BOYS HOOPS: Marquee matchups: Ike wins ‘Brawl’, Dragons fall to Vincent

By ALLEN SEYBERT

and BEN OVIATT

Eisenhower won its 11th straight boys basketball edition of The Backyard Brawl, defeating the homestanding Youngsville Eagles, 61-41, Saturday at Youngsville High School.

The win pushes the Knights to 6-13 on the season with three regular season games remaining. Despite their regular season mark, the Knights appear to be heading to the District 10 Class A playoffs for the second straight season. The Eagles fall to 2-15 with the loss.

“We did a nice job of getting some steals and getting out and running,” said Ike coach Dave Allenson. “We were able to force some turnovers with our press and even without our press and that allowed us to push the ball. We also did a better job of guarding their big guy (Coll Dininny). Nate O’Brien did an outstanding job while he was in there.”

“I thought (Youngsville’s) kids played extremely hard. But we had a better attitude this time around and the guys really played well together.”

Saturday’s game was close early with the Knights clinging to a 6-5 lead with just 1:20 remaining in the opening quarter. Late in the stanza, the Eagles became careless with the ball, allowing the Knights to close the quarter with three straight baskets and a 6-0 run. All three hoops came on layups off of Youngsville turnovers.

The Knights’ run continued into the second quarter where an O’Brien layup and Aaron Lundmark three pushed the gap to 17-5. Despite appearing to be controlling play, the Knights found it difficult to fully put Youngsville away.

Broc Horn – playing through a painful shoulder injury – did all he could to help the Eagles stay close and the hosts trailed by eight points as late as the final minute of the third quarter. However, a 9-0 run to end the third and start the fourth stretched the Knights’ lead to 17 points and Ike cruised to the finish line.

Lundmark finished with a game-high 18 points for the Knights. Colin Shine added 15 points and Jarrett Johnson and Ryan Williams chipped in eight points apiece. Horn led Youngsville with 16 points, but only three other Eagles scored – Collin Lehnen and Tom Chapman with nine points each and Coll Dininny with seven points.

Eisenhower returns to action Tuesday, hosting Cambridge Springs. Youngsville hosts Tidioute Charter that same night.

The Knights were victorious in the junior varsity game, 42-32. Casey Vincent led the winners with 18 points and Logan Morrison scored 10 points in defeat.

Strong Vincent 71, Warren 47

For the first three quarters of Saturday’s Region 6 matchup, Warren and Strong Vincent played nearly even basketball.

It was the Colonels who ran away with the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Dragons 29-7 in the final stanza, to earn a 71-47 victory at Warren Area High School.

“What you saw was our season in a microcosm. Sometimes we play well and sometimes we don’t play well,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine. “They outhustled us and they out played us. I have to give them credit. We try never to get outhustled and tonight we did.”

The Dragons jumped out to an early lead with an 18-12 first quarter, thanks in large part to the performance of Jacoby Passmore. The sophomore scored eight of his 12 points in the game’s opening period with senior big man Mark Davis in foul trouble.

Strong Vincent battled back in the second and third quarters and held a 42-40 lead going into the fourth. There, the Dragons couldn’t seem to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

“They killed us on the glass, especially late in the game, ” added Berdine. “We gave them way too many second chances in the paint.”

Matt Sandberg led the way for the Dragons with 13 points with Passmore adding 12. Davis added eight points to go along with five blocked shots and Collin Fantaskey finished with five points, six assists and four rebounds.

The Colonels (11-9, 9-3) were led by a pair of 15-point performances from Zhamar Meadory and Malquan Pulliam.

With the loss, Warren drops to 10-9 overall and 5-7 in Region 6. The Dragons trail Erie East by two games in the loss column for the final District 10 Class AAA playoff spot out of Region 6. Warren is next in action Tuesday at Corry.

Strong Vincent won the junior varsity game, 49-42. Austin Schwanke led Warren with 13 points.