BOYS HOOPS: Dragons rally late against Corry, WCCS notches win

CORRY Warren notched its first Region 6 win of the season on Tuesday night, defeating Corry, 57-54.

After a back-and-forth affair through the first three quarters, Corry opened up a ten-point lead in the fourth, only to see Warren battle back and end the game on a 15-2 run.

“It was a good victory for us,” Warren coach Jeff Berdine said. “We needed to get this first region win.”

Scott Vasilisin and Collin Fantaskey each hit two big buckets during the late-game run to get Warren to within three, and after Corry missed the front end of a one-and-one, Jacoby Passmore scored to make it a one-point game.

After a crucial defensive stop, Passmore scored again to put the Dragons in front, and Fantaskey would then hit two free throws with just 12 seconds remaining. A depersation three-pointer from Corry in the final seconds was off the mark.

“It was a pretty exciting fourth quarter,” Berdine said. “We struggled defensively, and then we found a group that worked well together during the fourth quarter and got stops when they needed to. We executed some sets down the stretch when we really needed buckets”

Warren’s record now sits at 6-6 overall, with a 1-4 mark in Region 6 play.

Fantaskey led all scorers with 22 points, and also hauled in seven rebounds. Tanner Stanz finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. Passmore added 12 points and Max Gross pulled down six rebounds.

The Dragons’ junior varsity team won its match, 51-39. Ryan Skerda led the way with 14 points.

Warren will host Fort LeBoeuf on Thursday.

WARREN (57): Nowacki 1 0-0 2, Vasilisin 3 0-0 6, Stanz 3 4-4 10, Gustafson 0 1-2 1, Fantaskey 7 6-10 22, Gross 0 0-0 0, Passmore 6 0-1 12, Suppa 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 11-17 57

CORRY (54): Bennett 7 0-1 14, Eck 2 0-0 5, Haenel 5 4-4 15, Schrecengost 1 1-4 3, Wood 3 0-0 7, Xander 1 0-0 2, Sutton 4 0-0 8. Totals 23 5-9 54

Warren 13 14 12 18 57

Corry 10 17 17 10 54

3-pointers: W – Fantaskey 2; C – Eck, Haenel, Wood.

Junior varsity

WARREN (51): Nowacki 1 1-2 3, Vasilisin 2 0-0 5, Waterfield 2 4-4 8, White 3 0-1 6, Galloway 2 1-2 7, Skerda 5 2-3 14, Deppas 0 0-0 0, Funari 1 1-2 4, Bablak 2 0-0 4, Lindquist 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-14 51

CORRY (39): Xander 4 0-2 8, Ayala 3 1-2 7, James 7 3-4 17, Precha 3 0-0 7. Totals 17 4-8 39

Warren 10 10 10 21 51

Corry 11 8 12 8 39

3-pointers: W – Vasilisin, Skerda 2, Galloway 2, Funari; C – Precha.

WCCS 34, CCSI 31

It took a furious rally in the second half but the Warren County Christian School boys basketball team overcame a 10-point half time deficit to defeat Crawford Christian School Initiative at home on Tuesday night.

Head Coach Tom Jones said that the Lions were training until there was 1:30 left on the clock. At that point, the Lions went into a press and were able to overcome the deficit and secure the win.

WCCS was led by Eric Sorenson, who finished the contest with a team-high 15 points. Jones praised Sorenson’s “strong offensive performance” and noted that he also had five steals in the win.

“Tommy Jones helped us a lot on defense,” added Jones, “especially in the second half.” Jones tallied five steals in the fourth quarter alone.

Jones also said that Zack Ballard “had a real strong game” both scoring, tallying 12 points, and working the boards, where he finished with six.

When the Lions went into a press, Jones said the team “started playing much better in the fourth quarter… Tommy Jones and Eric Sorenson really controlled the tempo.”

The Lions will welcome Tidioute Community Charter School in their next match up at home slated for Tuesday, Jan. 28.

CCSI (31): Nasbrook 2 0-0 4, Breitfelder 6 2-2 14, Silvis 0 0-0 0, Bustamante 0 0-0 0, Nageotte 4 0-0 8, Gilette 2 0-0 5. Totals: 14 2-2 31.

