BOYS HOOPS: Hanging Tough: Warren falls short of Strong Vincent; Ike tops Maplewood in region game

The Dragons lost a tight, back-and-forth contest to Strong Vincent on Friday night at Warren Area High School, 67-61.

Warren now stands at 5-6 overall, and 0-4 in Region 6. Strong Vincent improves to 6-3, and 3-1 in region play.

Collin Fantaskey again led the way for the Dragons, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

The Dragons came out of the gate strong, opening up a double-digit lead in the first four minutes. The Colonels fought back though, and closed to within four by the end of the quarter.

Strong Vincent took the lead for the first time midway through the second, and the two teams traded buckets in the final minutes, with Fantaskey hitting an open layup at the halftime buzzer to give his team a one point lead.

The Dragons were up by three heading into the fourth quarter, but the Colonels used a 5-0 run with three minutes remaining to take the lead for good. Warren would find itself within two in the final 15 seconds, but a pair of Strong Vincent free throws sealed the game.

Tanner Stanz finished with 11 points and five steals for Warren, and Max Gross pulled down six rebounds.

“We played much better tonight,” Warren coach Jeff Berdine said. “That was the type of focus, energy and effort we need to play with night in and night out. (Strong Vincent) is a solid team, and we knew coming in that it would be a tough match.”

“There was a stretch in the second quarter where we kind of went cold,” Berdine added. “And we had a couple of big misses on putbacks late in the game.”

The Dragons’ junior varsity team won their match in thrilling fashion, 63-62, with Sam Lindquist hitting a game-winner at the buzzer.

Warren will travel to Corry on Tuesday.

STRONG VINCENT (67): Gillespie 2 2-6 6, Morris 8 10-13 29, Pacley 2 7-10 11, Wofford 0 4-4 4, Miller 0 5-6 5, Benniot 0 0-0 0, Green 1 0-0 2, Hatkevich 1 0-0 2, Williams 0 0-1 0, Pointer 2 4-6 8. Totals 16 32-46 67

WARREN (61): Nowacki 0 0-0 0, Vasilisin 3 2-4 9, Stanz 5 1-1 11, Gustafson 0 0-0 0, Fantaskey 8 7-8 25, Skerda 0 1-2 1, Gross 2 0-0 4, Passmore 3 0-0 6, Suppa 2 1-2 5. Totals 23 12-17 61

Strong Vincent 21 11 9 26 – 67

Warren 25 8 11 17 – 61

3-pointers: S – Morris 3; W – Vasilisin, Fantaskey 2.

Junior varsity game

STRONG VINCENT (62): Gore 3 2-6 8, Harvard 7 3-7 18, Keim 1 0-0 2, Manus 5 4-8 14, Darby 0 0-0 0, Freeman 3 7-9 14, Jones 1 0-0 2, Tate 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 16-31 62

WARREN (63): Nowacki 8 0-0 16, Vasilisin 3 3-4 10, Waterfield 1 0-0 3, White 2 6-7 10, Gallaway 1 2-2 4, Skerda 3 2-4 9, Deppas 0 0-0 0, Funari 1 0-0 3, Bablak 1 2-2 4, Lindquist 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 15-19 63

Strong Vincent 7 10 24 21 – 62

Warren 14 17 16 16 – 63

3-pointers: S – Harvard, Freeman; W – Vasilisin, Waterfield, Skerda, Funari.

DuBois Central Catholic 68, Sheffield 32

DuBOIS – DuBois Central Catholic opened the second half on a 14-0 run in the District 9 crossover win over Sheffield.

A last-second 3-pointer gave DCC a 34-23 halftime lead, but head coach Tony Richards was pleased with the Wolverines in the first half.

The Wolverines missed six 3-point attempts in their first six possessions of the second half and DuBois Central Catholic improved to 8-4 overall. Sheffield is 4-11.

SHEFFIELD (32): A. Higby 3 0-0 6, Connolly 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 2-2 4, Heeter 4 0-0 8, Vile 4 1-2 9, Confer 2 0-0 5, D. Higby 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-4 32.

