Friday, April 18, 2014





CLUTCH … AS USUAL

Hazleton Area’s Biasi delivers game-ending shots


January 17. 2014 11:52PM

By - jerzar@civitasmedia.com






Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle


HAZLETON — When the game is on the line, Hazleton Area’s Sal Biasi wants the ball. He’s the type of guy willing to accept the outcome.

The outcome Friday night before a huge crowd was quite satisfying.

Biasi made two free throws with 4.2 seconds left and Crestwood missed a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer as Hazleton Area held on for a 60-57 victory in a battle for first place in Division I of Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball.

Hazleton Area improved to 5-0 in the division and 11-2 overall. Crestwood fell to 4-1 and 10-3.

“Both teams played extremely hard,” Crestwood coach Mark Atherton said. “Down the stretch, they just made more plays. We have to play a little bit smarter. We had a couple turnovers down the stretch and they showed a little more patience.”

Biasi was fouled on a inbound play after Crestwood moved within 58-57 on a three-pointer from Luke Casey. The WVC Division I MVP from last season nailed both free throw attempts. He scored eight of his team’s last 10 points, including a three-pointer at 4:14 to tie the score 52-52.

“Coach told them to get it to me no matter what,” said Biasi, who finished with a game-high 29 points. “I like shooting foul shots. But if I missed them, Coach would have probably killed me.”

No chance of that. Biasi entered the game averaging a tick under 29 points and shooting 86 percent from the line. And his effort was instrumental in the Cougars rallying from a six-point deficit with just over six minutes remaining.

“Sal, he’s the kind of player who has so much confidence in himself,” Hazleton Area coach Mike Joseph said. “Some guys if they miss two or three shots in a row they might have a problem making the next one. He knows that next one, if he has a clean look, is going down.”

Joseph and Atherton, though, both pointed to another shot in the fourth quarter that was significant — a three-pointer by Hazleton Area’s Jon Fogarty. Crestwood was on a 19-9 run at the time that erased Hazleton Area’s four-point lead in the third quarter. But Fogarty’s three with six minutes left — his first basket from beyond the arc this season — proved to be the impetus the Cougars needed.

“Big shot for a kid who hasn’t shot one,” Atherton said.

After Biasi’s three tied the score, Hazleton Area took the lead for good on a free throw by Kyle Karmonick with 2:06 remaining.

“It was a great game,” Joseph said. “Both team were down, fought back, down, fought back.”

The lead changed hands 10 times throughout, with Crestwood’s biggest advantage being six points and Hazleton Area’s being five.

Crestwood had a pair of players record double-doubles — Chris Fazzini (14 points, 11 rebounds) and Casey (12, 10).

Brett Barron had 10 points for Hazleton Area. Fogarty and Reynal Santana each had nine and made critical baskets inside.

Meyers 66, Nanticoke 35

The Mohawks were led by 18 points from Tyriek Steward and 13 points from Matt Demarco in the victory over the Trojans.

Mike Malshefski led Nanticoke with 12 points.

Tunkhannock 86, Coughlin 58

The Tigers scored 53 first half points en route to a win over the Crusaders.

Austin Yanora led all scorers with 40 points in the Tunkhannock victory.

Coughlin was led by 19 points from Darik Johnson.

Dallas 67, Berwick 42

The Mountaineers were led by 21 points from Allen Fell in the victory against the Bulldogs.

Tyler Evans totaled 21 points for Berwick.

Lake-Lehman 58, Northwest 39

Pete Borum had 14 rebounds and 18 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark in the Black Knights victory over the Rangers.

Mitchell Stepanski totaled 12 points in the Northwest effort.

Holy Redeemer 86, Wyoming Area 53

The Royals win over the Warriors was led by 21 points from Darius Washington.

Jeremy Zezza led Wyoming Area’s effort with 17 points.

Hanover Area 66, MMI Prep 50

The Hawkeyes prevailed over the Preppers on the efforts of Robery Kerestes (19 points). Jake Barber (16 points) and Ronnie Moreno (13 points) also reached double figures.

R.J. Kupsho led the way for the Preppers with 12 points.

