WVC boys basketball: Meyers defeats Berwick to keep playoff hopes alive

By John Erzar - [email protected]
Berwick’s Alec Markle passes to teammate Denver Knorr during Tuesday’s game with Meyers. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn drills a 3-point shot against Meyers on Tuesday night. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Meyers’ Keegan Brewster hits a jumper at the buzzer to end the first half Tuesday night. - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader
Meyers’ Cole Walker looks to get around Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn during the first half Tuesday night. - - Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

WILKES-BARRE — The game was insignificant as far as the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 boys basketball race. Nanticoke Area locked up the crown last Friday.

However, if either Berwick or Meyers wanted to make the eight-team District 2 Class 4A field, then the winner would have an upper hand Tuesday night. Meyers was that team … barely.

The Mohawks rallied in the final two minutes to edge Berwick 51-47, sending the Dawgs to yet another heartbreaking loss.

Freshman forward Blake Masker put Meyers ahead for good, 47-45, with an underhand scoop underneath the basket and ensuing free throw with 1:41 to play. At times, Masker was on the court with two other freshmen.

“I can’t be happier with the physical effort that these kids gave,” said Meyers coach Pat Toole, whose team entered the game a loser in five of its last seven games. “We have freshmen out here playing against seniors. I thought the kids stepped up. There were some freshmen moments, but we’re going to have to take those.

“But I‘m super proud of these kids to give a shot to get into the playoffs.“

Meyers (9-7 Div. 2, 10-11) came into Tuesday’s game clinging to the D2-4A eighth spot with Berwick (6-10, 9-12) in ninth. GAR (8-8, 10-11), the only other team with a realistic shot, was 10th. Since all games and the winning percentages of opponents figure into the power rating system, it was impossible to decipher the district standings immediately.

All three, though, received a big boost when seventh-place Honesdale lost to first-place Scranton Prep to finish its season.

Berwick lost for the seventh consecutive time. Included in the skid was a third overtime loss of the season.

“We had to win one of these next two,” Berwick coach Jason Kingery said. “Now you have to go to Tunkhannock, which is a good drive and probably not the best place to try to find a win. We haven’t won a game in three weeks. Do we really deserve to go (to the playoffs)?”

Berwick overcame shooting and rebounding issues in the first quarter to take a 26-24 lead into halftime. The Dawgs lost the advantage in the third quarter, but managed to regain it twice in the fourth. The last time came with 2:31 to play on a pair of free throws by Damon Beckhorn, who finished with 16 points.

But after Masker’s three-point play, Najese Hood hit two free throws and Keegan Brewster added another for a 50-45 lead with 21 seconds left. Berwick’s Alec Markle, who finished with 18 points, hit a drive to the basket with 12.9 seconds left, but after a free throw by Meyers’ Kendall Brewster the Dawgs’ final shot was a desperation 3-point heave at the buzzer while down by four.

Kendall Brewster paced the Mohawks with 16 points. The inside trio of Masker, Hood and David Kasper combined for 23.

NOTE: Meyers concludes its season Thursday when it hosts GAR at Coughlin High School. Berwick finishes at Tunkhannock, also Thursday.

Hanover Area 70, MMI Prep 40

Three Hawkeyes finished in double figures as Hanover Area defeated MMI Prep.

Desmond Cannon led the way with 16 points followed by Mike Piscotty with 15 and Asad Whitehead with 12.

Matt Marchetti had 13 and George Palermo scored 11 to pace MMI.

Wyo. Seminary 50, Lake-Lehman 26

Dimitri Gnall scored a game-high 14 points and the Blue Knights overpowered Lehman.

Gnall scored the first 10 of his points in the first half, helping Sem to a 23-11 lead at intermission.

Jake Koretz added 11 points in the victory. Alex Magdalinski led Lehman with 10 points.

Crestwood 68, Valley West 46

Camden Boris and Mike Palmiero each went for 15 points to pace the Comets to victory.

Draig Ruff led the Spartans with 24 points.

GAR 65, Wyoming Area 56

Will Johnson scored 33 points, including 25 in the middle quarters as the Grenadiers opened 46-31 lead after three quarters.

Anthony Hawk added 18 points in the victory.

Sam Greenfield scored 27 points for Wyoming Area. Kyre Zielinski chipped in 11 for the Warriors.

