WVC Boys Basketball: Holy Redeemer tops Wyoming Seminary in key divisional game


Redeemer tops Seminary in key divisional game

Wyoming Seminary's Jeremy Callahan (left) and Holy Redeemers James Kosik dive for a loose all Tuesday night in Wyoming Valley Conference action --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17


Holy Redeemer's Joey Judge ( Left) looks to pass the ball off as Wyoming Seminary's Tyler Maddock pursues Tuesday night --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17


Holy Redeemer's J.D.Turosky protects the ball after grabing arebound under his basket as he is surrounded by Wyoming Seminary defenders --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17


WILKES-BARRE — It’s not official yet. There are still three more games to play. Anything can happen.

Yeah, that’s all true. But Holy Redeemer is in darn good shape after Tuesday night’s 65-54 victory over Wyoming Seminary.

“I like out chance considering the remaining games on our schedule,” Redeemer coach Paul Guido said. “As long as we keep on playing well like we have been, I like our chances. Tonight was a big game for us in that aspect.”

Redeemer (8-5 Div. 3, 11-8 overall) took a two-game lead over Seminary (6-7, 11-9) for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 boys basketball title. Both teams play Hanover Area and Lake-Lehman, while Redeemer also has MMI Prep.

So the Royals appear headed for their first divisional title since the 2014-15 season thanks to a balanced attack. Sophomore forward Collin Cook led the way with a double-double, scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The starting backcourt was also big as Joey Judge scored 14 and Jason Stachokus netted 11.

And sophomore center Nick Prociak, who Guido said is playing better in a reserve role than a starter, scored 12 and helped the Royals have a 34-14 rebound advantage.

“When we played Seminary over there at their place, they really beat us up on the glass, on rebounding and on loose balls and second chances,” Guido said. “Whether it was boxing us out or outrebounding us, so that was something we really wanted to not happen again. We made that a point of emphasis.”

Seminary led 40-37 midway through the fourth, riding the hot shooting of freshman Jeremy Callahan. Callahan finished with 26 points, including five 3-pointers in the first half, as the Blue Knights were minus leading scorer Dimtri Gnall. Gnall missed the game with the flu.

Redeemer, though ripped off the next 12 points, with Cook turning a steal into a three-point play to end the run.

The fourth quarter played out similarly. Seminary would get one chance in the offensive end as Redeemer kept a double-digit lead throughout most of the final eight minutes.

“I looked at the stats a few minutes ago and we really got killed on the boards,” Seminary coach C.J. Kersey said. “I don’t know exactly what they were off the top of my head. We struggled with that early in the year. We’ve been doing much better with our rebounding, but tonight was not a good night for us on the boards.

“Give Redeemer credit. They were aggressive going to the boards and got a lot of second chances. In a game that was really close in the middle of the third, those were some important points obviously.”

Callahan was the only Blue Knight in double figures. Nicholas Ganter added eight.

Both teams could meet again in the District 2 Class 3A tournament. Redeemer will likely be one of the top three seeds if it wins out. Seminary will likely fall in at the fourth or fifth seed in the eight-team bracket.

“There’s a lot for us to play for,” Kersey said. “We’re still a very young team and have to continue to improve with all of our players. We want to make sure we’re playing our best basketball when districts start.”

Meyers 58,

Wyoming Area 42

Levaugn Soles led four Mohawks in double figures with 14 points as Meyers outscored the Warriors 34-19 after halftime. Ryan Gilgallon (13), Robbie Formola (12) and Matt Dessoye (11) all chipped in.

Wyoming Area’s Sam Greenfield scored a game-high 18 points.

MMI Prep 49,

Lake-Lehman 43

Philip Byriel (11 points) and Matt Marchetti (10) led a balanced effort that gave the Preppers their first WVC win of the season.

Lehman’s Cole Spencer led all scorers with 24 points.

GAR 57,

Tunkhannock 47

Tied at halftime, the Grenadiers outscored the Tigers 23-8 in the third quarter to take control on the road. Will Johnson (25 points) and Keyshawn Palmer (18) combined for the bulk of GAR’s scoring.

Sean Harder finished with 16 points for the Tigers.