GAR 70, Wyoming Seminary 36

Isaiah Francis (19 points) was one of three players who scored in double figures en route to a Grenadiers victory. Nigebo Francis and Jahlil Harvey each had 17 points.

Marshall Bursis led the Preppers with 17 points.

Pittston Area 60, Wyoming Valley West 58, OT

The Patriots won a close one behind the efforts of Mason Gross, who drained seven field goals alongside his 21 points. Tyler McGarry (18 points), James Emmett (10 points), and Hassan Maxwell (10 points) also reached double-figures.

The Spartans had 10 three-pointers, in the loss, including four from Evan McCue, who had 22 points on the night.

***

Hazleton Area 60, Crestwood 57

CRESTWOOD (57) — Brady Gallagher 2 4-5 10, Donny Hopkins 0 0-1 0, Cole Wasko 2 1-2 6, Jason Dotzel 1 0-0 3, Brian Markowski 3 4-4 12, Chris Fazzini 6 2-2 14, Luke Casey 5 1-2 12. Totals 19 12-16 57.


HAZLETON AREA (60) — Sal Biasi 9 8-9 29, Chris Panzarella 0 0-0 0, Chris Woodring 0 0-0 0, Brett Barron 3 2-2 10, Jon Fogarty 4 0-2 9, Reynal Santana 4 1-1 9, Kyle Karmonick 0 3-6 3, Hunter Samec 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-20 60.


Crestwood`16`13`14`14`—`57


Hazleton Area`14`16`12`18`—`60


Three-point goals — CRE 7 (Markoski 2, Gallagher 2, Wasko, Dotzel, Casey); HAZ 6 (Biasi 3, Barron 2, Fogarty).


Dallas 67, Berwick 42

BERWICK (42) — Josh Edwards 3 0-1 9, Max Melito 0 0-1 0, Tyler Evans 6 7-8 21, Matt Dalo 3 0-0 7, Kyle Pierce 0 0-0 0, Alex Koch 0 0-0 0, Holden Reigel 1 2-3 4, Kyle Roberts 0 0-0 0, Jude Goodard 0 1-2 1, Elias Harmon 0 0-0 0, Kevin Woodeschick 0 0-0 0, Nick Koch 0 0-0 0, Bryan Kersey 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 10-15 42.


DALLAS (67) — Chad DeBona 4 4-8 12, Stephen Wempa 3 0-0 8, Suk Mathon 4 2-6 10, Matt Ross 2 4-4 8, Allen Fell 9 3-6 21, Payden Rybicki 2 2-3 6, Brian Drouse 0 0-0 0, Tanner Gattuso 0 0-0 0, Gurmail Mathon 1 0-0 2, Rami Kazimi 0 0-0 0, Jonathan Sabatini 0 0-0 0, Michael Farrell 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 15-27 67.


Berwick`13`9`9`21`—`11


Dallas`18`21`12`16`—`67


Three-point goals — BER 6 (Edwards 3, Evans 2, Dalo); DAL 2 (Wempa 2).


Tunkhannock 86, Coughlin 58

COUGHLIN (58) — Alex Cerep 2 0-0 6, Kendal Davis 2 1-1 5, Darik Johnso 8 3-6 19, Nick Cerep 1 1-4 3, Devin Rajza 1 0-0 3, Collin Krokus 0 0-0 0, Jose Rivera 4 0-0 11, Charles Cobbs 1 0-0 2, Melvin Ropbinson 3 3-10 9. Totals 26 8-21 58.


TUNKHANNOCK (86) — Brian Beauchemin 1 0-0 2, Austin Yanora 14 6-6 40, Eric Stamer 1 0-1 6, Tony Maloney 2 0-0 4, Sean Soltysiak 5 0-0 10, Cody Brown 3 0-0 8, Matt Grebeck 1 0-0 2, Adam Billings 4 0-0 10, Brett Soltysiak 0 0-0 0, Ethan Hoefert 0 0-0 0, Ryan Ell 1 0-0 2, A.C. Macko 1 0-0 2. Totals 33 6-7 86.


