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Hanover Area storms back to top Lehman

LEHMAN TWP. — Trailing by 14 points in the third quarter after committing a foul on a three-point shot and being whistled for a subsequent technical foul, Hanover Area had two options, said head coach Bill Callahan.

Cast aside any chances for a win and mentally move forward to the next game. Or battle Lake-Lehman with everything they have.

The Hawks chose the latter.

Rich Colorusso scored five of his 16 points in the final 1:13 and Nate Jendrzjewski finished with a game-high 21 points to lead Hanover Area to a 54-52 win against the host Black Knights in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division III game Tuesday night.

The comeback was a stunning turnaround for the Hawks (1-2 Div. III, 6-12 overall), who trailed 34-20 when Lake-Lehman’s Mike Eckman made six of eight free throws in the opening three minutes of the third quarter, including three-of-five attempts after being fouled on a three-point shot. Eckman also shot the two free throws awarded to the Black Knights (1-2, 8-9) when a Hanover Area player was called for a technical foul.

“When you’re trailing by 14 points in the third quarter, you can go one of two ways,” said Callahan, whose team scored 22 points in the fourth quarter. “You can either put your head down for good or you can fight back. Our kids decided to fight back. I’m happy they didn’t quit.”

Mike Balas gave the Hawks a 53-49 lead with 38 seconds remaining before missing the front end of a one-and-one a few seconds later. Lake-Lehman’s Carson Baker took advantage of the opportunity, nailing a three-pointer with 16 seconds left to make it 53-52.

Colorusso made one of two foul shots with eight seconds remaining to give Hanover Area a 54-52 lead. The Black Knights had an opportunity to win or tie the game, but a jump shot by Mike Eckman bounced off the rim as time expired.

It was one of many shots missed in the second half by the Black Knights, who only made one jump shot – Baker’s three-pointer – in the final two quarters. Lake-Lehman scored 24 points in the second half, with 21 coming on layups or free throws.

“We went cold in the second half,” said head coach Dave Clancy. “I thought we got some real good looks, but we didn’t make the shots. They were the same shots we were knocking down in the first half.”

Hanover Area got out of the gate quickly, with Jendrzjewski scoring nine points in the opening four minutes of the game as the Hawks raced to an 11-3 lead.

But led by the shooting of Eckman and Matt Boyle – who had 10 and eight points, respectively at halftime – the Black Knights came back, using an 18-1 run from the end of the first quarter to midway through the second to take a 26-14 lead.

“I think our kids got tired in the first half,” said Callahan. “We came out in a press (defense) early and we’re really not a pressing team. You could see our kids bending over and grabbing their shorts.

“We went man (-to-man) in the second half and I thought our kids did a great job. Lehman is one of the better shooting teams in the league and we contested most of their shots.”

HANOVER AREA (54): Jendrzjewski 9 3-7 21, R. Colorusso 7 1-2 16, Halesey 2 0-0 4, Balas 0 3-6 3, B. Colorusso 1 0-0 3, Butler 1 1-2 3, O’Donnell 0 0-0 0, Springer 1 2-4 4. Totals 21 10-21 54.

LAKE-LEHMAN (52): Eckman 4 6-8 16, Dialkewiecz 2 2-2 6, Brown 1 0-0 2, Baker 4 4-4 15, Boyle 4 0-0 8, Carey 1 1-2 3, Weaver 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 13-16 52.

Hanover Area 13 7 12 22 54
Lake-Lehman 10 18 11 13 52

3-Point Field Goals— HAN 2 (R. Colorusso, B. Colorusso); LL 5 (Eckman 2, Baker 3)

Dallas 55, Hazleton Area 49

HAZLETON — Henry Messinger scored a game-high 22 points and Dallas held off Hazleton Area in the second half to win 55-49 in a Wyoming Valley Conference crossover game. Jackie Ellis added 10 points for the Mountaineers.

Dan Maguschak (21 points) and Paris Cleveland (19) scored all but nine of the Cougars’ points on the night.

DALLAS (55): Dailey 3 1-4 7, Englehart 4 0-1 8, Youells 2 2-2 6, J. Ellis 4 2-2 10, Messinger 7 6-7 22, Mazur 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 11-16 55.

HAZLETON AREA (49): Laptuka 2 0-0 5, Plaksa 0 0-0 0, Madochick 2 0-0 4, McCann 0 0-0 0, Cleveland 8 2-6 19, Maguschak 9 0-0 21, Davis 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 2-6 49.

Dallas 16 10 13 16 55
Hazleton Area 9 13 15 12 49

3-Point Field Goals— DAL 2 (Messinger 2); HAZ 5 (Maguschak 3, Cleveland, Laputka)

Holy Redeemer 69, Wyoming Valley West 59

Peter Alexis led three Royals in double figures with 19 points, followed by Greg Sam (16) and Zach Redding (12).

Freshman Eugene Lewis led all scorers with 20 points for the Spartans, who also got 15 from Ali Muhammed and 13 from Jack Crossin.

WYOMING VALLEY WEST (59): Crossin 5 0-0 13, Dolan 0 0-1 0, Muhammed 5 4-7 15, McCann 1 1-2 3, Fleisher 2 4-5 8, Lewis 7 6-7 20, Hampton 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 15-22 59.

HOLY REDEEMER (69): Redding 5 0-0 12, Sam 4 7-8 16, Ell 3 0-0 6, Zurek 3 0-0 6, Alexis 7 4-6 18, Carr 0 0-1 0, Ruch 2 5-7 9, McCarthy 0 0-0 0, Desciak 1 0-0 2, Templeton 0 0-0 0, Plavis 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 16-22 69.

