BOYS HOOPS: Winning end: Dragons take care of business, but East wins, too, in tight playoff race

Warren came into Friday night needing a win – and a little help – to keep their postseason hopes alive.

The Dragons held up their end of the bargain, defeating Fort LeBoeuf, 70-50, but the Harbor Creek Huskies couldn’t pull off an upset of Erie East, losing by a score of 61-45.

Despite winning both contests against East in the regular season, Warren finishes a game out of fourth place with a 7-7 record in Region 6 to East’s 8-6 fourth-place mark.

What’s next is a District 10 selection committee announcing the eight-team Class AAA playoff field, with typically four spots out of Region 6.

Still, Warren needed to win on Friday, and jumped out to a quick lead. The Dragons (12-9 overall) held off a late rally by Fort LeBoeuf to earn a win in front of the home crowd at Warren Area High School.

“We played a good first half. We were able to use the second quarter to get the margin closer to where we wanted it,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine. “LeBoeuf did a good job handling our pressure, which they didn’t do the first time we played. We had to make some adjustments to shut them down.”

A trio of upperclassmen paced the Dragons offense on senior night, with Matt Sandberg leading the way racking up 20 points. Mark Davis scored 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and six blocks, and Austin Jerman added 14 points and eight rebounds. Junior Collin Fantaskey narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Barring a decision by District 10 to add a play-in game, Warren will finish up its season at Bradford on Tuesday. The Dragons’ senior class has an opportunity to win its 45th game in three years of varsity play with a victory against the Owls.

Warren’s junior varsity squad claimed a 56-44 win over the Bison. Scott Vasilisin and Max Gross led the way offensively with 11 and 10 points, respectively. John White and Matt Hultquist each added nine points in the win.

FORT LEBOEUF (50): Boccio 7 3-6 20, Gambill 4 0-0 11, Meehl 1 0-0 2, Kress 3 0-0 8, Greggs 1 2-2 5, Lombardozzi 1 0-0 2, Landers 0 2-2 2, Totals 17 7-10 50.

WARREN (70): Austin Jerman 7 0-0 14, Matt Sandberg 8 2-2 20, Mark Davis 7 5-7 19, Collin Fantaskey 2 4-4 9, Jacoby Passmore 3 0-0 6, Jack Daley 0 0-0 0, Tanner Stanz 1 0-0 2, Phil Hachula 0 0-0 0, Austin Schwanke 0 0-0 0, Ryan Gustafson 0 0-0 0, Max Gross 0 0-0 0, Totals 28 11-13 70.

Fort LeBoeuf 11 5 19 15 – 50

Warren 18 15 16 21 – 70

3-pointers: F – Boccio 3, Gambill 3, Kress 2, Greggs; W – Sandberg 2, Fantaskey.

Junior varsity game

FORT LEBOEUF (44): Jackson 3 0-0 9, Dombkowski 2 0-0 6, Landers 4 1-2 12, Lombardozzi 2 1-3 5, Galvin 0 5-6 5, Alexander 1 0-0 2, Hacel 2 0-0 5, Totals 14 7-11 44.

WARREN (56): Nate Sandberg 1 3-5 5, Ryan Gustafson 2 0-0 5, John White 4 1-2 9, Max Gross 4 2-4 10, Scott Vasilisin 4 0-0 11, Matt Hultquist 4 1-3 9, Jason Tipton 0 0-0 0, Justin Wright 0 0-2 0, Sam Lindquist 3 1-2 7, Totals 22 8-18 56.

Fort LeBoeuf 11 9 10 14 – 44

Warren 10 12 16 18 – 56

3-pointers: F – Jackson 3, Dombkowski 2, Landers 3, Hacel; W – Gustafson, Vasilisin 3.

Cochranton 63, Youngsville 40

Youngsville fell to Cochranton in its season-finale, 63-40, on Friday night at Youngsville High School.

The Eagles finish with an overall record of 3-17, along with an 0-12 mark in Region 3 play.

For the majority of the first half, the Eagles were able to keep the score close. Two separate runs of 5-0 and 7-0 in the first quarter allowed Youngsville to head into the second quarter down just one. Coll Dininny ended the first quarter with six points.

Thomas Chapman carried the Eagles offense in the second quarter, scoring eight points as they kept the game close. But the Cardinals ended the half on a 9-0 run to take a 10-point lead into halftime.

Youngsville faded in the second half, managing to score just 18 total points, as Cochranton continued to increase its lead.

Chapman finished the game with 13 points to lead the Eagles, while Dininny and Broc Horn each added 12.

“With the baby steps we’re taking with the program, when teams make big runs, we’re not equipped to make a run back,” Youngsville coach Keith Martin said. “We’ve gotta work on our fundamentals, but I think this whole week was a huge step for us.”

The Eagles also fell in their junior varsity game, 59-13.

COCHRANTON (63): Roche 2 0-0 4, Saunier 3 2-2 8, Villamar 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 2-4 2, Bridge 3 0-0 6, Buchan 1 0-0 3, Custead 1 0-0 2, Dickson 1 2-2 4, Herzberger 6 3-10 16, Moody 0 0-0 0, Vanderhoof 2 4-6 9, Wigton 3 2-2 9. Totals 22 15-26 63

YOUNGSVILLE (40): Collin Lehnen 0 0-0 0, James Frazier 0 0-0 0, Broc Horn 6 0-0 12, AJ Gustafson 0 0-0 0, Coll Dininny 6 0-2 12, Dan McLaughlin 1 0-0 3, Thomas Chapman 3 7-9 13. Totals 16 7-11 40

Cochranton 13 19 16 15 – 63

Youngsville 12 10 6 12 – 40

3-pointers: CBuchan, Herzberger, Vanderhoof, Wigton; YMcLaughlin.

Junior varsity game

COCHRANTON (59): Buchan 1 1-3 3, Sekerski 2 3-4 7, Wagner 5 3-9 13, Bridge 3 4-4 10, Adams 0 0-0 0, Moody 4 0-0 10, Wigton 3 0-1 8, Staudt 4 0-0 8. Totals 22 11-21 59

YOUNGSVILLE (13): Trevor Flinn 1 0-0 3, Joey Chuzie 1 0-0 2, Jonathan Burrows 0 0-0 0, Corey Jones 0 0-0 0, Josh Taydus 0 0-0 0, Logan Morrison 1 1-2 3, Andrew Tyers 0 0-2 0, Ben Frederick 0 0-0 0, Levi Ecelberger 0 1-2 1, Dacoda Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Zach Sanford 0 0-0 0, Austin Norman 0 0-0 0, Branden Lake 2 0-0 4. Totals 5 2-6 13

Cochranton 10 22 14 13 – 59

Youngsville 2 2 9 0 – 13

3-pointers: CMoody 2, Wigton 2; YFlinn.