BOYS HOOPS: Fast Start: Sheffield starts fast, beats Tidioute Charter

Despite missing two of their top three scorers, the Sheffield Wolverines had little trouble securing their sixth victory of the season with a 54-29 win over Tidioute Charter Tuesday at Sheffield Area High School.

The Wolverines entered Tuesday’s game without the services of guard Brendan Winslow and forward Shequan Wright, but the hosts got elevated play from a number of players on its roster in their absence. Dylan McNeal had perhaps his best game to date, securing his first double-double performance with 12 points and a season-high 10 assists.

A balanced Sheffield attack included 13-point efforts from Dylan Reynolds and Tyler Fitzgerald and nine points from Brandon Kipp who started in place of Winslow. Sheffield built an 11-1 lead through the first quarter and led 25-12 at halftime.

“I was really impressed with the way (Tidioute) coach (Dave) Manning’s team played inside tonight,” said Sheffield coach Todd Fitch. “They controlled the boards for large parts of the game. We had some kids step up tonight to fill some roles and pretty much everybody played very well tonight.”

The Bulldogs, despite being winless on the season, showed plenty of heart and never let the game get out of hand. Riding the hot hand of Ben Kightlinger, the Bulldogs were outscored by only 15 points after a cold shooting opener quarter.

Kightlinger finished with a game-high 16 points and Travis McLaughlin knocked down a pair of three-pointers in a six-point performance.

Sheffield cruised to victory in the junior varsity game, winning 53-11. Nic Confer had a monster night for Sheffield, finishing with 23 points while Jim Vile finished with 10 points. The Bulldogs were led by McLaughlin and Brian Bonner who finished with four points each.

The Wolverines return to the court Wednesday, visiting Port Allegany. Tidioute travels to Rocky Grove on Friday.

TCCS (29): Jordan Yeager 0 1-2 1, Brian Faulkner 1 1-2 4, Travis McLaughlin 2 0-0 6, Gus Martin 1 0-0 2, Chance Klos 0 0-0 0, Pat Thompson 0 0-2 0, Ben Kightlinger 6 1-1 16, Todd Breeden 0 0-0 0, Totals: 10 3-7 29

SHEFFIELD (54): Dylan Reynolds 5 1-1 13, Dylan McNeal 6 0-0 12, Tyler Fitzgerald 5 3-4 13, Chris Pedersen 0 3-4 3, Adam Higby 0 0-0 0, Daniel Pierson 0 0-0 0, Jake Johnson 0 0-0 0, Jim Vile 2 0-0 4, Brandon Kipp 3 1-2 9, Nic Confer 0 0-0 0, Totals: 21 8-11 51

TCCS 1 11 7 10 – 29

Sheffield 11 14 14 15 – 54

3-pointers: Faulkner, McLaughlin 2, Kightlinger 3; S- Reynolds 2, Kipp 2

Junior varsity game

TCCS (11): Jonathan Buccardo 0 0-0 0, Travis McLaughlin 1 2-2 4, Gus Martin 0 0-0 0, Chance Klos 0 1-2 1, Dan Heckman 0 0-0 0, Brian Bonner 2 0-0 4, Todd Breeden 1 0-0 2, Lukas Divido 0 0-0 0, Totals: 4 3-4 11

SHEFFIELD (53): Brandon Kipp 2 1-1 5, Jake Johnson 3 3-3 9, Jim Vile 4 2-2 10, Adam Higby 1 2-2 4, Daniel Pierson 0 2-2 2, Nic Confer 11 0-0 23, Totals: 21 10-10 53

TCCS 6 0 5 0 – 11

Sheffield 21 13 14 5 – 53

3-pointers: T- None; S- Confer

Cambridge Springs 61, Eisenhower 56

Playing for the first time since snapping a 10-game losing streak, the Eisenhower Knights returned to what has haunted them all season on Tuesday.

A close loss.

The Knights (2-11) led at halftime and briefly led in the fourth quarter before Cambridge Springs pulled away late for a 61-56 victory at Cambridge Springs High School.

Eisenhower stormed out of the gate in the first quarter and quickly built a 16-11 lead through the opening stanza. The Blue Devils cut the lead to just three points at halftime and had secured a three-point lead at 41-38 through three quarters.

The fourth quarter – a quarter that has plagued the Knights all season – started off well enough as Ike grabbed its first lead since early in the third quarter, leading 44-41 with just over six minutes remaining.

However, the Blue Devils would close the game on a 20-12 run to send the Knights to their 11th loss of the season.

