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Old Forge takes Schifano Memorial crown

Blue Devils hold Northwest to seven field goals in 41-19 win

Wyoming Area’s EJ Driving Hawk (30) battles for a loose ball with a Dallas players.

photo by charlotte bartizek

Dave Argust (23) pulls down a rebound for Old Forge in the championship game of the Angelo Schifano Memorial Tournament at Wyoming Area.

Old Forge’s Tony Goodall (5) pushes the ball upcourt during the Blue Devils victory over Northwest.

photos by Charlotte Bartizek

Above, Wyoming Area’s Cody Gates (23) grabs a rebounds over a Dallas defender. Below, Mike Carey (22) drives past a Dallas player in the Warriors game Wednesday night.

Old Forge guard Mario Martinelli (4) attackes the Northwest defense during the Blue Devils win over the Rangers for the Schifano Memorial Tournament Title at Wyoming Area.

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Old Forge used a suffocating defense to remain unbeaten as it rolled over Northwest, 41-19, in the championship game of the Second Annual Angelo Schifano Memorial Basketball Tournament at Wyoming Area on Wednesday night in Exeter.

The Blue Devils limited the Rangers to just three field goals and seven points over the first 16 minutes as it ran out to a 21-7 lead at intermission.

Mario Martinelli and Tony Goodall combined for 10 points in the opening six minutes, and Connor Fultz scored on an offensive rebound in the final 40 seconds to give Old Forge a 12-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Blue Devils held Northwest scoreless over the first six minutes before Devon Mazonkey’s bucket at the two-minute mark broke the ice for the Rangers.

Old Forge extended its lead in the third quarter to 28-12 with 2:22 left in the period as J Argonish came off the bench to score five points in support of four points from Goodall.

Goodall’s only bucket of the fourth quarter gave the Blue Devils a 37-17 lead with 4:13 remaining in exhibition.

The Old Forge senior finished with 15 points as the only player in double figures for the contest. Martinelli added six points and three assists, and Fultz and Tim McGrath chipped in with four points each.

WA 47, Dallas 52

Wyoming Area took advantage of some shoddy fourth quarter free-throw shooting by Dallas to make this one close, but in the end the Warriors inability to score the ball in the first half kept the Warriors out of the win column in a 52-47 loss on Wednesday night in the consolation game of the Angelo Schifano Memorial Basketball Tournament.

Both teams started slow before Dallas scored the game’s first basket at the 4:47 mark of the first quarter. With the scored tied 4-4 with 2:1 left in the period, the Mountaineers ran off seven straight points to end the quarter ahead, 11-4.

The Warriors stormed back as Dylan Maloney scored four of the next six points, and Lou Vullo canned a three-pointer to get WA within 13-11 with 5:41 left before intermission.

Dallas ran off 11 of the next 16 points despite a put back and a sky hook by Cody Gates that got the Warriors within 20-15 with 1:45 remaining in the second.

The Mountaineers extended its lead to 36-25 by the end of the third quarter as Ryan Carey scored five points for the Warriors to try and keep things close.

Wyoming Area fell behind 47-34 with 2:53 left, but the Warriors started fouling the Mountaineers who kept missing free throw after free throw to allow WA to creep back in.

Jordan Zezza hit as runner, followed by a triple from Mike Carey and a put back by Gates to get the Warriors within 50-41 with one minute left. Dallas made its next two free throws but Ryan Carey drilled two treys in the next 30 seconds to cut the deficit to 52-47 with 18 seconds left.

After two more Dallas misses, the Warriors had two shots from beyond the arc graze off the rim that would have cut the Mountaineers lead to just two points. But the Warriors could not come up with another basket as they dropped their seventh game of the season.

Ryan Carey and Gates finished with 13 points each to lead Wyoming Area. Gates also added a career-high 23 rebounds to his point total, and also blocked seven shots.

Zezza added seven points, three rebounds and two assists, and Vullo and Mike Carey each chipped in with five points for the Warriors.

