H.S. Boys Basketball: Coughlin plays final boys basketball game

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Coughlin’s Tony Egidio keeps the ball away from Dallas’ Nick Nocito during Monday night’s game. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Coughlin’s Damon Jones (left) and Javaun Kinlaw along with Dallas’ Luke DelGaudio battle for a rebound under the Coughlin basket. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Dallas’ Justin Finarelli has his shot blocked by Coughlin’s Tony Egidio. - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Brandon Hall goes to the basket for Coughlin against Dallas on Monday at Coughlin High School. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Coughlin’s Matt Egidio (right) goes to the basket as Dallas’ Jack Farrell defends Monday night. - - Fred Adams | for Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — If years from now someone says he played for Coughlin in the final boys basketball game in school history, he’s probably telling the truth.

On Monday night, anyone healthy enough to put on a Crusaders uniform was able to get a slice of a future memory.

Of course, the final score might not be mentioned — Dallas 63, Coughlin 35.

Five seniors started on Senior Night and the other two subbed in during the first quarter. Twelve Crusaders saw action in the first half and 17 in all played.

Sophomore Brandon Hall led the offense with 13 points, including a dunk in the second quarter to finish off his steal. Senior Tony Egidio had nine points and tied Hall for the rebound honors with seven.

“It was the last game and we started with the seniors,” said Coughlin coach Mike Day, a 1992 grad and one of 18 1,000-point scorers in school history. “All the seniors got a chance to play in the first quarter and as the second half rolled around we made sure we got the junior varsity team in.”

Coughlin (4-12 Div. 1, 5-16) entered the game with an outside chance of catching North Pocono for the eighth and final spot in next week’s District 2 Class 5A playoffs. The loss probably ended those chances and the Crusaders’ storied history.

Wilkes-Barre city schools Coughlin, GAR and Meyers are merging their sports programs for next school year and will play as the Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack.

“I told the kids after the game they have to embrace the Wilkes-Barre Area Wolfpack,” Day said. “This will be the future.”

The Crusaders, though, faced an uphill battle from the onset against an opponent that defeated them by 20 points four days prior. Dallas didn’t help matters as Jack Farrell, Nick Nocito and Justin Finarelli opened the game with 3-pointers as the Mountaineers scored the game’s first 14 points.

By the end of the quarter, Dallas was up 24-9 and Farrell was on his way to a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Nick Nocito had 16, Justin Finarelli scored 12 and Austin Finarelli added 11.

Dallas finished the regular season at 10-6 in Division 1 and 13-9 overall, a solid accomplishment for a program that graduated its top seven players from last season’s state qualifier. The Mountaineers will likely be the fourth seed in the upcoming D2-5A playoffs.

“The kids are working hard. I’m really proud of them,” Dallas coach Mark Belenski said. “We’re young and they compete everyday in practice for their time and it’s fun.”

Senior Tony Egidio scored nine for Coughlin. He was also presented the Andy Day Spirit Award, given annually since 1981 to a senior player who best exemplifies the virtues of Coughlin basketball. The award was started by former coach John Quinn.

NOTE: The game was the final high school boys basketball game at Coughlin. The WBA Wolfpack boys team will play its home games at GAR in 2019-20. The girls will utilize Coughlin.

MMI Prep 63, Wyoming Area 27

Matt Marchetti scored 27 points and Mason Marchetti added 11 as MMI pulled away after the first quarter.

Marcus Kassick added nine for MMI, which finished 3-13 in Division 3 and 8-14 overall. The Preppers will play in next week’s District 2/11 Class A playoffs.

Dan Wiedl scored 15 for Wyoming Area, which ended the season at 1-16 in Division 2 and 2-20 overall.

Lake-Lehman 45, Berwick 40

Max Paczewski scored 14 points to pace Lake-Lehman, which completed its regular season at 4-12 in Division 3 and 6-16 overall. The Black Knights will be the eighth seed in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs next week.

CJ Cercone added 12 and Nate Salus scored 10 for Lehman.

Eric Montes had 12 and Miles Doll had 11 for Berwick, which finished its season at 1-16 in Division 2 and 1-21 overall.

Northwest 63, Tunkhannock 39

The Rangers topped Tunkhannock as Walker Yaple scored a game-high 23 points.

Bryce Koser had 16 points and Jaxson Yaple had 12 for Northwest, which finished 8-8 in Division 3 and improved to 12-9 overall. The Rangers have a non-conference game with Weatherly left and then will play in the District 2 Class 2A playoffs.

Tyler Faux scored 16 for Tunkhannock (9-8 Div. 2, 13-9). The Tigers will be in the D2-4A playoffs.

Dallas 63, Coughlin 35

DALLAS (63) — Jack Farrell 6 1-2 15, Nick Nocito 6 1-2 16, Sam Nocito 0 0-2 0, Austin Finarelli 4 0-0 11, Justin Finarelli 4 1-2 12, Luke DelGaudio 1 0-0 2, Jake Wienkowski 0 0-0 0, Drew Lojewski 0 0-0 0, Aidan Conrad 0 0-0 0, Chris Killian 2 0-0 5, Bryce Chopyak 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 3-8 63.

COUGHLIN (35) — Aaron Bennett 1 0-0 2, Tony Egidio 3 3-5 9, Damon Jones 0 0-0 0, Kimmeng Eab 0 0-0 0, Javaun Kinlaw 0 0-0 0, Shane Yearwood 0 0-0 0, Alex Kulikowski 0 0-0 0, Matt Egidio 2 0-0 6, Prince Allen 0 0-0 0, Brandon Hall 5 3-5 13, Henry Avilia 0 0-0 0, LaJean Berry 0 0-0 0, Trent Zavada 0 0-0 0, Joseph Day 2 0-0 5, Shawn Valenzuela 0 0-0 0, Adonis Pena 0 0-0 0, Mike Senape 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-10 35.

