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WRIGHT TWP. — Whenever Crestwood needed points, it found them.


A drive here, a jumper there – the points just kept coming.


And the Comets needed all of those points, as they overcame 41 points from Sal Biasi and held off Hazleton Area 76-70 in Wyoming Valley Conference Division I boys basketball play Friday in front of a packed house at Crestwood's gym.


I really thought we had a good practice coming in, Hazleton Area coach Michael Joseph said of his team, which was coming off a loss to Wyoming Valley West. We've given up 60, 69 and 76. Until we commit five guys to rebounding and playing defense …


It was a two-possession game throughout the first three quarters as the teams traded the lead six times and tied on four occasions. In the fourth quarter, though, the game was broken open by easy buckets on offense and a truckload of free throws.


The 66-point final quarter was filled with drama – three technical fouls, 39 free throws – but no lead changes as Crestwood extended a four-point lead to 10 in the final seconds.


It was one of those games, Crestwood coach Mark Atherton said. But we had (Brian) Markowski making those free throws down the stretch. (Cole Wasco) has ice water in his veins. He just kept shooting down the stretch.


Hazleton Area got as close as 50-49 after a three-pointer by Brett Barron with 4:17 left. But Wasco, scoreless through the first 28 minutes of play, drove through the Cougars defense and drew a foul. His three-point play took the momentum from Hazleton Area, with had scored six straight points.


Biasi scored 21 points in the final quarter, but didn't have much support scoring behind Barron, who scored 10 in the game. Crestwood tried a number of defenders and defenses to slow the Hazleton Area scoring machine to no avail.


It was Biasi's second consecutive game with 41 points.


He was real big, Atherton said. We couldn't put just one player on him.


Crestwood had balance that the Cougars could not contain. Brady Gallagher, Markowski and Chris Fazzini scored all of the Comets points in the first half, combining for 29.


But as the final horn sounded, five Crestwood players were in double figures in scoring – Gallagher and Fazzini with 20, Markowski with 14, and Wasco and Steve Roberts with 11.


Five offensive fouls in the first half by Hazleton Area helped the teams go into halftime tied at 29.


In the first half, we'd get the tempo our way but we couldn't get a stop when we needed, Joseph said.


Not going into the half with the lead hurt.


And they had five guys in double figures. They can give up 70 points with that kind of scoring.


Crestwood remained disciplined, committing just 12 turnovers. Roberts had 10 rebounds and four assists in the win, and Fazzini added eight rebounds in the marathon game, which followed a dramatic double-overtime JV contest.


William Hierro led Hazleton Area with nine rebounds and Abel Felix added seven in the loss.






HAZLETON AREA (70): Sal Biasi 10 17-18 41, Chris Woodring 1 0-2 2, Brett Barron 3 1-2 10, Will Hierro 3 2-2 8, Deivon Barlow 1 0-1 2, Jon Fogarty 1 0-0 2, Abel Felix 0 1-2 1, Kyle Karmonick 2 0-2 4, Kurtis Wright 0 0-0 0, Hunter Samec 0 0-0 0; Totals: 21 21-29 70.



CRESTWOOD (76): Brady Gallagher 6 8 2-3 20, Cole Wasco 3 5-7 11, Brian Markowski 5 4-11 14, Steve Roberts 5 1-2 11, Chris Fazzini 8 4-4 20, Robbie Hopkins 0 0-0 0, Jason Dotzel 0 0-0 0, Josh Malkemes 0 0-0 0, Brandon Cole 0 0-0 0; Totals: 29 16-27 76.























Hazleton Area1316932—70
Crestwood16131334—76


3-Point Field Goals— HAZ 7 (Biasi 4, Barron 3); CRE 2 (Gallagher 2)


GAR 74, Wyoming Seminary 48

Isaiah Francis scored a game-high 19 points while Christian Skrepenak scored 16 in the GAR win.


Brad Sedor led Wyoming Seminary with 14 points.



WYOMING SEMINARY (48): Jason Ellis 1 0-0 2, EJ Flippen 5 1-3 11, Ander Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Doug Thomas 0 1-2 1, Brad Sedor 6 2-2 14, Zach Wise 3 0-0 6, Seth Callahan 4 0-1 8, Alex Barilla 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 4-8 48.



