BOYS HOOPS: ‘The right way’: Tidioute Charter gets first win on court; Warren loses ground with region loss

Tidioute’s second win of the season was a whole lot sweeter than the first one.

The Bulldogs (2-11) received their first win of 2012-13 several weeks after a December 20 loss to Erie First Christian when Erie First was forced to forfeit after using unapproved players.

Monday’s 63-40 victory over Warren County Christian School marked the first time this year the Bulldogs have left the gym victorious. Bulldogs coach Dave Manning was predictably happy with the win, but more pleased with how his team played against the Lions.

“We found our post game tonight,” said Manning. “We rebounded the ball well and our big guys were putting the ball in the basket. Hopefully this victory will allow these guys’ confidence to continue to grow. The only way to build confidence is to do the right things the right way and we did a lot of things right tonight.”

The Bulldogs actually found themselves trailing after the first quarter as WCCS (1-8) held a 13-10 advantage. TCCS entered the game looking for a way to stop the Lions’ leading scorer, Carson Moore, and early on it wasn’t working.

Moore scored all 11 of his points in the first half and his rebounding and post game were a big reason WCCS held the early lead.

Things changed early in the second quarter.

With six minutes left in the first half, Moore was relegated to the bench with three fouls and the Bulldogs promptly took control of the game. Pat Thompson and Ben Kightlinger helped lead the Bulldogs’ charge with each player scoring six second quarter points.

Before the first half ended, Moore picked up his fourth foul and the Bulldogs had built a 30-17 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Lions in the second half as Moore fouled out just 24 seconds into the third quarter. That took a key offensive piece away from the hosts and allowed Tidioute to control the glass and the paint for the remainder of the contest.

Tidioute controlled the second half, pushing the lead to as many as 27 points and never allowing the Lions to get closer than 14.

The winners got a game-high 17 points from Kightlinger and point guard Brian Faulkner added 16 points. Pat Thompson was a third TCCS player to reach double figures with 12 points and Travis McLaughlin scored seven points.

Despite being limited to just 12 minutes on the court, Moore was one of two Lions to score 11 points – the other being fellow senior Josh Wagonseller. WCCS coach Tom Jones also praised the play of Eric Sorenson who finished with 10 points and, according to Jones, played “his best game of the season.”

TCCS will try to continue its strong end to the season Tuesday when it visits Jamestown Bethel. WCCS is also in action Tuesday, visiting Erie First Christian.

TCCS (63): Jordan Yeager 2 0-3 4, Todd Breeden 1 1-4 3, Brian Faulkner 7 0-4 16, Ben Kightlinger 8 1-2 17, Travis McLaughlin 3 0-0 7, Brian Bonner 1 0-0 2, Pat Thompson 5 2-3 12, Jonathan Buccardo 0 0-0 0, Chance Klos 0 0-0 0, Lukas Divido 1 0-0 2, Totals: 28 4-16 63

WCCS (40): Carson Moore 5 1-3 11, Josh Wagonseller 3 4-8 11, Dan Lauffenburger 1 0-2 2, Tommy Jones 3 0-0 6, Eric Sorenson 3 4-8 10, Trevor Phelps 0 0-0 0, Marcus Root 0 0-0 0, Josh Jones 0 0-0 0, Totals: 15 9-21 40

TCCS 10 20 15 18 – 63

WCCS 13 4 10 13 – 40

3-pointers: T- Faulkner 2, McLaughlin; W- Wagonseller.

GM 64, Warren 53

The Warren Dragons took to the court Monday night looking to avenge an early season loss to the General McLane Lancers. Unfortunately, Jaymon Mason and Quinn Thompson had other plans.

The duo combined for 61 points as the Region 6-leading Lancers defeated the Dragons by a score of 64-53 at Warren Area High School. The loss drops Warren to 9-8 overall with a 4-6 region mark.

“Offensively, I thought we were solid,” said Dragons coach Jeff Berdine. “We didn’t do a good job on defense, rotating and stepping up to help when (Mason) drove the lane. He’s the type of player that is going to get by the first guy, and we knew that going in.”

Mason finished with a game-high 37 points, including 22 of his team’s 32 points in the first half. The senior also went 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help put the game away for the first-place Lancers (14-4, 9-1).

Thompson added 24 for McLane, with most of those coming from within a couple feet of the basket.

“Thompson was huge for them scoring in the second half, and he did a great job on the boards,” added Berdine.

The Dragons were led offensively by a 16-point effort from Mark Davis, who also racked up six rebounds and five assists in the loss. Collin Fantaskey finished with 10 points, and Austin Jerman added eight to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.

The Dragons will look to bounce back on Thursday with a crucial region match-up against Erie East at Warren Area High School. East is currently one spot ahead of Warren in fourth place in the Region 6 standings with a game-and-a-half lead. The Dragons won a thriller in their first meeting with the Warriors, 49-47.

Warren claimed a victory over McLane in the junior varsity game, 56-42. Ryan Gustafson led the way with 22 points, and Austin Schwanke added 11 in the win.

GENERAL McLANE (64): Mason 10 14-18 37, Hallett 1 0-0 2, Smith 0 1-2 1, Thompson 12 0-2 24, Totals 23 15-22 64.

WARREN (53): Austin Jerman 2 4-5 8, Matt Sandberg 2 1-2 6, Mark Davis 7 2-2 16, Collin Fantaskey 4 2-2 10, Jacoby Passmore 3 0-0 6, Jack Daley 1 0-0 3, Tanner Stanz 2 0-0 4, Andrew Hammersley 0 0-0 0, Grayson Foley 0 0-0 0, Totals 21 9-11 53.

McLane 17 15 18 14 – 64

Warren 14 16 10 13 – 53

3-pointers: M – Mason 3; W – Sandberg, Daley.

Junior varsity game

GENERAL McLANE (42): Myers 0 2-2 2, Reagan 5 4-5 14, McKissock 7 0-1 14, Solberg 1 0-0 3, Jones 2 0-0 6, Mitchell 1 0-0 3, Totals 16 6-8 42.

WARREN (56): Nate Sandberg 2 2-2 6, Austin Schwanke 4 0-0 11, Ryan Gustafson 8 2-2 22, John White 1 0-0 2, Max Gross 1 0-0 2, Scott Vasilisin 3 0-0 6, Kyle Kulka 1 0-0 2, Matt Hultquist 2 0-0 5, Jason Tipton 0 0-0 0, Sam Lindquist 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 4-4 56.

McLane 3 10 14 15 – 42

Warren 10 19 17 10 – 56

3-pointers: M – Solberg, Jones 2, Mitchell; W – Schwanke 3, Gustafson 4, Hultquist.