Coughlin`8`16`13`21`—`58


Tunkhannock`23`30`22`11`—`86


Three-point goals — COU 6 (Rivera 3, Alex Crep 2, Rajza); TUNK 14 (Yanora 8, Stamer 2, Brown 2, Billings 2).


Meyers 66, Nanticoke 35

NANTICOKE (35) — Tyler Myers 1 1-2 4, Ed Lukowski 1 0-0 2, Scott Stout 1 2-2 4, Brent Piontkowski 2 2-4 6, Luke Butczynski 0 1-2 1, Ben Sersen 1 0-0 3, Robert Burke 0 0-0 0, Mike Malshefski 4 3-8 12, Joe Shimko 0 0-0 0, Matt Winters 1 0-0 3, Rees Roberts 0 0-2 0, Justin Casey 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 11-20 35.


MEYERS (66) — Shahee Aurelus 3 0-0 9, Tyon Thomas 5 0-0 11, Simran Mangat 0 0-0 0, Matt Dessoye 0 0-0 0, Willdrek Barron 0 0-0 0, Julian Maffei 1 0-0 2, Curtis Blue 0 0-0 0, Matt Demarco 5 0-0 13, Chris Cabada 1 0-0 3, Dominic Pittman 1 0-0 3, Raheem Twyman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Smallcomb 0 0-0 0, Tyriek Steward 7 2-2 18, Andrew Davidson 1 1-1 3, Ryan Wasley 2 0-0 4, Jose Dilone 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 3-3 66.


Nanticoke`9`13`7`6`—`35


Meyers`18`15`20`13`—`66


Three-point goals — NAN 4 (Myers, Sersen, Malshefski, Winters); MEY 11 (Aurelus 3, Demarco 3, Steward 2, Thomas, Cabada, Pittman).


Lake-Lehman 58, Northwest 39

NORTHWEST (39) — Mitchell Stepanski 5 0-0 12, Charlie Margelevicz 2 0-0 5, Nick Levandowski 0 0-0 0, Bruno Walkowiak 1 1-2 4, Bryce Harrison 2 0-0 4, Andrew Boberick 0 0-0 0, Dylan Womelsdorf 3 1-3 7, Arlo Mauer 3 0-0 6, John Maul 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 3-7 39.


LAKE-LEHMAN (58) — Ben Pilch 0 0-0 0, Brian Devine 2 0-0 5, Kyle James 0 0-0 0, Ben Brooks 0 2-2 2, Adam Dizbon 4 0-0 9, Cole Spencer 0 0-0 0, Mike Symeon 3 0-0 6, Cody Paraschak 6 2-3 14, Connor McGovern 1 0-0 2, Matt Vacante 1 0-0 2, Pete Borum 5 8-19 18. Totals 22 12-24 58.


Northwest`8`10`0`21`—`39


Lake-Lehman`15`9`19`15`—`58


Three-point goals — NW 4 (Stepanski 2, Margelevicz, Walkowiak); LL 2 (Devine, Dizbon).


Holy Redeemer 86, Wyoming Area 53

HOLY REDEEMER (86) — Justin Renfer 1 0-0 2, Mike Boutanos 4 0-0 8, Mike Conlon 2 0-0 4, Len Radziak 5 0-0 12, John Kane 5 1-3 11, Jerry Busch 2 2-2 7, Darius Washington 9 0-0 21, Mike Prociak 3 2-4 8, John Carr 1 0-0 2, Jim Slavinski 4 1-3 9, Robert Dougherty 0 1-2 1, Dave Iskra 0 1-2 1, Kyle Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals 36 8-16 86.


WYOMING AREA (53) — Zach Gibbons 2 1-1 5, Evan Musto 3 0-2 6, Jeremy Zezza 7 0-2 17, Nick Gushka 3 1-2 7, Ryan Shuleski 0 0-0 0, Dom Florenza 0 0-0 0, Anthony Shaver 2 0-0 5, Joe Buczynski 0 1-2 1, Kyle Musto 3 0-0 9, Barry Pawlowski 0 0-0 0, Anthony Nardell 1 0-0 2, Anthony Saitta 0 01-0 0, Dante Deluca 0 1-2 1. Totals 21 4-11 53


Holy Redeemer`18`32`17`19`—`86


Wyoming Area`6`16`15`16`—`53


Three-point goals — HR 6 (Washington 3, Radziak 2, Busch); WA 7 (Zezza 3, Musto 3, Shaver).


