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February 20. 2013 4:12AM
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PLYMOUTH – Within a tale of two halves was a tale that could determine Wyoming Valley West's fate for the rest of the high school boys basketball season.


Attitude, Valley West coach George Reimiller said. Once we get our attitude straight, we're OK.


Riding a second-half surge sparked by Larry Anderscavage, the straight-shooting Spartans rallied back from a 13-point deficit in the first half Tuesday and roared past the Tunkhannock Tigers 73-55.


But it was a demoralized Valley West group that sputtered out of the gates and fell far enough behind that the Spartans could sense their unbeaten season within the Wyoming Valley Conference Division I was in jeopardy.


It's not like we were nervous, Anderscavage said. I don't want to say we gave up in the first half, but we kind of did.


But the Spartans, 12-5 overall, weren't quite ready to surrender their 9-0 divisional record so quickly.


Especially not the McCue cousins, Chris and Evan, who split Valley West's final 12 points of the first half and brought the Spartans within 33-30 at the break.


After Valley West fell behind 31-18 with under three minutes remaining in the second quarter, starting guard Chris McCue popped a three-point basket to start a 12-2 run for the Spartans that ended the first half – then added another three-pointer just before intermission.


In between, Evan McCue came off the bench and drilled a three-point shot of his own, then added a three-point play.


They scored the last 12 points. That brought us back, Reimiller said. They were the spark we needed.


Anderscavage and the rest of the Spartans turned it into an inferno that singed the upset hopes of Tunkhannock (4-5 Div. I, 5-11).


Anderscavage opened the second half by drilling a three-pointer that gave the Spartans their first lead since the opening minutes, 35-33, and Valley West was off and running. By the end of the third quarter, Valley West opened a 57-48 lead, as Anderscavage scored eight points in the period while Lucky Williams and Jaquan Ingram added six points apiece.


It gave me a lot of confidence. In the first half, I shot a lot of shots and it wasn't really falling for me, said Anderscavage, who scored 15 points to join Brett Good for team-high honors and piled up 13 of them in the second half. I was kind of down on myself.


Tunkhannock's sharp, smart and swift passing game put Valley West down quickly at the start.


Brian Stephenson delivered seven points in the first quarter as the Tigers charged to a 14-12 lead, then hit six more in the second period as Tunkhannock started to assume control. Austin Yanora popped two treys in the period, and two foul shots from Adam Billings boosted Tunkhannock's lead to 31-18 as the clock dropped under the three-minute mark in the first half.


That's when the Spartans came storming back.


You've got to come ready to play as soon as the ball is thrown up at center court, Reimiller said. In the first half, you know who was ready to play. Tunkhannock. We need to start playing in the first minute all the way through the 32nd minute.


But in the minutes when its perfect divisional record was in danger, Valley West simply turned it on.



TUNKHANNOCK (55): Austin Yanora 3 0-0 9, Jordan Faux 1 0-0 3, Jimmy DeWitt 3 2-2 8, Sean Soltysiak 4 1-1 9, Adam Billings 1 3-4 5, Brian Stephenson 9 0-0 19, Brian Beauchemin 1 0-0 2, Brent Christy 0 0-0 0, A.J. Passarelli 0 0-0 0, Eric Stamer 0 0-0 0, Cody Brown 0 0-0 0, Matt Grebeck 0 0-0 0, Holt Wiggins 0 -0 0. Totals 22 6-7 55.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (73): Chris McCue 4 0-0 11, Brett Good 6 2-2 15, Lucky Williams 4 0-0 8, Evan McCue 2 1-1 6, Jaquan Ingram 6 0-1 12, Larry Anderscavage 6 0-0 15, Jamie Calloway 1 4-4 6, Mike Sands 0 0-0 0, Husam Abdurruzaq 0 0-0 0, Hason Milton 0 0-0 0, Steve Doroskewicz 0 0-0 0., Totals 29 7-8 73.























Tunkhannock1419157—55
Wyoming Valley West12182716—73


3-Point Field Goals— TUNK 5 (Yanura 3, Faux, Stephenson); WVW 8 (C. McCue 3, Anderscavage 3, E. McCue, Good).


Dallas 56, Coughlin 54

Matt Ross scored a team-high 19 points as Dallas won for the first time in Wyoming Valley Conference play, defeating Coughlin in a Division I game.