Hazleton Area 87,

Wyoming Valley West 79

Jeffrey Planutis (28 points) and Da’mir Faison (23) both had big nights to lift the Cougars to a road win.

Noah Frace (20), Aaron Austin (17) and Sean Judge (16) led the Spartans.

Crestwood 53,

Dallas 47

Noah Jackson scored 10 of his 12 points over the first two quarters as the Comets built a 10-point halftime lead, then held off a furious Mountaineers comeback.

Kyle Gegaris scored seven of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to help Crestwood close out the victory. Noah Jackson finished with 12 points and Lance Blass added 10 in the win.

Ben Donahue hit four 3-point field goals in the second half and finished with a game-high 18 points for the Mountaineers.

Nanticoke Area 47,

Berwick 38

Nate Kreitzer hit three 3-point field goals and got the Trojans off to a strong start in a victory over the Bulldogs.

Kreitzer scored five points in each of the first three quarters and finished with 17, while leading Nanticoke Area to leads of 22-12 at halftime and 34-26 after three quarters.

Cody Piestrak scored six of his nine points in the final quarter to help the Trojans wrap things up.

Matt Champ scored a game-high 18 points for Berwick.

Pittston Area 49,

Coughlin 45

Patrick Mitchell hit the final six of his game-high 18 points from the foul line in the fourth quarter as the Patriots rallied past the Crusaders.

Mitchell connected on all 10 of his free throws for the game and scored 12 points in the second half as Pittston Area came back from a 27-24 halftime deficit.

Naseem Guillaume and Sevion Leak both scored 12 points in the victory.

Dominique Flippen led Coughlin with 17 points and Charles Cobbs scored 13 in the defeat.

Hanover Area 46,

Northwest 36

Mike Piscotty scored 12 points over the final two quarters while rallying the Hawkeyes to victory.

Piscotty and Desmond McCance each scored eight points in a big third quarter as Hanover Area out-scored the Rangers, 22-9 to turn a 21-16 halftime deficit into a 38-30 lead.

Piscotty finished with 14 points in the win and McCance wound up with 13.

Sam Saxe scored nine of his team-high 11 points in the first half for Northwest.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Holy Redeemer 65, Wyo. Seminary 54

WYOMING SEMINARY (54) — Tyler Maddock 2 0-0 6, Noah Munley 1 0-0 3, Todd Phillips 2 1-1 6, Jeremy Callahan 7 7-9 26, Johnny Kehl 2 1-1 5, Nicholas Ganter 3 2-5 8. Totals 17 11-16 54.

HOLY REDEEMER (65) — Jason Stachokus 2 6-8 11, Joey Judge 7 0-1 14, Joe Layaou 0 0-0 0, James Kosik 3 0-0 6, Nick Prociak 6 0-0 12, Bryce Yencha 0 0-0 0, Mike Lyons 0 0-0 0, JD Turosky 0 0-0 0, Collin Cook 6 1-1 16, Luke Nealon 2 2-2 6, Anthony Khoudary 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 9-12 65.

Wyoming Seminary`14`14`15`11`—`54

Holy Redeemer`16`17`18`14`—`65

Three-point goals — WS 9 (Maddock 2, Munley, Phillips, Callahan 5); HR 4 (Stachokus, Cook 3).

Meyers 58, Wyoming Area 42

WYOMING AREA (42) — Anthony Nardell 0 1-2 1, Kyre Zielinski 2 1-2 5, Sam Greenfield 8 1-1 18, Tony Saitta 1 0-0 3, Matt Wright 2 2-3 6, Mike Bonita 4 0-0 9, Ryan Shuleski 0 0-0 0, Cole Keating 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-8 42.

MEYERS (58) — Robbie Formola 5 2-3 12, Matt Dessoye 4 3-4 11, Jawane Buckner 2 2-2 6, Levaugn Soles 7 0-0 14, Ryan Gilgallon 5 1-1 13, Matt Manfre 0 0-0 0, Steve Morel 1 0-0 2, Willie Wallace 0 0-0 0, Gabriel Springer 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 8-10 58.

Wyoming Area`6`17`12`7`—`42

Meyers`15`9`17`17`—`58

Three-point goals — WA 3 (Greenfield, Saitta, Bonita); MEY 2 (Gilgallon 2).