DCC (68): Hanes 1 0-0 2, Aucker 10 2-3 26, Goldback 2 0-0 4, Kentoski 5 2-7 12, Laparne 2 0-0 4, Gray 3 2-4 8, Anderson 4 2-2 11, Trinkley 0 1-2 1. Totals 27 9-18 68.

Sheffield 15 8 2 7 – 32

DCC 22 12 19 15 – 68

3-pointers: S-Confer; D-Aucker 4, Anderson.

Junior varsity game

SHEFFIELD (20): Benjamin 0 0-0 0, Connolly 2 1-2 5, Johnson 5 0-0 13, D. Higby 1 0-0 2, Corbin 0 0-0 0, Rulander 0 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 1-2 20.

DCC (46): Fitzpatrick 4 1-1 10, Anderson 1 0-0 3, Craig 3 0-0 6, Varischetti 5 4-5 14, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Engle 1 1-4 3, Laparne 3 0-2 6. Totals 19 6-12 46.

Sheffield 4 3 5 8 – 20

DCC 19 9 9 9 – 46

3-pointers: S-Johnson 3; D-Fitzpatrick, Anderson.

Rocky Grove 86, TCCS 50

Tidioute Charter had three players reach double figures in scoring but it wasn’t enough to overcome a fast Rocky Grove team.

“They just run,” said TCCS coach Dave Manning of Rocky Grove. “All they want to do is get out and go.”

Travis McLaughlin had a season-high 15 points for Tidioute, and Ben Kightlinger added 11, and Pat Thompson 10. Chance Klos chipped in six assists.

Garrett Gannoe led Rocky Grove with 11 field goals and 30 points.

ROCKY GROVE (86): Young 1 0-0 2, Gill 0 1-2 1, J. Kirwin 0 1-4 1, Tyler Davis 4 2-2 11, Nate White 4 2-2 11, Adam Kirwin 6 9-11 21, Garrett Gannoe 12 7-7 31, Rodemoyer 1 0-0 2, Sharp 1 0-2 2, Frankenberger 0 0-0 0, Garren 0 0-0 0, Burt 2 0-0 4. Totals: 31 22-30 86.

TIDIOUTE CHARTER (50): Yeager 1 1-6 3, Faulkner 4 0-3 9, McLaughlin 6 2-2 15, Martin 1 0-0 2, Thompson 5 0-0 10, Kightlinger 4 2-6 11. Totals: 21 5-17 50.

Rocky Grove 24 22 16 24 – 86

Tidioute Charter 13 7 17 13 – 50

3-point goals – Rocky Grove (Davis, White), Tidioute Charter (Faulkner, McLaughlin, Kightlinger).

Junior varsity game

ROCKY GROVE (67): Gill 6 1-1 13, J. Kirwin 4 1-4 9, Rodemoyer 3 4-6 11, Frankenberger 4 2-2 10, Garren 6 4-4 18, Burt 3 0-0 6. Totals 26 12-18 67.

TCCS (16): Harom 0 0-0 0, Buccardo 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0, Wiles-Shaw 2 0-0 4, Coughlin 4 1-2 10, Heckman 1 0-3 2, Bonner 0 0-0 0, McAfoose 1 0-0 2, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Gourley 0 0-0 0, Heenan 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 1-5 16.

Rocky 28 17 12 10 – 67

TCCS 6 2 4 4 – 16

3-pointers: R-Rodemoyer, Garren 2; T-Coughlin.

Eisenhower 54, Maplewood 36

MAPLEWOOD Eisenhower defeated Maplewood in a Region 3 matchup on Friday night, 54-36.

The Tigers took an early lead, but the Knights would finish the first quarter up four points and led the rest of the way.

Ike’s overall record now sits at 9-3, with a 5-1 Region 3 mark. Maplewood falls to 2-12, and 1-5 in region play.

Despite the victory, Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.