Connor Flaherty nailed two three-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points to lead Coughlin in the loss.



COUGHLIN (54): Nate Oliver 5 3-4 14, Connor Flaherty 6 7-11 21, Malik McDonald 1 0-0 2, Corey Keen 0 0-0 0, Alex Cerep 4 3-4 14, Nick Peterlin 0 0-0 0, Jose Rivera 1 0-1 3.Totals 17 13-20 54.



DALLAS (56): Chad DeBona 1 0-0 2, Stephen Wempa 2 0-0 5, Gurmail Mathon 0 0-0 0, Suk Mathon 4 2-2 10, Matt Ross 6 5-11 19, Omar Nijmeh 3 0-0 8, Darik Johnson 4 0-0 9, Spencer Bowanko 1 0-0 3, Ray Ostroski 0 0-0 0, Brian Drouse 0 0-0 0, Jake Plank 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-13 56.























Coughlin1161027—54
Dallas1671518—56


3-Point Field Goals— COU 7 (Rivera, Oliver, Flaherty 2, Cerep 3); DAL 7 (Wempa, Ross 2, Nijmeh 2, Johnson, Bowanko)


Holy Redeemer 50, Nanticoke 45

Lenny Radziak and Shachael Wallace each scored a team-high 12 points to lead Holy Redeemer to a double-overtime victory over Nanticoke.


Tyler Myers led Nanticoke with four threes and 14 points.



NANTICOKE (45): Tyler Myers 4 2-2 14, Nate Siese 3 0-0 7, Scott Stout 2 1-2 5, Cairee Walker 2 3-4 7, Mike Malshefski 1 5-8 7, Brent Pointkowski 0 0-0 0, Rees Roberts 0 0-0 0, Nick Valenti 1 3-4 5, Ben Sersen. Totals 13 14-20 45



HOLY REDEEMER (50): Shachael Wallace 2 8-15 12, Kyle Gainard 0 0-0 0, Mike Boutanos 3 0-0 7, Lenny Radziak 2 7-10 12, John Kane 0 1-2 1, Jerry Busch 1 0-0 3, Chase Makowski 0 0-0 0, Brian Banas 4 1-2 10, Mike Prociak 1 3-7 5, Jim Slavinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 20-36 50.



























Nanticoke4651848—45
Holy Redeemer26169413—50


3-Point Field Goals— NANT 6 (Myers 4, Siese, Malshefski); HR 4 (Boutanos, Radziak, Banas, Busch)


Hanover Area 55, MMI 46

Jake Barber scored a game-high 20 points to lead Hanover Area past MMI Prep.


Bobby Kerestes added 14 points for Hanover Area, while Jorge Colon chipped in 11.


Charlie Karchner scored a team-high 14 points for MMI Prep.



HANOVER AREA (55): Jorge Colon 2 6-10 11, Bobby Kerestes 7 0-3 14, Ethan Hoolick 1 0-0 2, Jake Barber 7 5-6 20, Tony Marcincavage 3 1-2 7, Nate Hemsley 0 1-2 1, Troy Everetts 0 0-0 0, Connor Bowers 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 13-23 55.



MMI PREP (46): Aaron Kollar 2 0-1 5, Charlie Karchner 6 2-4 14, Cory Rogers 1 6-9 9, R.J. Kupsho 4 0-0 8, Tim Connors 2 3-4 8, Ed Herberner 0 2-2 2, Jessie Plaksa 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 13-20 46.























Hanover Area10161217—55
MMI Prep491221—46


3-Point Field Goals— HAN 2 (Colon, Barber); MMI 3 (Kollar, Rogers, Connors)


Crestwood 50, Berwick 39

Brady Gallagher knocked down four three-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points in Crestwood's victory over Berwick.


Chris Fazzini added 14 for Crestwood, while Brian Markowski chipped in eight.


Eric May scored a team-high 15 points for Berwick.



CRESTWOOD (50): Brady Gallagher 7 3-4 19, Robbie Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Jason Dotzel 0 2-2 2, Brian Markowski 2 4-5 8, Steve Roberts 1 4-5 6, Josh Malkemes 0 0-0 0, Chris Fazzini 5 4-7 14, Brandon Cole 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 17-23 50.



