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Another Crestwood win … barely


January 14. 2014 11:09PM

By - jerzar@civitasmedia.com






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WRIGHT TWP. — Domination isn’t always what it seems.


Take Crestwood, for example. The Comets’ ability to defeat Pittston Area dates way back. So far back that the players on the court Tuesday night were in their first few years of elementary school.


Yet, there were often games like Tuesday’s, where Crestwood barely escaped with a victory.


Brady Gallagher hit a pair of free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining and Pittston Area’s desperation three-pointer at the buzzer missed its mark as Crestwood edged the Patriots 36-33.


“Both teams played their hearts out defensively,” Crestwood coach Mark Atherton said. “It made it look like a struggling game offensively for both teams, but I’ll give the defenses more credit.”


Crestwood stayed tied with Hazleton Area atop Division I of the Wyoming Valley Conference by improving to 4-0 in the division and 10-2 overall. Pittston Area fell to 3-1 in Division I and 8-4 overall as its eight-game winning streak came to an end.


Since the 2003-04 season, the team have met 24 times, including Tuesday. Crestwood has won 22 of those games. But six times in the last 10 contests, the winner was decided by three points or less.


Tuesday was the sixth time, although it didn’t appear to be headed that way. Crestwood had a 26-12 lead early in the third quarter before an 11-0 Pittston Area run tightened things up.


The Patriots finally overtook Crestwood with 2:10 left in the fourth on a drive by James Emmett. Gallagher, though, was big down the stretch, hitting an outside jumper at 1:52 and two free throws at 6.6 seconds.


“We knew it was going to be a low-scoring game, a close game,” Gallagher said. “We both play good ‘D.’ I just wanted to make (the free throws). I missed a few earlier and concentrated more on the last two.”


Crestwood tried to foul when Pittston Area inbounded the ball, but instead knocked it out of bounds near midcourt with 3.3 seconds left. That gave the Patriots a catch-and-shoot chance at a three-pointer.


Pittston Area got the ball in the hands of Tyler McGarry, one of the better outside shooters in the WVC. McGarry, though, had time to just turn and fire from about 5 feet outside the arc.


“Our guys never give up,” Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger said. “They’re such a close-knit group of guys. No one gets down on each other. Everything is encouraging. Everything is that we’re still in this. Keep fighting, keep focused, we’ll come back.”


McGarry played a big part in the comeback with five of the points during the 11-0 run. He finished with a game-high 12 points.


Gallagher and Chris Fazzini had 10 each for Crestwood. Fazzini also helped the Comets dominate the boards with a game-high 10 rebounds. Luke Casey added nine more rebounds.


Lake-Lehman 51,

Nanticoke 39

Adam Dizbon scored a game-high 16 points in the win for the Black Knights.

Pete Borum added 10 points of his own to the win.

The Trojans were led by Mike Malshefski’s 12 points.

GAR 65, Wyoming Area 15

The Grenadiers held the Warriors to only three second-half points and were led by Isaiah Francis’ 20 points in the win.

Jahlil Harvey and Nigebo Francis scored 12 points each to contribute to the GAR win.

MMI Prep 44, Northwest 31

The Preppers were led by 14 points form R.J. Kupsho and 13 points from Cory Rogers in the win over the Rangers.

Tunkhannock 70, Dallas 57

Austin Yanora totaled a game-high 26 points while Adam Billings recorded 16 points in the Tigers high scoring victory.

The Mountaineers were led by 17 points from Suk Mathon and 14 points from Allen Fell.

Meyers 62, Hanover Area 48

Tyriek Steward totaled 33 points in the Mohawks victory over the Hawkeyes.

Hanover Area’s effort was led by 16 points from Jake Barber.

Hazleton Area 84,

Wyoming Valley West 68

The Cougars were led by 32 points from Sal Biasi in the win against the Spartans.

Brett Barron, Jon Fogarty and Reynal Santana each contributed 12 points to the victory.

The Spartans were led by 18 points from Evan McCue, 17 points from Jamie Calloway and 16 points from Larry Anderscavage.

Holy Redeemer 73,

Wyoming Seminary 61

The Royals were led by 22 points from Darius Washington and 13 points from Brian Banas in the win against the Blue Knights.

Jerry Lin scored a game-high 34 points in the effort for Wyoming Seminary.

Berwick 67, Coughlin 48

Matt Dalo led the Bulldogs with 18 points in the win over the Crusaders.

Coughlin’s effort was led by 16 points from Devin Rajza.

Crestwood 36, Pittston Area 33

PITTSTON AREA (33) Mike Schwab 0 0-0 0, Hassan Maxwell 1 1-5 3, James Emmett 2 0-0 5, Tyler McGarry 5 0-0 12, Mason Gross 2 2-2 9, Mike Delaney 0 4-4 4, Carmen LoBrutto 0 0- 0, Kyle Gattuso 0 0-0 0, Ryan Hannon 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 8-12 33.

