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February 20. 2013 4:37AM
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WRIGHT TWP. — Wyoming Valley West roared back from a nine-point deficit, looking every bit the potential WVC Division I champion.


But Crestwood looked every bit a title contender as well, going on a run to hand the Spartans their first league loss, 56-46 in boys basketball play Friday night.


These two guys (Brian Markowski and Chris Fazzini) did a real good job on the boards, Crestwood coach Mark Atherton said. Brady Gallagher did a great job for us. Cole Wasco hit a couple of big three-pointers. And Steve Roberts hit those shots in the fourth quarter.


Valley West (9-1 WVC, 12-6) trailed 41-32 with seven minutes remaining after Wasco dribbled around a screen and nailed an open three from the left wing. Jamie Calloway (11 points) swooped through the Comets' defense and followed with a three-pointer. Chris McCue made it 41-40 with another three – one of eight by the Spartans on the night.


But needing one more stop to have the ball with a shot at the lead, Valley West could not get it.


We had 25 turnovers and you can't turn the ball over against Crestwood, Spartans coach George Reimiller said. We didn't protect the ball and we didn't show patience on offense.


We had a key a timeout there, too. We were trying to trap all over the place and that wasn't what we called for in the timeout. We just wanted full-court pressure.


Roberts was persistent in the paint for the Comets (6-3, 11-6), missing his first shot and his second, then grabbing yet another offensive rebound for a stickback in traffic. After Crestwood got a stop, he pulled up for a 15-footer that sparked the Comets' late 12-3 run to put the game away.


I just saw some openings and went for them, Roberts said of his consecutive buckets that stemmed the tide. I was just glad to have my shots go in.


Crestwood's Fazzini and Valley West's Jaquan Ingram put on a show in the paint. Fazzini paced the Comets with 14 points, getting help from Roberts and Markowski down low. Both Roberts and Markowski had 11 points and seven rebounds.


We've been practicing the whole week on rebounding drills, Fazzini said. We knew we'd be playing them and be battling with him (Ingram). He's a great player. This is something I'll remember.


We knew we had to get to him on the weak side and not let him get free, Roberts said of Ingram.


They slowed Ingram, who came into the game leading the Spartans at 16.3 points per game. The center had 11 points and 13 rebounds, though it was his steal that seemed to get Valley West in gear.


In the final seconds of the third quarter, Ingram tracked a missed free throw that was rebounded by Crestwood. He poked the ball from the Comet, turned and soared to the basket with a dunk that made it 37-30. It was the Spartans' first field goal in four minutes, awakening the division leaders.


It's come to a point where we've got a bull's-eye on our backs every time we step on the court, Reimiller said. Maybe this can be a motivational point for our guys the rest of the way.


Valley West has a one-game lead over Hazleton Area in Division I, and two games over Crestwood and Pittston Area in the loss column.


 



WYOMING VALLEY WEST (46): Chris McCue 5 0-0 14, Brett Good 0 0-0 0, Lucky Williams 3 1-1 7, Evan McCue 0 0-0 0, Juquan Ingram 4 3-4 11, Larry Anderscavage 1 0-0 3, Jamie Calloway 4 0-0 11; Totals: 17 5-4 46.



CRESTWOOD (56): Brady Gallagher 4 0-1 9, Cole Wasco 3 2-3 11, Brian Markowski 4 2-4 11, Steve Roberts 4 3-4 11, Chris Fazzini 6 2-3 14, Brandon Cole 0 0-0 0, Jason Dotzel 0 0-0 0; Totals: 21 9-15 56.























Wyoming Valley West158716—46
Crestwood12141210—56


3-Point Field Goals— WVW 8 (C. McCue 4, Calloway 3, Anderscavage); CRE 5 (Wasco 3, Gallagher, Markowski)


Meyers 69, Holy Redeemer 40

Ryan Krawczeniuk knocked down five of Meyers' 10 three-pointers to finish with a game-high 23 points in a home win for the Mohawks. Tyriek Steward (16 points), Rasheed Moore (12) and Matt DeMarco (10) also hit double figures.


