BOYS HOOPS: Knights Time!: Ike’s playoff hopes start after region win

Eisenhower ended its regular season on a winning note, defeating visiting Maplewood by a score of 61-35 in a Region 3 matchup Friday at Eisenhower High School.

The Knights will now wait for District 10 to make its selections for the postseason. Eisenhower is all but assured a spot in the Class A tournament with a record of 13-8 overall and 8-4 in Region 3. Kennedy Catholic and Cochranton are the two region champions in Class A, and should get first-round byes in the six team field. Eisenhower would most likely play the fifth seed, which could be either Rocky Grove, VisionQuest, or Commodore Perry.

The Knights solidified their spot with a convincing win over the Tigers on Senior Night. After battling to an 8-8 tie after one quarter, Ike picked up the pace with a 15-8 second and 22-4 third.

“We wanted this one more than we really needed it,” said Eisenhower coach Dave Allenson. “It’s a good win after losing our last two. We showed a lot of hustle in the second half (of Wednesday’s game against North Clarion), and that carried over into tonight.”

Casey Vincent scored 12 to lead the Knights, while Chris Sanders, John Potts, and Jarrett Johnson added eight each.

Eisenhower will learn its official playoff fate this weekend, when District 10 meets to choose this year’s brackets.

The Knights won the junior varsity game as well, 29-21. Grant Venman scored eight points in the win.

MAPLEWOOD (35): Weldon 0 0-3 0, Maloney 1 4-5 6, Klingensmith 1 0-0 2, Peters 1 0-0 2, Barker 2 0-0 4, Dahl 2 1-2 5, Delo 5 1-4 11; Totals 14 6-14 35.

EISENHOWER (61): Frank 3 0-0 7, Vincent 5 1-1 12, Warren 1 0-1 2, Venman 1 0-0 2, Farrell 1 2-2 4, A. Johnson 3 0-2 6, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Sanders 4 0-0 8, Potts 4 0-0 8, J. Johnson 3 2-3 8, Zortman 0 0-0 0, B. Harvey 0 1-2 1, Hunt 1 0-0 2; Totals 26 6-11 61.

Maplewood 8 8 4 15 – 35

Eisenhower 8 15 22 16 – 61

3-pointers: M – none; E – Frank 1, Vincent 1.

Junior varsity game

MAPLEWOOD (21): Smith 4 0-0 8, Thomas 2 1-2 5, Wellman 2 1-1 5, Mattocks 1 0-0 2, Leech 0 1-2 1; Totals 9 3-5 21.

EISENHOWER (29): Reynolds 1 0-0 2, Warren 2 1-4 5, Venman 4 0-0 8, J. Harvey 2 1-2 5, B. Harvey 3 1-4 7; Totals 12 3-10 29.

Maplewood 8 2 1 10 – 21

Eisenhower 3 8 8 10 – 29

3-pointers: M – none, E – none.

Warren 70, Fort LeBoeuf 56

WATERFORD – Warren swept the season series with Fort LeBoeuf with a 70-56 win at Fort LeBoeuf Friday that really wasn’t even that close.

Collin Fantaskey made sure of that.

The senior, with just one game left, scored 18 of his 28 points in a 25-9 first quarter for Warren.

“Early in the game, we were able to get turnovers off our press,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine, whose Dragons are 10-11 overall with a make-up game at Girard on Monday to end the season. Fort LeBoeuf is 1-21.

“Collin was on fire in the first half,” said Berdine.

Fantaskey scored four more points in the second quarter for 22 first-half points. He added five rebounds and three steals for the game.

Tanner Stanz had four assists for Warren, Jacoby Passmore eight rebounds and Devin Nowacki seven rebounds in the win.

WARREN (70): Nowacki 3 0-0 6, Vasilisin 1 2-4 4, Stanz 1 0-0 2, White 2 2-2 6, Gustafson 2 3-4 7, Fantaskey 11 3-3 28, Skerda 1 0-0 2, Gross 2 1-2 5, Passmore 1 1-2 3, Suppa 3 0-0 7. Totals 27 12-17 70.

FORT LeBOEUF (56): Gregg 2 1-3 5, Paluh 4 0-0 8, Miller 5 3-4 13, Galvin 5 2-2 15, Young 1 0-0 2, Lombardozzi 2 0-0 5, Hashim 4 0-2 8. Totals 23 6-11 56.