“At the end of the game, we didn’t take care of the ball as well as I’d like,” Allenson said. “Even though they didn’t play well, they still kept their heads up and figured out a way to win.”

Casey Vincent was the leading scorer for the Knights, finishing with 18 points. Jarrett Johnson added 12, and Tre Frank finished with nine.

Ike’s junior varsity team fell in its match, 37-35.

EISENHOWER (54): Vincent 7 2-2 18, Frank 1 7-8 9, Johnson 6 0-0 12, Sanders 4 0-0 8, Harvey 1 2-4 4, Zortman 1 1-3 3. Totals 20 12-17 54

MAPLEWOOD (36): Maloney 1 0-0 2, Smith 3 0-0 8, Parker 1 3-3 5, Dahl 1 2-2 5, Delo 6 4-4 16. Totals 12 9-9 36

Eisenhower 13 13 15 13 – 54

Maplewood 9 7 12 8 – 36

3-pointers: E – Vincent 2; M – Smith 2, Dahl.

Junior varsity game

EISENHOWER (25): Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Warren 2 2-4 6, Elmquist 1 0-0 2, Nizzi 3 0-1 6, Harvey 4 1-2 9. Totals 11 3-7 25

MAPLEWOOD (37): Smith 1 0-0 2, Winslow 1 0-0 2, Maddock 1 1-2 4, McPhearson 1 0-0 2, Bishop 3 1-2 7, Leach 2 1-1 5, Lauren 7 0-0 15. Totals 16 3-5 37

Eisenhower 4 8 6 7 – 25

Maplewood 12 4 11 10 – 37

3-pointers: E – None; M – Maddock, Lauren.

Cochranton 68, Youngsville 41

Youngsville remains winless on the season after a 68-41 region loss to visiting Cochranton at Youngsville High School.

“We continued to fight hard…,” said Youngsville coach Jim Kesterholt, whose Eagles are 0-12 and 0-6 in Region 3. “Cochranton (12-2, 6-0) is a great program with a lot of starting seniors, and I see this game as a positive step for us.”

The Eagles will next be seen in action at Cambridge Springs on Monday night.

COCHRANTON (68): Dickson 3 0-0 9, Adams 7 3-5 17, Vanderhoof 7 0-2 14, Custead 1 0-0 2, N. Wigton 3 5-7 11, Z. Wigton 0 0-2 0, Hoffman 0 1-2 1, Staudt 6 2-7 14, Baker 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 11-25 68.

YOUNGSVILLE (41): Lehnen 6 4-6 16, Flinn 1 0-0 2, Ja. Frazier 1 2-2 4, Uplinger 2 3-6 7, Rugar 0 1-4 1, Fredrick 0 0-0 0, Taydus 0 3-4 3, Morrison 0 0-0 0, Jesson 0 0-0 0, Chuzie 0 2-4 2, Kesterholt 0 0-0 0, Jo. Frazier 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 1 4-4 6, Lake 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 19-30 41.

Cochranton 13 17 21 17 – 68

Youngsville 8 2 16 15 – 41

3-pointers: C – Dickson 1.

Junior varsity game

COCHRANTON (49): Offi 1 2-2 4, Wigton 3 0-0 6, Sekerski 4 3-5 14, Baker 1 3-6 5, Staudt 2 0-0 4, Hoffman 3 0-0 6, Jamieson 0 2-3 2, Johnson 2 2-4 6, Custead 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 12-20 49.

YOUNGSVILLE (22): Flinn 1 0-0 5, Chuzie 0 1-2 1, Morrison 0 0-2 0, Rugar 0 0-2 0, Jesson 1 0-0 2, Buchanan 2 0-0 4, Kesterholt 0 1-2 1, Frazier 1 0-0 2, Sanford 0 0-0 0, Cowan 3 1-4 7. Totals 8 3-12 22

Cochranton 14 11 15 9 – 49

Youngsville 3 10 2 7 – 22

3-pointers: C – Sekerski 1; Y – Flinn 1.