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Times Leader Boys Basketball All-Stars
Butczynski Nanticoke Forward, Senior
Excellent athlete who could
have been plugged into any position and succeeded.
Could shoot from the
inside and out, rebound, play defense and handle the ball.
points to pace the Trojans to the state playoffs.
Fired in 58 3-point field
goals and put on a display from beyond the arc in the state playoffs.
Leader Second Team All-Star
Citizens' Voice Boys Basketball All-Stars
School: Nanticoke Area
Trojans point guard played his best in the district and state playoffs, averaging
15.8 points in seven postseason games. On the season, he averaged 12.1 ppg with
a league-best 66 3-pointers.
The leading scorer 13.0 ppg
for the PIAA Class 4A semifinalist Trojans. Used his 6-foot-4 frame to
his advantage inside, while making 58 3-pointers from the outside.
Imhotep Charter tops Nanticoke Area
Trailing by 12 points, shooting poorly from the perimeter and watching its
state championship chances slip away, Nanticoke Area turned to Justin Casey.
Hes listed at 6-foot-5. Hes all-state in football. Hes the basketball
teams toughest player.
Casey embodied the toughness the Trojans strive
for in that moment in the second quarter, driving to the rim unafraid against
a pair of players listed at 6-6 and 6-7, drawing contact and making the shot.
These guys are tough Nanticoke kids, said Trojans head coach John
Beggs. Never intimidated by anything.
While the Trojans never
backed down from Imhotep Charter on Tuesday night, the nationally ranked Panthers
were simply a better team, dominating in all facets en route to a 60-23 win in
the PIAA Class 4A boys basketball semifinals at Freedom High School.
sends Imhotep Charter USA Todays No. 6 team in the country
into Saturdays 2 p.m. state final at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Panthers will play District 10 champion Strong Vincent (27-3), a 73-64 winner
against Quaker Valley.
The loss ends the season of
Nanticoke Area (21-8), a team that entered its first state tournament since 2003
as District 2s No. 3 seed and exited as the last remaining basketball
team from the Wyoming Valley Conference.
We were happy with
what we accomplished this year, how far we got, said senior guard Rich Wiaterowski.
We would have loved to make it to the next round and win a state medal.
But we were just very happy how we did and how far we got. Im very proud
of this team and what we accomplished this year.
While Nanticoke Area
senior Luke Butczynski scored six of his team-high seven points in the first quarter,
Imhotep Charter jumped out to a 15-8 lead after one.
Panthers point guard
and Rhode Island recruit Daron Russell, who scored a game-high 22 points, provided
an early highlight by passing to Donta Scott for an alley-oop.
aforementioned score in the paint came at what could have been a critical time,
cutting Imhotep Charters lead to 21-11 early in the second quarter.
But Imhotep Charter answered immediately by scoring 14 points on its next five
possessions, capped by a Bernard Lightsey 3-pointer to make it 35-14 with 1:34
left in the half.
Nanticoke Area never again got within 10 points.
was running up quick, said Nanticoke Area senior Zack Cardone. They
kept making tough, deep shots and there was just nothing we could do about it.
They moved the ball well and it was tough to defend.
led, 39-15, at halftime, then scored the first 11 points of the third quarter.
They were as good as we thought they were, Wiaterowski said.
Areas Alec Divers stopped the bleeding temporarily with a hook shot at 2:05,
breaking Imhotep Charters 11-0 run.
Cody Piestrak and Nate Kreitzer
each hit 3s in the final period, as it was the only quarter in which Nanticoke
Area outscored Imhotep Charter, 6-3.
T he loss ends the high school careers
of seven Trojans seniors.
I was a little emotional at the end
not because of the wins and losses. As a coach, you could handle those and we
ran into a team that was better than us, said fourth-year head coach Beggs.
But the relationships established and the Trojan pride that these guys played
with, its just tough to see them walk off the floor in that uniform for
the last time.
magical run ends in state semifinal
The pivotal moment for Nanticoke Area came with just about five minutes to
play Tuesday night.