MMI Prep 49, Lake-Lehman 43

LAKE-LEHMAN (49) — Walkker Shaw 1 0-0 2, Tyler Scharff 1 2-2 5, Garret Weston 1 0-0 3, Cole Spencer 9 6-10 24, Mike Sikora 1 0-0 3, John Pelton 0 0-0 0, Adam Motovidlak 2 2-3 6. Totals 15 10-15 43.

MMI PREP (49) — George Palermo 2 0-1 4, Philip Byriel 4 3-4 11, Zach Young 1 3-5 5, Marcus Kassick 1 0-2 2, Kyle Williams 3 0-0 7, Nick Young 1 0-0 2, Kisan Patel 4 0-0 8, Matt Marchetti 4 0-0 10. Totals 20 6-12 49.

Lake-Lehman`6`15`12`10`—`43

MMI Prep`9`17`8`15`—`49

Three-point goals — LL 3 (Scharff, Weston, Sikora); MMI 3 (Williams, Marchetti 2).

GAR 57, Tunkhannock 45

GAR (57) — Keyshawn Palmer 6 5-5 18, Will Johnson 8 8-10 25, Andrew Campbell 3 3-4 10, Herman Suazo 2 0-1 4, Kahlil White 0 0-0 0, Eli Ruiz 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 16-20 57.

TUNKHANNOCK (45) — Avery Newhart 1 0-0 3, Sean Harder 7 1-1 16, Ethan Hoefert 2 2-2 7, Tyler Faux 3 0-0 7, Evan Turner 2 1-4 5, Paul DeMarco 1 0-1 2, Nick Reposa 1 2-2 5, Logan Helsel 0 0-0 0, C.J. Brennan 0 0-0 0, C.J. Wright 0 0-0 0, Zach Rogers 0 0-0 0, A.C. Macko 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 6-10 45.

GAR`7`11`23`16`—`57

Tunkhannock`11`7`8`19`—`45

Three-point goals — GAR 3 (Palmer, Johnson, Campbell); TUN 5 (Newhart, Harder, Hoefert, Faux, Reposa).

Hazleton Area 87, Valley West 79

HAZLETON AREA (87) — Josh Samec 4 2-2 10, Michael Cusatis 4 1-3 10, Aaron Kellmer 2 1-3 6, Joe Grula 3 1-4 7, Nolan Genasevich 0 2-2 2, Scott Shamany 0 1-2 1, Jeffrey Planutis 10 7-9 28, Da’mir Faison 9 5-9 23. Totals 32 20-36 87.

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (79) — Sean Judge 3 10-12 16, Savion Saunders 3 3-3 9, Aaron Austin 7 3-4 17, Draig Ruff 3 3-5 10, Amistad Hackett 1 0-0 2, Noah Frace 8 0-0 20, Tayshawn Moore 2 0-0 5. Totals 27 19-24 79.

Hazleton Area`20`14`23`30`—`87

Valley West`8`20`24`27`—`79

Three-point goals — HAZ 3 (Cusatis, Kellmer, Planutis); WVW 6 (Frace 4, Ruff, Moore).

Crestwood 53, Dallas 47

DALLAS (47) — Ben O’Connell 1 0-0 3, Collin Pertl 0 2-2 2, Alex Charlton 3 2-2 8, Nick Kocher 1 0-0 2, Joey Parsons 3 4-4 11, Matt Mathers 0 0-0 0, Ben Donahue 6 2-4 18, Andrew Kovalick 0 0-0 0, Ethan Szczecinski 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 9-12 47.

CRESTWOOD (53) — Kyle Gegaris 5 4-6 15, Lance Blass 5 0-1 10, Kevin Klusewitz 1 3-4 6, Kyle Richards 1 4-5 7, Sean Murphy 0 0-0 0, Camden Boris 0 0-0 0, Mike Ayala 1 0-0 3, Mike Kozelsky 0 0-0 0, Noah Jackson 5 2-4 12. Totals 18 13-20 53.

Dallas`8`12`14`13`—`47

Crestwood`19`11`6`17`—`53

Three-point goals — DAL 6 (Donahue, Parsons, O’Connell); CRE 4 (Klusewitz, Richards, Ayala, Gegaris).

