Shanksville-Stonycreek got some hot shooting just when the Vikings needed it most Tuesday night.

The Vikings tallied a trio of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter of their home opener to outlast Conemaugh Township 37-32 in a WestPAC non-section game.

“Jon Maust hit two big 3’s and Michael Abramowich hit another big one that caught us up and put us ahead,” new Shanksville coach Robert Snyder said. “I thought they were three big shots.”

The Vikings (2-1) also got timely free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter, going 5 of 6 with Abramowich hitting both his shots and J.C. Stockenus going 3 of 4.

“Free throws have kind of been our weakness this year,” Snyder said. “I thought we shot much better tonight.”

The Indians (2-2) were worn down after a tough stretch to open the season.

“That was our fourth game in five nights,” Township coach Scott Cable said. “Pros don’t even play four games in five nights. We just didn’t have it. We weren’t at full strength with Mike Muir out. So, we were kind of limited in our offense. We just didn’t have it when we needed it tonight. There wasn’t anything left in the tank.”

The Vikings got off to a strong start, as Abramowich led off with a 3-pointer and Stockenus added a jumper for a 5-0 lead.

After a Tim Risch basket for the Indians, Abramowich hit another bucket and Shane Speicher completed a conventional 3-point play for a 10-2 advantage.

Carter Lehman’s basket at 1:24 in the quarter gave the Vikings their biggest lead of the night, 12-2.

A Jake Feathers 3-point play helped Township narrow the deficit to seven points, 12-5, to end the first quarter.

The Indians continued to whittle away at the Shanksville lead, pulling even off a Feathers steal and layup at the 3:19 mark of the second quarter.

There were five lead changes before intermission with the Vikings taking a 19-18 edge.

Both offenses were hard pressed to get on track in the third quarter as the Indians outscored Shanksville 3-2 to pull even at 21.

“In the third quarter, we created eight turnovers and we didn’t capitalize on one of them and that’s just a lack on our part,” Cable said. “We were unable to finish. As well as we played Monday night (against Richland), tonight was a different story.”

Tim Johnson nailed a 3-pointer for Township to open the final quarter and Feathers scored one of two free throws as the Indians surged to a four-point lead, 25-21.

Maust hit the first of his 3’s but Feathers came right back with a jumper for a 27-24 Township advantage.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Maust and Abramowich put Shanksville ahead for good, 30-27, with 3:52 remaining.

The Indians got as close as three points again with 1:34 left.

Abramowich, a sophomore guard, led the way for the Vikings with 12 points.

Feathers topped all scorers with 13 points while Johnson added 10.

“Maybe on another night it would have been a different story,” Cable said. “Shanksville is young. Young Bobby Snyder got off to a good start.”

Shanksville outrebounded Township 33-27 with Speicher grabbing 10 boards and Michael Kimmel adding seven.

Kevin Byer led the Indians with seven rebounds.

“It’s big to get the first home win,” Snyder said. “The kids played hard and it was a big win for us. We are going to have growing pains, but I thought they took a step in the right direction tonight.”

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