BOYS HOOPS: Dragons handle Corry in Region 6 game

The Warren boys basketball team needed a victory and got it Wednesday with a 71-55 victory over Corry at Warren Area High School.

How they got it didn’t exactly please head coach Jeff Berdine.

“The first quarter was the difference. We were able to get off to a good start, but then had to hold on,” he said. “I thought we let them off the hook in the second quarter when we really had a chance to put the game away early.”

The difference in the game was the first quarter where the Dragons outscored the Beavers, 25-9. The 16 points would prove to be the final difference in the contest as the two teams played to a tie score over the final three stanzas.

A trio of Dragons contributed to the hot start with Mark Davis and Collin Fantaskey scoring six points apiece in the first quarter and Matt Sandberg adding five more.

In the second quarter, Warren began to turn the ball over and as a result, the offensive efficiency began to dwindle. Warren scored only 10 points in the second quarter – after bucketing 25 in the first – and led 35-19 at the break.

The Beavers cut the lead to as few as 10 early in the fourth quarter, but Warren made enough second half shots to keep Corry from seriously challenging for the victory.

Still, reeling off a big overtime region loss to Harbor Creek on Tuesday, the win was much needed for the Dragons who are now 9-6 overall and 4-4 in Region 6. The Dragons are tied for fourth in the region with the East Warriors who were idle on Wednesday.

Sandberg led a balanced Dragons scoring attack with 20 points. Davis added 16 points, eight rebounds, five blocks and four steals in a great all-around performance and Tanner Stanz and Fantaskey also reached double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Sandberg added six rebounds and Fantaskey and Austin Jerman had five assists each.

Warren was a 53-41 winner in the junior varsity game. Max Gross paced the winners with 14 points.

The Dragons return to action Friday, visiting Girard before a huge three-game homestand next week with games against General McLane on Monday, East on Thursday and Strong Vincent on Saturday.

CORRY (55): Schrecengost 2 5-6 9, Haenel 2 4-7 9, Sheets 6 5-5 18, Volz 3 3-5 9, Combs 2 0-2 4, Sabat 2 0-0 4, Sutton 0 2-2 2, Totals: 17 19-27 55

WARREN (71): Grayson Foley 0 0-0 0, Austin Jerman 1 5-8 7, Phil Hachula 0 1-2 1, Mark Davis 7 2-5 16, Matt Sandberg 7 4-5 20, Collin Fantaskey 5 0-0 10, Tanner Stanz 5 1-2 11, Jacoby Passmore 0 4-5 4, Jack Daley 1 0-0 2, Totals: 26 17-27 71

Corry 9 10 21 15 – 55

Warren 25 10 23 13 – 71

3-pointers: C- Sheets, Haenel; W- Sandberg 2

Junior varsity game

CORRY (41): Eck 9 0-0 24, Mullikin 2 2-3 6, Whiteley 0 0-2 0, Bloom 0 0-1 0, Frontera 0 0-4 0, Sutton 3 4-6 11, Totals: 14 6-16 41

WARREN (53): Nate Sandberg 1 4-6 6, Austin Schwanke 2 0-1 5, Ryan Gustafson 2 0-1 5, John White 1 0-0 2, Max Gross 6 2-4 14, Scott Vasilisin 2 0-0 4, Kyle Kulka 0 0-0 0, Matt Hultquist 1 1-2 3, Jason Tipton 0 0-0 0, Justin Wright 6 0-2 12, Sam Lindquist 1 0-0 2, Totals: 23 7-16 53

Corry 14 11 4 12 – 41

Warren 7 18 16 12 – 53

3-pointers: C- Eck 6, Sutton; W- None

Saegertown 62, Eisenhower 56

Eisenhower gave first-place Saegertown a run for its money again, but lost a lead and fell 62-56 in the Region 3 game on Wednesday at Eisenhower High School.

Saegertown (13-4 overall and 8-0 in the region) scored 35 points in the fourth quarter to overcome a 30-27 deficit after three quarters.

Colin Shine kept it close for Ike (5-12, 2-5), scoring 18 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers remain unbeaten in region a night after beating Youngsville. Saegertown finished 23-of-36 at the free throw line to Eisenhower’s 14-of-38.

Aaron Lundmark had 20 points for Eisenhower, which lost by four to Saegertown earlier this season.

SAEGERTOWN (62): Wood 1 0-0 2, Carter 1 5-6 7, Scere 5 2-5 12, Sada 1 2-2 4, Pavlik 4 3-6 12, Rigby 6 6-11 18, Mattocks 1 5-6 7. Totals 19 23-36 62.

EISENHOWER (56): Aaron Lundmark 7 4-7 20, Jarrett Johnson 2 1-2 5, Colin Shine 7 7-15 21, Nate O’Brien 2 0-0 4, A. Johnson 1 2-4 4, Casey Vincent 0 0-0 0, Carter Farrell 0 0-0 0, Chris Sanders 0 0-0 0, Ricky Zortman 0 0-0 0, Ryan Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 14-28 56.

Saegertown 10 5 12 35 – 62

Eisenhower 9 13 8 26 – 56

3-pointers: S-Pavlik; E-Lundmark 2.

Junior varsity game

SAEGERTOWN (26): Schenberg 1 0-0 2, B. Barclay 2 0-0 4, Berrardo 0 1-2 1, Walters 4 0-0 8, A. Barclay 1 0-0 2, Rumzie 1 1-2 3, Reynolds 3 0-0 6. Totals 12 2-4 26.

EISENHOWER (38): Carter Farrell 3 1-2 7, Jarrett Johnson 7 3-3 17, Alex Johnson 4 0-1 9, Casey Vincent 1 1-2 3, John Potts 0 2-2 2, Ricky Zortman 0 0-0 0, Ben Harvey, Alan Jackson 0 0-0 0, Grant Venman 0 0-0 0, Chris Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-10 38.

Saegertown 2 8 9 7 – 26

Eisenhower 16 10 2 10 – 38

3-pointers: S-None; E-A. Johnson.