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February 19. 2013 9:11PM
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EXETER — By halftime Saturday night, it was nearly better than the night before.


By the end of the game, it was half as good as last season.


Accomplishing both wasn't easy for Wyoming Area as it held off a second-half rally by Northwest for a 37-34 victory in an exhibition boys basketball game.


Last night I was just hoping it was growing pains first game out of the gate, Wyoming Area coach Al Brogna said. We struggled and Old Forge took us out of the game, but I thought we came out with a little more intensity tonight. The kids had a little bit of anger from what happened last night and the way they played.


The Warriors opened their season Friday night with a 50-21 loss to Old Forge. By the end of the first half Saturday, they led 20-6 as forward Bart Chupka scored 10 points and guard Mike Carey added nine. The two returning starters combined for seven points – all by Carey – a night early.


I thought our intensity was very poor out of the gate, Northwest coach Jerry Blazick said. Hats off to Wyoming Area. They looked like a team that got their first game out of the way last night.


And their first victory Saturday, a huge achievement considering the Warriors (1-1) won just twice last season and were 6-61 in their three previous seasons combined.


Of course, the path to victory became much more difficult in the second half. Northwest (0-1) started the third quarter with three consecutive three-pointers, the final two by standout Devon Mazonkey (19 points).


The Rangers never led, but had the deficit down to 36-34 with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Mazonkey hit his third trey. Oddly, they let Carey dribble the clock down before fouling Trent Grove with two seconds left.


The players aren't going to hear you no matter how loud I can be or the coaches could be, Blazick said. They know they have timeouts remaining and know what the situation is. I'd expect an immediate trap or a foul, but we didn't get it. We didn't come out with our heads in the game. We didn't have our hearts in the game in the beginning.


Grove made his first free throw to bump the advantage to 37-34. He missed the second, and Mazonkey rebounded and called a timeout with 0.9 seconds left. A long pass for a catch-and-shoot by Mazonkey never happened as Wyoming Area's Jordan Zezza swatted away the ball.


Carey finished with 17 points. Chupka added 14. Chupka and Jeremy Zezza had five rebounds each.


It one of those things where we have to learn to handle pressure a little bit better, Brogna said of allowing Northwest to rally. We're getting better at it, but it's something we have to take care in practice. It's hard to solve in back-to-back games.



Wyoming Area 37, Northwest 34



NORTHWEST (34): Kyle Cragle 3 0-1 6, Devon Mazonkey 8 0-0 19, Tyler Meininger 1 2-2 5, Mitchell Stepanski 0 0-0 0, Charlie Margelewicz 0 0-0 0, Bruno Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Arlo Maurer 2 0-1 4, Alex Sirak 0 0-0 0. Total 14 2-4 34.



WYOMING AREA (37): Jordan Zezza 1 1-2 3, Jeremy Zezza 1 0-0 2, Mike Carey 6 3-3 17, Trent Grove 0 1-2 1, Bart Chupka 6 2-2 14, Derek Dorman 00-0 0, Ron Robinson 0 0-0 0, Evan Musto 0 0-0 0, Erik Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Nick Gushka 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 7-9 37.























Northwest421315—34
Wyoming Area911314—37


3-Point Field Goals— NW 4 (Mazonkey 3, Meininger); WA 2 (Carey)


Pinecrest (N.C.) 75, Berwick 49

Eric May scored 13 points in the Berwick loss to Pinecrest in the Nespoli Tournament championship. Zach Ladonis added 12 points.



