The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


February 23, 2013

WM, Lakeview win; CP, Sharpsville are ousted

---- — The Lakeview, Sharpsville and West Middlesex boys were in action on Friday night as the District 10 Class AA playoffs tipped off, while Commodore Perry competed in Class A at Oil City High.

In a doubleheader at E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium in Farrell, Lakeview ousted Titusville, 48-37, while West Middlesex rolled past Iroquois, 82-44.

Sharpsville fell to Mercyhurst Prep, 65-46, at Gen. McLane High School and CP suffered a 65-47 loss to Eisenhower in Oil City.



ä West Middlesex 82, Iroquois 44 —
In the nightcap of the twin bill at Farrell’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium, the Big Reds rolled over the Braves for the 2nd time this year in a District 10 playoff opener.

West Middlesex will meet Fairview — a 59-46 winner over Saegertown — in next Tuesday’s tournament semifinals at a site and time to be announced.

Back in November’s football tournament, West Middlesex won over Iroquois, 75-13. Friday night was no better for the Braves’ roundballers.

West Middlesex (20-3) went wire-to-wire en route to the win, as the Big Reds built bulges of 19-7, 38-21 and 64-29 at the conclusion of each quarter.

“We didn’t want a ‘trap game.’ We talked beforehand, and we’ve done a nice job all year of not taking anybody lightly,” said West Middlesex mentor Chad Mild. “We play one way — fast — and we said we weren’t gonna change that for the playoffs. That’s who we are.

“And I thought we did a very nice job early of establishing the inside game and also establishing our press after ‘makes’ (made baskets).”

Mercer County career scoring leader Matt Dogan delivered a 27-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, and was complemented by Trey Staunch’s 26-point, 12-rebound double-double. Also, Roman Klaric was credited with a game-high 9 assists, Christian Porterfield produced 8 points and a half-dozen caroms, while Ryan Dogan drilled a trio of treys.

Middlesex made 32 of 65 floor shots (49.2 percent), but uncharacteristically struggled from the free-throw line (11 of 27, 40.7 percent).

“i was kind’ve disappointed with our foul line,” Mild admitted.

For Iroquois (10-13), Michael Hasberry hit for 13 points, Jaydon Cagnoli collected 9 points, and Joseph Brown and Colton Edinger ended with 5 and 4 assists, respectively.

However the Braves committed 24 miscues. And led by Staunch, Middlesex outmuscled Iroquois, 44-26, on the boards, though Edinger and John Finke evenly divided a dozen rebounds.

“I thought the Iroquois kids were a classy team,” Mild praised. “They played hard, they competed. Our kids, I thought they kept their mouths shut and just played basketball.

“We’re just going one game at a time, I think I’ve said that before,” Mild continued. “Iroquois was in front of us, we had to play them, and we’re gonna continue to play whoever it is and just try to take it one game at a time.” — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Lakeview 48, Titusville 37 — Lakeview won the battle on the boards and in doing so will move on to the District 10 semifinals for the 2nd consecutive year.

Despite facing a Titusville frontline that featured 6-6 Dillon Speer, 6-5 Tyler Copeland, 6-5 Justin Hines and 6-3 Armand Rickerson, the comparatively undersized Sailors held a 35-22 cushion on the glass, including 10 points directly off offensive rebounds.

Coty Gander pulled down a game-high 13 boards, while Zach VanDusen (7), Brandon Rice (6) and Casey Greggs (5) contributed.

“The effort on the defensive boards was the difference in the ballgame,” Lakeview coach Gary Burke said. “We knew going into the game that our post players had to beat their post players. We had to have a better game out of Coty and Brandon than they did out of their guys. I can’t give enough credit to Coty for dominating on both ends of the floor.

“The offensive boards by Brandon Rice in the first quarter really got us off on the right foot. I’m really proud of how those two guys came out to play,” Burke added.

With the win, the Sailors (20-3) will face Mercyhurst Prep (16-7) on Tuesday at a site and time to be determined.

