BOYS HOOPS: Fire power: Dragons run past visiting Titusville; Eisenhower boys also unbeaten

The Dragons started fast and never let up in their home opener Friday night, cruising to a 75-53 win over Titusville in a non-region game at Warren Area High School.

Warren improves to 3-0 on the year, while the Rockets fall to 0-3.

“We had a good run in the second quarter that opened things up,” said Dragons’ coach Jeff Berdine. “The last couple games we’ve done a very good job of defensive rebounding, not allowing them to have more than one shot. Our bigs have done a great job getting the ball in the hands of (guards Tanner Stanz and Collin Fantaskey) and starting the transition.”

The Dragons led 18-6 after one quarter, and continued the onslaught with 22 points in the second.

Despite playing sparingly in the second half, Fantaskey scored a game-high 15 points, Jacoby Passmore had 12, and Stanz added 11. Sophomore Ryan Skerda scored nine points – all in the fourth quarter.

Jake McBride grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked four shots, and had three assists for Warren.

Herman Artis led the Rockets with 14 points.

Warren’s next game will be in Erie on Wednesday in a rematch with the McDowell Trojans, who the Dragons defeated on a last-second shot in a non-region game last year.

TITUSVILLE (53): Artis 6 0-2 14, Skinner 3 6-9 12, Moore 2 0-0 6, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Gates 3 1-1 7, Foley 0 4-6 4, Corklin 3 0-0 8; Totals 18 11-18 53.

WARREN (75): Nowacki 2 1-2 5, Vasilisin 2 0-0 4, Stanz 5 0-0 11, White 0 0-0 0, Gustafson 2 0-0 4, Fantaskey 6 1-2 15, McMeans 1 0-0 2, Skerda 3 2-2 9, Gross 3 0-0 6, Passmore 6 0-1 12, McBride 1 1-2 3, Lindquist 0 0-0 0, Suppa 2 0-0 4; Totals 33 5-9 75.

Titusville 6 18 10 19 – 53

Warren 18 22 21 14 – 75

3-pointers: T – Artis 2, Moore 2; W – Stanz, Fantaskey 2, Skerda.

Junior varsity game

TITUSVILLE (38): Ciccarrelli 3 2-3 8, Corklin 3 3-3 11, Foley 2 1-2 5, Nosko 1 0-0 2, Abu Saleh 2 0-0 4, Richards 2 2-2 8; Totals 13 8-10 38.

WARREN (45): Nowacki 5 2-4 12, Vasilisin 0 0-0 0, Waterfield 2 0-1 4, White 0 0-0 0, Galloway 0 2-3 2, McMeans 3 0-0 6, Skerda 4 4-5 13, Gross 3 0-0 6, Bablak 1 0-0 2, Lindquist 0 0-0 0, Deppas 0 0-0 0, Funari 0 0-0 0; Totals 18 8-13 45.

Titusville 9 10 9 10 – 38

Warren 9 16 13 7 – 45

3-pointers: T – Corklin 2, Richards 2; W – Skerda.

Eisenhower 54, Saegertown 47

Eisenhower continued its perfect start to the season on Friday night with a 54-47 victory over Saegertown at Eisenhower High School.

The two teams traded runs throughout the first three quarters before the Knights took control in the fourth.

“It was a team effort,” Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson said.

The Knights charged out to an early lead to open the game, using an 8-0 run midway through the first quarter to take a 13-5 lead into the second, but the Panthers responded to tie the game heading into halftime.

Eisenhower outscored Saegertown 11-10 in the third before pulling away in the final quarter. The Knights increased their lead to double digits with four minutes remaining and the Panthers couldn’t find a way to get back into the game.

Tre Frank was Ike’s leading scorer, with 18 points. Casey Vincent added 14 and Jarrett Johnson finished with 10.

“We were playing really well as a team (early on),” Allenson said. “The press was working for us. Then we started going one-on-one and that hurt us, and let them back into the game. In the second half we started playing together again and (Saegertown) got into foul trouble.”

Saegertown won the junior varsity matchup, 37-26.

The Knights (3-0, 1-0 in Region 3) will host Corry on Wednesday.

SAEGERTOWN (47): Amy 0 0-0 0, Johnston 2 1-2 5, Wood 3 6-6 12, Walters 4 1-2 10, Durasa 2 0-0 4, Smith 0 0-0 0, McGritt 0 0-0 0, Long 0 0-0 0, Wise 1 0-0 2, Sada 5 2-2 14. Totals 17 10-12 47

EISENHOWER (54): Frank 5 8-10 18, Vincent 6 0-2 14, Warren 0 0-0 0, Farrell 1 1-2 3, Johnson 5 0-2 10, Sanders 1 3-5 5, Potts 1 0-0 2, Hunt 1 0-0 2, Zortman 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-21 54

Saegertown 5 16 10 16 – 47

Eisenhower 13 8 11 22 – 54

3-pointers: S – Walters, Sada 2; E – Vincent 2.