OF 41, Dallas 36

Old Forge’s defense not only won it the Schifano Memorial title, its defense got them to the title game as the Blue Devils held Dallas without a third-quarter point to take over a close contest in a 41-36 victory over the Mountaineers in the opening round of the annual holiday tournament at Wyoming Area on Monday night.

Old Forge ran out to an 8-2 lead in the first four minutes of action before Dallas used a 6-2 run to get within 10-8 with 3:32 left in the opening period. The Blue Devils held onto its lead as Mario Martinelli finished strong, nailing a three-pointer and a foul line jumper in the final three minutes of the quarter to give Old Forge a 15-12 lead after the first eight minutes of action.

Dallas came out strong in the second quarter going to its inside game to wrestle the lead from the Blue Devils as it took a 26-23 lead into intermission.

Martinelli, the Blue Devils senior point guard has 12 of his game-high 14 points in the first half, but it would be his defense in the second half that would get Old Forge to its first Schifano Memorial Tournament final in almost four seasons.

Old Forge went to a box-and-1 defense in the third quarter with Martinelli playing Dallas point guard Travis DeBona. With DeBona taken out of the offense, the Mountaineers went all eight minutes of the third and the first 2:22 of the fourth without a point.

The Blue Devils managed just six points themselves in the third quarter, including a buzzer beater by Martinelli to give Old Forge a 29-26 advantage entering the final stanza.

Old Forge extended its lead to 34-29 with 5:28 left as Connor Fultz followed the Mountaineers first basket of the half with a layup. The Blue Devils then held on down the stretch as it canned 5-of-7 free throws in the final 1:20 of the game.

Goodall added 12 points for the Blue Devils, and Fultz chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.

WA 44, Northwest 45

Wyoming Area led twice in the final three minutes and had the opportunity to retake the lead twice in the final 30 seconds but could not get over the hump in heartbreaking loss to Northwest in the opening round of the Second annual Angelo Schifano Memorial Tournament on Monday night in Exeter. It was the second time this season the Warriors fell to the Rangers in a nail-biter.

Wyoming Area fell behind 4-0 to start the game, but reeled off 11 straight points – seven from sophomore Jordan Zezza and four from senior Cody Gates – to take an 11-4 lead with 5:26 left in the first half.

A three-pointer by Lou Vullo opened the lead up to 15-6 with 4:25 remaining before intermission, but the Rangers battled back with a 14-6 run over the last 4:07 to get within 21-20 at halftime.

Northwest scored the first six points of the third quarter to take a 26-21 before Zezza broke the Warriors scoring drought with a basket at the 3:46 mark of the period.

WA got no closer in the third as the Rangers took a 33-27 lead into the final stanza, but the Warriors scored eight of the next 10 points as Gates used his height advantage to score seven during the run that tied the game at 35-35 with 5:26 left in the contest.

Northwest retook the lead but Ryan Carey nailed 1-of-2 free throws, and Zezza went coast-to-coast with a rebound for a layup and a 38-37 Wyoming Area lead with 3:30 remaining.

The lead switched hands on the next three possessions before Carey tied the scored at 41-41 with 1:54 left by making 1-fo-2 free throws.

After a defensive stand, the Warriors missed two free throws that would have given them the lead with 1:35 left. The Rangers took advantage and the lead for good when Bret Rutkoski scored in the paint 25 seconds later for a 43-41 lead.

Northwest then proceeded to miss three straight 1-and-1 opportunities to set the Warriors up to get even.

But Carey made just 1-of- 2 free throws with 20 seconds left, and Wyoming Area turned the ball over on a 2-on-1 break with less than 20 seconds remaining as Northwest stayed ahead, 43-42.

Rutkoski then made two free throws with 14 seconds left to extend the lead to 45-42. Zezza’s three-pointer to tie fell short and Gates would grab the rebound and lay it in for the final score of the night.

Zezza scored a career-high 14 points for the WA, and Gates added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Ryan Carey scored 10 points, with four assists and four steals.

This week’s schedule

Tuesday

PA at Berwick

WA v. Holy Redeemer

OF v. Riverside

Friday

PA at Crestwood

WA at Tunkhannock

OF at Western Wayne

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