Nationally ranked Imhotep Charter already had the game
well in hand, reaching a 40-point lead to enact the mercy rule and a running clock.
There was only one thing left for Nanticoke Area to do at Bethlehem Freedom High
One by one, Nanticoke Area coach John Beggs pulled his seniors to
let them hear one final cheer from the partisan crowd as Imhotep eventually left
with a 60-23 victory and a spot in the PIAA Class 4A boys basketball championship
I was a little emotional at the end, not because of the wins and
losses, Beggs said. As a coach you can handle those and we ran into
a team that was better than us. But the relationships you establish and the Trojan
pride these guys played with, it was just tough to see them walk off the floor
in that uniform for the last time.
Thats why we brought each one
off individually, give the Trojan faithful a chance to show their appreciation
for these guys and what theyve accomplished this season and their entire
Nanticoke Area (21-8) didnt get a district
title, finishing third in the District 2 playoffs. The Trojans were the last Wyoming
Valley Conference team standing and advanced to the state semifinals for the first
time since 1985.
We were happy with what we accomplished this year and
how far we got, said guard Rich Wiaterowski, one of six seniors in the regular
rotation. We would have loved to make it to the next round and win a state
medal, but we were just very happy how we did and how far we got. Im very
proud of this team and what we accomplished this year.
District 12 champion
Imhotep (30-2), ranked sixth nationally by USA Today, will go for its fifth state
championship on Saturday against the winner of Tuesday nights game between
D7 runner-up Quaker Valley (25-3) and D10 champion Erie Strong Vincent (27-3).
Nanticoke Areas strategy was to control the ball and limit turnovers. It
worked somewhat in the first quarter as senior Luke Butczynski knocked down a
couple of 3-pointers to keep the Trojans within shouting distance of Imhotep.
There was a problem.
The problem was they didnt miss, Beggs
Imhotep wasnt flawless by any means in the first quarter. Guard
Daron Russell, though, was. The Rhode Island recruit scored nine of his game-high
22 points in the opening period to give the Panthers a 15-8 lead.
continued his assault in the second quarter as did Bernard Lightly. Both Panthers
had two 3-pointers as the points started piling up for Imhotep. Dahmir Bishop
ended the half with a 3-pointer off an offensive rebound for a 39-5 advantage.
Thing got worse in the third period as Alec Divers floater at 2:11 was the
only Nanticoke Area basket. Imhoteps talent and supreme depth took over
so much that South Carolina recruit Dave Beatty barely made a dent in the scorebook.
But his drive to the hoop part of his quiet four-point night gave
Imhotep a 57-17 to end the third and started the mercy rule.
just really tough competition, Nanticoke Area senior guard Zack Cardone
said. We knew what was coming. Theyre a great team, a team weve
never seen before.
That was probably one of the best teams Nanticoke
has ever played. But Im proud of our guys for everything weve done
over the season. I couldnt ask for a better team to play with in my four
PIAA 3A Semifinals
Imhotep Charter 60, Nanticoke Area
IMHOTEP (60) Dave Beatty 2 0-0 4, Daron Russell 9 1-2 22, Bernard
Lightsey 3 1-2 10, Donta Scott 4 0-0 8, Chareef Knox 1 1-2 3, Dahmir Bishop 2
1-1 6, Jamil Riggins 0 0-0 0, Kareem Cummings 0 0-0 0, Fatayn Wesley 1 0-0 2,
Amear Johnson 2 0-0 4, Elijah Taylor 0 0-0 0, Sami Wylie 0 1-2 1, Davonte Canty
0 0-0 0. Totals 24 5-10 60.