Wyoming Valley West 14 11 11 24 59
Holy Redeemer 16 19 11 23 69

3-Point Field Goals— WVW 4 (Crossin 3, Muhammed); HR 3 (Redding 2, Sam)

Wyoming Seminary 59, West Side Tech 35

Josh Lefkowitz scored 11 points, including three three-point baskets, to lead the Blue Knights to victory over the Titans. Evan Byers and Connor Kincheloe chipped in with eight points each for Wyoming Seminary.

WEST SIDE TECH (35): Hyacinthe 0 3-4 3, Hurst 7 0-0 14, N. Eck 2 0-0 4, Konopke 6 0-0 12, Martin 1 0-2 2. Totals 16 3-6 35.

WYOMING SEMINARY (59) Brown 2 2-2 6, J. Lefkowitz 4 0-0 11, Sickel 3 0-0 6, Byers 3 1-2 8, D. Lefkowitz 0 2-2 2,Kincheloe 3 2-3 8, Cutler 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 7-9 59.

West Side Tech 6 4 15 10 35
Wyoming Seminary 16 16 14 13 59

3-Point Field Goals— WS: J. Lefkowitz 3, Byers.

Meyers 63, Northwest 36

Sophomore center Keyton Winder tossed in a game-high 20 points to lead the Mohawks to victory over the Rangers. Meyers took a 27-20 halftime lead and the Mohawks outscored Northwest 36-16 in the second half.

NaQuan Spicer added 17 points for Meyers. Brad Garren paced Northwest with 17 points.

NORTHWEST (36): Acenzi 0 0-0 0, Winter 0 2-3 2, Garren 5 2-2 17, Swain 2 0-0 4, Rutkoiski 0 0-0 0, Cross 1 0-0 2, Youstat 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Hillard 0 0-0, Blazick 0 0-0 0, Merth 2 0-0 4, Noss 3 1-2 7. Totals 13 5-7 36.

MEYERS (63): Brown 3 0-0 6, Villano 1 0-0 2, McGavin 0 0-0 0, Montalvo 2 1-2 5, Pape 1 0-0 2, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Lavan 1 0-0 1, Spicer 7 3-5 17, Winder 9 2-2 20, Beauvoir 0 0-0 0. Curry 3 1-2 7, Kunz 0 0-0 0, Walters 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 7-11 63.

Northwest 16 4 7 9 36
Meyers 12 15 15 21 63

3-Point Field Goals— NWT: Garren 5

GAR 72, St. Michael’s 28

Mike Polakoski tossed in a game-high 15 points to lead the Grenadiers to victory over St. Michael’s. GAR took a 41-13 halftime lead and never looked back.

Adam Wayman added 10 points for the Grenadiers, while A.J. Magda chipped in with 10 points.

ST. MICHAEL’S (28): West 0 2-2 2, Purdy 0 1-2 1, Small 1 0-0 2, Prince 3 0-0 8, Mathews 1 0-0 2, Parr 1 1-2 3, Logan 4 1-3 10. Totals 10 5-9 28.

GAR (72): Womack 1 0-0 2, Wayman 4 1-1 10, Magda 4 0-0 9, Brown 2 0-2 4, Polakoski 6 1-2 15, Crawford 3 0-0 8, Sharpe 0 1-2 1, Powell 1 4-5 7, Thomas 2 0-0 5, Kaskey 2 0-0 6, Wielgopolski 2 1-2 5. Totals 27 8-14 72.

St. Michael’s 7 6 3 12 38
GAR 23 18 16 0 72

3-Point Field Goals— STM: Prince 2, Logan. GAR: Wayman, Magda, Polakoski 2, Crawford 2, Powell, Thomas, Kaskey 2.

Crestwood 51, Pittston Area 41

Adam Fazzini notched a game-high 20 points for the Comets, while Josh Popowycz and Eric Bogumil both finished with 12.

PITTSTON AREA (41): Zera 4 0-0 11, Stravinski 4 2-2 10, Irvin 2 3-6 8, Kend. Wiggins 1 0-0 2, Kenn. Wiggins 1 0-1 2, Moska 4 0-0 8, Callahan 0 0-0 0, Houseman. Totals 16 5-9 41.

CRESTWOOD (51): Lasko 0 0-0 0, Kempinski 0 0-0 0, Vega 1 0-1 2, Harowicz 0 0-0 0, Popowycz 1 9-10 12, A. Fazzini 9 2-3 20, Abramcheck 2 0-0 5, Bogumil 5 0-0 12. Totals 18 11-14 51.

Pittston Area 14 2 14 11 41
Crestwood 15 12 9 15 51

3-Point Field Goals— PA 4 (Zera 3, Irvin); CRE 4 (Popowycz, Abramcheck, Bogumil 2)

Tunkhannock 49, Berwick 44

Mike Callum scored 21 points as Tunkhannock edged Berwick.

Cody Arner netted 14 for Berwick, which trailed by a point at halftime and tied the score 32-32 entering the fourth quarter.

TUNKHANNOCK (49): Callum 6 9-12 21, Cavany 1 6-9 9, Kelly 3 0-2 7, Hill 2 1-2 5, McCarthy 2 1-6 7, Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Coolbaugh 0 0-0 0, Kyle Custer 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 17-31 49.

BERWICK (44): Cope 2 2-4 6, Schleich 1 0-0 2, Day 1 0-0 3, C.Arner 5 4-5 14, Eyer 0 0-0 0, Ridall 1 0-0 2, D.Arner 2 0-1 5, McDanel 0 0-0 0, Davenport 2 2-2 6, Walton 1 4-6 6. Totals 15 12-18 44.

Tunkhannock 13 11 8 17 49
Berwick 13 10 9 12 44

3-Point Field Goals— TUN 4 (McCarthy 2, Cavany, Kelly); BER 2 (D.Arner, Day)

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