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WA blasts Berwick

Patriots lose to Tunkhannock, WVW

Above, PA guard RJ Emmett (3) drives the baseline against Tunkhannock. Below left, Patriots forward Steve Stravinski (42) is fouled as he puts up a shot against the Tigers. Below right, Joe Coyne (40) goes strong to the basket for the Patriots.

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Pittston Area forward Chris Kovaleski snags a rebound against Tunkhannock. The Patriots opened WVC second-half play with two losses to the Tigers and Valley West.

photo by BILL TARUTIS

One team Wyoming Area has had no trouble with this season is Berwick. And for the second time this year, the Warriors drubbed the Dawgs, 63-27, to open the WVC Division II second-half in Columbia County on Thursday night.

The Warriors raced out to a 13-3 lead before taking a commanding 38-12 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Bart Chupka set a career-high for the second time this week with a game-high 18 points to lead Wyoming Area in the scorebook.

Ryan Carey added 11 for the Warriors, and Cody Gates chipped in with 10 points as WA outscored Berwick in every quarter.

WA 47, Crestwood 66

Wyoming Area ran out to an early lead but Crestwood was too much for the Warriors to handle the rest of the way in a 66-47 loss to the Comets on Monday night in Mountain Top.

The Warriors took a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter but the Comets came right back with a 22-9 run to take command with a 34-23 halftime lead.

Ryan Carey scored a season-high 20 points to lead all scorers for Wyoming Area. Randy McDermott added 10 points for the Warriors and Lou Vullo chipped in with nine.

WA 52, Coughlin 64

Wyoming Area played even with Coughlin throughout most of the game but the Crusaders went on a fourth-quarter run to put the game away in a 64-52 win over the Warriors on Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre.

The Warriors trailed by just four points, 41-37, heading into the final eight minutes but Coughlin came up with a 23-15 run to end the WVC crossover.

Cody Gates led the way for Wyoming Area with 14 points. Sophomore Bart Chupka set a career-high with 13 points, and junior Lou Vullo scored a season-best 11 for the Warriors.

PA 41, Tunkhannock 63

Pittston Area opened up the second-half of play in the Wyoming Valley Conference with a 63-41 loss to Tunkhannock in a crossover game on Thursday night in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville.

The Patriots trailed by five entering the second quarter but the Tigers went on a 34-19 run over the middle quarters to take a commanding lead into the final stanza.

Tunkhannock held PA leading-scorer Steve Stravinski to just seven points as the Patriots managed just 12 field goals.

Steve Sklanka led the way for Pittston Area with 11 points. Jordan Houseman added six for the Patriots and RJ Emmett chipped in with five.

PA 63, Valley West 72

Pittston Area gave up an eight-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter in a 72-63 loss to Wyoming Valley West in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division I game on Saturday night in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium in Yatesville.

The Patriots led 53-45 heading into the final stanza, but the Spartans lit up the scoreboard with a 27-10 surge to take the victory. PA outscored Valley West in every quarter but the fourth.

Steve Stravinski led Pittston Area on the offensive end with 18 points, including three triples. Jordan Houseman and Steve Sklanka each added 14 points for the Patriots, and Joe Coyne chipped in with 12.

OF 52, Mid Valley 29

Old Forge used a 13-0 run to start the game as it pounded Mid Valley, 52-29, in the Lackawanna League Division II second-half opener for both teams on Thursday night in Throop.

Mario Martinelli scored all eight of his points in the first eight minutes as the Blue Devils held the Spartans without a point for the first 6:02 of the game. The senior point guard also handed out a career-best seven assists on the night.

Old Forge extended its lead to 31-11 at the half as Dave Argust and Tom McGrath split 10 points, and Tony Goodall scored four during a 15-9 run.

McGrath finished with a team high 12 points, and Connor Fultz followed with 11 for the Blue Devils. Goodall added nine for the Blue Devils, and senior center Dom Avvisato returned from an ankle injury to score five points and grab eight rebounds.

OF 58, Carbondale 41

Old Forge pulled away from Carbondale with a strong third-quarter in a 58-41 victory over the Chargers last Saturday afternoon in a Lackawanna League Division II first-half finale in the Elio Ghigiarelli Gymnasium.

Tim McGrath spurred the 16-6 run to open the second half with five of his nine points on the night. The senior forward also handed out a team-high three assists as the Blue Devils broke a two-game losing streak.

Connor Fultz and Tony Goodall also added four points during the run and junior Dave Argust drilled his three three-pointers of the game.

Goodall finished with a team-high 16 points for Old Forge. Argust added a season-high 13 points for the Blue Devils, and Mario Martinelli chipped in with 11 points, five rebounds and two assists.

D2 Standings

Class 3A (Top 5 qualify)

*Holy Redeemer…16.2

Tunkhannock…16.2

Crestwood…15.1

Pittston Area…10.8

Coughlin…10.8

Wyoming Area…10.5

Dallas…10.5

Berwick…7.7

Class 1A (All qualify)

Old Forge…5-3

Susquehanna…2-6

Freeland MMI…1-5

Forest City…1-7

St. Michael’s…0-7

*Denotes division first-half champion

This week’s schedule

Tuesday

PA at Dallas

WA v. Valley West

OF v Western Wayne

Friday

PA at Coughlin

WA v. Hazleton

OF v. Valley View

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