WCCS (34): Sorenson 5 5-6 15, Brenner 0 0-0 0, Ballard 6 0-0 12, Phelps 1 0-0 2, T. Jones 0 1-2 1, Poindexter 1 2-2 4, Root 0 0-0 0, J. Jones 0 0-0 0, Kerr 0 0-0 0, D. Jones 0 0-0 0, Havle 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 8-10 34.

CCSI 10 8 4 9 – 34

WCCS 4 4 11 15 – 31

Three-poiners: C- Gilette, W- none.

Johnsonburg 75, Sheffield 30

JOHNSONBURG Sheffield fell to a strong Johnsonburg team on Tuesday night, 75-30.

The Rams outscored the Wolverines 46-20 in the first half, and 29-10 in the second.

Adam Higby was the leading scorer for the Wolverines with nine points. Travis Petersen added six and Nic Confer registered five.

Cole Peterson finished with 23 points for the Rams, who hit 30 field goals, including seven from three-point range.

Sheffield’s junior varsity team fell, 34-32.

The Wolverines will travel to Kane on Friday.

SHEFFIELD (30): Petersen 3 0-1 6, Higby 3 2-2 9, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Heeter 3 0-1 6, Vile 1 0-0 2, Confer 2 1-2 5, Simmer 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 3-6 30.

JOHNSONBURG (75): Cherry 3 0-0 7, Grumley 7 0-0 16, Benson 3 4-6 11, Peterson 10 1-1 23, Kilhoffer 0 1-2 1, Walters 1 1-2 3, Feronti 1 0-0 2, Hodgdon 4 1-2 9, Anderson 1 0-0 3. Totals 30 8-13 75.

Sheffield 10 10 4 6 30

Johnsonburg 26 20 19 10 -75

3-pointers: S – Higby; J – Cherry, Grumley 2, Benson, Peterson 2, Anderson.

Saegertown 48,

Eisenhower 46

SAEGERTOWN Eisenhower jumped out to an early lead in a road contest against the Saegertown Panthers on Tuesday but, after falling behind late, could not capitalize on a last-second chance to tie the game.

The Knights came out strong, taking an 18-11 lead after the first.

But the Panthers roared back in the second, winning the period 19-4, to take an eight point lead into the break.

“We went up on them early and I thought we had a chance to put them away early but they came back,” said Eisenhower Coach Dave Allenson. “We fought through the third quarter (and) finally got some momentum in the fourth quarter.”

The Knights fell down seven with one minute left but scratched back in the final minute and got an opportunity to tie the game on a last-second shot but could not convert.

Casey Vincent led the Knights in scoring with 17 and Jarrett Johnson also finished in double figures for the Knights with 12.

“We knew from playing them before it was going to be a tough ballgame,” said Allenson.

The Knights are back in action at home on Thursday against Titusville.

EISENHOWER (46): Vincent 5 2-3 17, Frank 0 5-6 5, Farrell 1 0-0 2, Johnson 5 1-4 12, Sanders 1 4-10 6, Hunt 2 0-1 4. Totals: 14 12-24 46.

SAEGERTOWN (48): Bradley 3 0-0 8, Johnston 3 0-1 7, Wood 6 8-10 22, Durasa 1 1-2 3, Smith 0 4-4 4, Wise 1 0-0 2, Sada 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 14-17 48.

Eiesenhower 18 4 8 16

Saegertown 11 19 8 10

Three-pointers: E- Vincent (5), Johnson. S- Bradley (2), Johnston, Wood (2).

Junior varsity

SAEGERTOWN (52): Bradley 7 0-0 14, Derek 3 1-1 7, Maddox 6 1-1 13, Smith 1 0-0 2, McGill 3 2-2 8, Reagle 1 1-1 3, Hoffman 2 1-1 5. Totals 23 6-6 52

EISENHOWER (17): Warren 1 1-1 3, Venman 2 0-0 4, Harvey 4 0-0 10.

Saegertown 24 9 11 8 – 52

Eisenhower 4 7 2 4 – 17

3-pointers S – None; E – Harvey 2.