Dallas`24`20`9`12 — 63

Coughlin`9`9`10`7 — 35

Three-point goals — DAL 12 (Farrell 2, N.Nocito 3, A.Finarelli 3, J.Finarelli 3, Killian). COU 2 (M.Egidio).

MMI Prep 63, Wyoming Area 27

WYOMING AREA (27) — Dan Wiedl 5 5-10 15, Nick Rubino 0 0-0 0, Cole Coolbaugh 1 0-0 3, Jake Greenfield 1 0-0 2, Sammy Solomon 1 3-4 5, Evan Melberger 0 0-0 0, Jusin Navaedo 0 0-0 0, Jesse Mikoliczyk 1 0-0 2, Jason Wiedl 0 0-0 0, Shayne Lukasavage 0 0-3 0. Totals 9 8-17 27.

MMI PREP (63) — Mason Marchetti 4 3-4 11, AJ Jordan 0 0-0 0, Zack Young 0 0-0 0, Harry Kress 0 0-0 0, Matt Marchetti 10 4-5 27, Marcus Kassick 3 3-4 9, Tyler Degenhart 1 0-0 2, David Antolick 3 0-0 6, Keefer Hoover 2 2-4 8, Leith Abdulraham 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 12-17 63.

Wyoming Area`11`5`5`6 — 27

MMI Prep`11`17`20`15 — 63

Three-point goals — WA 1 (Coolbaugh). MMI 5 (Matt Marchetti 3, Hoover 2).

Lake-Lehman 45, Berwick 40

BERWICK (40) — Davon Smith 0 0-0 0, Brayden Boone 0 0-0 0, Jarret Groshek 2 0-0 6, Miles Doll 4 1-2 11, NaQuan Smith 0 0-2 0, Zach Evans 2 5-6 9, Peyton Williams 0 2-2 2, Eric Montes 6 0-1 12. Totals 14 8-13 40.

LAKE-LEHMAN (45) — CJ Cercone 5 2-2 12, Donnie Thompson 2 1-2 6, Ethan Adams 0 0-0 0, Nate Salus 4 1-3 10, Max Paczewski 6 2-2 14, Josh Kane 1 1-3 3, Abe Dabsheh 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7-12 45.

Berwick`8`4`14`14 — 40

Lake-Lehman`10`12`8`15 — 45

Three-point goals — BER 4 (Groshek 2, Doll 2). LL 2 (Thompson, Salus).

Northwest 63, Tunkhannock 39

NORTHWEST (63) — Walker Yaple 9 1-3 23, Bryce Koser 8 0-1 16, Jaxson Yaple 5 0-0 12, Tyler Stevens 2 1-2 6, Sam Saxe 2 0-0 6, Matt Saxe 0 0-0 0, Chase Biller 0 0-0 0, Mike Crawford 0 0-0 0, Tommy Antolick 0 0-0 0, John Karam 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 2-6 63.

TUNKHANNOCK (39) — Tyler Faux 4 5-7 16, Erik Bennett 2 1-2 6, Ryan Harder 2 0-0 5, Avery Billings 2 0-0 4, Jaren Robinson 2 0-0 4, Logan Helsel 1 0-0 2, Zach Rogers 1 0-0 2, David Baltrusaitus 0 0-0 0, Nick Reposa 0 0-0 0, Paul Binner 0 0-0 0, CJ Wright 0 0-0 0, Chris Trochak 0 0-0 0, Dylan Cavanaugh 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-9 39.

Northwest`23`17`12`11 — 63

Tunkhannock`7`12`8`12 — 39

Three-point goals — NW 9 (W. Yaple 4, J. Yaple 2, Saxe 2, Stevens); TUNK 5 (Faux 3, Harder, Bennett).

Coughlin’s Tony Egidio keeps the ball away from Dallas’ Nick Nocito during Monday night’s game.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_coughlin5_faa.jpgCoughlin’s Tony Egidio keeps the ball away from Dallas’ Nick Nocito during Monday night’s game. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Coughlin’s Damon Jones (left) and Javaun Kinlaw along with Dallas’ Luke DelGaudio battle for a rebound under the Coughlin basket.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_coughlin1_faa.jpgCoughlin’s Damon Jones (left) and Javaun Kinlaw along with Dallas’ Luke DelGaudio battle for a rebound under the Coughlin basket. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Dallas’ Justin Finarelli has his shot blocked by Coughlin’s Tony Egidio.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_coughlin3_faa.jpgDallas’ Justin Finarelli has his shot blocked by Coughlin’s Tony Egidio. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Brandon Hall goes to the basket for Coughlin against Dallas on Monday at Coughlin High School.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_coughlin2_faa.jpgBrandon Hall goes to the basket for Coughlin against Dallas on Monday at Coughlin High School. Fred Adams | for Times Leader

Coughlin’s Matt Egidio (right) goes to the basket as Dallas’ Jack Farrell defends Monday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/web1_coughlin4_faa.jpgCoughlin’s Matt Egidio (right) goes to the basket as Dallas’ Jack Farrell defends Monday night. Fred Adams | for Times Leader
Program ends with loss to Dallas

By John Erzar

[email protected]

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar

Reach John Erzar at 570-991-6394 or on Twitter @TLJohnErzar