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WILKES-BARRE – Not every victory during a winning streak can be a pristine performance.


GAR could attest to that after Tuesday night's lethargic 35-27 victory over Holy Redeemer in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division II boys basketball game.


We did win the game. We did just enough to win, GAR coach Paul Brown said. We did not have one player that stood out and did anything outstanding tonight.


A couple of possible candidates, though, were Christian Skrepenak and Darius Washington. Skrepenak recorded a double-double with a game-high 13 points and 11 rebounds. Washington dropped in three three-pointers in the first half as the Grenadiers (6-0 Div. II, 8-7 overall) took a 21-12 lead into the locker room.


Neither, though, was as big a factor in GAR winning its eighth in a row as Holy Redeemer's shooting was.


The Royals (2-4, 4-11) entered winners of three of their last four games. Two of those victories included their highest offensive outputs of the season. Tuesday was their lowest of the season.


Redeemer shot 11-of-51 (22 percent) from the field. The misses included three in a row midway through the fourth, allowing GAR to hang on to a 30-23 lead without scoring either.


Center Mike Prociak did some nice things down the stretch, but the Royals could only whittle the deficit to five the rest of the way. Prociak scored nine to pace Redeemer. Brian Banas added eight.


We played well enough to win tonight, Redeemer coach Mark Belenski said, but if you don't make shots you don't win. That's the bottom line tonight.


I thought our defense did a great job. We had opportunities to make shots and we didn't do that.


Redeemer's defense was stout. GAR had it lowest point total not only of the season but also in its last 55 games. The Grenadiers' worst performance previous was during the 2010-11 season. Oddly, they won that game 33-29 over Crestwood.


Still, a sluggish victory beats a sluggish defeat for the Grenadiers, who opened the season with seven consecutive losses to some of the area's top competition.


We finally have a winning record, Brown said. It's tough when you start out 0-7. Let's see how long we can keep that going.



HOLY REDEEMER (27): Mike Boutanos 0 1-2 1, Kyle Gainard 1 0-0 3, John Kane 1 0-1 2, Jerry Busch 0 0-0 0, Chase Makowski 2 0-0 4, Brian Banas 3 0-0 8, Mike Prociak 4 1-2 9, Jim Slavinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-5 27.



GAR (35): Isaiah Francis 4 0-3 8, James Holmes 0 2-4 2, Lamont Twyman 0 1-4 1, Willie Winstead 0 0-0 0, Jahlil Harvey 0 0-0 0, Darius Washington 3 2-3 11, Christian Skrepenak 6 1-2 13. Totals 13 6-16 35.























Holy Redeemer7596—27
GAR71449—35


3-Point Field Goals— HR 3 (Gainard, Banas 2); GAR 3 (Washington 3)


Nanticoke 43, Hanover Area 40

Nanticoke hit five of its eight free throws in the fourth quarter to help pull out a victory over the Hawkeyes. The Trojans' Mike Malshefski scored 19 points to lead all scorers.


Three players – Jorge Colon (15), Bob Kerestes (11) and Jake Barber (10) – finished in double figures for Hanover Area, but it wasn't enough.



NANTICOKE (43): Tyler Meyers 2 0-0 4, Nate Seise 3 0-0 7, Scott Stout 0 0-0 0, Cairee Walker 2 0-0 4, Mike Malshefski 6 7-11 19, Brent Piontkowski 1 1-2 3, Matt Winters 0 0-0 0, Nick Valenti 2 2-4 6. Totals 16 10-17 43.



HANOVER AREA (40): Jorge Colon 6 2-3 15, Bob Kerestes 4 3-5 11, Ethan Hoolick 0 0-0 0, Jake Barber 4 1-2 10, Tony Marcincavage 0 2-2 2, Nate Hemsley 0 0-0 0, Troy Everetts 0 2-2 2. Totals 14 10-14 40.























Nanticoke Area1014712—43
Hanover Area711913—40


3-Point Field Goals— NANT 1 (Seise); HAN 2 (Colon, Barber)


Wyoming Area 58, MMI Prep 50

Bart Chupka's 24 points led all scorers and helped the Warriors pull out the victory in a WVC divisional crossover game.


Corey Rogers tallied a team-high 16 points for the Preppers, while Charlie Karchner and Tim Connors scored 10 apiece.


Mike Carey chipped in 11 points for Wyoming Area and Jordan Zezza added 10.



WYOMING AREA (58): Jordan Zezza 4 2-2 10, Nick Gushka 2 0-2 4, Jeremy Zezza 2 1-2 5, Evan Musto 1 2-2 4, Eric Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Mike Carey 2 5-6 11, Bart Chupka 9 6-9 24, Ron Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 16-23 58.



MMI PREP (50): Aaron Kollar 2 0-1 5, Charlie Karchner 5 0-1 10, Corey Rogers 6 0-0 16, R. J. Kupsho 2 0-0 4, Tim Connors 4 0-0 10, Ed Herberner 1 1-2 3, Jesse Plaksa 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 1-4 50.























