WILKES-BARRE – Heading into the opening round of the District 2, Class 2A playoffs, Meyers head coach Pat Toole faced the question of what to do with two of his starters – C.J. Szafran and Tyriek Steward – out with an injury.
After Wednesday night’s affair between the Mohawks and Carbondale, for now, anyway, Toole has his answer.
Ryan Krawczeniuk and Rasheed Moore combined for 51 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, four steals, three blocks… and whatever the Mohawks needed, really, in a 64-36 dismantling of Carbondale at Meyers.
With the win, Meyers (21-2) advances to play Wyoming Seminary in Saturday’s quarterfinals at a time and site to be determined. Carbondale ends its season at 7-16.
“I have the luxury of having two exceptional players, Ryan and Rasheed, that, I believe, are All State candidates,” said Toole. “It’s a big loss, though, but it’s part of the game, part of sports and I’ve been telling the kids that it’s adversity and that adversity reveals character. We’re going to see what we’re made of.”
Throughout the first quarter, No. 1 seed Meyers was made of an inside-out offense that put 16th-seeded Carbondale in a quick hole.
After Carbondale’s Bailey Hughes scrapped his way to three early buckets inside, a pair of free-throws and a layup from Moore preceded a display of shooting from Krawczeniuk. The senior drained a 15-foot jumper, a deep three-pointer, three makes from the free-throw line after being fouled on a deep attempt to leave the Chargers in a 17-6 hole.
“The early jumpers helped us open some things up inside, which was big for us because Rasheed and I knew we had to pick up some of the scoring tonight,” said Krawczeniuk, who finished with 13 of his game-high 31 points in the first quarter.
The Mohawks turned an already healthy lead into an insurmountable halftime score thanks in part to its bench.
Ryan Wasley (five rebounds, four blocked shots) proved a fine defensive pairing in the paint with Moore. And the pressure applied by Matt Demarco and Dominic Pittman made things miserable for Carbondale’s ball handlers. Along the way, Krawczeniuk continued his assault from behind the arc and Moore combined brute strength with a deft touch on the ball to collect eight points, three rebounds and a crowd-pleasing block. By the time the damage was done, the score was 42-17.
: Joe Gigliotti 0 2-2 2, Jason Martin 1 0-1 3, Isaiah McCord 4 1-2 11, Michael Farrell 2 1-3 6, Bailey Hughes 5 1-2 11, Jordan Martin 1 1-2 3, Jeff Arthur 0 0-0 0, Kyle Carey 0 0-0 0, Tom Owens 0 0-0 0, Greg Nepa 0 0-0 0, Kyle Burrell 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-12 36.
: Ryan Krawczeniuk 10 7-9 31, Rasheed Moore 6 8-9 20, Dominic Pittman 1 0-0 2, Anthony Harvard 1 0-0 2, Matt DeMarco 2 0-0 5, Tyler Smallcomb 0 1-4 1, Curtis Blue 1 0-0 2, Ryan Wasley 0 1-3 1, Michael Kendra 0 0-0 0, Chris Cabada 0 0-0 0, Simran Mangat 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 17-25 64.
— CAR 4 (McCord 2, Farrell, Ja. Martin); MEY 5 (Krawczeniuk 4, DeMarco).