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Area boys have rough week on hardwoods

In snow-shortened week, Patriots, Warriors, Blue Devils all go 0-1

Pictured above, PA’s Steve Sklanka splits two Holy Redeemer defenders on his way to the bucket. Below left, Patriots forward Steve Stravinski (42) drives the baseline as Holy Redeemer’s John McCarthy defends. Below right, PA’s Shaun McDermott puts defensive pressure on a Royals ball handler.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Pictured above, Old Forge’s Mario Martinelli is airborne as he goes to the basket for two of his six points against Holy Cross. Below, Tim McGrath goes to the basket againstthe Crusaders.

PA 51, Holy Redeemer 74

Pittston Area hung tough with Holy Redeemer for most of Wednesday night matchup with the Royals, but the WVC Division II leaders had too much inside offense in a 74-51 victory over the Patriots in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville.

The Patriots trailed by just three after the first quarter but Holy Redeemer went on a 16-6 run during the second stanza to hold a 29-16 lead at the half.

Pittston Area got its deficit to 10 with a 15-0 run to end the third quarter. But the Royals went inside to 7-foot senior Peter Alexis during a 23-10 fourth-quarter run that sealed the game. Alexis scored 33 points for Holy Redeemer on the night.

Steve Stravinski led the Patriots with 14 points. Steve Sklanka added 13 points for the Patriots, and Jordan Houseman chipped in with 11.

WA 49, Dallas 71

Wyoming Area trailed by just eight points heading into the fourth quarter but Dallas put up a 30-spot in the final eight minutes to take a 71-49 win from the Warriors in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division II game on Friday night in Exeter.

The 22-point margin of defeat for Wyoming Area was fuel by an 18-point difference at the free throw line as Dallas outscored the Warriors, 22-4, at the charity stripe while taking 36 free throws.

Wyoming Area trailed by just four at the half, 25-21, before the Mountaineers used a 16-12 run to get its lead to eight points before their 30-point barrage in the fourth.

Cody Gates finished with 18 points for the Warriors. Randy McDermott added 12 points, and Ryan Carey chipped in with eight.

OF 38, Holy Cross 44

Old Forge stayed within striking distance of Holy Cross for much of Thursday night’s Lackawanna League Division II contest at Marywood University. But the Crusaders put together two offensive runs late in the first quarter and early n the fourth to keep the Blue Devils at bay in a 44-38 victory over Old Forge.

The Blue Devils took a 6-5 lead on two Tony Goodall free throws with 4:35 left in the first quarter, but Holy Cross finished the opening period on a 15-4 run to take a commanding 20-10 lead.

After a basket by the Crusaders to open the second quarter, Old Forge senior forward got the Blue Devils back in the game with three consecutive three-pointers to get the deficit to 25-20 with 3:25 remaining in the first half.

Connor Fultz cut the Holy Cross lead to 25-22 with an offensive rebound on the Blue Devils next possession, but the Crusaders ended the quarter on a 5-2 run for a 30-24 halftime lead.

Both offenses went into the freezer in the third quarter with Old Forge cutting the margin to 34-29 at the end of the third before getting to within 37-33 on a Mario Martinelli basket at the 4:33 mark.

But once again, Holy Cross pulled away with a 9-4 run to end the game.

McGrath led the Blue Devils with 13 points, and Fultz added 10 points and seven rebounds. Goodall chipped in with nine points and Martinelli added six.

Old Forge resident Mike Brannon scored six points, including a big basket in the fourth to start the game-ending run for Holy Cross.

This week’s schedule

Monday

OF at West Scranton

Thursday

PA v. Tunkhannock

WA at Berwick

OF at Mid Valley

Saturday

PA v. Crestwood

WA at Holy Redeemer

OF at Riverside, 1 p.m

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