YATESVILLE -- It was such a simple command from coach George Reimiller.
“Execute the offense!” he directed to his Wyoming Valley West players as Larry Anderscavage brought the ball up the floor in the third quarter.
Execute they did, as a second-half run was the difference in a 59-43 victory over Wallenpaupack in the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals Wednesday at Pittston Area. With the win, the No. 4 seed Spartans (16-8) advance to face No. 1 seed Williamsport (19-2) on Saturday at a site and time to be determined.
“We had the same offense we ran against Hazleton,” Reimiller said, referring to last week’s 53-52 loss to the Cougars in the WVC Division I championship game. “We just couldn’t execute the way we did today.”
A 16-4 run to start the third quarter effectively put away the fifth seed Buckhorns (15-9), who had earlier climbed back from a 22-13 deficit to knot the game at 25 just before halftime.
In the third quarter, though, the Spartans looked inside to center Jaquan Ingram -- and Wallenpaupack had no answer for him. Ingram scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the quarter, including the first six points of the second half.
Ingram also had 11 rebounds and six blocked shots.
“He’s a giant when he gets down low,” Reimiller said of Ingram. “No one can stop him when he gets going.”
The first half featured an eerily quiet pace -- there were just seven whistles in the first 13 minutes. That seemed to agree with Valley West, which hit 4-of-7 three-pointers in the first quarter as it worked toward a 24-16 advantage when the game took a more standard pace (both in whistles and in action).
With Jamel Blanding and Tyler Broxel coming off the bench, Wallenpaupack clawed back into the game. Jake Brown, who had a game-high 23 points, drilled a three-pointer in the final minute of the half on a dish from Broxel after he cleared the offensive glass. Anthony Bouselli followed with a stickback at the buzzer to make it 25-all at the break.
After Ingram’s outburst in the third, the Valley West lead never got below eight the rest of the way. The Spartans were proficient from the line, making 10-of-11 free throws in the final quarter. Valley West was also red-hot from the field, shooting 52.5 percent (21-of-40) from the field in the game.
“We’ve got that kind of team,” Reimiller said. “If we’re on, like tonight, there’s not a lot of teams that can beat us.”
Chris McCue finished with 14 points for Valley West, and Anderscavage had 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Evan McCue also had seven rebounds.
Bouselli had 11 rebounds for Wallenpaupack and John Steffen added eight boards.
Eric Miller 0 0-0 0, Jake Brown 10 0-1 23, John Steffen 2 1-2 5, Jamel Blanding 2 1-2 5, Tyler Brexel 1 0-0 2, Anthony Bouselli 2 1-1 5, Nico Tereschak 1 1-2 3, Will Hendel 0 0-0 0, Rashawn Battle 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 4-8 43.
: Chris McCue 4 4-4 14, Jamie Calloway 1 0-0 2, Larry Anderscavage 4 2-3 11, Brett Good 2 2-2 8, Lucky Williams 0 0-0 0, Evan McCue 3 0-0 7, Husam Abdurruzaq 0 0-0 0, Jaquan Ingram 7 3-4 17. Totals 21 11-13 59.
— WALL 3 (Brown 3); WVW 6 (C. McCue 2, Anderscavage, Good 2, E. McCue)