CRESTWOOD (36) — Brady Gallagher 2 5-8 10, Cole Wasco 1 0-0 3, Brian Markowski 1 0-0 3, Luke Casey 1 2-2 4, Chris Fazzini 4 1-2 10, Robbie Hopkins 1 0-1 2, Jason Dotzel 1 0-0 2, Josh Malkemes 0 2-2 2, Leonny Rojas 0 0-2 0. Totals 11 10-17 36.

Pittston Area`9`4`13`8`—`33

Crestwood`13`8`7`8`—`36

Three-point goals —PA 3 (Emmett, McGarry 2); CRE 4 (Gallagher, Wasco, Markowski, Fazzini).

Berwick 67, Coughlin 48

COUGHLIN (48) —Alex Cerep 0 4-6 4, Kenda Davis 0 0-0 0, Darik Johnson 1 3-4 5, Nick Cerep 0 0-0 0, Devin Rajza 5 2-2 16, Collin Krokus 0 0-0 0, Matt Monaghan 0 0-0 0, Jose Rivera 4 0-2 9, Charles Cobbs 4 3-8 11, Melvin Robinson 1 1-2 1. Totals 10 13-24 48.


BERWICK (67) — Alex Koch 1 0-0 3, Josh Edwards 1 2-2 4, Max Melito 3 4-5 10, Holden Reigel 2 3-4 7, Tyler Evans 5 4-5 23, Matt Dalo 6 3-6 18, Kyle Roberts 0 0-0 0, Jude Goodard 1 0-0 2, Kyle Pierce 0 0-0 0, Elias Harmon 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 16-22 67.


Coughlin`13`15`12`8`—`48


Berwick`17`18`14`18`—`67


Three-point goals — CRE 5 (Rajza 4, Rivera); BER 5 (Evans 3, Koch, Dalo).


Hazleton Area 84, Wyoming Valley West 68

HAZLETON AREA (84) — Julio Alvarado 1 0-0 2, Sal Biasi 12 6-8 32, Mike Makuta 0 0-0 0, Chris Panzarella 3 1-1 7, Zach Zukoski 0 0-0 0, Chris Woodring 3 1-1 7, Brett Barron 5 0-0 12, Nick Seach 0 0-0 0, Jon Fogarty 5 2-2 12, Reynal Santana 6 0-0 12, Kyle Karmonick 2 1-2 5, Mark Brehm 0 2-2 2, Hunter Samec 0 0-2 0. Totals 34 12-17 84.


WYOMING VALLEY WEST (68) — Sean Judge 1 0-2 2, Hason Milton 0 0-0 0, Jamie Calloway 6 4-4 17, Mike Sands 2 2-4 6, Larry Anderscavage 5 2-2 16, Bailey Ryneski 0 0-0 0, Damian Clark 0 4-4 4, Mitch Pilarz 1 0-0 3, Mike Baur 0 0-0 0, Evan McCue 7 3-4 18, Aaron Austin 0 0-0 0, Davis Weaver 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 18-23 68.


Hazleton Area`24`14`29`17`—`84


Wyoming Valley West`21`16`10`24`—`68


Three-point goals — HAZ 4 (Biasi 2, Barron 2); WVW 7 (Anderscavage 4, Calloway, Pilarz, McCuE).


Meyers 62, Hanover Area 48

MEYERS (62) — Shahee Aurelus 1 3-4 5, Matt DeMarco 3 0-0 7, Dominic Pittman 0 0-0 0, Tyriek Steward 13 3-4 33, Ryan Wasley 3 3-4 9, Curtis Blue 0 1-2 1, Tyon Thomas 0 0-0 0, Tyler Smallcomb 0 0-0 0, Raheem Twyman 0 0-0 0, Andrew Davidson 3 2-2 8. Totals 20 12-16 62.


HANOVER AREA (48) — Ronnie Moreno 2 0-0 4, Robery Kerestes 4 0-2 9, David Torres 4 2-6 11, Jake Barber 6 2-4 16, Anthony Marcincavage 2 0-2 4, Brandon Chafin 0 0-0 0, Thomas Kriton 1 2-2 4. Totals 19 6-16 48.


Meyers`14`16`16`16`—`62


Hanover Area`9`12`12`15`—`48


Three-point goals — MEY 4 (Steward 3, Demarco); HAN 4 (Barber 2, Kerestes, Torres).


MMI Prep 44, Northwest 31

MMI PREP (44) — Jay Solgama 0 0-0 0, Adam Cortese 0 0-0 0, Ed Herbener 4 0-0 9, Andrew Alday 0 0-0 0, Charlie Karchner 1 0-0 2, Cory Rogers 4 2-2 13, Nicholas Vilov 0 0-0 0, R.J. Kupsho 7 0-0 14, John Stish 0 4-4 4, Joey Delese 0 0-0 0, Jesse Plaksa 1 0-0 2, Joe Yamulla 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 6-8 44.