Dallas 68, Coughlin 26

Joey Parsons scored 10 of his 17 points in the opening quarter as the Mountaineers stormed to a 17-point lead and coasted to victory.

Alex Charlton finished with 16 points, hitting 12 in the third quarter.

Tony Egidio scored 12 points for Coughlin.

Tunkhannock 56, Nanticoke Area 51 (OT)

Tyler Faux scored five of his final 21 points in overtime as the Tigers stunned Nanticoke Area.

Sean Harder got the upset started by scoring nine of his 15 points in the opening quarter.

Nate Kreitzer hit seven 3-point goals and finished with a game-high 26 points for the Trojans.

Holy Redeemer 66, Northwest 47

Joey Judge led a balanced scored attack with 16 points and the Royals pulled away from Northwest with a big third quarter.

Judge hit three of his four 3-point field goals in the third quarter as Redeemer extended a five-point halftime lead to 51-28.

Collin Cook scored 14 points in the victory, J.D. Turosky finished with 13 and Derek Answini hit all of his 10 points in the opening half.

Jaxson Yaple led Northwest with 15 points, Bryce Koser scored 12 and Sam Saxe added 11 in the defeat.

Hazleton Area 91, Pittston Area 61

Jeff Planutis and Josh Samec each hit 21 points as the Cougars cruised past the Patriots.

Da’Mir Faison added 11 points in the victory, while Joey Grula scored 10.

Matt McGlynn led Pittston Area with 15 points and Logan Booth scored 14.

Meyers 51, Berwick 47

BERWICK (47) — Alec Markle 6 2-2 18, Jarrett Groshek 0 0-0 0, Damon Beckhorn 4 5-8 16, Jake Seeley 0 0-0 0, Connor Hanson 0 0-0 0, Denver Knorr 1 1-2 4, Kevin Tanribilir 0 0-0 0, Joe Norce 3 1-4 7, Blane Cleacer 1 0-0 2, Eric Montes 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-16 47.

MEYERS (51) — Tanner Nilon 0 0-0 0, Kendall Brewster 6 4-6 16, Keegan Brewster 1 1-2 3, Cole Walker 3 2-4 9, David Kasper 3 0-1 6, Blake Masker 4 1-3 9, Najese Hood 3 2-2 8. Totals 20 10-18 51.

Berwick`8`18`8`13 — 47

Meyers`14`10`16`11 — 51

Three-point goals — BER 8 (Markle 4, Beckhorn 3, Knorr), MEY 1 (Walker).

Hanover Area 70, MMI Prep 40

MMI PREP (40) — Matt Marchetti 5 2-3 13, George Palmero 4 3-4 11, Marcus Kassick 1 4-6 6, Mike Badamo 0 0-0 0, Dave Antolick 0 0-0 0, Keefer Hoover 0 0-0 0, Jon Debellis 3 1-2 7. Totals 13 10-15 40.

HANOVER AREA (70) — Desmond Cannon 6 0-0 16, Mike Piscotty 5 3-3 15, Tyler Thomas 4 0-0 8, Evan Materna 1 1-2 4, Asad Whitehead 6 0-0 12, Devin Senk 3 0-0 6, Sihiem Wright 1 2-2 4, Matt Barber 0 0-0 0, Joe Curcio 1 0-0 3, Auggie George 0 0-0 0, Tanner Bednarski 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 6-7 70.

MMI Prep`9`4`15`12 — 40

Hanover Area`23`17`19`11 — 70

Three-point goals — MMI 1 (Marchetti), HA 8 (Cannon 4, Piscotty 2, Materna, Curcio).

Wyoming Sem 50, Lake-Lehman 26

LAKE-LEHMAN (26) — Donald Thompson 2 0-0 4, Max Paczewski 1 2-2 4, Nate Salus 0 0-0 0, Andrew Martin 0 0-0 0, Alex Magdalinski 2 0-0 10, Bryan Morio 0 0-0 0, Danny Kutz 2 0-0 6, Sean Sabaluski 0 0-0 0, C.J. Cercone 2 0-0 4, Nate O’Donnell 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 2-2 26.

WYOMING SEM (50) — Tyler Maddock 2 1-2 6, Andrew Maddock 0 0-0 0, Jake Koretz 4 2-2 11, Nicolas Bufalino 0 0-0 0, Alex Meuser 0 0-0 0, Todd Phillips 1 6-6 8, Jeremy Callahan 1 0-0 2, Ethan Meuser 0 0-0 0, Dimitri Gnall 7 0-0 14, Nicholas Ganter 2 2-2 6, Dan Paglia 0 3-4 3, Shawn King 0 0-0 0, Gavin Flanley 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 14-16 50.