Warren 25 18 15 12 – 70

Fort LeBoeuf 9 16 11 20 – 56

3-pointers: W-Fantaskey 3, Suppa; F-Galvin 3, Lombardozzi.

Junior varsity game

WARREN (68): Waterfield 2 0-2 4, White 2 0-0 4, Galloway 4 2-3 11, Skerda 4 1-4 9, Deppas 0 0-2 0, Funari 3 2-2 8, Balak 1 0-2 2, Suppa 5 4-5 14, Gross 7 2-3 16. Totals 28 11-23 68.

FORT LeBOEUF (37): Confer 4 0-0 8, Gastin 1 0-0 3, Haney 2 2-4 7, Stone 1 0-0 2, Young 41-1 11, Boyd 1 0-0 2, Learn 2 0-0 4. Totals 15 3-5 37.

Warren 24 19 10 15 – 68

Fort LeBoeuf 12 8 8 9 – 37

3-pointers: W-Galloway; F-Gastin, Haney, Young 2.

Cochranton 67, Youngsville 28

COCHRANTON – Youngsville is 1-19 overall and 0-11 in Region 3 after a loss on Friday to undefeated-in-region Cochranton.

Youngsville ends its season with three games in four days, due to make-ups, including against Rocky Grove at 4 p.m. Saturday at Youngsville High School, and at Conneaut on Monday.

YOUNGSVILLE (1-19, 0-11) – Lehnen 3 0-0 6, Clark 0 1-2 1, Ja. Frazier 2 0-0 6, Uplinger 2 0-0 5, Rugar 2 1-2 5, Taydus 1 0-0 2, Morrison 1 0-0 2, Jesson 0 0-0 0, Chuzie 0 1-5 1, Kesterholt 0 0-0 0, Jo. Frazier 0 0-0 0, Frederick 0 0-0 0, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Flinn 0 0-0 0, Lake 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 3-9 28.

COCHRANTON (19-3, 12-0) – Herzberger 2 0-0 5, Dickson 4 0-0 11, Adams 5 3-3 15, Vanderhoof 4 0-0 10, A. Custead 5 1-3 11, N. Wigton 2 1-2 5, Z. Wigton 1 3-4 4, Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Staaudt 0 1-2 1, Baker 0 2-2 2, Offi 0 0-1 0, Jamieson 0 0-0 0, Sekerski 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-1 0, G. Custead 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 11-18 67.

Youngsville 10 6 9 3 – 28

Cochranton 24 12 18 13 – 67

3-pointers: Y-Ja. Frazier 2, Uplinger; C-Dickson 3, Adams 2, Vanderhoof 2, Herzberger.

Junior varsity game

Cochranton 80, Youngsville 28

Erie Bethel 59, Tidioute Charter39

A hectic schedule finally caught up with the Tidioute Bulldogs on Friday night, as they dropped a 59-39 contest against Erie Bethel in their final game of the season at Tidioute Community Charter School.

Prior to Friday’s loss, the Bulldogs had played five games in seven days, winning two in a row and three of their last four. They finish the year with a record of 4-13 overall.

“We were just tired, that was it,” said Bulldogs coach Dave Manning. “It was a lot of basketball. Four minutes in you could just see they were out of gas.”

Travis McLaughlin led the way with 18 points for Tidioute, while teammate Ben Kightlinger chipped in 13. Jordan Yeager grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss.

The Bulldogs will return all but four players in the 2014-2015 season.

“We’re looking forward to next year,” said Manning. “Our success is going to come down to our willingness to put in work during the offseason.”

ERIE BETHEL (59): Hess 1 0-0 2, Da. Alvis 10 3-7 24, Yourkonis 0 2-2 2, Bonikowski 7 0-0 16, Di. Alvis 5 1-2 11, Grimes 1 0-0 2, Tran 0 0-1 0, Samusenko 1 0-0 2, Kennedy 0 0-2 0; Totals 25 6-14 59.

TIDIOUTE (39): Yeager 0 1-2 1, Faulkner 1 1-2 3, McLaughlin 9 0-0 18, Martin 0 0-0 0, Klos 0 0-0 0, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Kightlinger 5 2-4 13, Breeden 1 0-0 2, Divido 0 0-0 0; Totals 17 4-8 39.

Erie Bethel 20 7 23 9 – 59

Tidioute 12 5 10 12 – 39

3-pointers: E – Da. Alvis 1, Bonikowski 2; T – Kightlinger 1.