NORTHWEST (31) — Michael Stepanski 1 0-1 2, Charlie Margelevicz 0 0-1 0, Bruno Walkowiak 2 0-0 5, Arlo Mauer 4 0-1 8, John Maul 3 1-3 7, Nick Levandowski 0 0-0 0, Bryce Harrison 2 0-0 5, Andrew Boberick 1 0-0 2, Dylan Womelsdorf 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Mazonkey 0 0-0 0, Noah Howe 1 0-1 2. Totals 14 1-7 31.


MMI Prep`14`14`8`8`—`44


Northwest`4`9`7`11`—`31


Three-point goals — MMI 4 (Rogers 3, Herbener); NW 1 (Mauer).


Lake-Lehman 51, Nanticoke 39

NANTICOKE (39) — Tyler Myers 2 0-0 6, Ed Lukowski 0 2-2 2, Scott Stout 3 0-0 9, Brent Piontkowski 1 2-2 4, Mike Malshefski 4 4-8 12, Matt Winters 2 0-0 6, Rees Roberts 0 0-0 0, Justin Casey 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-12 39.


LAKE-LEHMAN (51) — Brian Devine 1 3-4 6, Ben Brooks 0 0-0 0, Adam Dizbon 6 1-4 16, Mike Symeon 3 2-2 9, Cody Paraschak 4 0-0 8, Connor McGovern 1 0-0 2, Pete Borum 1 8-10 10. Totals 16 14-20 51.


Nanticoke`9`10`5`15`—`39


Lake-Lehman`17`5`12`17`—`51


Three-point goals — NAN 7 (Stout 3, Myers 2, Winters 2); LL 5 (Dizbon 3, Devine, Symeon).


Tunkhannock 70, Dallas 57

TUNKHANNOCK (70) — Brian Beauchemin 0 0-1 0, Austin Yanora 5 15-15 26, Eric Stamer 4 0-0 12, Sean Soltysiak 3 1-3 7, Adam Billings 6 0-0 16, Tony Maloney 3 0-0 9, Cody Brown 0 0-0 0, Matt Grebeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 16-19 70.


DALLAS (57) — Chad DeBona 3 3-4 9, Stephen Wempa 2 0-1 4, Suk Mathon 7 3-7 17, Matt Ross 5 0-1 11, Allen Fell 14, Payden Rybicki 0 0-0 0, Tanner Gattuso 1 0-0 0, Gurmail Mathon 0 0-0 0, Michael Farrell 0 0-1 0, Brian Drouse 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 12-21 57.


Tunkhannock`13`20`23`14`—`70


Dallas`18`18`10`11`—`57


Three-point goals — TUNK 12 (Stamer 4, Billings 4, Maloney 3, Yanora); DAL 1 (Ross).


GAR 65, Wyoming Area 15

WYOMING AREA (15) — Zach Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Evan Musto 2 1-4 5, Jeremy Zezza 1 2-4 4, Nick Gushka 0 0-0 0, Ryan Shuleski 0 0-0 0, Dom Florenza 0 0-0 0, Anthony Shaver 0 2-2 2, Kyle Musto 1 0-0 2, Barry Pawlowski 0 0-0 0, Anthony Mardell 1 0-0 2, Anthony Saitta 0 0-0 0, Dante Deluca 0 0-0 0. Totals 5 5-10 15.


GAR (65) — Isaiah Francis 10 0-2 20, James Holmes 0 3-4 3, Jahlil Harvey 4 2-4 12, Greg Skrepenak 6 0-0 12, Nigebo Francis 6 0-1 12, Dajon Rush 0 0-0 0, Justin Crosby 1 0-0 2, Rashawn Jackson 0 0-0 0, Tydus Winstead 0 0-0 0, Antwone Easter 0 0-0 0, Brandon Norbert 0 0-0 0, Eli McAllister 1 0-0 2, Gary Kroll 1 0-0 2, Tino Altavilla 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 5-11 65.


Wyoming Area`4`8`2`1`—`15


GAR`13`25`21`6`—`65


Three-point goals — GAR 2 (Harvey 2).


Holy Redeemer 73, Wyoming Seminary 61

WYOMING SEMINARY (61) — Allen Chung 0 0-0 0, Marshall Bursis 2 1-2 5, Doug Thomas 2 1-1 5, John Keith 0 0-0 0, Brad Sedor 4 1-2 9, Seth Callahan 9 11-11 34, Kyle Hall 1 0-0 2, Jake Ridilla 2 2-4 6. Totals 20 16-20 61.


HOLY REDEEMER (73) — Justin Renfer 1 0-0 2, Mike Boutanos 4 0-0 10, Mike Conlan 0 0-0 0, Len Radziak2 0-0 4, John Kane 4 4-4 12, Jerry Busch 0 4-4 4, Darisu Washington 8 0-0 22, Brian Banas 4 3-4 13, Mike Prociak 3 0-1 6, John Carr 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 11-13 73.


Wyoming Seminary`23`12`10`16`—`61


Holy Redeemer`23`12`19`19`—`73


Three-point goals — SEM 5 (Callahan 5); HR 10 (Washington 6, Boutanos 2, Banas 2).




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