NANTICOKE AREA (23) Nate Kreitzer 2 0-0
6, Rich Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, Cody Piestrak 1 0-0 3, Luke Butczynski 2 1-2 5, Justin
Casey 1 0-0 2, Matt Piontkowski 1 0-1 2, Zack Cardone 0 0-0 0, Trahjan Krupinski
0 0-0 0, Tyler Thomas 0 1-2 1, Alec Divers 1 0-0 2, Dylan Szychowski 0 0-0 0,
Terrel Telesford 0 0-0 0, Colby Butczynski 0 0-0 0, Brandan Fontaine 0 0-0 0,
Jared Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, Collin Brown 0 0-0 0, Andy Kozlofski 0 0-0 0. Totals
8 2-6 23.
goals IM 7 (Russell 3, Lightsey 3, Bishop). NAN 5 (Kreitzer 2, Piestrak,
Area advances to states semifinals
that big lead was whittled to two points, the Nanticoke Area Trojans went back
to what gave them the advantage Sunday afternoon.
Cody Piestrak opened the
fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and closed out a 10-3 run with another as Nanticoke
Area defeated West Philadelphia 78-62 in a PIAA Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinal
game at Bethlehem Freedom High School.
Piestrak scored 11 of his 20 points
in the fourth quarter as Nanticoke Area outscored West Philly 30-17 in the final
period. He had 12 points in the fourth quarter in an opening-round win against
Bethlehem Catholic, also at Freedom.
I guess its just the gym.
I dont know, Piestrak said.
Sophomore guard Nate Kreitzer also
scored 20 for Nanticoke Area.
District 2 third seed Nanticoke Area (21-7)
will play D12 champion Imhotep Charter (29-2) on Tuesday in the semifinals at
a site and time to be determined. Imhotep defeated D12 third seed Audenried 70-51
Sunday. The 3A state championship game is 2 p.m. Saturday at the Giant Center
in Hershey. D12 fourth seed West Philly ended its campaign at 15-10.
Area led before the game clock even started. West Philly was hit with a technical
foul for a dunk in pregame warmups. Nate Kreitzer hit the first of two free throws
to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead.
Then came the barrage of 3-pointers from Nanticoke
Area. Luke Butczynski hit his first five attempts from behind the arc. Piestrak
added another Nanticoke Areas fifth 3-pointer in a row for
a 16-3 lead midway through the first quarter.
I hit my first one, then
the next one came, said Butczynski, who scored 15 of his 18 points in the
first quarter. I knew I was going to be hot for this game, so I waited for
my guys to get me the ball.
Kreitzer finished off the first eight minutes
with a 3-pointer for a 26-12 Nanticoke Area lead. The Trojans shot 9 of 14 fom
the field in the period.
It gave everybody confidence right off the
bat, Nanticoke Area coach John Beggs said. Luke Butczynski took the
bull by the horns and it showed we werent going to back down.
The Trojans cooled off in the second quarter and didnt hit a shot until
Kreitzers drive at 4:25. West Philly used the lull to make progress on the
double-digit deficit. The Speedboys, though, continued to struggle from the field.
After shooting 5 of 16 in the first quarter, they followed with a 4 of 16 performance
in the second.
West Philly chipped away, cutting the deficit to 47-45 on a
3-pointer by Aaron Harrison to end the third quarter. Piestrak, though, got Nanticoke
Area out of its funk with a 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter. The Trojans
pulled away with some easy baskets down the stretch.
Area advanced to the Class 3A state quarterfinals three times in the 1990s
1992, 1995 and 1996.
The program advanced to a state championship game
once in the post-merger (mid-1960s) era when it lost to Erie Strong Vincent in
the 3A title game 70-53 in 1985.
Prior to this season, Nanticoke Areas
last appearance in the state playoffs was in 2003.
Imhotep has won four
state championships. The Panthers won the 2A title three times (2009, 2011, 2012)
and the 3A crown once (2013). Since Philadelphia (District 12) joined the PIAA
in the 2005-06 school year, it has won 21 of 44 boys basketball state championships.
