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Invaders claim Finan tournament title

Stetzar earns MVP as West Scranton captures its first crown since 2011.

- BY JOBY FAWCETT STAFF WRITER

CARBONDALE — It took a little longer than Cole Stetzar hoped, but West Scranton earned a tournament championsh­ip.

Pushed back almost a full week because of winter weather wreaking havoc on the schedule, the Jerry Finan Memorial Tournament concluded Sunday and the thirdranke­d Invaders reached their goal with a convincing 65-33 win over host Carbondale Area.

It’s the first Finan tourney title since 2011 for the Invaders, who were paced by Stetzar’s 12 points, nine assists, four steals and four blocks garnering him most valuable, player honors.

“This is awesome,” Stetzar said. “Winning this tournament is something we set out to do every year since my freshman year, so this is big.”

West Scranton (3-1) played with patience on offense, executed its plays, found the open cutters, and dished out 18 assists on 28 baskets.

Defensivel­y, the Invaders were tenacious, pressuring the ball, forcing 15 turnovers, limiting Carbondale Area to 30 percent shooting and holding it scoreless for nearly an eight-minute stretch from the second to third quarter.

“Coach (Jack) Lyons preaches defense,” said West Scranton center Shaun Fanning, who finished with 11 points. “He always says that our offense will come off our defense. We worked hard on our game plan and were able to score.”

West Scranton broke away from a 16-15 game when Stetzar hit a runner and ignited a 22-4 run to close the half with a 38-19 lead.

Matt Williams, who connected on all seven of his shots from close range in the game, had nine of his 15 points during the onslaught and earned all-tournament honors.

“We have been working really hard in practice and grinding every day,” Williams said. “Everyone helped out. And of course, Cole set a spark under everyone and that really got us all going.”

West Scranton put the game away in the first 5:30 of the third quarter.

Again, Williams went to work, converting two assists from Blake Carlton, who had five in the game; Fanning had four points, including a layup off an assist from Stetzar; Austin Lipowitch had a layup and Shayne Merrifield drilled a 3-pointer as the Invaders built a commanding 51-19 advantage.

West Scranton had 11 players score and finished shooting 58 percent from the floor with only eight turnovers.

“The job of the point guard is to get everyone involved,” Stetzar said. “That takes a lot of the pressure off.

“Our offense was great. Our two big guys (Williams and Fanning) did a great job setting and coming off screens.”

Carbondale Area (2-1) got 10 points and seven rebounds from Giovanni Mustica, who earned all-tournament honors. Andrew Manarchuck added six points.

“We knew if we had to face West Scranton in this tournament, they were going to challenge us in ways that our other opponents haven’t to this point,” Carbondale Area coach Landon Gabriel said. “They play physical, wrestle for loose balls and play really intense man-to-man defense.

“I think the score reflected that.” Contact the writer: jbfawcett@timesshamr­ock.com @JobyFawcet­t26 on Twitter

West Scranton 65, Carbondale Area 33

West Scranton (3-1) — M. Williams 7-7 1-3 15, C. Stetzar 5-8 0-0 12, S. Fanning 4-6 3-3 11, B. Harrington 3-6 0-0 6, D. Minnick 3-5 0-0 6, J. Hart 2-4 0-1 4, A. Mangan 1-1 0-0 3, S. Merrifield 1-1 0-0 3, A. Lipowitch 1-1 0-2 2, B. Carlton 1-4 0-0 2, R. Mangan 0-1 1-2 1, J. Fendrick 0-1 0-0 0, J. Gregory 0-0 0-0 0, C. Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, S. Jarbola 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 2848 5-11 65.

Carbondale Area (2-1) — G. Mustica 5-8 0-0 10, A. Manarchuck 2-4 1-1 6, N. Mauro 2-3 0-0 5, B. Brennan 2-4 0-0 4, E. Dearie 1-10 0-0 3, B. Salitsky 1-5 0-0 2, J. Henderson 1-4 0-0 2, B. Rumford 0-4 1-2 1, A. Bucklaw 0-0 0-0 0, M. Zazzera 0-0 0-2 0, P. Durkin 0-4 0-0 0, J. Rossetti 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals: 14 2-5 33. West Scranton 18 20 17 10—65 Carbondale Area 15 4 410—33

3-point shooting: WS 4-5 (Stetzar 2-3, A. Mangan 1-1, Merrifield 1-1), CAR 3-15 (Mauro 1-2, Manarchuck 1-2, Dearie 1-5, Durkin 0-4, Henderson 0-1, Rumford 0-1).

Rebounds: WS 30 (Fanning, Carlton, Hart 4), CAR 26 (Mustica 7). Assists: WS 18 (Stetzar 9, Carlton 5), CAR 8 (Dearie 3). Steals: WS 7 (Stetzar 4), CAR 6 (Henderson 3). Blocks: WS 4 (Stetzar 4), CAR 1 (Mustica). Turnovers: WS 8, CAR 15.

All-tournament: Cole Stetzar (WS), MVP, Matt Williams (WS), Giovanni Mustica (CAR), Jack Rickard (HON), Jared Paulin (FC). Honesdale 59, Forest City 47

At Carbondale, Honesdale beat Forest City in the Finan Tournament consolatio­n game.

Anthony DeGori scored 13 points and Jack Rickard added 12 for the Hornets.

Jared Paulin paced the Foresters with 16 points and Jordan Non chipped in with 15.

