The Windber boys basketball team increased its record to 10-2 on the season with a convincing 62-40 victory over visiting WestPAC rival Conemaugh Township.

Indians guard Mike Muir drained a 3-pointer from 23 feet with just over 3 minutes left in the second quarter to pull the Indians within one at 15-14, but that was the closest Conemaugh Township came in a game in which they never led.

The Ramblers finished up the second frame going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line, including 6-of-6 from Matt Wilson. The Indians sputtered at the charity stripe, making only 1-of-6.

The result was a 26-15 Ramblers lead going to halftime.

“We’ve been working real hard at free throws the last two weeks, so we’re glad to see it’s paying off,” Windber coach Kevin Charney said of his team’s 20-of-24 effort from the line. By contrast, the Indians shot just 5-for-12. The Ramblers continued to build their lead into the third quarter, in which the Ramblers outscored the Indians 21-11.

“Our base defense is a man, but we run a couple of different presses off of it, or we just pick up at half-court and go straight man,” Charney said. “It just so happened that we stayed with that trapping defense that seemed to work for us until we got to half-court and then we just matched up and played man-to-man. Overall, it was a very well-played game from everybody, one to 15. Everybody got in and everybody did well. We’re really pleased as a coaching staff.”

Ten players got onto the scoreboard for

Windber. Wilson had a game-high 16 for the Ramblers while Matt Mandel and Dan Gardner had 10 each. Joey Swinger came off the bench to lead the Ramblers in rebounds with six and added five points. Windber outrebounded the Indians 23-12.

The Indians found some backdoor points against Windber’s defense early, but as the game wore on, Conemaugh Township struggled to set up its offense against the Ramblers aggressive half-court trap look.

“They slowed us down and they didn’t let us get into a lot of our offensive sets,” said Conemaugh Township coach Scott Cable, whose team dropped to 6-5. “Toby McIlwain (12 points) was willing to take it to the hole tonight, and he held us in there, but we weren’t always successful from the stripe.”

Tim Johnson added a trio of 3-pointers and 10 points for the Indians.

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