Junior varsity game

SAEGERTOWN (37):Amy 2 0-0 5, Johnston 2 1-2 6, Smith 3 2-5 7, Pritchard 0 1-2 1, McGrill 2 2-5 6, Reagle 0 1-1 1, Fleischer 2 0-0 5, Hoffman 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 1 2-4 4, Smith 0 1-1 1. Totals 12 10-20 37

EISENHOWER (26): Venman 4 7-11 15, Jackson 0 0-0 0, B. Harvey 1 2-6 4, J. Harvey 0 1-2 1, Warren 2 0-2 4, Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Rigard 0 0-0 0, Elmquist 0 0-0 0, Warren 0 0-0 0, Robinault 0 0-0 0, Nizzi 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 10-21 26

Saegertown 12 8 8 9 – 37

Eisenhower 6 5 6 9 – 26

3-pointers: S – Amy, Johnston, Fleischer; E – None.

Cambridge Springs 49, Youngsville 10

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS – Youngsville trailed 27-0 after one quarter and fell to 0-4 overall in a 49-10 loss at Cambridge Springs, in the Region 3 opener for both.

The Eagles had just two field goals in the game, trailing 42-4 at the half.

YOUNGSVILLE (0-4, 0-1): Lehnen 1 0-0 2, Flinn 0 0-0 0, Clark 0 0-0 0, Frazier 1 0-0 3, Frederick 0 0-0 0, Tydus 0 0-1 0, Jesson 0 2-2 2, Hendrickson 0 2-5 2, Kesterholt 0 1-2 1, Lake 0 0-2 0. Totals 2 5-12 10.

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS (1-3, 1-0) – Reisenauer 6 0-0 12, Hohn 3 0-0 8, Huff 0 3-4 3, Henderson 0 0-0 0, Ferris 3 2-5 9, Krzysiak 1 0-0 2, Porter 3 1-3 8, Duda 2 0-0 4, Silbaugh 0 0-2 0, O’Malley 1 1-4 3, Fiely 0 0-0 0, Hockenberry 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-18 49.

Youngsville 0 4 3 3 – 10

Cambridge Springs 27 15 4 3 – 49

3-point goals: Y-Frazier; CS-Hohn 2, Ferris, Porter.

Junior varsity game

Cambridge Springs 36, Youngsville 21

Johnsonburg 73, Sheffield 33

Sheffield fell to last year’s state runner-up Johnsonburg, 73-33, Friday night at Sheffield High School.

Noah Heater led Sheffield with eight points with Jimmy Vile right behind him with six.

“I’m proud of my guys for the effort they put out,” said Sheffield coach Tony Richards, whose Wolverines are 1-3 overall. “Johnsonburg sets the standard for how basketball programs should be ran.”

The junior varsity game went until the final buzzer with the last minute bouncing back and forth between penalties and time outs. Johnsonburg led 43-40 with 51.7 seconds left. Johnsonburg picked up two foul shots with four second left, made both, and ended the game 45-41.

JOHNSONBURG (73): Cherry 1 0-0 2, Grumley 10 1-2 21, Benson 8 0-0 16, Peterson 5 4-4 14, Kilhoffer 1 0-0 2, Herbstritt 4 1-2 9, Morre 2 1-2 5, Hongdon 2 0-0 4. Totals 33 7-10 73.

SHEFFIELD (33): Peterson 1 1-2 3, A. Higby 4 0-1 8, Connolly 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 1-2 3, Heater 3 2-2 8, Vile 2 2-2 8, Confer 0 0-0 3. Totals 12 6-9 33.

Johnsonburg 23 24 15 11 – 73

Sheffield 13 9 2 9 – 33

3-pointers: J-None; S-Confer.

Junior varsity game

JOHNSONBURG (45): Myers 1 0-0 2, Kilhoffer 3 10-10 19, Fernoti 1 0-2 2, Hefright 0 1-2 1, Walters 3 3-4 12, Burgerson 3 0-2 6, Robuck 2 0-7 4. Totals 13 14-27 45.

SHEFFIELD (41): Benjamin 1 0-0 2, Connolly 5 4-4 14, Johnson 6 1-3 13, Pierson 1 0-0 2, Simmer 1 0-0 2, Kipp 0 0-0 3, D Higby 0 0-0 0, Corbin 0 0-0 0, Rulander 2 1-1 5. Totals 16 6-8 41.

Johnsonburg 6 11 14 6 – 45

Sheffield 17 13 4 7 – 41

3-pointers: J-Kilhoffer, Walters; S-Kipp.