Lake-Lehman`4`7`11`4 — 26

Wyoming Sem`9`14`14`13 — 50

Three-point goals — LL 2 (Magdalinski); SEM 2 (Koretz, T. Maddock).

Crestwood 68, Valley West 46

CRESTWOOD (68) — Kevin Klusewitz 2 3-3 8, Sean Murphy 2 4-6 8, Camden Boris 5 2-4 15, Evan Knapp 2 0-0 4, Mike Palmiero 6 3-3 15, Ryan Petrosky 4 0-0 9, Adam Gegaris 3 0-0 7, Jimmy Curry 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 12-16 68.

VALLEY WEST (46) — Draig Ruff 7 9-14 24, Mason Mendygral 0 2-4 2, Sammy Solomon 1 0-0 2, Austin Sinkiewicz 3 0-0 8, Justus Simpson 2 2-2 8, Tuland Hamad 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 13-20 46.

Crestwood`15`13`25`15 — 68

Valley West`14`14`10`8 — 46

Three-point goals — CRE 6 (Boris 3, Klusewitz, Petrosky, Gegaris); WVW 5 (Sinkiewicz 2, Simpson 2, Ruff).

GAR 65, Wyoming Area 56

WYOMING AREA (56) — Dylan Melberger 1 0-0 2, Aaron Zezza 1 2-2 8, Kyre Zielinski 4 3-4 11, Sam Greenfield 11 2-2 27, Matt Wright 1 1-2 3, Dom Deluca 2 0-0 5, Alex Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, Justin Adler 0 0-0 0, Jake Greenfield 0 0-0 0, Cole Coolbaugh 0 0-0 0, Riley Rusyn 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 6-10 56.

GAR (65) — Anthony Hawk 8 2-3 18, Will Johnson 10 10-12 33, Jared O’Day 1 4-4 6, Tyler Young 2 0-0 5, Simon Peter 1 0-0 3, Kahlil White 0 0-2 0, Mufee Burney 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 16-19 65.

Wyoming Area`9`13`9`25 — 56

GAR`8`19`19`19 — 65

Three-point goals — WA 6 (S. Greenfield 3, Zezza 2, Deluca); GAR 5 (Johnson 3, Young, Peter).

Dallas 68, Coughlin 26

DALLAS (68) — Alex Charlton 7 0-0 16, Nick Kocher 2 0-0 4, Joey Parsons 5 4-4 17, Matt Mathers 4 0-0 8, Jay Bittner 2 0-0 4, Ben O’Connell 0 0-0 0, Brady Strickland 1 6-8 8, Sam Nocito 1 0-0 2, Luke DelGaudio 0 0-0 0, Dylan Schuster 1 0-1 2, Andrew Kovalick 0 0-0 0, Jack Finarelli 0 0-0 0, Steve Finarelli 0 0-0 0, Eric Berley 0 2-3 2, Logan Evanosky 2 0-0 5. Totals 24 12-16 68.

COUGHLIN (26) — Jesus Perdomo 0 0-0 0, Aaron Bennett 1 1-2 4, Jahsim Hall 2 0-0 4, Tony Egidio 6 0-0 12, Jason Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Shane Yearwood 0 0-0 0, Najeeb Bilal 0 0-0 0, Matt Edigio 1 0-0 3, Trent Zavada 1 0-0 3, Mike Senape 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 1-2 26.

Dallas`22`13`22`11 — 68

Coughlin`5`8`8`5 — 26

Three-point goals — DAL 6 (Parsons 3, Charlton 2, Evanosky); COU 3 (Zavada, Bennett, M. Egidio).

Tunkhannock 56, Nanticoke Area 51 (OT)

TUNKHANNOCK (56) — Ryan Harder 0 0-0 0, Sean Harder 6 1-4 15, Tyler Faux 5 8-8 21, Avery Billings 2 0-0 4, Matt Goodwin 2 0-0 6, Evan Turner 3 2-3 8. Totals 18 13-17 56.

