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March 17. 2013 3:25AM

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NANTICOKE ‚?? It wasn‚??t the way it was drawn on the chalkboard. But it was close enough to succeed Friday night.


Nanticoke‚??s Tyler Myers forced overtime with a basket off an inbound play at the buzzer as the Trojans seized control for a 57-55 Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional victory over Wyoming Seminary.


‚??We have a play that we run like that,‚?Ě Nanticoke coach Ken Bartuska said. ‚??We try to get the ball to a big guy who is supposed to make a decision. Well, everybody tangled around, but the guys stayed in their lanes and ran for it.


‚??We kind of got a lucky bounce off a defender‚??s hand.‚?Ě


And off the rim as well.


Nanticoke (5-2 Div. II, 9-7 overall) got the ball back with 3.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter after Seminary‚??s E.J. Flippen hit a 15-foot jumper for a 50-48 lead. The Trojans then lined up three guys on the midcourt line and 6-foot-4 Cairee Walker on the far foul line. The fullcourt heave, though, went over the three guys and short of Walker, triggering a scramble.


The ball emerged like a perfect bounce pass to Nanticoke‚??s Scott Stout, who was angling toward the basket on the right side. His layup rolled over the rim and to Myers, who was breaking down the left side and scored.


The Trojans then scored six consecutive points in overtime before Seminary‚??s Seth Callahan hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the game‚??s final points.


Seminary (3-4 Div. III, 9-5) lost for a fourth consecutive time to Nanticoke and the second time in a row by a slim margin. Nanticoke won both games last season, including a 44-43 victory.


‚??We got a hand on it,‚?Ě Seminary coach C.J. Kersey said of the inbound play at the end of regulation. ‚??Unfortunately, it tipped right to them. If the ball goes a few feet either way, we probably get a ‚??W‚?? tonight.


‚??But those are the bounces of the game.‚?Ě


The game bounced back and forth for the most part, with nine lead changes in regulation. Both teams had their big plays as well as share of miscues.


Flippen (21 points) and Callahan (20) led Seminary‚??s offense, but the Blue Knights were dominated on the boards minus 6-3 Alex Barilla (ankle injury).


Walker was powerful inside with 21 points. Mike Maleshefski added 14 more, including the go-ahead basket in overtime. The Trojans, though, had 23 turnovers.


While neither team figures to get back into a race for a divisional title, the game was important from a District 2 Class 2A playoff aspect.


Nanticoke entered in a four-way tie for fifth in the D2-2A standings and in the top eight.


Seminary was tied with Riverside for ninth. The top eight teams will get first-round home games if all 16 D2-2A teams elect to play in the tournament.


‚??We‚??re the only 2A team in Division II. Everybody else is 3A,‚?Ě Bartuska said. ‚??We‚??ve done OK with the first go-around with them, with the exception of GAR obviously.


‚??When we play Hanover, Seminary, Northwest, they‚??re also 2A so when we get a win and they get a loss it‚??s like a two-game separation.‚?Ě



WYOMING SEMINARY (55): Jason Ellis 3 0-0 6, EJ Flippen 8 5-8 21, Ander Gonzalez 2 0-0 5, Brad Sedor 0 1-2 1, Zach Wise 1 0-0 2, Seth Callahan 8 1-2 20. Totals 22 7-12 55.



NANTICOKE (57): Tyler Myers 4 0-0 10, Nate Siese 1 0-0 2, Scott Stout 1 1-2 3, Cairee Walker 10 1-2 21, Mike Malshefski 4 5-6 14, Brent Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, Ben Sersen 0 0-0 0, Matt Winters 1 0-0 3, Rees Roberts 0 0-0 0, Nick Valenti 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 7-10 57.

























Wyoming Seminary17139115‚??55
Nanticoke181010127‚??57


3-Point Field Goals‚?? SEM 4 (Callahan 3, Gonzalez); NAN 4 (Myers 2, Malshefski, Winters)


Hazleton Area 77, Tunkhannock 73

Visiting Hazleton Area rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Tunkhannock.


Sal Biasi led all scorers with 35 points for the Cougars. Kurtis Wright added 13.


Austin Yanora led the Tigers‚?? effort with 19 points, followed by 14 from Sean Soltysiak.



HAZLETON AREA (77): Sal Biasi 10 12-15 35, Chris Woodring 1 3-4 5, Brett Baron 3 0-0 8, William Herro 2 2-2 6, Kurtis Wright 6 1-1 13, Deivon Barlow 0 1-2 1, Abel Felix 0 0-0 0, Kyle Karmonick 3 1-3 7, Hunter Samec 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 20-27 77.



TUNKHANNOCK (73): Brent Christy 3 0-1 9, Austin Yanora 3 11-11 19, Jordan Faux 0 0-0 0, Jimmy DeWitt 5 0-0 14, Sean Soltysiak 7 0-2 14, Adam Billings 3 0-0 8, Brian Stephenson 2 5-7 9, Brian Beauchemin 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 16-21 73.























Hazleton Area15201824‚??77
Tunkhannock17291116‚??73


3-Point Field Goals‚?? HAZ 5 (Biasi 3, Baron 2); TUNK 11 (DeWitt 4, Christy 3, Yanora 2, Billings 2)


GAR 72, Northwest 33

Lamont Twyman totaled 17 points and Isaiah Francis scored 12 in the GAR victory.


Devon Mazonkey paced Northwest with 11 points.



NORTHWEST (33): Kyle Cragle 1 0-0 2, Devon Mazonkey 5 1-2 11, Tyler Meininger 3 1-2 9, Mitch Stepniak 0 0-0 0, Charlie Margelewicz 0 0-0 0, Peter Evans 1 0-0 3, Bruno Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Peter Feno 0 0-0 0, Josh Piestrak 0 0-0 0, Allen Gulbieryz 0 0-0 0, Arlo Mauer 1 0-0 2, Alex Sirak 3 0-0 6. Totals 14 2-4 33.