GAR (74): Isaiah Francis 9 1-1 19, James Holmes 5 0-0 11, Lamont Twyman 3 1-2 8, Willie Winstead 4 0-0 10, Jahlil Harvey 0 0-0 0, Nigebo Francis 2 2-2 6, Darius Washington 1 0-0 2, Christian Skrepenak 8 0-0 16, Rashawn Jackson 0 0-0 0, Toby Tighe 0 0-0 0, Tydus Winstead 0 0-0 0, Greg Skrepenak 1 0-1 2, Brandon Norbert 0 0-0 0. Totals 33 4-7 74.























Wyoming Seminary13101015—48
GAR16202315—74


3-Point Field Goals— SEM 0; GAR 4 (W. Winstead 2, Holmes, Twyman)


Tunkhannock 52, Coughlin 46

Tunkhannock pulled away by scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter to defeat Coughlin in a close contest.


Austin Yanora led the Tigers' win with 17 points.


Nate Oliver scored a game-high 24 to pace Coughlin.



TUNKHANNOCK (52): Brent Christy 1 0-0 3, Austin Yanora 5 5-5 17, Jordan Faux 1 1-4 3, Jimmy DeWitt 0 0-0 0, Sean Soltysiak 1 2-2 4, Adam Billings 3 0-0 7, Brian Stephenson 5 8-10 18. Totals 16 16-21 52.



COUGHLIN (46): Nate Oliver 9 2-2 24, Connor Flaherty 2 1-2 5, Malik McDonald 2 0-1 4, Corey Keen 2 1-2 5, Alex Cerep 3 0-0 8, Devin Rajza 0 0-0 0 Totals 18 4-7 46.























Tunkhannock147922—52
Coughlin981811—46


3-Point Field Goals— COU 6 (Oliver 4, Cerep 2); TUNK 4 (Yanora 2, Billings, Christy)


Lake-Lehman 76, Northwest 61

Pete Borum recorded 25 points to help Lake-Lehman get the win over Northwest. Cody Paraschak had 16 and Adam Dizbon added 15.


Devon Mazonkey scored 34 points for the Rangers.



LAKE-LEHMAN (76): Brian Devine 2 0-0 4, Bill Hillman 1 0-0 3, Jared James 2 1-2 5, Jeremy Britt 0 0-0 0, Adam Dizbon 4 5-6 15, Mike Symeon 1 0-2 2, Cody Paraschak 8 0-2 16, Cody Spriggs 0 0-0 0, Kiefer Walsh 0 0-0 0, Josh Davenport 2 0-0 4, Vinnie Williamson 0 2-2 2, Tom Boyle 0 0-0 0, Pete Borum 14 1-4 25. Totals 31 9-18 76.



NORTHWEST (61): Kyle Cragle 3 0-0 7, Devon Mazonkey 12 8-15 34, Tyler Meininger 2 0-0 6, Mitch Stepanski 1 0-0 3, Arlo Maurer 3 1-3 7, Alex Sirak 1 2-2 4. Totals 22 11-20 61.























Lake-Lehman19102423—76
Northwest9121525—61


3-Point Field Goals— LL 3 (Dizbon 2, Hillman); NW 6 (Mazonkey 2, Meininger 2, Cragle, Stepanski)


Meyers 73, Nanticoke 36

Ryan Krawczeniuk led the Meyers offense with 23 points.


Nate Siese netted 11 points in the effort for Nanticoke.



MEYERS (73): Matt DeMarco 2 0-0 6, Tyson Thomas 1 0-0 2, Michael Kendra 0 1-2 1, Ryan Krawczeniuk 6 8-8 23, C.J. Szafran 2 0-0 5, Rasheed Moore 4 3-4 11, Raheem Twyman 0 2-2 2, Tyler Smallcomb 0 0-0 0, Anthony Havard 1 2-2 4, Tyriek Steward 4 4-5 12, Teaguen Labatch 1 0-0 2, Andrew Davidson 1 0-0 2, Ryan Wasley 1 1-2 3; Totals: 13 21-25 73.