BERWICK (39): Josh Edwards 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Clausen 4 0-0 8, Eric May 6 1-4 15, Will Morales 4 0-0 10, Zach Ladonis 2 0-0 4, Tyler Evans 0 0-0 0, Matt Dalo 0 2-2 2, Will Updegrove 0 0-0 0, Brian Bridge 0 0-0 0, C.J. Curry 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 3-6 39.























Crestwood10111019—50
Berwick1011513—39


3-Point Field Goals— CRE 4 (Gallagher 4); BER 4 (May 2, Morales 2)


Meyers 63, Wyoming Seminary 44

Ryan Krawczeniuk and Rasheed Moore each scored 19 points to lead Meyers to a victory over Wyoming Seminary.


Tyriek Steward chipped in 15 points for Meyers.


Seth Callahan led Wyoming Seminary with a game-high 31 points and six three-pointers.



MEYERS (63): Matt DeMarco 1 1-2 3, Tyon Thomas 2 0-0 4, Michael Kendra 0 1-2 1, Ryan Krawczeniuk 8 2-2 19, Rasheed Moore 7 3-5 19, Anthony Havard 1 0-0 2, Tyriek Steward 5 5-6 15. Totals 24 12-17 63.



WYOMING SEMINARY (44): Jason Ellis 1 0-0 2, E.J. Flippen 2 1-1 5, Ander Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Sami El-Mashtoub 0 0-0 0, Brad Sedor 2 0-0 4, Zach Wise 1 0-0 2, Seth Callahan 11 3-6 31. Totals 17 4-7 44.























Meyers12171618—63
Wyoming Seminary1381013—44


3-Point Field Goals— MEY 3 (Moore 2, Krawczeniuk); SEM 6 (Callahan 6)


GAR 98, Lake-Lehman 64

The Grenadiers hit 20 points in each quarter and just missed the century mark in a win over Lake-Lehman.


Isaiah Francis scored 26 to lead five players in double figures, including Lamont Twyman (19) and Christian Skrepenak (13).


The Black Knights got 23 points from Peter Borum.



LAKE-LEHMAN (64): Brian Devine 0 0-1 0, Jared James 2 2-2 4, Adam Dizbon 8 0-0 17, Cody Paraschak 4 1-2 9, Peter Borum 7 9-11 23, Bill Hillman 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Britt 0 0-0 0, Mike Symeon 2 1-2 5, Kiefer Walsh 1 0-1 0, Josh Davenport 0 0-0 0, Vince Williamson 2 0-0 4, Tommy Boyle 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 13-19 64.



GAR (98): Isaiah Francis 8 7-11 26, James Holmes 3 0-0 8, Lamont Twyman 8 2-2 19, Darius Washington 2 0-0 6, Christian Skrepenak 4 5-9 13, Willy Winstead 5 0-1 11, Jahlil Harvey 5 1-2 11, Nigebo Francis 1 0-0 2, Tydus Winstead 0 0-0 0, Greg Skrepenak 1 0-0 2. Totals 37 15-25 98.























Lake-Lehman15121720—64
GAR20322323—98


3-Point Field Goals— LL 1 (Dizbon); GAR 9 (I. Francis 3, Holmes 2, Washington 2, Twyman, W. Winstead)


Wyoming Area 50, Northwest 46

Bart Chupka scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter to help the Warriors erase a late deficit. Jordan Zezza also scored 17 in the win.


Northwest got 16 points from Devon Mazonkey.



NORTHWEST (46): Kyle Cragle 3 0-0 8, Devon Mazonkey 6 2-3 16, Tyler Meininger 4 0-6 11, Chas Margelewicz 1 0-0 2, Alex Sirak 4 0-1 8, Peter Evans 0 0-0 0, Bruno Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Arlo Maurer 0 1-2 1, Peter Feno 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-12 46.



WYOMING AREA (50): Jordan Zezza 7 1-2 17, Jeremy Zezza 1 2-2 4, Mike Carey 1 2-2 5, Trent Grove 3 1-6 7, Bart Chupka 7 3-6 17, Nick Gushka 0 0-0 0, Evan Musto 0 0-0 0, Eric Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Don Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-18 50.























Northwest1710127—46
Wyoming Area818915—50


3-Point Field Goals— NW 7 (Meininger 3, Cragle 2, Mazonkey 2); WA 3 (Jo. Zezza 2, Carey)




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