Nanticoke Area 47, Berwick 38

BERWICK (38) — Justin Groshek 0 0-0 0, Ken Marshman 2 0-0 5, Matt Champ 5 4-4 18, Alec Markle 1 0-0 2, Damon Beckhorn 2 2-3 7, Jude Goddard 2 2-2 6, Kyle Pierce 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 8-9 38.

NANTICOKE AREA (47) — Nate Kreitzer 7 0-0 17, Rich Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, Cody Piestrak 2 4-4 9, Trahjan Krupinski 3 1-3 7, Luke Butczynski 3 0-0 8, Zack Cardone 0 0-0 0, Alec Divers 0 0-0 0, Matt Piontkowski 1 0-0 2, Justin Casey 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 5-7 47.

Berwick`3`9`14`12`—`38

Nanticoke Area`10`12`12`13`—`47

Three-point goals — BER 6 (Champ 4, Marshman, Beckhorn); NAN 6 (Kreitzer 3, Butczynski 2, Piestrak).

Pittston Area 49, Coughlin 45

COUGHLIN (45) — Anthony Hinkle 0 0-0 0, Aaron Bennett 1 0-0 3, Idris Hollis 0 0-0 0, Miles Davis 3 0-0 8, Charles Cobbs 4 3-4 13, Melvin Robinson 2 0-2 4, Marco Deluco 0 0-0 0, Dominique Flippen 4 9-12 17. Totals 14 12-19 45.

PITTSTON AREA (49) — Trevor Tigue 0 0-0 0, Chris Klein 4 2-2 12, Naseem Guillaume 4 1-2 12, Keemar Woodruff 0 1-2 1, Jimmy Pliska 0 0-0 0, Matt McGlynn 2 0-0 6, Mike Mazurkivich 0 0-0 0, Joe Cencetti 0 0-0 0, Patrick Mitchell 4 10-10 18. Totals 14 14-16 49.

Coughlin`15`12`8`10`—`45

Pittston Area`12`12`11`14`—`49

Three-point goals — COU 5 (Davis 2, Cobbs 2, Bennett); PA 7 (Guillaume 3, McGlynn 2, Klein 2).

Hanover Area 46, Northwest 36

HANOVER AREA (46) — Louis Rivera 2 0-0 4, Abaad Hamlet 3 0-0 6, Desmond McCance 4 3-3 13, Tyler Diggs 3 0-0 6, Mike Piscotty 4 5-8 14, Devin Senk 0 0-0 0, Evan Materna 1 0-0 3, Manny Adams 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 8-11 46.

NORTHWEST (36) — Sam Saxe 4 1-2 11, Tyler Stevens 3 0-0 8, Jaxson Yaple 0 3-3 3, Nick Levandowski 3 2-4 8, Mitchell Mazonkey 1 1-2 4, Bryce Kosler 0 0-2 0, Walker Yaple 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 7-13 36.

Hanover Area`11`5`22`8`—`46

Northwest`11`10`9`6`—`36

Three-point goals — HAN 4 (McCance 2, Materna, Piscotty); NW 5 (Stevens 2, Saxe 2, Mazonkey).

Wyoming Seminary's Jeremy Callahan (left) and Holy Redeemers James Kosik dive for a loose all Tuesday night in Wyoming Valley Conference action --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_sem_hr1_faa.jpgWyoming Seminary's Jeremy Callahan (left) and Holy Redeemers James Kosik dive for a loose all Tuesday night in Wyoming Valley Conference action --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17
Holy Redeemer's Joey Judge ( Left) looks to pass the ball off as Wyoming Seminary's Tyler Maddock pursues Tuesday night --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_sem_hr2_faa.jpgHoly Redeemer's Joey Judge ( Left) looks to pass the ball off as Wyoming Seminary's Tyler Maddock pursues Tuesday night --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17
Holy Redeemer's J.D.Turosky protects the ball after grabing arebound under his basket as he is surrounded by Wyoming Seminary defenders --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17
http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/web1_sem_hr4_faa.jpgHoly Redeemer's J.D.Turosky protects the ball after grabing arebound under his basket as he is surrounded by Wyoming Seminary defenders --------------Fred Adams|for Times Leader 2-7-17
Redeemer tops Seminary in key divisional game

By John Erzar

jerzar@timesleader.com

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

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