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Dominic Pittman, right, of the West shoots the ball over John Kane of the East during the Wyoming Valley Conference Senior All-Star Classic at Holy Redeemer High School on Friday night.
Dominic Pittman, right, of the West shoots the ball over John Kane of the East during the Wyoming Valley Conference Senior All-Star Classic at Holy Redeemer High School on Friday night.
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WILKES-BARRE — Tyriek Steward had a heck of a Friday.

The Meyers senior forward earned Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Class 2A first-team honors in the afternoon. Then at night, he was his team’s MVP in the West’s 110-76 victory over the East in the 45th annual Wyoming Valley Conference Senior All-Star Classic.

Steward was one of two WVC players to earn all-state honors. Hazleton Area senior guard Sal Biasi was named to the Class 4A first team. He was third team all-state last season.

“It’s amazing,” Steward said of the all-state selection. “I had a great season. I had a lot of accomplishments this year. This is probably one of the most special. To be honest, I didn’t think I would make it.”

Steward opened eyes across the state as Meyers went to the PIAA Class 2A state semifinals, beating two teams from powerful District 12 along the way. The season ended with a loss to eventual state champion Constitution, also from District 12, but Steward made four incredible blocks and scored a team-high 18 points.

“It helped a lot,” Steward said. “After that game, a lot of things changed for me. I could see that more people were respecting me.”

Steward plans on continuing playing at the Division II level. He has narrowed his choices to Bloomsburg and Mansfield.

Biasi was also selected to play in Friday’s game, but didn’t attend as he is still feeling the lingering effects of a left ankle injury suffered in the PIAA Class 4A playoffs. Instead, he stayed back in Hazleton and practiced with the baseball team. He’ll attend Penn State on a baseball scholarship.

GAR’s Isaiah Francis was named the East team MVP after scoring 12 points that included a dunk when he soared in to slam home a rebound.

“It was fun playing with these guys,” Francis said. “Even the practice was fun.”

Francis helped create one of the highlights of Friday’s game. He and Lake-Lehman’s 6-foot-7, 315-pound Pete Borum, a two-time All-WVC lineman, ran a fastbreak. The big guy got just enough elevation to slam in a rim-shaking dunk.

“I go for power,” Borum said. “He goes for style.”

Here are some other highlights of the West’s wire-to-wire victory.

• Steward came up with the most impressive block of the game, slamming a drive by Holy Redeemer’s John Kane off the backboard.

• Crestwood’s Chris Fazzini and MMI Prep’s R.J. Kupsho worked three fastbreaks in a 10-0 run in the second half that gave the West a 66-33 lead at 18:24. Two 22-minute halves were played.

• The West led 44-29 at halftime as Hazleton Area’s Brett Barron scored 10 of his 19 points before the break. The West then went on a 24-4 run to start the second half and pull away.

• Steward hit four consecutive three-point shots to push the West over the century mark. His last increased the advantage to 101-63 with 5:11 left.

• Wyoming Valley West’s Larry Anderscavage of the East hit a three-pointer with 2:53 remaining. They were his first points since Jan. 14 when an injury ended his season. The sharpshooting guard was averaging 12.4 when he was hurt.

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West 110, East 76

WEST (110) — Brett Barron 7 1-2 19, Luke Casey 2 0-0 4, Matt Dalo 0 2-2 2, Chris Fazzini 4 1-2 11, Jon Fogarty 3 0-0 7, Brady Gallagher 2 0-0 6, Mason Gross 3 0-0 7, Charlie Karchner 0 0-0 0, R.J. Kupsho 6 0-0 13, Charlie Margelevicz 0 0-0 0, Arlo Mauer 0 0-0 0, Hassan Maxwell 1 2-2 4, Ronnie Moreno 1 0-0 2, Josh Piestrak 0 0-0 0, Dominic Pittman 2 0-0 4, Sean Soltysiak 1 0-0 2, Tyriek Steward 9 1-3 23, Tyon Thomas 2 0-0 5. Totals 43 5-11 110.

EAST (76) — Larry Anderscavage 1 0-0 3, Brian Banas 0 0-0 0, Mike Boutanos 1 0-0 2, Pete Borum 3 4-5 10, Jamie Calloway 2 0-0 5, Chad DeBona 1 0-0 3, Adam Dizbon 5 0-0 13, Isaiah Francis 5 2-4 12, Jahlil Harvey 3 0-0 6, James Holmes 2 0-0 4, John Kane 0 0-2 0, Mike Malshefski 2 1-3 5, Evan McCue 2 1-2 6, Tyler Myers 1 0-0 2, Cody Paraschak 1 0-0 2, Mike Prociak 2 0-0 4, Mike Sands 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 8-17 76.



Three-point goals — WEST 16 (Barron 4, Fazzini 2, Fogarty, Gallagher 2, Gross, Kupsho, Steward 4, Thomas). EAST 7 (Anderscavage, Calloway, DeBona, Dizbon 3, McCue).

DNP — West, Sal Biasi (inj.), Kyle Karmonick (inj.)

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