Aaron Lundmark led the Knights with 16 points and Alex Johnson had the best game of his young varsity career, finishing with 15 points. Nathan O’Brien chipped in with eight points and Casey Vincent scored six markers.

Eisenhower won a junior varsity overtime thriller, 49-45. Jarrett Johnson led the Knights with 12 points.

The Knights return to action on Friday when they host the Maplewood Tigers.

EISENHOWER (56): Casey Vincent 2 0-0 6, Aaron Lundmark 5 5-7 16, Carter Farrell 1 1-2 3, Jarrett Johnson 1 0-0 2, Colin Shine 1 3-5 5, Nathan O’Brien 4 0-0 8, Chris Sanders 0 1-2 1, Alex Johnson 7 1-1 15, Ryan Williams 0 0-0 0, Totals: 21 11-17 56

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (61): Reisenauer 5 0-0 13, J. Huff 0 0-1 0, Ferris 2 5-6 9, Palmiero 6 7-9 22, Porter 5 4-8 15, Duda 0 2-2 2, Totals: 18 18-26 61

Eisenhower 16 12 10 18 – 56

Cambridge Springs 11 14 16 20 – 61

3-pointers: E- Vincent 2, Lundmark; C- Reisenauer 3, Palmiero 3, Porter

Junior varsity game

EISENHOWER (49): Carter Farrell 3 2-3 8, Jarrett Johnson 6 0-1 12, Ricky Zortman 1 0-0 2, Alex Johnson 3 1-3 7, Casey Vincent 2 2-4 7, John Potts 1 2-2 4, Chris Sanders 3 3-5 9, Ben Harvey 0 0-0 0, Grant Venman 0 0-0 0, Totals: 19 10-18 49

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (45): Reisenauer 3 0-1 6, Hockenberry 8 2-5 19, Krysrak 0 2-2 2, Silbaugh 2 0-1 5, Galford 2 0-0 5, Feely 2 4-6 8, Totals: 17 8-15 45

Eisenhower 8 14 12 8 7 – 49

Cambridge Springs 8 7 17 10 3 – 45

3-pointers: E- Vincent; C- Hockenberry, Silbaugh, Galford

Erie First Christian 55, WCCS 43

ERIE – The two seniors on the Warren County Christian School basketball team did all they could do to life the Lions to a victory Tuesday at Erie First Christian, but it just wasn’t enough in a 55-43 loss.

Carson Moore had a monster game in defeat, accounting for 29 of his team’s 43 points as well as 21 rebounds, according to WCCS boys coach Tom Jones. Josh Wagonseller scored eight of the 14 points not scored by Moore and Tommy Jones and Eric Sorenson also reached the scoring column for winless WCCS.

While the result wasn’t a victory, Jones did credit his team with playing “the best game I’ve seen them play all year.”

WCCS will continue trying for its first win of the season Friday when it hosts French Creek.

Erie First Christian also won the junior varsity game, 51-18. Sorenson paced the Lions with 12 points in the loss.

WCCS (43): Carson Moore 14 1-2 29, Josh Wagonseller 4 0-4 8, Eric Sorenson 1 0-0 2, Tommy Jones 2 0-0 4, Trevor Phelps 0 0-0 0, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 0 0-0 0, Dan Lauffenburger 0 0-0 0, Totals: 21 1-6 43

ERIE FIRST (55): Zarger 11 0-0 25, Mau 1 0-0 2, Gurnish 1 0-0 2, Dang 2 0-0 4, Alvinio 0 2-2 2, Chang 8 4-6 20, Totals: 23 6-8 55

WCCS 8 10 17 8 – 43

Erie First 13 12 13 17 – 55

3-pointers: W- None; E- Zarger 3

Junior varsity game

WCCS (18): Eric Sorenson 5 1-2 12, Tommy Jones 0 0-0 0, Trevor Phelps 0 0-0 0, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 0 0-0 0, Dan Lauffenburger 2 0-0 4, Hayden Havle 0 0-0 0, Ethan Kerr 1 0-0 2, Jacob Sorenson 0 0-0 0, Totals: 8 1-2 18

ERIE FIRST (51): Jin 1 0-0 2, Wang 1 2-4 4, Roo 1 0-0 2, Martin 4 0-0 8, Zyfang 1 0-0 2, Krisiak 4 0-0 8, Black 5 0-0 11, Montfieri 5 0-2 10, Schreiber 1 0-0 2, Slosser 1 0-0 2, Totals: 24 2-6 51

WCCS 4 7 2 5 – 18

Erie First 18 10 10 13 – 51

3-pointers: W- E. Sorenson; E- Black