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DuBois Central Catholic’s Josh Solnosky, left, tries to score on a reverse layup against Penns Manor’s Adam Dumm (21) during first-half action Tuesday. Solnosky scored 12 points in his Cardinal debut.

Photo by Chris Wechtenhiser

DuBOIS — Josh Solnosky made his much anticipated debut for DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday night against Penns Manor, and the junior didn’t disappoint as he scored 12 points in his first action since December 2016.

Solnosky, a transfer from DuBois Area, was forced to sit out the first six-plus weeks of the season because of that move. He was practicing with the team from the start of the season but had to anxiously watch from the sidelines as his new teammates played their first 14 games.

Solnosky was finally able to suit up with his teammates for real Tuesday, with DCC coach Dom Varacallo inserting him into the starting lineup.

And, the junior showed few signs of rust — given his last varsity action came against DCC at the 2016 DuBois Holiday Tournament while he was still with the Beavers.

The junior scored four points in the opening quarter on his way to posting 12 through three quarters. While he didn’t score in the fourth, he came up with a key defensive rebound in the final 30 seconds with the Cardinals leading 59-55.

That board forced the Comets to foul teammate Justin Miknis, who went 2 of 2 at the foul line for the second time in eight seconds to seal Central Catholic’s 61-55 victory.

“Josh has been waiting a while to get on the floor, and I would hope he’d say it was worth the wait,” said Varacallo. “And, I think he would say that. With him, he just gives us a next level player that can get on the glass, fill in defensively, can block shots and fill things out offensively.

“He does a lot of things well that you might not expect out of a big guy. He plays more like a guard.

“It was nice to get a win for him. He just needs some real game action. We’ve been working him in in at practice and doing a little more scrimmaging to get him ready. It didn’t look like he had a lot of rust tonight, that’s for sure.

“Getting Josh (in lineup) just helps build on the momentum we’ve had recently. I thought we played Ridgway tough and Elk County tough last week, and we’re carrying that momentum forward and it’s starting to translate into wins.”

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