Wyoming Area12121222—58
MMI Prep8111615—50


3-Point Field Goals— WA 2 (Carey 2); MMI 7 (Kollar, Rogers 4, Connors 2)


Meyers 65, Lake-Lehman 45

Rasheed Moore scored a game-high 24 points as Meyers cruised to a victory over Lake-Lehman.


Ryan Krawczeniuk added 16 points for Meyers, while Matt Demarco chipped in 13, including three three-pointers.


Adam Dizbon scored a team-high 16 points to lead Lake-Lehman.



MEYERS (65): Matt Demarco 5 0-0 13, Tyon Thomas 0 1-2 1, Simran Mangat 0 0-0 0, Michael Kendra 0 0-0 0, Ryan Krawczeniuk 3 9-10 16, C.J. Szafran 0 3-4 3, Rasheed Moore, 9 5-5 24, Dominic Pittman 0 0-0 0, Raheem Twyman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Smallcomb 0 0-0 0, Anthony Havard 0 0-0 0, Tyriek Steward 3 2-2 8, Teaguen Labatch 0 0-0 0, Andrew Davidson 0 0-0 0, Ryan Wasley 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 20-23 65.



LAKE-LEHMAN (45): Brian Devine 2 0-0 5, Bill Hillman 0 0-0 0, Jared James 3 0-0 6, Adam Dizbon 7 0-1 16, Mike Symeon 1 0-0 2, Cody Paraschak 4 0-0 8, Cody Spriggs 0 0-0 0, Josh Davenport 0 0-0 0, Vinnie Williamson 0 0-0 0, Tom Boyle 0 0-0 0, Pete Borum 3 2-3 8, Totals 20 2-4 45.























Meyers1820234—65
Lake-Lehman1113219—45


3-Point Field Goals— MEY 5 (Demarco 3, Krawczeniuk, Moore); LEH 3 (Dizbon 2, Devine)


Pittston Area 51, Coughlin 38

James Tobisch scored a team-high 19 points to lead Pittston Area to a victory over Coughlin.


Mason Gross added 16 points for Pittston, while Tyler McGarry chipped in 11, including three three-pointers.


Nate Oliver scored a game-high 24 points to lead Coughlin.



COUGHLIN (38): Nate Oliver 9 3-6 24, Connor Flaherty 5 0-0 10, Malik McDonald 0 2-2 2, Corey Keen 0 0-0 0, Alex Cerep 0 2-2 2, Devin Rajza 0 0-0 0, Totals 14 7-10 38.



PITTSTON AREA (51): Michael Schwab 1 3-4 5, Jay Crawford 0 0-0 0, James Emmett 0 0-0 0, James Tobisch 8 3-4 19, Mason Gross 7 2-2 16, Hassan Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Michael Delaney 0 0-0 0, Tyler McGarry 3 2-2 11, Justin Peterson 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 10-12 51.























Coughlin611174—38
Pittston Area1271418—51


3-Point Field Goals— COU 3 (Oliver 3); PITT 3 (McGarry 3)


Wyoming Valley West 90, Dallas 52

The Spartans knocked down 15 threes to fuel an explosive effort on the road at Dallas. Larry Anderscavage (18 points) and Jamie Calloway (17) each hit five apiece from behind the arc while Chris McCue (18) made three.


Jaquan Ingram (12) and Brett Good (10) also finished in double figures for Valley West.


Dallas' Matt Ross finished with 20 points to lead all scorers.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (90): Chris McCue 6 3-4 18, Brett Good 5 0-0 10, Lucky Williams 1 4-5 6, Jaquan Ingram 5 2-6 12, Larry Anderscavage 6 1-2 18, Evan McCue 0 1-4 1, Husam Abdurruzaq 0 0-0 0, Mike Sands 1 0-0 3, Jamie Calloway 5 2-2 17, Hason Milton 0 0-0 0, Steve Doroskewicz 0 0-0 0, Damian Clark 2 0-0 5. Totals 30 13-23 90.



DALLAS (52): Chad DeBona 5 2-3 13, Sukhmail Mathon 2 1-3 5, Matt Ross 6 6-6 20, Omar Nijmeh 3 3-4 9, Allen Fell 1 0-0 2, Stephen Wempa 1 1-1 3, Tanner Gattuso 0 0-0 0, Rami Kazmi 0 0-0 0, Gurmail Mathon 0 0-1 0, Spencer Bowanko 0 0-0 0, Jake Plank 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-18 52.























Wyoming Valley West24182127—90
Dallas8122012—52


3-Point Field Goals— WVW 15 (Anderscavage 5, Calloway 5, C. McCue 3, Sands, Clark); DAL 3 (Ross 2, DeBona)


Tunkhannock 67, Crestwood 55

Brian Stephenson poured in a game-high 28 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers pull out the victory.


Sean Soltysiak (14 points) and Austin Yanora (10) also contributed for Tunkhannock.


