BOYS HOOPS: Warren boys come back to win Franklin tourney

FRANKLIN – Warren played in its most competitive season-opening tournament in years this weekend at the Franklin Tip-Off Tournament. The Dragons looked like they were in mid-season form with a 53-45 come-from-behind championship game over Franklin, Saturday at Franklin.

“It was a good opportunity to step out of league and play a team that could be a playoff-contending team in Class AAA,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine, whose Dragons are 2-0. “It was a game of runs.”

Trailing by five midway through the fourth quarter, Warren went on an 11-0 run en route to a 21-13 fourth quarter in the win.

Tanner Stanz hit a 3-pointer to tie the game in the fourth, Warren scores six points off Franklin turnovers, including two steals by Stanz and another by Collin Fantaskey.

Fantaskey scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, and added seven assists, six rebounds and four steals for the game. He was named to the all-tournament team, along with teammate Jake McBride, who was tournament MVP. McBride, a 6-foot-5 senior center, finished the championship game with 10 points and 17 rebounds for Warren. He had 21 points and 22 rebounds over two wins.

Stanz played “as well defensively as anybody I’ve seen over 12 years in a two-game stretch,” said Berdine. He had 11 steals and 10 rebounds in the two games.

With Warren in early foul trouble, Berdine said Ryan Gustafson, Max Gross, Devin Nowacki and Scott Vasilisin played key minutes off the bench, the first half, and fourth quarter when Warren would substitute for offensive/defensive possessions.

VisionQuest defeated St. Marys in the tournament consolation game. The Dragons are off until Frida when they host Titusville.

WARREN (53): Nowacki 0 0-2 0, Vasilisin 1 0-0 2, Stanz 3 0-0 7, Gustafson 0 0-0 0, Fantaskey 6 2-4 14, Gross 3 0-0 6, Passmore 4 0-0 8, McBride 5 0-0 10, Suppa 3 0-0 6. Totals 25 2-6 53.

FRANKLIN (45): Rutherford 0 2-4 2, Ritchie 4 1-1 11, Mooney 0 0-1 0, Russel 1 0-0 3, Maxon 2 1-2 6, Guth 2 0-2 4, Drain 6 2-2 15, Spade 1 0-2 2. Totals 18 4-10 45.

Warren 10 12 10 21 – 53

Franklin 7 10 15 13 _ 45

3-pointers: W-Stanz; F-Ritchie 2, Russel, Maxon, Drain.

East Forest 84, Tidioute Charter 44

East Forest jumped out to an 18-4 first quarter in a 84-44 consolation win over Tidioute Charter on Saturday at the East Forest Tournament.

“We came out of the gate again slow,” said TCCS coach Dave Manning, whose Bulldogs are 0-2.

Tidioute pulled to within nine points in the third quarter before East Forest went on a 20-0 run. East Forest won the consolation by fast-breaking to a 30-4 fourth quarter.

Kightlinger was named to the all-tournament team with 46 points over two games.

“In the paint is where we’re getting kind of beat up right now,” said Manning, noting the Bulldogs have been outrebounded in the first two games.

TCCS is at West Forest on Wednesday.

TCCS (44): Yeager 1 0-2 2, Buccardo 0 0-0 0, Faulkner 1 2-2 4, McLaughlin 4 0-0 8, Martin 0 0-0 0, Klos 0 2-2 2, Thompson 0 2-2 2, Heckman 0 0-0 0, Kightlinger 9 5-7 26, Bonner 0 0-0 0, Breeden 0 0-0 0, Divido 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 11-15 44.

EAST FOREST (84): Andrews 3 2-6 9, Crispin 1 0-0 2, Harriger 13 1-2 31, Rini 7 0-2 14, Thornton 1 0-0 3, Dittman 7 1-2 17, Lewis 1 0-0 2, Renton 2 0-1 4, Thoma 0 0-2 0. Totals 35 4-15 84.

TCCS 4 17 19 4 – 44

East Forest 18 17 15 30 – 84

3-pointers: T-Kightlinger 3; E-Andrews, Harriger 4, Thornton, Dittman 2.