Class 4A Quarterfinals
Nanticoke 78, West Philadelphia 62
(78) Nate Kreitzer 8 3-4 20, Rich Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, Cody Piestrak 7
2-2 20, Luke Butczynski 6 1-2 18, Justin Casey 2 3-4 7, Trahjan Krupinski 4 0-3
8, Zack Cardone 1 0-0 3, Alec Divers 1 0-0 2, Matt Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, Tyler
Thomas 0 0-0 0, Dyan Syzchowski 0 0-0 0, Terrel Telesford 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 9-15
WEST PHILA. (62) Maxwell Brown 3 0-2 9, Cyrie Coates 3 3-7 10,
Malik Lorenzano 6 2-6 14, Aaron Harrison 1 0-0 3, Latrell Carroll 4 1-2 9, Dymeir
Shackelford 5 0-0 15, Ashante Williamson 1 0-0 2, Leon Wells 0 0-0 0, Addison
Hart 0 0-0 0, Robert Mason 0 0-0 0, Zach Payton 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-21 62.
Three-point goals NAN 11 (Kreitzer,
Butczynski 5, Piestrak 4, Cardone 1). WP 10 (Brown 3, Coates, Shackelford 5, Harrison).
basketball: Nanticoke Area pulls away to quarterfinal victory
Bufano - Citizens Voice
The Nanticoke Area Trojans were back at Freedom
High School on Sunday like they had never left.
Eight days after scoring 30
fourth-quarter points in an incredible comeback victory against Bethlehem Catholic,
the Trojans returned to score 26 first-quarter points against West Philadelphia.
While Nanticoke Area cooled off in the second and third quarters, the Trojans
regained peak form late, scoring 31 fourth-quarter points and winning, 78-62,
in the PIAA Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinals.
playing basketball for a long time, and it just feels great that we could actually
experience this as a team, said senior guard/forward Cody Piestrak, who
tied with Nate Kreitzer for a game-high 20 points.
As the only Wyoming
Valley Conference basketball team remaining in the state playoffs, Nanticoke Area
will play Imhotep Charter (29-2) in Tuesdays semifinals at a site and time
to be announced. The winner will play for the state championship.
time when any loss would result in the last game of his high school career, senior
forward Luke Butczynski had an incredible start Sunday.
the perimeter, knocking down his first five 3-pointers in the first quarter. He
single-handedly scored 12 straight points with 3s from the top of the key, left
corner, left wing and right corner, giving Nanticoke Area a 13-3 lead.
Butczynski took the bull by the horns early, and it showed that we werent
going to back down, said head coach John Beggs. He caught fire, and
then everybody got excited and the fans got excited. So that was a great start.
At the end of the first quarter, Nanticoke Area led, 26-12.
But West Philadelphia
crept back into the game, outscoring Nanticoke Area 13-11 and 20-10 in the second
and third quarters, respectively.
The Speedboys (15-10), who defeated GAR
in the second round, played an excellent pressure defense.
keyed the comeback by scoring 15 points on five 3s, while also recording a team-high
four of West Philadelphias 11 steals.
They were really fast,
Butczynski said. Even when our guys were open, they werent actually
open because they were coming right behind our open guys.
compared West Philadelphias intense defense to that of Scranton Prep, a
team that defeated Nanticoke Area, 72-66, in double overtime in the District 2
Aaron Harrisons buzzer-beating and open 3 at the end of
the third for West Philadelphia pulled the Speedboys within two points, 47-45.
While West Philadelphia came close, it never regained the lead, however, as its
only advantage all game was a 3-1 lead in the beginning.
the fourth quarter with an open 3, followed by a Kreitzer transition layup to
go up 52-45.
Moments later, Piestrak hit a left-corner 3 to go up, 57-48,
with 5:50 to go. After a West Philadelphia free throw, Kreitzer hit a short, running
jumper and-one to regain a double-digit lead of 60-49.
After being on its
heels much of the third quarter, Nanticoke Area had found a way to beat the press,
swinging momentum all the way back in its favor.
The sophomore point guard,
Kreitzer, had a lot to do with that, seemingly always finding the open shooter
on a night when Nanticoke Area showcased excellent ball movement when things were
(West Philadelphia is) just super fast and when theyre
faster than you, theyre going to catch you from behind, Beggs said.
