BOYS HOOPS: Better Effort: Lundmark-led Knights top Maplewood; Dragons stumble in second half of loss

Eisenhower grabbed its second win in three games with a strong performance against Maplewood, defeating the Tigers 57-43 on Friday night at Eisenhower High School.

After the Tigers went on a run early in the second quarter to take the lead, the Knights answered back by dominating the last two minutes to take a six-point lead at halftime. Eisenhower would never again trail, increasing its lead to double digits in the second half.

Aaron Lundmark had an outstanding game for the Knights, finishing with 33 points, including three 3-pointers and an 8-of-10 performance from the charity stripe.

Colin Shine also finished in double-figures for the Knights with 10 points. Alex Johnson chipped in eight points.

Despite the victory, turnovers remained a problem for the Knights throughout the game.

“Turnovers are something we’ve had problems with in the past,” said Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson. “Tonight, we made enough shots to compensate for them, and we didn’t turn it over as much at the end of the game. A lot of kids helped out and played well for us tonight, but we’ve still got a long ways to go.”

Ike’s junior varsity team also grabbed a win, defeating the Tigers 45-35. Casey Vincent led the way with 14 points, while Jarrett Johnson, Grant Venman and Chris Sanders each added five.

Eisenhower (3-11) will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Saegertown. The Knights fell to the Panthers in a close game earlier this season, 47-43.

MAPLEWOOD (43): Klinger 0 0-0 0, Barker 0 0-0 0, Weldon 0 0-0 0, Petera 0 0-0 0, Lake 1 2-2 4, Ryan Maloney 2 0-0 6, Battin 3 0-0 7, Gonzales 0 0-0 0, Bakus 1 2-4 5, Jeremy Dahl 0 0-0 0, Justin Dahl 4 1-3 9, Randy Maloney 1 0-0 2, Delo 0 0-0 0, Reagle 4 2-4 10. Totals 16 7-13 43

EISENHOWER (57): Casey Vincent 0 0-0 0, Aaron Lundmark 11 8-10 33, Carter Farrell 2 0-0 4, Jarett Johnson 1 0-0 2, Colin Shine 5 0-1 10, Nathan O’Brien 0 0-0 0, Chris Sanders 0 0-0 0, Alex Johnson 3 2-3 8, Ricky Zortman 0 0-0 0, Ryan Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-14 57

Maplewood 6 13 13 11 – 43

Eisenhower 10 15 15 17 57

3-pointers: MRyan Maloney 2, Battin, Bakus; ELundmark 3

Junior varsity game

MAPLEWOOD (35): Barker 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 0-0 0, Weldon 6 0-0 14, Williams 0 1-2 1, Gonzales 0 0-0 0, Meehan 0 0-0 0, Dahl 2 0-0 5, Leech 0 0-0 0, Maloney 1 0-2 2, Delo 3 3-6 7, Klingensmith 1 1-2 4. Totals 13 5-12 35

EISENHOWER (45): Carter Farrell 1 0-0 2, Jarrett Johnson 2 1-1 5, Ricky Zortman 1 1-2 3, Alex Johnson 2 0-0 4, Ben Harvey 1 2-4 4, Allen Jackson 0 1-2 1, Casey Vincent 6 0-0 14, Grant Venman 2 0-0 5, John Potts 1 0-0 2, Chris Sanders 2 1-2 5. Totals 18 6-11 45

Maplewood 7 6 10 12 – 35

Eisenhower 7 14 13 11 – 45

3-pointers: MWeldon 2, Dahl; EVincent 2, Venman

Cochranton 65, Youngsville 24

Youngsville remains winless in Region 3 play with a road loss on Friday at Cochranton.

Cochranton (8-6 overall, 4-2 in region) was stalled in the first quarter, but used a 24-6 second quarter to take a huge lead. Youngsville, led by Broc Horn’s 10 points, is 2-10 overall and 0-6 in the region. The Eagles host Cambridge Springs on Tuesday.