GAR (72): Isaiah Francis 6 0-1 12, James Holmes 2 1-2 7, Lamont Twyman 7 3-3 17, Willy Winsetad 1 2-2 4, Jahlil Harvey 3 0-1 6, Nigebo Francis 0 0-0 0, Darius Washington 5 0-0 10, Christian Skrepniak 5 0-0 10, Rashawn Jackson 0 0-0 0, Greg Skrepniak 3 0-0 6. Totals 32 6-9 72.























Northwest79143‚??33
GAR19181718‚??72


3-Point Field Goals‚?? NW 3 (Meininger 2, Evans); GAR 2 (Holmes)


Meyers 74, MMI Prep 42

The Mohawks remained unbeaten in league play, jumping out in front of the Preppers 37-18 in the first half and pulling away from there.


Ryan Krawczeniuk (17 points), Rasheed Moore (17) and Tyriek Steward (10) all finished in double figures for Meyers.


Aaron Kollar led MMI with 10 points.



MEYERS (74): Matt DeMarco 1 0-0 2, Simran Mangat 2 0-0 6, Michael Kendra 1 0-0 2, Ryan Krawczeniuk 6 1-3 17, Tyon Thomas 0 1-2 1, C.J. Szafran 4 0-1 8, Rasheed Moore 6 5-8 17, Dominic Pittman 1 0-0 3, Raheem Twyman 1 0-0 2, Tyler Smallcomb 1 0-0 3, Anthony Havard 1 1-2 3, Tyriek Steward 5 0-0 10, Teaguen Labatch 0 0-0 0, Andrew Davidson 0 0-0 0, Ryan Wasley 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 8-16 74.



MMI PREP (42): Aaron Kollar 4 1-2 10, Charlie Karchner 2 0-4 4, Cory Rogers 2 2-3 7, R.J. Kupsho 3 0-0 6, Tim Connors 2 1-2 5, Ed Herbener 0 2-3 2, Jesse Plaksa 1 0-1 2, Andrew Alday 1 0-1 2, Joey Delese 0 2-2 2, Jay Solgama 1 0-0 2, Adam Cortese 0 0-0 0, Kevin Hysenbegasi 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-18 42.























Meyers18192017‚??74
MMI Prep8101212‚??42


3-Point Field Goals‚?? MEY 8 (Mangat 2, Krawczeniuk 4, Pittman, Smallcomb); MMI 2 (Kollar, Rogers)


Wyoming Valley West 73, Coughlin 46

Tied at 13-13 after the first quarter, the Spartans broke away to defeat the Crusaders.


Jaquan Ingram (24 points) and Brett Good (19) led the Spartans‚?? victory.


Nate Oliver scored 17 points for the Crusaders.



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (73): Chris McCue 3 1-1 8, Brett Good 9 0-0 19, Lucky Williams 0 0-0 0, Evan McCue 2 0-2 5, Jaquan Ingram 9 6-7 24, Larry Anderscavage 2 3-3 7, Husam Abdurruzaq 0 0-0 0, Mike Sands 1 0-0 2, Jamie Calloway 2 0-0 6, Hason Milton 0 0-0 0, Steve Doroskewicz 1 0-0 2, Damian Clark 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 9-13 73.



COUGHLIN (46): Nate Oliver 7 2-2 17, Connor Flaherty 5 1-2 11, Malik McDonald 5 0-0 10, Corey Keen 2 1-2 6, Alex Cerep 1 0-0 2, Nick Peterlin 0 0-0 0, Devin Rajza 0 0-0 0, Jacob Khalife 0 0-0 0, Collin Krokus 0 0-0 0, Christian Rivera 0 0-0 0, Scott Christian 0 0-0 0, Matt Monahan 0 0-0 0, Jose Rivera 0 0-0 0, Nick Scupski 0 0-0 0, RJ Zimmerman. Totals 20 4-6 46.























Wyoming Valley West13222018‚??73
Coughlin1311148‚??46


3-Point Field Goals‚?? WVW 6 (Calloway 2, C. McCue, Good, E. McCue, Anderscavage); COU 4 (Oliver, Keen)


Lake-Lehman 66, Wyoming Area 55

Adam Dizbon led the Black Knights victory with 19 points scoring while Peter Borum contributed 17 points.


Jordan Zezza led the Warriors with 16.



LAKE-LEHMAN (66): Gerard James 3 0-2 6, Bill Hillman 2 2-2 8, Mike Symeon 1 4-6 6, Adam Dizbon 6 6-15 19, Cody Parachak 0 0-3 3, Josh Davenport 1 2-5 4, Vince Williamson 2 1-2 6, Thomas Boyle 0 0-0 0, Peter Borum 5 7-12 17. Totals 20 22-47 66.



WYOMING AREA (55): Jordan Zezza 5 4-5 16, Mike Carey 5 0-1 13, Jeremy Zezza 3 0-0 6, Evan Musto 1 0-0 3, Jake Granteed 1 0-0 2, Eric Walkowiak 0 0-2 0, Bart Chupka 5 3-2 13, Derek Dorman 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 7-13 55.























Lake-Lehman11171721‚??66
Wyoming Area1161226‚??55


3-Point Field Goals‚?? LL 4 (Hillman 2, Dizbon, Williamson); WA 6 (Carey 3, Jo. Zezza 2, Musto)


Postponements

The Berwick at Pittston Area game will be played at 2:15 p.m. today.


The Crestwood at Dallas game has been moved to 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 2.




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