So, Nate had to make some quick decisions quicker than he usually
has to make it and he made all the right decisions. He pushed the ball
up the floor, got layups; were confident with every decision he makes. And
his big guys finished for him, which was great.
Justin Casey had seven
points and seven rebounds for Nanticoke Area, while Trahjan Krupinski added eight
points and nine boards.
Nanticoke Area (78)
7 2-2 20, N. Kreitzer 8 3-4 20, L. Butczynski 6 1-2 18, T. Krupinski 4 0-3 8,
J. Casey 2 3-4 7, Z. Cardone 1 0-0 3, A. Divers 1 0-0 2, T. Thomas 0 0-0 0, D.
Szychowski 0 0-0 0, M. Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, R. Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, T. Telesford
0 0-0 0, Totals 29 9-15 78.
West Philadelphia (62)
5 0-0 15, Lorenzano 6 2-6 14, Coates 3 3-7 10, Carroll 4 1-2 9, Brown 3 0-2 9,
Harrison 1 0-0 3, Williamson 1 0-0 2, Hart 0 0-2 0, Mason 0 0-0 0, Payton 0 0-2
0, Totals 23 6-21 62.
Nanticoke Area 26 11 10 3178
12 13 20 1762
3-point goals: L. Butczynski (NA) 5, C. Piestrak (NA)
4, N. Kreitzer (NA) 1, Z. Cardone (NA) 1, Shackelford (WP) 5, Brown (WP) 3, Harrison
(WP) 1, Coates (WP) 1.
PIAA basketball: Kreitzer directs Nanticoke Area to quarters
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
Sophomore point guard Nate Kreitzer had a fine
regular season in his first year starting for the Nanticoke Area Trojans.
After averaging 10.9 points per game in the regular season, Kreitzer has taken
his game to another level in the playoffs.
Hes helped lead Nanticoke
Area (20-7) the last-standing Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball
team into a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal 5 p.m. tonight against West Philadelphia
at Freedom High School in Bethlehem.
When watching Nanticoke Area play, its
obvious Kreitzer has taken a floor general type of leadership with the Trojans,
something that head coach John Beggs said is very rare for an underclassman
to be capable of doing.
Nates a special player and he plays basketball
year-round, so he commits himself to basketball, said Beggs, adding that
Kreitzer reminds him of Luke Malishchak, a former Nanticoke Area point guard who
went on to play for Division III Moravian and the New York Nationals. He
has passion for the game and he has the respect of his teammates. As coaches,
we trust his decisions on the floor.
After a third-place finish in WVC
Division 2, Nanticoke Area won two of three District 2 playoff games to earn itself
a spot in the state tournament.
Kreitzer scored 53 points (17.6 ppg) in the
district playoffs, then added 32 more (16.0 ppg) in his first two state playoff
Minutes are hard to come by at the varsity level, which is why Kreitzer
and several other first-year starters had to wait their turn and sharpen their
skills with the Ed Lukowski-coached junior varsity team.
They were good
players; they just had to wait for their opportunity, Beggs said. A
lot of these guys were JV guys who keep getting better every game and every year
and, now, theyre major contributors.
Center Justin Casey and forward
Luke Butczynski are the only returning starters, as Nanticoke Area graduated three
starters in the Class of 2016.
Casey and Butczynskis presence inside
has been paramount in Nanticoke Areas success, while sophomore Trahjan Krupinski
has helped in the effort as well.
In all, though, Beggs said rebounding has
been a team effort.
We try to rebound five guys, we try to do it collectively
as a unit, Beggs said. Everybody has to pitch in and do the dirty
Tonights opponent, West Philadelphia, reached the quarterfinals
by beating GAR 74-60 on Friday.
The Grenadiers did have a 22-11 lead, but
it slipped away when West Philadelphias pressure defense got the best of
They look very athletic and they play great defense and they look
like they can shoot it well, from the film I saw, Beggs said.
playing its second-round game at Parkland, Nanticoke Area tonight returns to Freedom
High School, where it upset District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic in the first
We take our basketball seriously here at Nanticoke, and I know
that playing basketball at Nanticoke isnt easy, Beggs said. These
guys are fully invested and fully committed. ... Playing in big games like
weve been in some of these venues that weve been playing in
is the reward for their hard work.