NANTICOKE AREA (51) — Nate Kreitzer 9 0-0 26, Joe Bielecki 0 0-0 0, Colby Butczynski 4 1-2 10, Collin Brown 0 0-0 0, Luke Myers 0 0-0 0, Trahjan Krupinski 2 1-2 5, Jake Krupinski 3 0-0 8, Andy Kozlofski 0 0-0 0, Dylan Szychowski 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 2-4 51.

Tunkhannock`12`6`12`17`9 — 56

Nanticoke Area`19`9`8`11`4 — 51

Three-point goals — TUN 7 (Faux 3, S. Harder 2, Billings 2); NAN 11 (Kreitzer 8, J. Krupinski 2, Butczynski).

Holy Redeemer 66, Northwest 47

NORTHWEST (47) — Matt Pierontoni 0 1-2 1, Tyler Stevens 3 0-0 6, Sam Saxe 3 2-2 11, Matt Saxe 0 0-0 0, Jaxson Yaple 5 1-2 15, Marty Zugarek 0 0-0 0, Bryce Koser 6 0-1 12, Walker Yaple 1 0-1 2, Ethan Sorber 0 0-0 0, Mike Crawford 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 4-8 47.

HOLY REDEEMER (66) — Bryce Yencha 1 2-2 4, Derek Answini 3 2-2 10, Joey Judge 6 0-2 16, Tucker Ell 1 0-0 2, Jake Adonizio 0 0-0 0, Chris Banas 1 0-0 3, Jordan Diggs 0 0-0 0, J.D. Turosky 4 5-5 13, Collin Cook 4 4-4 14, Sean Wills 0 0-0 0, Jake Kester 1 0-1 2, Gavin Claherty 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 13-16 66.

Northwest`9`12`7`19 — 47

Holy Redeemer`12`14`25`15 — 66

Three-point goals — NW 7 (Yaple 4, Saxe 3); HR 9 (Judge 4, Answini 2, Cook 2, Kester).

Hazleton Area 91, Pittston Area 61

PITTSTON AREA (61) — Sevion Leak 0 0-0 0, Trevor Tigue 0 0-0 0, Naseem Guillaume 2 0-0 5, Logan Booth 5 4-5 14, Brennan Higgins 1 0-0 2, Dylan Lukachko 1 0-0 3, Matt McGlynn 5 0-0 15, Ryan Hartigan 1 0-1 2, Mike George 0 4-4 4, Andrew Krawczyk 2 0-0 5, Brian Miller 4 0-2 9, Shamique Stevens 0 0-0 0, Noah Lis 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 8-12 61.

HAZLETON AREA (91) — Josh Samec 9 0-0 21, Andrew Vayda 0 0-0 0, Sparky Wolk 1 2-2 4, Jeff Planutis 9 2-2 21, Alex D’Angelo 2 0-2 2, Kyle Franek 2 1-2 5, Joey Grula 4 1-2 10, Jecxander Moronta 0 0-0 0, Adiran Otero 1 0-2 2, Scotty Shamany 4 0-1 8, Nikolas Norman 0 3-4 3, Ramddy Melendez 1 0-0 2, Da’Mir Faison 5 0-0 11, Warren Seigendall 0 0-0 0. Totals 37 9-15 91.

Pittston Area`10`16`15`20 — 61

Hazleton Area`24`17`32`18 — 91

Three-point goals — PA 9 (McGlynn 5, Guillaume, Lukachko, Krawczyk, Miller); HAZ 8 (Samec 3, Planutis 3, Grula, Faison).

Berwick’s Alec Markle passes to teammate Denver Knorr during Tuesday’s game with Meyers.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_Meyers-Berwick-BBB-2.jpgBerwick’s Alec Markle passes to teammate Denver Knorr during Tuesday’s game with Meyers. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn drills a 3-point shot against Meyers on Tuesday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_Meyers-Berwick-BBB-1.jpgBerwick’s Damon Beckhorn drills a 3-point shot against Meyers on Tuesday night. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Meyers’ Keegan Brewster hits a jumper at the buzzer to end the first half Tuesday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_Meyers-Berwick-BBB-4.jpgMeyers’ Keegan Brewster hits a jumper at the buzzer to end the first half Tuesday night. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

Meyers’ Cole Walker looks to get around Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn during the first half Tuesday night.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/web1_Meyers-Berwick-BBB-3.jpgMeyers’ Cole Walker looks to get around Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn during the first half Tuesday night. Tony Callaio | For Times Leader

By John Erzar

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

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