyone I’m not arrogant. I’m not selfish or anything,” said Iero, who finished with 22 points. “I want to do (well) and get some momentum going into Green. That’s the biggest thing right now.”
Blackledge was no slouch on offense. He finished with 31 points and six rebounds, which followed a
30-point game Tuesday against Louisville.
Blackledge hit a record of his own in the Vikings win over the Leopards, which was held by his dad Todd Blackledge. Harrison hit the 135 free-throw mark, surpassing Todd’s record of 133.
The younger Blackledege and Iero have been Hoover’s offensive workhorses all season. The two combined for 52.8 percent of the Vikings’ points.
OTHER VIKINGS PITCH IN
Hoover got some additional production, thanks to Alex Shingleton’s 14 points and Tyler Maciag’s 10 points. It was all done without senior Evan Schick, out with an ankle injury.
“It’s critical,” Montgomery said of his four players in double figures. “All four of them are seniors you like to see your seniors step up.”
The only problem Montgomery had with his team Saturday was on the defensive end.
“They scored 67 points, which our average is nowhere near that,” he said. “So obviously, we have to do better.”
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Dan Fanelly scored 17 of his game-high 26 points in the first half to help Green roll over Fitch 72-36.
The Bulldogs were never threatened, as Austin Marciniak drilled a 3 from the left wing at the second-quarter buzzer to give his team a 33-13 lead at the break. Marciniak added 15 points.