NANTICOKE (36): Tyler Myers 2 0-2 4, Nate Siese 4 0-0 11, Scott Stout 2 1-2 5, Ed Lukowski 0 0-0 0,Cairee Walker 2 0-0 4, Frank Marcinkowski 0 0-0 0, Scott Morganti 0 0-0 0, Mike Malshefski 0 0-0 0, Brent Piontkowski 1 4-4 6, Jordan Williams 0 0-0 0, Ben Sersen 1 0-2 2, Rees Roberts 1 0-2 2, Nick Valenti 1 0-0 2, Joe Shimko 0 0-0 0; Totals: 14 5-10 36.























Meyers30141811—73
Nanticoke118107—36


3-Point Field Goals— MEY 6 (Krawczeniuk 3, DeMarco 2, Szafran); NAN 3 (Siese 3)


Berwick 45, Dallas 44

Jeremy Clausen scored 15 points as Berwick defeated Dallas in a close contest.


The Mountaineers were led by Matt Ross' 15 points.



DALLAS (45): Chad DeBona 0 1-2 1, Stephen Wempa 3 1-1 10, Sukhmail Mathon 2 0-2 4, Matt Ross 3 7-8 15, Omar Nijmeh 2 2-2 7, Allen Fell 2 1-2 5, Spencer Bowanko 0 2-2 2. Totals 12 13-18 44.



BERWICK (44): Josh Edwards 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Clausen 5 2-2 15, Eric May 2 2-5 7, Will Morales 3 3-3 10, Zach Ladonis 5 0-1 10, Tyler Evans 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 7-11 45.























Dallas 518615—44
Berwick1081215—45


3-Point Field Goals— DAL 4 (Ross 2, Wempa, Nijmeh); BER 6 (Clausen 3, May, Morales, Evans)


Hanover Area 63 MMI Prep 60 (2 OT)

Cory Rogers (14), Tim Connors (13), Charlie Karchner (13) and R.J. Kupsho (12) all scored double-digit points in the Hanover Area double overtime victory.


Jorge Colon and Jake Barber scored 17 points each for Hanover Area.



MMI PREP (60): Aaron Kollar 2 4-4 8, Charlie Karchner 5 3-4 13, Cory Rogers 5 1-2 14, R.J. Kupsho 6 0-2 12, Tim Connors 4 2-2 13, Jesse Plaksa 0 0-0 0, Ed Herberner 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 10-15 60.



HANOVER AREA (63): Jorge Colon 6 3-5 17, Bob Kerestes 5 0-0 10, Ethan Hoolick 3 0-0 6, Jake Barber 6 4-8 17, Tony Marincavage 2 1-4 5, Ismael Moreno 0 0-0 0, Nate Hemsley 1 1-2 3, Troy Everetts 2 0-2 5. Totals 25 9-21 63.



























MMI Prep912191262—60
Hanover Area171481365—63


3-Point Field Goals— MMI 6 (Rogers 3, Connors 3); HAN 4 (Colon, Barber, Everetts)


Holy Redeemer 52, Wyoming Area 40

Brian Banas scored 15 points while Mike Boutanos contributed 14 in the Holy Redeemer victory.


Mike Carey led Wyoming Area with 11 points.



WYOMING AREA (40): Jordan Zezza 4 0-0 8, Nick Gushka 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Zezza 0 0-0 0, Evan Musto 0 0-0 0, Erik Walkowiak 0 0-0 0, Mike Carey 3 3-3 11, Trent Grove 1 2-3 4, Bart Chupka 5 7-11 17, Derek Dorman 0 0-0 0, Don Robinson 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 12-17 40.



HOLY REDEEMER (52): Kyle Gianard 2 2-3 7, Mike Boutanos 4 4-6 14, Conlon McAndrew 0 0-0 0, Lenny Radziak 1 0-0 2, John Kane 1 2-2 4, Jerry Busch 0 0-0 0, Chase Makowski 1 3-4 6, Brian Banas 5 2-4 15, Mike Prociak 1 2-2 4, Jim Slavinski 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 15-21 52.























Wyoming Area581611—40
Holy Redeemer9161215—52


3-Point Field Goals— WA 2 (Carey 2); HR 7 (Banas 3, Boutanos 2, Gainard, Makowski)

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