YOUNGSVILLE (24): Collin Lehnen 0 2-2 2, Broc Horn 5 0-2 10, A.J. Gustafson 3 0-0 6, Coll Dininny 1 2-2 4, Branden Lake 0 2-4 2, Tom Chapman 0 0-1 0, Trevor Flinn 0 0-0 0, James Frazier 0 0-0 0, Logan Morrison 0 0-0 0, Dan McLaughlin 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 6-11 24.

COCHRANTON (65): Roche 1 0-0 2, Saunier 1 2-4 4, Villamar 1 0-0 2, Adams 8 0-0 17, Custead 0 0-2 0 Dickson 6 0-0 14, Herzberger 6 0-0 13, Vanderhoof 2 0-0 4, Wigton 4 0-0 8, Wagner 0 1-2 1. Totals 29 3-8 65.

Youngsville 6 6 8 4 – 24

Cochranton 10 24 16 15 – 65

3-pointers: Y- None; C-Adams, Herzberger.

Junior varsity game

YOUNGSVILLE (19): Trevor Flinn 2 0-0 5, Joey Chuzie 1 0-2 2, Jonathan Burrows 0 0-0 0, Dustin Jesson 1 0-0 2, Logan Morrison 3 0-0 6, Andrew Tyers 0 0-0 0, Levi Ecelberger 1 0-0 2, Dacoda Buchanen 0 2-2 2, Zach Sanford 0 0-0 0, Austin Norman 0 0-0 0, Branden Lake 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 2-4 19.

COCHRANTON (55): Buchanen 3 1-4 7, Bukarski 4 3-4 11, Wagner 5 3-4 13, Adams 4 0-0 8, Wigton 2 2-3 6, Stott 5 0-0 10. Totals 23 9-15 55.

Youngsville 2 6 9 2 – 19

Cochranton 14 13 17 11 – 55

3-pointers: Y-Flinn; C-None.

Strong Vincent 67, Warren 55

ERIE – Warren started strong, but turned the ball over on 13 of 26 possessions to start the second half, and five in a row to start the fourth, in a loss at Strong Vincent.

“I thought we played a very good half, moved the ball well, made the extra pass, and attacked the rim,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine, whose Dragons led 35-27 at halftime. :We turned the ball over 13 of our first 26 possessions (in the second half). A team that is as talented as Vincent is, you really play into their hands when you turn the ball over east and west (leading to transition baskets).”

Berdine said Warren scored on three of its first six possessions in the third, then didn’t score for about five minutes of clock time.

Strong Vincent (7-4 overall, 5-0 in region) outscored Warren (7-4, 2-3) 40-20 in the second half.

Lost in the shuffle was a monster game from Mark Davis, with a season-high 18 points, 10 blocks, seven rebounds and five assists. Matt Sandberg added 15 points, and Collin Fantaskey eight rebounds in the loss.

Senior guard Malquan Pullium led the Colonels with 25 points.

WARREN (55): Grayson Foley 0 0-0 0, Austin Jerman 1 0-1 2, Mark Davis 8 2-2 18, Matt Sandberg 6 0-0 15, Collin Fantaskey 3 0-0 6, Tanner Stanz 2 0-0 6, Andrew Hammersley 0 0-0 0, Jacoby Passmore 4 0-0 8. Totals 24 2-3 55.

STRONG VINCENT (67): Pullium 10 2-3 25, Coleman 5 3-3 13, Husband 5 0-0 13, Kirkland 0 0-0 0, McAdory 2 3-4 7, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Otto 0 0-0 0, Twillie 0 0-0 0, Cleckley 0 0-0 0, Hatkevich 3 1-2 7, Porter 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 9-12 67.

Warren 18 17 8 12 – 55

Strong Vincent 16 11 18 22 – 67

3-point goals: W-Sandberg 3, Stanz 2; SV-Pullium 3, Husband 3.