Hanover Area 66, MMI Prep 50

HANOVER AREA (66) — Ronnie Moreno 6 0-0 13, Robery Kerestes 7 5-8 19, David Torres 0 0-0 0, Jake Barber 8 0-0, 16 Anthony Marcincavage 4 1-2 9, Brandon Chafin 0 0-0 0, Jose Ozoria 0 0-0 0, John Morgan 1 0-2 2, Nick Minich 3 0-0 7, Tyler Major 0 0-0 0, Andrew Vollaro 0 0-0 0, Conner Bowers 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 6-12 66.


MMI Prep (50) — Jay Solgama 0 0-0 0, Adam Cortese 1 0-1 2, Ed Herbener 4 0-0 10, Andrew Alday 0 0-0 0, Charlie Karchner 4 1-2 10, Cory Rogers 4 0-0 10, Nicolas Vilov 0 0-0 0, R. J. Kupsho 6 0-0 12, Stish 0 2-2 2, Jesse Plaksa 2 0-0 4, Joe Yamulla 0 0-0 0, Dru Kansara 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 3-5 50.


Hanover Area`15`15`21`15`—`66


MMI Prep`9`12`8`21`—`50


Three-point goals — HAN 2 (Minich, Moreno); MMI 5 (Herbener 2, Rogers 2, Karchner)


GAR 70, Wyoming Seminary 36

GAR (70) — Isaiah Francis 7 5-6 19, James Holmes 3 0-0 8, Jahlil Harvey 6 1-2 17, Greg Skrepenak Jr. 1 0-0 2, Nigebo Francis 7 3-4 17, Dajon Rush 1 0-0 2, Justin Crosby 0 0-0 0, Tydus Winstead 0 0-0 0, Brandon Norbert 0 0-0 0, Eli McAllister 0 0-0 0, Marquan Kemp 2 0-0 5. Totals 27 9-12 70.


Wyoming Seminary (36) — Marshall Bursis 6 5-9 17, Stefan Olsen 0 0-0 0, Doug Thomas 1 3-4 6, John Kehl 0 1-3 1, Brad Sedor 1 1-2 3, Jerry Lin 0 0-0 0, Seth Callahan 4 0-0 9, Kyle Hall 0 0-0 0, Jake Ridilla 0 0-0 0 Totals 12 10-18 36.


GAR`10`18`28`14`—`70


Wyoming Seminary`11`13`4`8`—`36


Three-point goals — GAR 7 (Harvey 4, Holmes 2, Kemp); SEM 2 (Callahan, Thomas).


Pittston Area 60, Wyoming Valley West 58 OT

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (58) — Sean Judge 0 2-2 2, Hason Milton 1 0-0 2, Jamie Calloway 5 0-0 13. Mike Sands 4 0-0 11, Steve Doroskiewicz 2 0-0 4, Mike Baur 2 0-0 4, Evan McCue 8 2-6 22. Totals 22 4-8 58.


PITTSTON AREA (60) — Mason Gross 7 7-10 21, Michael Schawb 0 0-3 0, Hassan Maxwell 5 2-2 10, Tyler McGarry 6 2-3 18, Michael Delaney 0 0-0 0, James Emmett 4 0-0 10, Carmen Lobrutto 0 1-2 1 Totals 22 12-20 60.


Wyoming Valley West`8`14`14`16`6—`58


Pittston Area`14`3`18`17`8—`60


Three-point goals — WVW 10 (McCue 4, Calloway 3, Sands 3); PA 7 (McGarry 4, Emmett 2. Maxwell).


 
 
 
 


Comments
comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Poll
Mortgage Minute


Search for New & Used Cars

Make 
Model
 
Used New All
 

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals



Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds