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HANOVER TWP. — Big guys aren’t supposed to be that confident from the free-throw line. Their comfort zone is usually closer to the basket mixing it up with opponents their size.


Lucky for Holy Redeemer, 6-foot-8 center Mike Prociak felt right at home with four seconds remaining Friday night.


Prociak hit a pair of free throws as the Royals finally ended a valiant comeback attempt by Hanover Area for a 55-50 victory in Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball.


Redeemer improved to 5-2 in Division II and 8-8 overall, and didn’t lose any ground to first-place GAR. The story was different for Hanover Area (4-2 Div. III, 9-6), which fell farther behind Division III frontrunner Meyers.


Prociak was 8-of-17 (47 percent) from the foul line in WVC games entering Friday’s contest. He also struggled from the field Friday, yet was confident when he stepped to the foul line.


“I knew if I didn’t make those free throws, they could have very well tied it up and we could have gone to overtime,” Prociak said. “Once I was on the line, I cleared my head and focused on putting it in the basket.”


Prociak helped clear all the heads of the Royals, who had to be dizzy from the incredible effort of Hanover Area’s Jake Barber in the fourth quarter.


Hanover Area trailed 39-29 entering the fourth when Barber opened the final eight minutes with a three-pointer. And he kept firing away and connecting, helping the Hawkeyes close the gap to three on four occasions. The last was with 20 seconds left when Bobby Kerestes tossed in a free throw rebound to cut the deficit to 53-50.


After Redeemer missed the front end of a one-and-one, Kerestes grabbed his eight rebound of the game and outletted the ball to Barber. Barber took a hurried three-pointer with six seconds left, only to have the ball rim out.


“I thought we did a nice job on him for three quarters,” Redeemer coach Paul Guido said of Barber, who scored 15 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. “He’s a great player and a great kid. Great players step up at that time. We did a decent job guarding him. It’s not like we lost him.”


Hanover Area’s problems, though, were in the first three quarters. The Hawkeyes led only twice — both time in the first quarter — as their shooting was off the mark. They shot 10-of-44 before Barber led the fourth-quarter rally attempt.


“The shooting killed us,” Hanover Area coach Steve Harnischfeger said. “We’ve been working so hard. We had some good looks, but the ball just wasn’t going in. Then you’re 7-of-20 from the foul line at home, you’re not going to beat a lot of teams.”


Darius Washington led three Royals in double figures with 18 points. Brian Banas had 14 and John Kane 10. Prociak finished with a game-high 11 rebounds.


Nanticoke 59, Wyo. Seminary 37


Three Trojans scored in double figures as Nanticoke eased away control in the second quarter.


Matt Winters scored 13 to pace Nanticoke followed by Scott Stout with 11 and Brent Piontkowski with 10.


Seth Callahan has 13 for Seminary.


Meyers 70, MMI Prep 46

Shahee Aurelus scored 18 points and the only three-pointer for the Mohawks in their win over the Preppers. Tyriek Steward (17 points), Dominic Pittman (10 points), and Tyon Thomas (10 points) were also in double figures.

R.J. Kupsho led the way for the Preppers with 16 points.

GAR 65, Northwest 19

James Holmes drained seven three-pointers to go with his 21 points, while the Grenadiers crusied to a victory over the Rangers. Jahlil Harvey was the other player in double figures with 11 points.

Northwest’s Mitchell Stepanski had five points and the team’s only three-pointer.

Crestwood 73, Dallas 60

Chris Fazzini led the way for the Comets with 18 points and shooting 11-of-14 from the line on their way to victory over the Mountaineers. Brian Markowski had 17 points and was responsible for four of the team’s eight three-pointers.

Allen Fell and Stephen Wempa each had 14 points for the Mountaineers.

Wyoming Valley West 73, Coughlin 58

Jamie Calloway had a big night with 27 points in the Spartans’ win over the Crusaders. Evan McCue (16 points) was the other player in double figures.

Coughlin’s Damian Clark had 15 points against his former team.

Lake-Lehman 71, Wyoming Area 28

Adam Dizbon scored 19 points and had the only three-pointer as the Black Knights stormed over the Warriors. Pete Borum (13 points), Cody Paraschak (13 points), and Connor McGovern (10 points) were the other players in double figures.

Jeremy Zezza led the Warriors with 12 points.

Pittston Area 68, Berwick 45

The Patriots prevailed over the Bulldogs as Tyler McGarry scored 15 points. He had two of the team’s six three-pointers. Mason Gross led Pittston Area with 16 points.

Tyler Evans had 17 points and four three-pointers for the Bulldogs.

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Holy Redeemer 55, Hanover Area 50

HOLY REDEEMER (55) —Mike Boutonas 2 0-0 4, John Kane 5 0-0 10, Darius Washington 7 2-3 18, Brian Banas 6 1-2 14, Mike Prociak 1 2-2 4, Len Radziak 2 0-0 5, Jerry Busch 0 0-0 0, Jim Slavinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 5-7 55.


HANOVER AREA (50) — Ronnie Moreno 0 0-0 0, Bobby Kerestes 5 0-0 10, David Torres 1 1-8 3, Jake Barber 10 4-8 28, Anthony Marcincavage 1 0-0 2, Thomas Kriton 0 0-0 0, Brandon Chafin 2 2-4 7. Totals 19 7-20 50.


Holy Redeemer`10`17`10`18`—55


Hanover Area`13`9`7`21`—`


Three-point goals — HR 4 (Washington 2, Banas,Radziak); HAN 5 (Barber 4, Chafin).


Wyoming Valley West 73, Coughlin 58

COUGHLIN (58) — Alex Cerep 1 2-2 4, Darik Johnson 8 0-0 15, Nick Peterlin 1 0-0 2, Damian Clark 5 2-2 15, Devin Rajza 5 0-0 13. Jose Rivera 1 1-2 4, Charles Cobbs 1 1-1 3, Melvin Robinson 1 0-1 2. Totals 23 6-8 58.


WYOMING VALLEY WEST (73) — Sean Judge 0 0-0 0, Hason Milton 0 2-2 2, Jamie Calloway 9 7-10 27, Mike Sands 3 0-0 8, Bailey Ryneski 0 0-0 0, Mitch Pilarz 0 0-0 0, Steve Doroskiewicz 4 1-1 9, Tyler Yankosky 0 0-0 0, Mike Baur 3 3-4 9, Evan McCue 7 0-0 16, Davis Weaver 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 13-17 73.


Coughlin`12`16`11`21`—`58


Wyoming Valley West`22`10`25`16`—`73


Three-point goals — COU 8 (Clark 3, Rajza 3, Rivera, Johnson); WVW 6 (Calloway 2, McCue 2, Sands 2).


Crestwood 73, Dallas 60

CRESTWOOD (73) — Brady Gallagher 2 6-9 12, Cole Wasco 1 2-2 5, Brian Markowski 5 5-6 17, Chris Fazzini 3 11-14 18, Luke Casey 5 4-4 14, Robbie Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Jason Dotzel 2 1-2 5, Leonny Rojas 0 0-0 0, Josh Amosson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 29-37 73.


DALLAS (60) — Chad DeBona 1 0-0 2, Stephen Wempa 4 3-4 14, Suk Mathon 3 5-8 11, Matt Ross 4 2-2 13, Allen Fell 7 0-0 14, Payden Rybicki 2 2-2 6, Gurmail Mathon 0 0-0 0, Tanner Gattuso 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-16 60.


Crestwood`22`18`15`18`—`73


Dallas`9`17`22`12`—`60


Three-point goals — CRE 8 (Markowski 4, Gallagher 2. Fazzini, Wasco); DAL 6 (Ross 3, Wempa 3).


GAR 65, Northwest 19

GAR (65) — Isaiah Francis 3 3-4 9, James Holmes 7 0-0 21, Jahlil Harvey 5 0-0 11, Tydus Winstead 1 0-0 2, Nigebo Francis 4 1-2 9, Dajon Rush 1 0-0 3, Rashaun Jackson 0 0-0 0, Justin Crosby 1 0-0 3, Antwone Easter 0 0-0 0, Brandon Norbert 1 0-0 2, Eli McAllister 1 0-0 2, Garry Kroll 0 0-0 0, Marquan Kemp 1 1-2 3, Tony Altavilla 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 5-8 65.


NORTHWEST (19) — Mitchell Stepanski 2 0-0 5, Charlie Margelevicz 2 0-0 4, Nick Levandowski 0 0-0 0, Bruno Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Bryce Harrison 2 0-1 4, Andrew Boberick 0 0-0 0, Dylan Womelsdorf 0 0-0 0, Arlo Mauer 1 0-0 2, Mitchell Mazonkey 1 0-0 2, Noah Howe 0 0-0 0, John Maul 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 0-1 19.


GAR`14`19`20`12`—`65


Northwest`2`8`5`4`—`19


Three-point goals — GAR 10 (Holmes 7, Crosby, Harvey, Rush); NOR 1 (Stepanski).


Nanticoke 59, Wyo. Seminary 37

NANTICOKE (59) – Tyler Myers 2 2-2 6, Ed Lukowski 0 0-0 0, Scott Stout 4 1-1 11, Brent Piontkowski 3 4-6 10, Ben Sersen 2 0-0 5, Mike Malashefski 1 4-6 6, Matt Winters 4 1-2 13, Rees Roberts 2 0-0 4, Justin Casey 1 0-0 2, Luke Butczynski 0 0-0 0, Robert Burke 0 0-0 0, Joe Shimko 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 12-17 59.

