PLYMOUTH – The victory was there Thursday. The aesthetics weren't.
The latter made Wyoming Valley West's 73-57 win over Coughlin on the opening night of Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball a bit of a disappointment.
We're right now lacking some discipline, Valley West coach George Reimiller said. They're too many talkers on this team right now and not enough listeners. That's the problem we have to address.
A win's a win, that's what my coaches are telling me. But you want to make sure you send a message in the conference that we're not going to be pushovers.
Valley West (1-0 Division I, 4-5 overall) looked like it was going to send a message loud and clear in the second quarter. Junior guards Larry Anderscavage and Jamie Calloway came off the bench to spark a 23-6 run in the period's final six minutes. The outburst gave the Spartans a 40-21 lead at halftime.
But instead of putting away Coughlin (0-1, 2-7), Valley West let the Crusaders back into the game in the third quarter as Coughlin's Nate Oliver scored 17 of his game-high 32 points in the period. His three-point play cut the deficit to 46-36 at 4:27.
You mean you can't find Oliver running around when we talked about it during the timeout? Reimiller said. The kid lit it up in the third quarter, and that's what kept them in the game.
Oliver's absence also took Coughlin out of the game in the second quarter. Saddled with four fouls, the senior guard missed time in the period. Valley West took advantage with Anderscavage scoring 11 of his 13 points.
We need to keep our best players on the court, Coughlin coach Mike Day said. Our three guys – Nate Oliver, Conner Flaherty and Malik McDonald – need to be on the court the entire game. When any combination of those guys aren't on the court, it gets very difficult for us.
The Crusaders used four freshmen, including two in the starting lineup, and the inexperienced showed at times. They had eight turnovers in the second quarter when they were outscored 28-11.
After Oliver pulled Coughlin within 10, Valley West went on a 9-0 run. Still, the Crusaders had two chances to cut the deficit to nine midway through the fourth quarter, only to miss on a pair of three-point attempts.
Jaquan Ingram paced Valley West with a double-double, netting 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Chris McCue added 10 points.
COUGHLIN (57): Nate Oliver 10 7-8 32, Conner Flaherty 2 4-6 8, Malik McDonald 3 0-0 6, Nick Cerep 0 1-2 1, Devin Rajza 1 0-0 2, Corey Keen 1 2-2 4, R.J. Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Nick Peterlin 2 0-0 4, Jacob Khalife 0 0-0 0, Collin Krokus 0 0-0 0, Jose Rivera 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-18 57.
WYOMING VALLEY WEST (73): Chris McCue 3 4-4 10, Brett Good 3 1-2 8, Lucky Williams 2 3-5 7, Evan McCue 2 4-4 8, Jaquan Ingram 9 1-3 19, Jamie Calloway 2 2-3 8, Larry Anderscavage 6 0-0 13, Husam Abdurruzaq 0 0-0 0, Mike Sands 0 0-0 0, Hason Milton 0 0-0 0, Steve Doroskewicz 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 15-21 73.
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3-Point Field Goals— COU 5 (Oliver 5); WVW 4 (Good, Calloway 2, Anderscavage)