BOYS HOOPS: Bounceback Win: Dragons run to crucial region win over East

Warren’s playoff hopes – the ones that have appeared to be fading lately – are alive and well.

Currently fifth in the Region 6 standings and needing to catch fourth-place East to secure a District 10 Class AAA playoff spot, the Dragons gained a full game Thursday with a dominant 75-54 victory over the Warriors at Warren Area High School.

With just over one week remaining in the season, the Dragons (10-8, 5-6 Region 6) currently stand a half-game behind East (8-10, 5-5). The Warriors still have to play the top three teams in Region 6, including General McLane, Girard and Strong Vincent. Warren plays another vital game Saturday, hosting Strong Vincent.

“I thought we did a pretty solid job offensively, especially in the first and third quarters,” said Warren boys coach Jeff Berdine. “We changed some spots up in order to get Jacoby (Passmore) a better matchup and he responded with a huge game. We got him a lot of touches and he had 15 of his 18 points in those big quarters for us.

“We tried to tweak some things with our zone offense and did a nice job executing,” said Berdine. When we play unselfish basketball, I think we are pretty solid and we showed that tonight.”

Warren played like its season depended on it Thursday, jumping out to a big first quarter lead and never letting up on the shellshocked visitors. With shots falling inside and out, the Dragons put 25 points on the board in the opening stanza and led 25-11.

Entering the second quarter with a 14-point lead, the Warriors cut the deficit in half with a quick run. The Dragons – namely Matt Sandberg – erased the threat quickly by scoring eight points in just under 40 seconds. A pair of three-pointers and a breakaway layup gave the hosts the momentum back and Warren its biggest lead at 37-22.

Trailing 37-25 at the break, East scored the first three points of the second half to get within nine, but Warren again roared back, winning the quarter, 20-10, and holding a commanding 57-35 lead with a quarter to play.

The final stanza looked more like a matchup between first and last place teams instead of two teams battling for the final Region 6 playoff berth with the Dragons easily holding off the competition.

Four Warren players reached double figures in the win, including a team-high 18 points from Passmore. Sandberg added 14 points, Collin Fantaskey 13 markers and Mark Davis 12 points. Fantaskey added five assists and four steals, Austin Jerman had eight rebounds and four assists, Sandberg seven assists, Jack Daley four assists, Davis seven rebounds and Passmore six boards.

Warren won the junior varsity contest, 53-37. Ryan Gustafson led all scorers with 20 points.

EAST (54): Thrower 3 3-5 9, Henderson 8 6-8 25, Kirkland 4 4-6 12, Ford 1 0-0 2, Quinn 2 0-2 4, Nelson 1 0-0 2, Totals: 19 13-21 54

WARREN (75): Collin Fantaskey 4 3-4 13, Andrew Hammersley 1 0-0 2, Mark Davis 5 2-2 12, Jack Daley 0 0-0 0, Tanner Stanz 2 0-0 4, Matt Sandberg 6 0-0 14, Austin Jerman 2 2-3 6, Jacoby Passmore 8 2-2 18, Grayson Foley 1 3-4 6, Phil Hachula 0 0-0 0, Totals; 29 12-15 75

East 11 14 10 19 – 54

Warren 25 12 20 18 – 75

3-pointers: E- Henderson 3; W- Fantaskey 2, Sandberg 2, Foley

Junior varsity game

EAST (37): Nelson 1 0-0 2, Husband 5 2-2 12, Sanchez 2 0-0 5, Fowler 2 2-4 6, Muel 0 2-6 2, D. Gregory 1 0-2 2, F. Gregory 3 2-3 8, Totals: 14 8-17 37

WARREN (53): Nathan Sandberg 0 0-0 0, Austin Schwanke 3 5-5 11, Ryan Gustafson 9 0-0 20, John White 1 1-2 3, Max Gross 3 2-4 8, Scott Vasilisin 0 2-4 2, Kyle Kulka 0 0-0 0, Matt Hultquist 3 1-2 7, Jason Tipton 0 0-0 0, Justin Wright 1 0-0 2, Sam Lindquist 0 0-0 0, Totals: 20 11-17 53

East 12 4 7 14 – 37

Warren 10 16 13 14 – 53

3-pointers: E- Sanchez, F. Gregory; W- Gustafson 2

Conneaut 75, Youngsville 18

LINESVILLE – Without Broc Horn in the lineup due to injury, Youngsville played a lot of players to pick up the pieces in a 75-18 Region 3 loss at Conneaut.

Conneaut (11-7) jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first quarter over Youngsville (2-14) and never looked back.

The Eagles host Eisenhower on Saturday and have four games remaining.

YOUNGSVILLE (18): Collin Lehnen 1 0-0 2, Trevor Flinn 0 0-0 0, Joey Chuzie 0 0-0 0, James Frazier 2 1-2 5, A.J. Gustafson 1 0-0 2, Logan Morrison 0 0-0 0, Coll Dininny 1 1-1 3, Ben Frederick 0 0-0 0, Dan McLaughlin 1 0-0 2, Tom Chapman 1 0-2 2, Brandon Lake 1 0-2 2. Totals 8 2-7 18.

CONNEAUT (75): Frawley 2 0-0 4, Varee 3 0-1 8, Smith 3 0-0 7, Holcomb 2 1-1 5, Gallo 5 0-0 12, Braden 2 2-2 6, Uplinger 5 2-2 12, Bartlett 5 1-1 11, Litwin 0 2-2 2, Martini 1 0-0 2, Merritt 3 0-1 6. Totals 31 8-10 75.

Youngsville 2 5 11 0 – 18

Conneaut 15 16 24 20 – 75

3-pointers: Y-None; C-Varee 2, Smith, Gallo 2.

Junior varsity game

YOUNGSVILLE (16): Trevor Flinn 0 0-0 0, Joey Chuzie 2 0-0 4, Jonathan Burrows 1 0-0 2, Corey Jones 0 0-0 0, Dustin Jesson 1 0-0 2, Logan Morrison 2 0-0 4, Andrew Tyers 0 0-2 0, Ben Frederick 0 0-0 0, Levi Ecelberger 1 0-0 2, Dacoda Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Zach Sanford 0 0-0 0, Austin Norman 0 0-0 0, Brandon Lake 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 0-2 16.

CONNEAUT (59): Frawley 2 0-0 4, Fairbanks 1 0-0 2, J. Gallo 1 0-0 2, C. Gallo 2 1-1 5, Stevenson 5 0-0 11, Litwin 4 0-0 8, Merritt 5 1-1 11, Lenhart 1 0-0 2, Dolley 2 3-7 7, Pettis 1 0-0 2, King 0 5-5 8. Totals 24 10-14

Youngsville 2 2 6 6 -16

Conneaut 18 12 18 11 – 59

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