Junior varsity game

WARREN (29): Nate Sandberg 1 0-0 2, Austin Schwanke 1 0-0 3, Ryan Gustafson 5 0-0 11, John White 0 0-0 0, Max Gross 1 0-0 2, Scott Vasilisin 1 0-0 3, Kyle Kulka 0 0-0 0, Matt Hultquist 2 2-5 6, Jason Tipton 0 0-0 0, Justin Wright 1 0-0 2, Sam Lindquist 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 2-5 29.

STRONG VINCENT (36): McClelland 3 0-0 6, Gillespie 5 4-5 14, Davison 0 0-2 0, Green 0 0-3 0, Williams 3 5-6 11, Miller 1 3-6 5, Simmons 0 0-2 0. Totals 12 12-24 36.

Warren 10 6 6 7 – 29

Strong Vincent 2 9 11 14 – 36

3-pointers: W-Schwanke, Gustafson, Vasilisin; S-None.

DCC 54, Sheffield 45

An undermanned Sheffield Wolverines squad lost their second straight game Friday night, dropping a 54-45 contest to the Dubois Central Catholic Cardinals at Sheffield Area High School.

Due to injuries and illness, the Wolverines found themselves down to just 10 players between the varsity and junior varsity teams.

“I’m proud of the way the guys battled tonight. The last four or five games we’ve battled hard.” said Sheffield coach Todd Fitch. “Something we need to do internally is focus on the game, and ignore the external factors.”

Although the Wolverines never held a lead, they were never completely out of the game, and trailed by just four points at the half.

Brendan Winslow led the offensive attack for Sheffield, scoring a game-high 17 points off the bench. Dylan McNeal and Tyler Fitzgerald each scored six points in the loss.

Dubois Central Catholic (7-8) saw four players score in double digits, with Ayden Hanes leading the way with 15 points. Michael Krajewski finished with 13 points, while Sebastian Schenk and Jake Heigel scored 10 each for the Cardinals.

Sheffield will face another tough opponent on Tuesday, when it travels to Johnsonburg for a contest with the Allegheny Mountain League-leading Rams.

The Wolverines edged Dubois Central Catholic in the junior varsity contest, 40-38. Shequan Wright and Brendan Winslow led the way for Sheffield with 11 and nine points, respectively, ans Sheffield outscored DCC 21-8 in the fourth quarter.

DUBOIS C.C. (54): Holdbach 2 0-0 4, Krajewski 5 2-4 13, Hanes 3 6-9 15, Heigel 5 0-1 10, Schenk 2 6-11 10, Aucker 1 0-0 2, Totals 18 14-25 54.

SHEFFIELD (45): Dylan McNeal 3 0-0 6, Tyler Fitzgerald 3 0-0 6, Dylan Reynolds 2 0-0 5, Chris Pedersen 0 1-2 1, Brandon Kipp 1 1-2 3, Brendan Winslow 7 0-3 17, Shequan Wright 1 0-0 2, Jimmy Vile 1 0-0 2, Nic Confer 0 3-4 3, Dan Pierson 0 0-2 0, Totals 18 5-13 45.

Dubois C.C. 11 12 16 15 – 54

Sheffield 7 12 9 17 – 45

3-pointers: D – Krajewski, Hanes 3; S – Winslow 3, Reynolds.

Junior varsity game

DUBOIS C.C. (38): Laparne 5 0-0 13, Miknis 0 0-2 0, Aucker 6 2-2 16, Gray 4 1-2 9, Totals 15 3-6 38.

SHEFFIELD (40): Dylan Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Brendan Winslow 4 1-1 9, Shequan Wright 3 5-6 11, Dylan McNeal 0 0-0 0, Tyler Fitzgerald 1 0-0 3, Chris Pedersen 2 0-0 4, Jimmy Vile 2 0-0 4, Brandon Kipp 1 0-0 3, Nic Confer 1 2-4 3, Totals 15 8-11 40.

Dubois C.C. 13 11 6 8 – 38

Sheffield 4 2 13 21 – 40

3-pointers: D – Laparne 3, Aucker 2; S – Fitzgerald, Kipp.