WYO. SEMINARY (37) – Marshall Bursis 2 1-2 5, Doug Thomas 4 0-0 9, John Kehl 1 0-0 2, Brad Sedor 0 1-2 1, Seth Callahan 2 8-10 13, Kyle Hall 1 1-2 3, Jake Ridilla 1 2-2 4. Totals 11 13-18 37.

Nanticoke`11`19`12`17`—`59

Wyo. Seminary`8`14`8`7`—37

Three-point goals – NAN 7 (Stout 2, Sersen, Winters 4); WS 2 (Thomas, Callahan).

Meyers 70, MMI Prep 46

MMI PREP (46) — Jay Solgama 0 0-0 0, Adam Cortese 0 1-2 1, Ed Herbener 3 0-0 7, Andrew Alday 0 0-0 0, Charlie Karchner 5 1-2 11, Cory Rogers 4 1-1 11, Nicolas Vilov 0 0-0 0, R.J. Kupsho 8 0-0 16, John Stish 0 0-0 0, Jesse Plaksa 0 0-0 0, Joe Yamulla 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 3-5 46.


MEYERS (70) — Shahee Aurelus 7 3-3 18, Tyon Thomas 5 0-0 10, Willdrek Barron 1 0-0 2, Curits Blue 0 0-0 0, Dominic Pittman 5 0-0 10, Raheem Twyman 1 0-0 2, Tyler Smallcomb 0 0-0 0, Tyriek Steward 6 5-6 17, Andrew Davidson 1 0-0 2, Ryan Wasley 4 1-1 9. Totals 30 9-10 70.


MMI Prep`8`12`17`9`—`46


Meyers`18`9`20`23`—`70


Three-point goals — MMI 3 (Rogers 2, Herbener 1); MEY 1 (Aurelus).


Pittston Area 68, Berwick 45

PITTSTON AREA (68) — Hassan Maxwell 2 0-0 7, Michael Schawb 5 1-1 11, James Emmett 1 0-0 5, Tyler McGarry 3 3-3 15, Mason Gross 7 2-2 16, Michael Delaney 1 0-0 5, Carmen Lobrutto 3 0-0 6, Steven Lee 0 0-1 0, Kyle Gattuso 0 0-0 0, Ryan Hannon 0 0-0 0, Brandon Zaffuto 0 0-0 0, Brandon Wynn 0 0-0 0, Bobby Neishman 0 0-0 0, Joe Delucca 1 0-1 3. Totals 22 6-7 68.


BERWICK (45) — Joshua Edwards 2 3-4 10, Maximillan Melito 1 2-6 4, Gian Harris 1 0-0 2, Holden Reigel 0 0-0 0, Tyler Evans 4 5-7 17, Matthew Dalo 2 4-6 11, Kyle Roberts 0 0-0 0, Jordan DiValero 0 0-0 0, Elias Harmon 0 0-0 0, Kevin Woodeschick 0 0-0 0, Kyle Pierce 0 1-2 1, Chad Balliet 0 0-0 0, Devonte Powell 0 0-0 0 Totals 6 15-27 45.


Pittston Area`14`19`21`14`—`68


Berwick`10`14`8`13`—`45


Three-point goals — PIT 6 (McGarry 2, Delaney, Delucca, Emmett, Maxwell); BER 6 (Evans 4, Edwards, Dalo).


Lake-Lehman 71, Wyoming Area 28

WYOMING AREA (28) — Zach Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Dominick Forlenza 0 0-0 0, Jyzah Morgan 0 0-0 0, Ryan Murray 2 0-0 4, Anthony Shaver 2 0-0 4, Kyle Musto 0 0-0 0, Anthony Nardell 0 0-0 0, Evan Musto 2 1-1 5, Anthony Saitta 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Zezza 3 5-6 12, Nick Gushka 0 1-2 1, Ryan Shuleski 0 0-0 0, Barry Pawloski 0 0-0 0, Dante Deluca 0 0-0 0 Totals 10 7-9 28.


LAKE-LEHMAN (71) — Ben Pilch 0 0-0 0, Brian Devine 2 0-0 4, Kyle James 0 0-0 0, Ben Brooks 0 1-2 1, Adam Dizbon 7 4-4 19, Mike Symeon 3 0-0 6, Cody Paraschak 6 1-2 13, Connor McGovern 4 2-2 10, Matt Vacante 2 0-0 4, Pete Borum 6 1-3 13, Jake Corey 0 1-2 1. Totals 30 10-15 71.


Wyoming Area`4`11`4`9`—`28


Lake-Lehman`26`20`19`6`—`71


Three-point goals — WA 1 (Zezza); LL 1 (Dizbon).


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