“During the bus ride down here tonight, I was thinking to myself ‘How lousy would that be to go home 19-4 with nothing to show for it,’ ” Burke said. “We’re pretty excited to get the win. It gives us at least another week together out on the floor. Mercyhurst Prep, we all know the history up there. They have great tradition and great coaching. They have a big 6-7 guy inside and they can shoot. They’re as disciplined as they come in District 10. We’re going to have our hands full next Tuesday. Our kids will be ready and up for (the challenge).”

Lakeview jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead, but couldn’t make it stick as the Rockets (17-6) battled back to enter the break down by  22-21. The teams traded leads for much of the 3rd quarter until a Brandon Rice putback sparked an 11-0 run that extended into the 4th quarter. From that point, Dalton Boggs calmly deposited 6-of-6 freebies and Coty Gander another 2 as Lakeview put the game away.

“We worked really hard this week in practice on defending the screen-and-roll,” Burke said. “I really give the kids credit for really communicating out there. We wanted to contest every shot and hit the boards. We knew if we could defend the post well and make them shoot off the dribble that we could get some long rebounds.”

Boggs led all scorers with 20 points, while adding 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Rice tacked on 14 points.

Jayce Corklin led Titusville with 11 points.

“It wasn’t the prettiest game we’ve ever played, but we’re proud of the effort,” Burke said. “Everybody did something great tonight for us get the win.” — By sports correspondent Corey J. Corbin.

ä Mercyhurst Prep 65, Sharpsville 46 — At Gen. McLane High, Edinboro, the Blue Devils (12-11) kept it close in the 1st half, but the Region 4 champion Lakers (16-7) took control in the 3rd quarter and advanced to the D-10 semifinals to face Lakeview.

Sharpsville led 7-2 early on and 24-23 in the 2nd quarter, but Prep went on a 5-0 run to close the half and then quickly opened up a double-digit lead in the 3rd frame.

“Basketball is a game of ‘runs,” and we did all we could to try to slow them down,’ addmitted Sharpsville skipper Jim Smiley. “Our kids played their hearts out.

“Our kids responded and made plays to make it to the playoffs,” Smiley continued. “A lot of coaches never get a chance to win, but I saulte the Sharpsville athlete — they are special breed. No one plays harder.

“(Friday) night, we just ran into a bette team.”

But Alex Borges bucketed 18 for the Lakers, while Gus Johnson and Carl Anderson added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

For Sharpsville, Tyler Luchey and Taylor Lenzi led with 15 and 10 points, respectively. Luchey, Lenzi, Jalen Mockabee and Jake Bulick were Sharpsville seniors this season. — Stats submitted by Herald correspondent Ryan Briggs.

Class A Quarterfinals

ä Eisenhower 65, Commodore Perry 47 —
At Oil City High School, coach John Hildebran’s Panthers (4-19) trailed 24-19 after the opening 8 minutes and went on to suffer a loss to Ike (9-13) in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Eisenhower led 37-31 at halftime and outscored CP 11-5 in the 3rd quarter and 17-11 in the final frame.

Ryan Williams drained a trio of treys en route to 20 points for Ike. Aaron Lundmark bucketed 15 and Jarrett Johnson added 13 markers for the Knights.

Tanner Hildebran led the way for Commodore Perry with 14 points.

Seniors for CP are Wade Peterson, Brandon Stringert and Keith Eddy.


ä Brookfield 66, Grand Valley 37 —
At Brookfield, the Warriors (18-3) led 16-10 after the opening quarter, 38-19 at halftime and rolled past GV.

Jeremy Quinlan rifled in 22 points to lead Brookfield while Jake Vormelker (15) and Josh Kovats (13) scored in double digits for GV.

Brookfield closes out the regular season with a 7:30 p.m. game tonight at Pymatuning Valley.

The Warriors open the OHSAA Div. III playoffs on Monday in the Warren Sectional at Howland High School. They face Grand Valley again at 8 p.m.


In last Saturday’s edition of The Herald, Farrell’s Jamel Brown was featured in a picture on page B-1 against Sharon. He was misidentified as Malik Miller. The Farrell roster listed the jersey numbers incorrectly.

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