Redeemer's Brian Banas had a team-best 14 points.




HOLY REDEEMER
(40): Justin Renfer 0 0-2 0, Kyle Gainard 3 1-2 7, Mike Boutanos 3 0-1 7, Conlon McAndrew 0 0-0 0, Lenny Radziak 1 0-0 2, John Kane 2 0-0 4, Jerry Busch 0 0-0 0, Chase Makowski 1 0-0 2, Brian Banas 5 3-4 14, Prociak 2 0-0 4, Jim Slavinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 4-9 40.



MEYERS (69): Matt DeMarco 3 1-2 10, Tyon Thomas 1 0-0 3, Michael Kendra 0 0-0 0, Ryan Krawczeniuk 8 2-2 23, C.J. Szafran 1 0-0 2, Rasheed Moore 3 6-16 12, Dominic Pittman 0 0-0 0, Raheem Twyman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Smallcomb 1 0-0 3, Anthony Havard 0 0-0 0, Tyriek Steward 7 2-2 16. Totals 24 11-22 69.























Holy Redeemer128128—40
Meyers2421915—69


3-Point Field Goals— HR 2 (Boutanos, Banas); MEY 10 (Thomas, Smallcomb, DeMarco 3, Krawczeniuk 5)


Hazleton Area 78, Coughlin 24

Kyle Kamronick (16 points), John Fogarty (13) and Sal Biasi (10) each finished in the double figures to lead the Cougars to the win.



HAZLETON AREA (78): Sal Biasi 4 2-2 10, Chris Woodring 3 2-2 8, Brett Barron 1 0-0 2, Will Hierro 3 0-0 6, Kurtis Wright 1 1-2 3, Richard Abreu 1 0-0 2, Deivon Barlow 3 1-4 7, John Fogarty 5 1-1 13, Abel Felix 2 1-2 5, Kyle Karmonick, 8 0-0 16, Hunter Samec 3 0-0 6; Totals: 34 8-13 78.



COUGHLIN (24): Connor Flaherty 3 0-1 6, Philip McDonald 2 1-2 5, Corey Keen 0 0-2 0, Alex Cerap 0 2-4 2, Nick Peterlin 3 0-0 6, Christian Rivera 1 2-2 5, Nick Cerep 0 0-0 0, Devon Rajza 0 0-0 0, Jacob Khalife 0 0-0 0, Collin Krokus 0 0-0 0, Matt Monahan 0 0-0 0, Nick Scupski 0 0-0 0, Scott Christian 0 0-0 0, RJ Zimmerman 0 0-0 0; Totals: 9 5-11 24.























Hazleton Area15252315—78
Coughlin2679—24


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 2 (Fogarty); COU 1 (Rivera)


Wyoming Seminary 51, Northwest 36

E.J. Flippen accounted for 18 of the Blue Knights points en route to a win over Northwest. Jason Ellis contributed 13 points.


The Rangers were paced by 14 points from Devon Mazonkey.


 



WYOMING SEMINARY (51): Jason Ellis 5 3-4 13, EJ Flippen 8 2-2 18, Anner Gonzalez 4 0-0 9, Brad Sedor 1 0-0 2, Seth Callahan 3 2-2 9; Totals: 21 7-8 51.



NORTHWEST (36): Kyle Cragle 1 1-2 3, Devon Mazonkey 6 2-2 14, Tyler Meininger 1 0-0 3, Mitch Stepanski 0 0-2 0, Charlie Margelewicz 0 0-1 0, Josh Piestrak 0 2-2 2, Alan Gulbierz 1 0-0 3, Arlo Mauer 0 2-2 2, Alex Sirak 3 3-4 9; Totals: 12 10-15 36.























Wyoming Seminary821166—51
Northwest145611—36


3-Point Field Goals— SEM 2 (Gonzalez, Callahan); NW 2 (Meininger, Gulbierz)


GAR 55, Hanover Area 39

Up seven points the half, GAR would outscore Hanover Area 28-18 in the second half to get the win.