Area reaches boys state basketball quarterfinals
Ever since they can remember, the Nanticoke Trojans had a vision.
banding together, they came a little closer to turning a childhood fantasy into
Luke Butczynski scored a team-high 18 points, Justin Casey and Trahjan
Krupinski played big on the boards Friday and the Trojans used a strong second
half to creep away from Conwell-Egan, 62-54, in a PIAA Class 4A boys basketball
second-round game at Parkland High School.
We grew up saying were
going to win the state championship, Butczynski said. And Im
not saying that. But were going to try and keep it going.
Trojans entered the state tournament after winning the District 2 third-place
game, captured their PIAA opener last weekend and now beat a quick and solid Conwell-Egan
team in the second round all as an underdog.
The run took Nanticoke
on a trip into its storied past. The Trojans will face West Philadelphia, which
beat GAR 74-60 Friday night, in a quarterfinal game Sunday. A Nanticoke boys basketball
team hasnt advanced this far since 1996.
We werent even
born, actually, Butczynski said. Its an accomplishment.
Nate Kreitzer got things started early for the Trojans, scoring 10 of his 17 points
in the opening quarter to get Nanticoke out to a 14-10 lead.
Casey took over
from there, owning the inside with six rebounds and seven of his 14 points in
a second quarter as Nanticoke matched Conwell-Egans fast pace and smooth
scoring almost to the end of the first half.
Then, Kreitzer hit a diving shot
between two defenders at the second-quarter buzzer, sending the Trojans into halftime
holding a 28-26 lead.
Thats just a big-time play for a sophomore
in this atmosphere, said Nanticoke coach John Beggs, a 3-point marksman
from the Trojans playoff teams of the late 1980s. Guys were getting
to the basket early. The efforts been great all year. Were just playing
against teams that are extremely tough.
The Trojans stood up to the
Butczynski hit five points in the second quarter, then really
got going in the third.
He buried two 3-point goals to finish with three for
the game, including a game changer with 2:49 remaining in the period to put Nanticoke
up by eight. Butczynski was also key in breaking a trapping Conwell-Egan press,
and converted seven foul shots including five of six in the final quarter
to help the Trojans put the game away.
Actually, Ive been in a
slump, Butczynski said. At the shoot around (Friday), I worked on
my shot. We knew this (Conwell-Egan) team was good. We knew what they had.
They had a lot of talent. Theyre just a very good team and very fast.
We just had to stick together, he said.
Krupinski kept sticking his
6-foot-4 frame in the middle, and it kept paying off for Nanticoke.
down three critical defensive rebounds to keep Conwell-Egan from tying the game,
then hit a three-point play with 4:40 remaining to give the Trojans a five-point
Trahs played great the last three or four games, Beggs
said. Hes been really, really stepping up.
to the foul line to add five more foul shots in the final period, including two
that gave the Trojans a nine-point lead and essentially iced the game with 43
seconds to go.
To do this, its been a long time since Nanticokes
been in this situation, Beggs said.
Big win for Nanticoke.
Class 4A second round
Nanticoke Area 62, Conwell-Egan 54
AREA (62) Luke Butczynski 4 7-8 18, Justin Casey 5 4-10 14, Cody Piestrak
2 2-4 6, Rich Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, Nate Kreitzer 4 7-8 17, Trahjan Krupinski 2
1-1 5, Matt Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, Patrick Caesar 0 0-0 0, Zack Cardone 1 0-0 2,
Alec Divers 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 21-31 62.
CONWELL-EGAN (54) Darien
Simmons 5 3-3 13, Patrick Robinson 10 4-5 25, Sean Stokes 1 0-0 2, James Leible
2 1-2 5, Eric Esposito 2 0-2 6, Daniel Green 0 0-0 0, Devin Harris 1 0-0 3, Patrick
Garwo 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-12 54.
goals NAN 5 (Butczynski 3, Kreitzer 2); CE 4 (Esposito 2, Robinson, Harris).