Crestwood's Chris Fazzini scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough to erase a halftime deficit. Brady Gallagher chipped in 15 points for the Comets and Steve Roberts added 13.



CRESTWOOD (55): Brady Gallagher 6 0-0 15, Robbie Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Cole Wasco 1 0-0 2, Jason Dotzel 0 0-0 0, Brian Markowski 2 0-0 4, Steve Roberts 5 2-2 13, Josh Malkemes 0 0-2 0, Chris Fazzini 8 4-7 21, Brandon Cole 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 6-13 55.



TUNKHANNOCK (67): Brent Christy 2 0-0 5, Austin Yanora 4 0-1 10, Jordan Faux 2 1-2 5, Jimmy Dewitt 1 0-0 2, Sean Soltysiak 4 6-9 14, Adam Billings 1 0-0 3, Brian Stephenson 13 2-2 28. Totals 27 9-14 67.























Crestwood13131712—55
Tunkhannock17161519—67


3-Point Field Goals— CRE 5 (Gallagher 3, Roberts, Fazzini); TUNK 4 (Yanora 2, Christy, Billings)


Hazleton Area 71, Berwick 52

Kyle Karmonick came through with a game-high 22 points to lift Hazleton Area at home. Kurtis Wright and Will Hierro finished with 13 and 11 points, respectively, for the Cougars, who played without leading scorer Sal Biasi.


Jeremy Clausen (19 points) and Eric May (13) topped the Bulldogs.



BERWICK (52): Josh Edwards 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Clausen 5 8-9 19, Eric May 5 2-6 13, Will Morales 2 0-0 5, Zach Ladonis 2 0-0 4, Tyler Evans 1 2-2 4, Matt Dalo 1 1-2 3, Will Updegrove 1 0-0 2, Brian Bridge 0 0-0 0, C.J. Curry 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 13-19 52.



HAZLETON AREA (71): Chris Woodring 2 0-1 4, Brett Barron 2 1-2 7, Will Hierro 4 1-2 11, Kurtis Wright 4 5-10 13, Richard Abreu 0 0-1 0, Deivon Barlow 3 0-2 6, Jon Fogarty 0 0-0 0, Reynal Santana 1 0-0 2, Abel Felix 0 2-2 2, Kyle Karmonick 7 8-11 22, Hunter Samec 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 17-31 71.























Berwick11161114—52
Hazleton Area13261517—71


3-Point Field Goals— BER 3 (Clausen, May, Morales); HAZ 4 (Barron 2, Hierro 2)


Wyoming Seminary 35, Northwest 30

Jason Ellis and Alex Barilla each scored 10 points to lead Wyoming Seminary to a victory over Northwest.


Devon Mazonkey scored a game-high 15 points to lead Northwest.



NORTHWEST (30): Kyle Cragle 2 0-0 4, Devon Mazonkey 5 5-8 15, Charlie Margelewicz 3 0-0 9, Bruno Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Peter Feno 0 0-0 0, Alan Gulbierz 0 0-0 0, Noah Howe 0 0-0 0, Alex Sirak 1 0-0 2, Totals 11 5-8 30.



WYOMING SEMINARY (35): Jason Ellis 5 0-0 10, E.J. Flippen 1 3-4 5, Ander Gonzalez 1 0-0 2, Brad Sedor 2 0-0 4, Zach Wise 0 0-0 0, Seth Callahan 2 0-0 4, Alex Barilla 3 4-4 10, Totals 14 7-8 35.























Northwest41178—30
Wyoming Seminary101096—35


3-Point Field Goals— NW 3 (Margelewicz); SEM 0


Standings

Wyoming Valley Conference








































































Division

Overall

Division I

W

L

W

L
Wyoming Valley West 70105
Hazleton Area 5295
Pittston Area 5296
Crestwood 4396
Tunkhannock 4359
Berwick 25411
Coughlin 16312
Dallas 07114




















































Division

Overall

Division II

W

L

W

L
GAR 6087
Nanticoke 4287
Lake-Lehman 3367
Holy Redeemer 24411
Wyoming Area 15213




















































Division

Overall

Division III

W

L

W

L
Meyers60131
Hanover Area 4287
Wyoming Seminary3394
Northwest 15212
MMI Prep 06212

 



Tuesday's results


GAR 35, Holy Redeemer 27


Hazleton Area 71, Berwick 52


Meyers 65, Lake-Lehman 45


Nanticoke 43, Hanover Area 40


Pittston Area 51, Coughlin 38


Tunkhannock 67, Crestwood 55


Wyoming Area 58, MMI Prep 50


Wyoming Seminary 35, Northwest 30


Wyoming Valley West 90, Dallas 52



Thursday's game


Hanover Area at Holy Redeemer, 7:15 p.m.



Friday's games


Berwick at Pittston Area


Dallas at Crestwood


Hazleton Area at Tunkhannock


Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Area


Meyers at MMI Prep


Northwest at GAR


Wyoming Seminary at Nanticoke


Wyoming Valley West at Coughlin


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