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FRED ADAMS/THE TIMES LEADERMeyers' Ryan Krawczeniuk covers his head with a towel in the final seconds of his team's loss to Trinity Saturday afternoon at King's College.
FRED ADAMS/THE TIMES LEADERMeyers' Ryan Krawczeniuk covers his head with a towel in the final seconds of his team's loss to Trinity Saturday afternoon at King's College.
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WILKES-BARRE — The beginning was so promising Saturday afternoon. Big guns Ryan Krawczeniuk and Rasheed Moore scored quick baskets. Even Dominic Pittman, a newcomer to the starting lineup, nailed in a three-pointer.

The ride in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A boys basketball playoffs was certainly going smoothly. Much more than the merry-go-round Trinity was on prior to the game.

Then Trinity found some direction and Meyers found its season systematically coming to an end with a 57-47 loss at King’s College.

District 3 runner-up Trinity (19-7) advanced to the second round Wednesday and will play District 12 fourth seed Sayre (18-9). District 2 runner-up Meyers ended its season at 23-4, losing consecutive games in a season for the first time since dropping two around Christmas in 2009.

Krawczeniuk and Moore, two players who broke into the starting lineup as freshmen, finished their Meyers careers by scoring 13 points each.

“When I think back to what these two boys have done,” Meyers coach Pat Toole said. “Rasheed and Ryan, you’re talking about two kids that won 90 games in their high school careers, didn’t lose a league game in four years, both scored over 1,000 points. I’ve been really lucky to coach them for four years.”

Moore drained a pair of free throws for a 9-2 lead less than three minutes into the game. Trinity, though, regrouped and outscored the Mohawks 29-15 the rest of the first half for a 31-24 lead at the break.

“We were trying to get our legs. We got a little bit delayed,” said Trinity coach Larry Kostelac, whose team had to endure a bus ride of over 2 1/2 hours. “Then when we got here, we were trying to find out where to unload the bus. We drove around 10 minutes around that damn block. No one was around, there’s no parking lot.

“Finally, I told the guy ‘You’re in a one-lane lane, a one-way road, just pull over to the left, we’re walking in.’”

The Shamrocks stepped on the gas early in the third quarter, using a 6-0 burst for their first double-digit lead of the game. The run came after Krawczeniuk recorded a three-point play to start the quarter, moving Meyers within 31-27.

The Mohawks chopped the deficit to single digits three times, but Trinity responded to each to pump its advantage to 10 or more.

“You expend so much energy just getting to that,” Toole said. “Even when we trapped them, it’s hard to ask with our limited bench for the guys to play with that much energy.”

Meyers was within 51-43 with 1:26 to play when Krawczeniuk hit a free throw. But he fouled out on his second attempt, and four consecutive free throws by Trinity sealed the victory.

Trinity was paced by Dominick Antonelli, whose father was a basketball star at Nanticoke. Antonelli scored a game-high 22 points, one of three Shamrocks in double figures. The victory also moved Kostelac one shy of 600 for his coaching career. Trinity was also strong on the boards with a 33-22 rebounding edge.

TRINITY (57): Brad Wesner 1-8 2-2 4, Dominick Antonelli 8-15 2-2 22, Brandon Kuntz 4-7 3-5 11, Josh Trumpy 3-4 1-1 7, Jay Agnew 1-4 0-0 2, Dylan DeFrankk 3-7 2-4 10, Mike Gagliardi 0-0 0-0 0, Jack Vukelich 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Rozman 0-0 0-0 0, Brenden Latimore 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Kline Patrick 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-45 10-14 57.

MEYERS (47): Matt DeMarco 1-4 0-0 3, CJ Szafran 5-8 0-1 11, Ryan Krawczeniuk 5-12 3-5 13, Rasheed Moore 5-10 3-4 13, Dominic Pittman 3-7 0-1 7, Simran Mangat 0-0 0-0 0, Michael Kendra 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Smallcomb 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Havard 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Wasley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-41 6-11 47.

Trinity 11 20 17 9 — 57

Meyers 11 13 12 11— 47

Three-point FGS: TRI 6-15 (Antonelli 4, DeFrank 2); MEY 3-12 (DeMarco, Szafran, Pittman).

Rebounds: TRI 33 (Kuntz 8, Trumpy 8); MEY 22 (Moore 9).

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