Patriots in D-1 mix with 2-0 week; Warriors 0-3 in D-2


First Posted: 1/13/2013

Wyoming Area spent the last 11 minutes of the first half Friday night fighting its way back into the game.

Lake-Lehman used the third quarter to regain command on the way to a 58-33 rout in the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 boys basketball game.

The third quarter has been our nemesis the past couple of games, Wyoming Area coach Al Brogna said. We have to figure it out.

Adam Dizbon had seven points and Cody Paraschak worked inside for six when the Black Knights outscored the Warriors, 20-3, in the third quarter to take a 46-23 lead and send Wyoming Area to its 10th straight defeat.

Turnover, score; turnover, score; turnover, score, Brogna said. We can’t have those lapses.

We’re not scoring many points. When we get defensive stops, we have to take advantage. We have to take care of the basketball. We can’t give it back and give up an easy basket.

The Warriors, winless in D-2, are averaging fewer than 39 points per game.

They managed seven points in the final three minutes of the first quarter and kept pace with Lake-Lehman in the second quarter, cutting an early 16-6 deficit to 26-20 at the half.

Pete Borum, Lake-Lehman’s powerful 6-foot-6 center had nine points in the first 3:10 and Jared James scored on the break for a 13-4 lead.

We played a nice first half, Brogna said. I was pleased with the effort.

We got a little out of sorts in the beginning with Borum, the kid inside. We broke down a couple times, but we battled back and showed heart.

Borum finished with 20 points and nine rebounds while Dizbon had 18 points, including 13 in the second half.

Their center, (Bart) Chupka, is one of the toughest kids in the division, but he’s only 6-2 and we have two big kids, Lake-Lehman coach Brian Cutter said. We wanted to get the ball down low, which we did early.

When Lake-Lehman started hitting shots in the second half, the game got out of hand in a hurry. The Black Knights shot 14-for-19 (73.7 percent) from the floor in the final two quarters.

We didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half, Cutter said. I told the team, it had been 2 ½ games that we were taking the right shots.

Chupka had nine of his 11 points in the first half, but then battled foul trouble. Jordan Zezza added eight points.

Hanover Area 67, WA 49

Jorge Colon scored 30 points and helped Hanover Area pull away in the fourth quarter for a 67-49 victory over Wyoming Area Tuesday.

The Hawkeyes led, 37-27, before Colon scored 12 points in the fourth quarter. Colon made his last 12 free throws.

Bart Chupka led Wyoming Area with 13 points, including 12 in the second half. Jordan Zezza added nine. Mike Carey had two of the team’s five 3-pointers while scoring eight.

Hanover Area led just, 7-4, after one quarter. Tino Romanelli’s 3-pointer was the only Warriors field goal in the quarter.

Hazleton Area 69, PA 53

Hazleton Area pulled away from a one-point game in the second half on Saturday, Jan. 5 when Hazleton Area handed Pittston Area its first WVC Division 1 loss, 69-53.

Sal Biasi had 24 of his 34 points in the second half. He had 15 in the third quarter when the Cougars used a 20-15 advantage to take a 48-42 lead.

The Cougars ended the third quarter on a 14-5 run to overcome two 3-pointers by Mason Gross early in the second half. Hazleton Area then outscored Pittston Area, 21-11, in the fourth quarter.

Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger said Hazleton Area’s 14 offensive rebounds made the difference. Kurtis Wright finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Tyler McGarry and Michael Schwab led the way when Pittston Area used a 17-5 run to end the first half and close within one point.

Gross finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Schwab added 16 points.

Pittston Area 70, Dallas 49

James Tobisch took care of the first half and Mason Gross handled the second.

Together, they led Pittston Area to a 70-49 romp over Dallas Tuesday.

Tobisch scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half when the Patriots took a 34-29 lead.

Gross had 13 of his 22 in the second half when Pittston Area broke away for a comfortable win.

The Patriots outscored the Mountaineers, 17-7, in the fourth quarter.

Matt Ross led Dallas with 16 points.

PA 52, Tunkhannock 49

Gross and Tobisch scored 14 points each Friday night when Pittston Area downed Tunkhannock, 52-49.

The Patriots finished the night tied for third in Division 1 with a 3-1 record. Hazleton Area and Wyoming Valley West are 4-0 while Crestwood joins Pittston Area at 3-1. This could be a crucial week as PA plays both Valley West and Crestwood.

Pittston Area took a 12-8 lead after one quarter and withstood six Tunkhannock 3-pointers as neither team outscored the other by more than a point in a quarter the rest of the way.

Sean Soltysiak hit three 3-pointers while leading the Tigers with 17 points.

This week

Tuesday

Crestwood at PA

GAR at WA

Friday

PA at Valley West

Redeemer at WA

Standings… Division… Overall

Division 1

Hazleton… 4-0… 8-3

Valley West … 4-0 … 7-5

Pittston Area … 3-1… 7-5

Crestwood… 3-1… 8-4

Tunkhannock … 1-3… 2-9

Coughlin… 1-3 … 3-9

Dallas… 0-4 … 1-11

Berwick… 0-4 … 1-10

Division 2

GAR… 3-0 … 5-7

Nanticoke… 2-1… 6-6

Lake Lehman … 2-1… 5-5

Holy Redeemer … 1-2 … 2-9

Wyoming Area … 0-3 … 1-11

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