PINCECREST NC (75): J. Martin-Calhoun 1 2-2 4, Justin Ray 1 0-0 2, Jamaan Calhoun 3 3-6 9, Sam Brower 1 5-6 7, Charles Woodard 0 0-0 0, Paul Winter-Craw 2 0-0 4, Kardiashian Ragin 0 0-0 0, Jvyhoun Justin 4 0-0 11, Brendon Ortiz 5 0-0 10, Adam Cummings 5 7-8 20, Trevion Wooten 2 0-0 4, Frankie Painter 2 0-1 4, Mark Crop 0 0-0 0; Totals: 26 17-23 75



BERWICK (49): Josh Edwards 0 1-2 1, Jeremy Clausen 2 0-1 5, Eric May 4 1-1 13, Will Morales 2 0-0 5, Zach Ladonis 4 4-6 12, Tyler Evans 0 1-2 1, Matt Dalo 1 2-2 4, Will Updegrove 0 4-4 8, Brain Bridge 1 0-0 2, CJ Curry 1 0-0 2, James Davis 0 0-0 0, Elias Harmon 0 0-0 0, Max Melito 0 0-0 0, Holden Reigel 0 0-0 0; Totals: 19 13-22 49.























Pinecrest NC30201211—75
Berwick171778—40


3-Point Field Goals— PC 2 (Justin, Cummings); BER 6 (May 4, Morales, Clausen)


La Salle College H.S. 57, Hazleton Area 56

Sal Biasi scored 23 points and was named player of the tournament for Hazleton Area in the Skip Coleman Tip-off Tournament.



HAZLETON AREA (56): Paul Collado 1 0-0 2 Sal Biasi 8 2-2 23, Brett Barron 4 0-0 11, Kurtis Wright 3 2-2 8, Kyle Karmonick 4 4-7 12: Totals: 20 8-11 56.



LA SALLE COLLEGE (57): Amar Stukes 7 1-1 18, Pat Kooney 7 3-4 20, Alex Cuoci 3 2-2 8, Steve Smith 2 5-8 9, Louis Janifer 2 2-2 6, Lancster Ellison 1 0-2 2, Jalene Herdsan 1 0-0 2; Totals: 24 13-19 67























Hazleton Area1532117—0
Las Salle College2291816—0


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 8 (Biasi 5, Baron 3); LCH 6 (Stukes 3, Kooney 3)


Shenandoah Valley 54, MMI Prep 48 (OT)

Charlie Karchner scored 14 points in the MMI Prep overtime loss to Shenandoah Valley. R.J. Kupsho added 11 points.



SHENANDOAH VALLEY (54): Marconi 1 0-0 2, Palubinsky 12 1-2 26, Storm 1 0-0 2, Merva 4 0-0 12, Alverez 0 2-4 2, Herb 2 1-2 6, Maskornick 1 2-4 4, Marnell 0 0-0 0; Totals: 21 6-12 54.



MMI PREP (48): Aaron Kollar 3 3-4 9, Ed Herbener 1 0-0 2, Charlie Karchner 7 0-0 14, Cory Rogers 3 0-0 6, R.J. Kupsho 5 1-2 11, Jesse Plaksa 0 0-2 0, Tim Connors 2 1-2 6; Totals: 21 5-10 48.

























Shenandoah Valley61116219--54
MMI Prep9171363--48


3-Point Field Goals— SV 6 (Palubinsky, Merva 4, Erb); MMI (Connors)


Pleasant Valley 53, Wyoming Valley West 44

Brett Good and Juquan Ingram each scored 11 for the Spartans in the loss.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (44): Chris McCue 2 2-2 8, Jamie Calloway 2 0-0 5, Brett Good 3 5-11 11, Lucky Williams 3 0-2 6, Evan McCue 0 0-0 0, Husam Abdurruzaq 1 1-4 3, Juquan Ingram 5 1-3 11, Steve Doroskewicz 0 0-0 0; Totals: 16 9-22 44.



PLEASANT VALLEY (53): Marquis Brown 6 2-4 14, Chris Skutnik 0 0-0 0, Devon Howard 6 2-2 14, Jankus Hoover 0 0-0 0, Zach Deegan 0 0-0 0, Bryan Sharpe 4 3-3 12, Dan Hrbek 3 1-2 9, Sekou Jones 1 0-0 2, Jon Pazienza 1 0-0 2, Lance Robinson 0 0-0 0; Totals: 15 8-11 53.