Forest City (0-3) — J. Paulin 5 3-5 16, J. Non 4 4-5 15, D. Knehr-Cook 3 0-1 6, K. Shema 0 3-4 3, N. Yates 1 1-1 3, K. Rotella 1 0-0 2, J. Smith 1 0-0 2,.Totals: 15 11-16 47.

Honesdale (2-2) — A. DeGori 5 2-2 13, J. Rickard 5 0-1 12, M. Ambrose 3 2-2 8, J. Scarfallot­o 3 2-2 8, G. Birmelin 2 0-0 6, C. Rickard 2 0-0 5, G. Barnes 1 2-4 4, J. LoBasso 1 0-0 3, K. Burke 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 8-11 51. Forest City 715 916—47 Honesdale 13132112—59

3-point goals: J. Paulin (FC) 3, J. Non (FC) 3, G. Birmelin (HON) 2, J. Rickard (HON) 2, J. LoBasso (HON) 1, A. DeGori (HON) 1, C. Rickard (HON) 1.

Lackawanna Trail 40, Western Wayne 36

At Lackawanna Trail, the Lions won the Cal King Tournament as Josh Rzucidlo went 4 for 4 at the foul line in overtime, and Griffin Holmes went 3 for 4.

Tourney MVP Travis Ankhoff drilled a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left to tie the game to send it to the extra period.

Rzucidlo finished with 12 points, as did teammate Shawn Jones.

Dahlton Frisbie scored 21 points, all on 3-pointers, and Zach Rovinsky added 10 for Western Wayne. Western Wayne (2-1) — D. Frisbie 7 0-1 21, Z. Rovinsky 4 0-0 10, S. Walck 1 1-2 3, D. Boots 1 0-1 2, L. Pike 0 0-1 0, L. Scott 0 0-0 0,.Totals: 131-536. Lackawanna Trail (2-3) — S. Jones 5 0-0 12, J. Rzucidlo 3 6-6 12, G. Holmes 1 5-9 7, T. Ankoff 1 3-5 6, J. Maier 1 0-0 3, R. Traver 0 0-0 0, A. Berrios 0 0-2 0, J. Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 14-22 40. Western Wayne 0 9 12 12 3—36 Lackawanna Trail 5 14 4 10 7—40

3-point goals: D. Frisbie (WW) 7, Z. Rovinsky (WW) 2, S. Jones (LT) 2, J. Maier (LT) 1, T. Ankoff (LT) 1. All-tournament team: Travis Ankhoff (LT, MVP), Griffin Holmes (LT), Dahlton Frisbie (WW), Zach Rovinsky (WW), Jacob Curnow (Lakeland), Walker Shaw (Lake-Lehman) Lakeland 68, Lake-Lehman 40

At Lackawanna Trail, Lakeland won the Cal King tourney consolatio­n game

behind a 25-point effort from Jason Kernow. James Lewis added 14 as the Chiefs got their first win. Lake-Lehman (0-4) — T. Scharff 4 0-0 10, M. Sikora 2 2-4 8, G. Weston 2 1-2 6, W. Shaw 2 0-0 5, C. Da Luz 2 0-0 4, M. Dabsheh 2 0-0 4, J. Pelton 1 0-0 3, A. Motovidlak 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 3-6 40. Lakeland (1-3) — J. Curnow 10 5-5 25, J. Lewis 7 0-1 14, S. Morgan 2 2-2 7, C. Mellon 2 0-0 4, N. Bertoph 2 0-0 4, S. Stearns 2 0-0 4, R. LaBorde 0 3-4 3, N. Chup 1 1-3 3, T. Prawdzik 1 0-0 2, J. Borosky 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 11-15 68. Lake-Lehman 13 6 714—40 Lakeland 19151816—68

3-point goals: M. Sikora (LL) 2, T. Scharff (LL) 2, J. Pelton (LL) 1, W. Shaw (LL) 1, G. Weston (LL) 1, S. Morgan (LAK) 1. Girls

At Wyoming Valley West, Destiny Jefferson scored 21 points and Rozina Raven contribute­d nine as 10th-ranked West Scranton whipped Honesdale, 60-31, in the consolatio­n game of the 21st annual Mike Duda Tournament.

West Scranton (2-2) — D. Jefferson 8 1-1 21, R. Rozina 3 3-9 9, N. Ross 3 0-0 8, N. Brown 2 1-1 5, K. O’Neill 1 2-2 5, T. Repshis 2 0-0 5, K. Miller 1 0-0 2, E. Rose 1 0-0 2, M. Dougherty 1 0-0 2, M. Vinskofski 0 1-2 1. Totals: 22 8-15 60.

Honesdale (0-3) — C. Tuman 3 0-0 6, A. Jones 2 2-2 6, C. Casazza 1 3-4 5, C. Varcoe 1 2-4 4, E. Theobald 2 0-0 4, S. Keast 0 2-4 2, R. Barton 1 0-0 2, N. Longman 1 0-0 2. Totals: 11 9-14 31. West Scranton 182013 9—60 Honesdale 5 9 710—31

3-point goals: D. Jefferson (WS) 4, N. Ross (WS) 2, T. Repshis (WS) 1, K. O’Neill (WS) 1.

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JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER West Scranton’s Matt Williams scores against Carbondale’s James Henderson during the Jerry Finan Memorial Tournament championsh­ip.

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