Boys Basketball: Nanticoke Area advances to quarterfinals
After needing to win a play-in game just to qualify for the state tournament,
Nanticoke Area is certainly making the most of its appearance.
the Trojans eliminated Bethlehem Catholic to advance to the second round, which
was ultimately delayed until Friday night thanks to winter storm Stella.
the Trojans were worried about any type of rust from the extended time away from
the gym, it certainly didnt show.
Nate Kreitzer made two huge first-quarter
3-pointers, and Justin Casey was a major factor on the boards on both ends of
the floor as the Trojans eliminated Conwell-Egan, 62-54 at Parkland High School.
The win sends Nanticoke Area into the quarterfinal round, where it will face West
Philadelphia on Sunday at a site and time to be announced.
has been great all year, just like last Saturday, we have been playing against
teams that are extremely tough, Nanticoke Area coach John Beggs said.
The Trojans won three of the four quarters on Friday night and got some big baskets
along the way to keep the momentum on their side.
There were Kreitzers
3-pointers in the first quarter as part of his 10 points in the period that helped
allow the Trojans to set the tone. Then Casey not only rebounded with the Conwell-Egan
big men, but added seven second-quarter points to help the Trojans grab a 28-26
lead at the half.
Our guards were pitching in early (rebounding), guys
were getting to the ball, Beggs said. We put a bigger lineup in when
we got the lead. That was our plan, rebound like men. Justin got to the open spots
and finished. We didnt shoot as many 3s because of their pressure, but we
were able to finish at the rim with guys making some creative passes.
Nanticoke Area led by as many as seven points in the third quarter, but Conwell-Egans
Patrick Robinson hit a long 3-pointer to trim it to five with 22 seconds left.
Nanticoke Areas Zack Cardone delivered a momentum-swinging bucket as time
expired in the third, when he skied through the line to grab a missed shot and
converted the rebound, just beating the buzzer to move the lead back to seven.
While Kreitzer and Casey were handling most of the scoring the first half, Luke
Butczynski took over in the second, scoring 13 of his 18 points, with seven coming
from the foul line and the other six on a pair of third-quarter 3-pointers.
Not only was Butczynski scoring, he was handling the ball at the top of the Conwell-Egan
pressure, hitting the open man and helping set up the offense in the front court.
He gives us options when he brings the ball up the court, Beggs said.
He makes good decisions with the ball. His overall game is good. Passing
and shooting is just part of it. Guys just being strong with the ball, we were
able to create contact at the perimeter and we did a good job on the (foul) line.
Nanticoke Area went 14 of 19 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and was
16 of 21 combined in the second half.
In the (state) play-in game against
Meyers, we bounced back after the Scranton Prep loss and showed resiliency,
Beggs said. It has been a long time since Nanticoke has been in this situation.
It talks a lot about our character.
Nanticoke Area (62)
Butczynski 4 7-8 18, N. Kreitzer 4 7-8 17, J. Casey 5 4-10 14, C. Piestrak 2 2-4
6, T. Krupinski 2 1-1 5, Z. Cardone 1 0-0 2, R. Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, M. Piontkowski
0 0-0 0, T. Thomas 0 0-0 0, Totals 18 21-31 62.
Robinson 10 4-5 25, . Simmons 5 3-3 13, E. Esposito 2 0-2 6, . Leible 2 1-2 5,
. Harris 1 0-0 3, . Stokes 1 0-0 2, D. Green 0 0-0 0, . Garwo 0 0-0 0, Totals
21 8-12 54.
Nanticoke Area14 14 16 1862
Conwell-Egan 10 16 11
3-point goals: L. Butczynski (NA) 3, N. Kreitzer (NA) 2, E. Esposito
(CEC) 2, P. Robinson (CEC) 1, . Harris (CEC) 1.