Wyoming Valley West1251512—44
Pleasant Valley5151320—53


3-Point Field Goals— WVW 3 (C. McCue 2, Calloway); PV 3 (Hrbek 2, Sharpe)


Nanticoke 48, Dallas 34

Mike Malshefski scored 14 points to lead Nanticoke. Matt Ross led the Dallas effort with three treys and 13 points.



NANTICOKE (48): Tyler Myers 4 1-7 10, Nate Seise 0 2-3 2, Scott Stout, 0 0-0 0, Ed Lukowski 0 0-0 0, Cairee Walker 4 1-2 9, Mike Malshefski 4 4-12 14, Brent Piontkowski 1 0-0 2, Jordan Williams 1 0-0 2, Ben Serson 0 0-0 0, Matt Winters 2 0-0 5, Rees Roberts 1 0-0 2, Nick Valenti 1 0-0 2; Totals: 18 8-24 48.



DALLAS (34): Chad DeBona 0 0-2 0, John Murray 0 0-0 0, Kristian Dyrli 0 0-0 0, Matt Saba 2 0-0 4, Stephen Wempa 1 0-0 3, Matt Ross 4 2-3 13, Omar Nijmeh 2 0-2 4, Allen Fell 2 3-6 7, Sukhmail Mathan 1 1-1 3; Totals: 12 6-12 34.























Nanticoke16131110—48
Dallas513116—34


3-Point Field Goals— NAN 4 (Malshefski 2, Myers, Winters); DAL 4 (Ross 3, Wempa)


Crestwood 68, Lake-Lehman 40

Brady Gallagher's 19 points and four threes helped lead Crestwood. Jared James and Pete Borum both scored 11 points for Lake-Lehman.



LAKE-LEHMAN (40): Bill Hillman 0 1-2 1, Jared James 4 1-1 11, Adam Dizbon 4 0-0 10, Cody Paraschak 2 0-2 4, Vinnie Williamson 1 0-0 3, Pete Burum 5 1-1 11; Totals: 16 3-6 40



CRESTWOOD (68): Brady Gallagher 6 3-4 19, Cole Wasco 2 0-0 5, Brian Markowski 2 0-4 5, Steve Roberts 5 2-3 12, Chris Fazzini 8 2-3 20, Robbie Hopkins 1 0-0 3, John Monfiletto 1 0-0 2, Jason Dotzel 1 0-0 2, Leonny Rojas 0 0-2 0; Totals: 26 7-16 68.























Lake-Lehman1111108—40
Crestwood25131614—68


3-Point Field Goals— LL 5 (James 2, Dizbon 2, Williamson); CRE 9 (Gallagher 4, Fazzini 2, Wasco, Markowski, Hopkins)


North Allegheny 76, Hazleton Area 60

In a game played Friday, Sal Biasi hit four threes and scored 24 points in the Hazleton Area loss.


Brett Barron scored two field goals and totaled 10 points to contribute for the Cougars.



HAZLETON AREA (60): Paul Collado 4 0-1 8, Sal Biasi 6 8-10 24, Brett Barron 4 0-2 10, Will Hierro 0 1-2 1, Kurtis Wright 3 1-2 7, Deivon Barlow 1 0-0 2, Abel Felix 1 0-0 2, Kyle Kamonick 3 0-2 6, Hunter Samec 0 0-0 0; Totals: 22 10-19 60.



NORTH ALLEGHENY (76): Shawn Hennigan 10 0-0 22, Andre Supter 1 1-2 3, James Meeker 2 1-2 5, RJ Calabrase 3 5-6 11, David Haus 1 1-2 3, Luke Swoyster 3 0-0 8, Mike Carter 3 0-0 8, Joe Mancini 5 2-3 16; Totals: 28 10-15 76.























Hazleton Area16221012—60
North Allegheny21251317—76


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 6 (Biasi 4, Barron 2); NA 9 (Mancini 4, Hennigan 2, Soyster 2, Carter)




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