King’s earns win

The Citizens' Voice - - Sports - BY STEVE BEN­NETT STAFF WRITER

WILKES-BARRE — They came out timid, al­most un­sure of them­selves when it came time to take a shot.

Even when King’s started to shoot from the field, the shots were less than ideal for the time and flow of the game.

That was the prob­lem the Mon­archs were fac­ing. The flow of the game was not to their style. Man­hat­tanville slowed things down and was de­lib­er­ate on of­fense, lead­ing to a bit of frus­tra­tion on the part of the Mon­archs.

But once Joshua Bai­ley got loose for a pair of 3-point­ers in the lat­ter part of the first half, the game be­gan to open up. When the sec­ond half started, the Mon­archs di­aled up the pres­sure on the de­fen­sive end of the floor and rode the mo­men­tum to an 83-70 vic­tory Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Scan­d­lon Gym­na­sium.

“As the start of the sec­ond half, we talked about get­ting bet­ter de­fen­sive pres­sure,” King’s coach J.P. An­drejko said. “We turned them over, and the turnovers led to some easy buck­ets. We got in a rhythm, and got the pace of the game to where we want it to be. In the first half, the pace of the game was too slow and (Man­hat­tanville) was able to get in their sets and run their stuff.”

King’s was able to take the lead at the half af­ter Con­nor Calle­jas made two free throws and Lenny Radziak hit a 3-pointer. The Mon­archs were able to with­stand Man­hat­tanville shoot­ing 50 per­cent from the floor in the first half and turn­ing the ball over 12 times.

The sec­ond half was a to­tally dif­fer­ent story for the Mon­archs. They came out with more en­ergy and were fly­ing to the ball on the de­fen­sive end of the floor. They forced Man­hat­tanville into 14 turnovers in the sec­ond half, and those easy bas­kets at the other end of the floor helped jump-start a game-chang­ing 12-5 run to open up a nine-point lead. How­ever, the Mon­archs weren’t fin­ished just yet.

King’s put to­gether another run, outscor­ing the Valiants 11-0 over a span of 3:17 to help the Mon­archs in­crease the lead to 25 points. Calle­jas scored four points in the spurt, while Tyler Mil­lan, Chris Fazz­ini and Dan An­gelo all con­trib­uted bas­kets.

“I think that the big­gest thing de­fen­sively is that we held them to 33 per­cent shoot­ing in the sec­ond half,” An­drejko said. “Our de­fense really had some­thing to do with it.”

The win helped the Mon­archs cap a 2-0 week af­ter go­ing to FDU on Wed­nes­day night and pick­ing up a win. King’s is now 7-8 over­all and 3-1 in the Free­dom Con­fer­ence with games at Mis­eri­cor­dia and Wilkes com­ing up this week.

King’s fin­ished with four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. Calle­jas led the way with 19. Fazz­ini had 15, Joshua Bai­ley 14 and Mil­lan 12.

“In this league, when you get two wins in one week, it is rare any­more,” An­drejko said. “Just with the way ev­ery­one is so bal­anced and we just beat each other up. I told them on Wed­nes­day that win­ning on the road is the hard­est part. Of course you have to come home and take care of your home court. But this group is just so young, I don’t think they get that part yet. They just go play. Noth­ing really seems to bother them.”

CHRISTO­PHER DOLAN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Mon­archs’ Lenny Radziak goes up for a shot past Man­hat­tanville’s Timmy Quin­lan on Satur­day.

CHRISTO­PHER DOLAN / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

King’s Chris Fazz­ini (24) goes in for a layup dur­ing Satur­day’s game against Man­hat­tanville.

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