James Holmes led the Grenadiers with 15 points while Isaiah Francis contributed 12.


Bob Keresetes led the Hawkeyes effort with 16 points.


 



GAR (55): Isaiah Francis 3 2-5 12, James Holmes 6 0-0 15, Lamont Twyman 4 3-6 11, William Winstead 0 2-4 2, Darius Washington 0 0-1 0, Christian Skrepenak 6 3-8 15; Totals: 21 10-23 55.



HANOVER AREA (39): Jorge Colon 1 1-4 3, Bob Keresetes 8 0-2 16, Ethan Hoolick 0 0-0 0, Jake Barber 3 4-4 11, Tony Marincavage 3 2-2 9, Troy Everetts 0 0-0 0; Totals: 15 7-12 39.























GAR14141116—55
Hanover Area129810—39


3-Point Field Goals— GAR 3 (Holmes 3); HAN 2 (Barber, Marincavage)


Tunkhannock 65, Berwick 57

Brian Stephenson led all scoring with 22 points to lift the Tigers past the Bulldogs in WVC play.


Eric May led the effort for the Bulldogs with 14 points.


 



BERWICK (57): Alex Koch 0 0-0 0, Josh Edwards 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Clausen 4 2-5 11, Eric May 4 4-4 14, Will Morales 3 0-0 9, Zach Ladonis 5 0-0 10, Tyler Evans 1 1-1 3, Robbie Palermo 0 1-2 1, Matt Dalo 1 1-2 4, Will Updegrove 0 0-0 0, Brian Bridge 0 2-2 2, CJ Curry 1 1-2 3; Totals: 19 12-18 57;



TUNKHANNOCK (65): Brent Christy 1 0-1 2, Austin Yanora 4 7-7 16, Jordan Faux 3 0-0 9, Jimmy DeWitt 0 4-5 4, Sean Soltysiak 4 3-8 12, Adam Billings 0 0-0 0, Brian Stephenson 9 4-4 22, Brian Beauchemin 0 0-0 0, Holt Wiggans 0 0-0 0, Eric Stamer 0 0-0 0, Cody Brown 0 0-0 0, AJ Passarelli 0 0-0 0, Matt Grebeck 0 0-0 0; Totals: 21 18-24 65.























Berwick12141021—57
Tunkhannock20121914—65


3-Point Field Goals— BER 7 (Morales 3, May 2, Clausen, Dalo); TUNK 5 (Faux 3, Yanora, Soltysiak)


Nanticoke 58, Wyoming Area 43

After taking a 10-point halftime lead the Trojans went on to defeat the Warriors behind 19 points from Mike Malshefski.


Bart Chupka paced the Warriors effort with 15 points.


 



WYOMING AREA (43): Don Robinson 1 1-2 3, Jordan Zezza 5 1-2 11, Nick Gushka 0 2-2 2, Jeremy Zezza 1 0-0 2, Evan Musto 2 0-0 5, Jake Granteed 0 0-0 0, Eric Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Mike Carey 2 0-0 5, Trent Grove 0 0-0 0, Bart Chupka 5 5-7 15; Totals: 16 9-13 43.



NANTICOKE (58): Tyler Myers 0 1-3 1, Nate Siese 3 2-2 9, Scott Stout 1 1-2 3, Ed Lukowski 0 1-2 1, Cairee Walker 5 1-2 11, Frank Marcinkowski 1 0-0 3, Scott Morganti 0 0-0 0, Mike Malshefski 7 5-6 19, Brent Piontkowski 2 0-0 4, Jordan Williams 0 1-2 1, Ben Sersen 0 0-2 0, Matt Winters 0 0-0 0, Rees Roberts 1 0-0 2, Nick Valenti 2 0-2 4, Joe Shimko 0 0-0 0; Totals: 22 12-23 58.























Wyoming Area6111214—43
Nanticoke14131219—58


3-Point Field Goals— WA 2 (Musto, Carey); NAN 2 (Siese, Marcinkowski)




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