Derry’s Justin Huss suffers broken leg in basketball section opener

Friday, December 20, 2019 | 11:24 PM

Derry senior basketball player Justin Huss broke his right leg Friday night in the Trojans’ emotional 59-57 victory over visiting Freeport.

Huss went up for a rebound with 2 minutes, 44 seconds left in the second quarter and came down awkwardly. He crashed to the baseline, writhing in pain.

The 2019 Tribune-Review Westmoreland County Football Player of the Year, Huss received medical attention during a long stoppage before he was carted off on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital.

Derry coach Tom Esposito said Huss broke his fibula and tibia — essentially the same injury he suffered to his left leg last year before the start of football season.

For that injury, he had six screws and a steel plate put in his left leg and returned in six months.

The latest setback for the Trojans’ backcourt leader looks to be season-ending, Esposito said.

“He just kept saying, ‘Why me? Why me?’ ” Esposito said. “It was a pretty emotional scene. It’s heartbreaking to see it happen to someone who not only is a great athlete, but also a great young man.”

Esposito said bench players heard a “pop” and knew the injury was serious.

After Derry collected itself, Tyson Webb came up with a key steal and was fouled with four-tenths of a second to play and the Section 1-4A opener tied at 57-57. Webb made both free throws to give the Trojans (2-4, 1-0) the win.

“We tried to hold it together,” Esposito said. “In the huddle, we said, ‘Let’s regroup, refocus and win this for No. 21.’ ”

Tanner Nicely led all scorers with 23 points for Derry, and Huss finished with 12 points.

Huss was one of the top running backs in the WPIAL this season. He ran for 1,995 yards and scored 32 touchdowns.

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at or via Twitter .


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