PIAA boys basketball: Nanticoke Area overcomes deficit
Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
ago, almost to the day, John Beggs played point guard for Nanticoke Area when
it upset District 1 champion Pottstown in the state playoffs.
As Beggs recalls
it, Pottstown was the beast of the east, ranked No. 2 in the state.
We still talk about that game like it was yesterday, Beggs said.
Now their head coach, Beggs believes the current group of Trojans on Saturday
made a memory that will last a lifetime.
Fighting back from a game-high 12-point
deficit at the end of the third quarter, Nanticoke Area defeated District 11 champion
Bethlehem Catholic, 58-56, in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A boys basketball
playoffs at Freedom High School.
Cody Piestrak scored all 14 of his points
in the fourth quarter, while Nate Kreitzer had a team-high 15 points with the
win-clinching free throws and steal at the end of the game.
going to be their moment. This is going to be their victory that theyll
remember forever, Beggs said. Were not done yet, and were
still excited about what happens next.
Im just happy I was there
then, and Im thrilled Im here now.
In its first state
playoff appearance since 2003, Nanticoke Area (19-7) advances to play District
12 runner-up Conwell-Egan on Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. Conwell-Egan
was an 81-59 winner against Saucon Valley.
Bethlehem Catholic (21-7) went
into halftime Saturday with a 27-22 lead after making two free throws on a last-second
When we were down by five, we came in real excited because these
guys have been beating teams by 30 or 28 lately, Beggs said. We thought
if we could get the game close in the fourth quarter, that we would stick together
and make the plays. Thats exactly what happened.
Ryan Young turned in a great performance, scoring 11 points with 18 rebounds.
He and William Melson scored five points each in the third quarter, pushing Becahis
lead to 40-28.
But Nanticoke Area clawed back chunk by chunk.
remaining, Piestrak hit a layup-and-one. Moments later, he knocked down a 3 and
suddenly it was 49-45 with 3:33 to play.
After a Becahi layup, Piestrak hit
another 3 and then the Trojans forced a jump ball and took possession with 1:24
left, trailing 51-48.
(Piestrak) got a couple open ones and he made
big shot after big shot, Beggs said.
After a layup brought Nanticoke
Area within one, Becahi turned the ball over and Piestrak hit a pair of free throws
to take a 52-51 lead with 0:45 to play.
Becahi attempted a go-ahead 3, but
it was blocked by Luke Butczynski. Rich Wiaterowski followed up with a pair of
free throws to make it 54-51 with 0:18 left.
After a pair of Becahi free throws,
Kreitzer connected on both ends of a one-and-one.
Leading 56-53, Nanticoke
Area got its defensive play of the game when Kreitzer stripped a Becahi player
of the ball around halfcourt.
Nate made a great play, his teammates
were there, Beggs said. If he didnt get the steal, they would
have picked up the slack. Obviously, he makes it and makes big free throws.
Kreitzer gained possession, drew a foul and knocked down two more free throws
to seal the win.
Butczynski and Justin Casey had eight points each for Nanticoke
Area. Wiaterowski added six points and Trahjan Krupinski five.
very special, Kreitzer said. First time since 2003 were in states
and now were going to the Sweet 16. Its amazing.
N. Kreitzer 4 4-4 15, C. Piestrak 4 3-3 14, J. Casey 4 0-0 8, L. Butczynski
3 0-0 8, R. Wiaterowski 2 2-2 6, T. Krupinski 1 3-4 5, T. Thomas 1 0-0 2, A. Divers
0 0-0 0, Z. Cardone 0 0-0 0, C. Butczynski 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 12-13 58.
Paz 5 4-4 16, . Melson 5 0-0 13, . Young 4 3-5 11, . Odle
3 2-2 8, . Robinson 3 1-2 7, . Pettiford 0 1-4 1, . Kuna 0 0-0 0, . Burstine 0
0-0 0, Totals 20 11-17 56.
Nanticoke 14 8 6 3058
12 15 13 1656
3-point goals: C. Piestrak (NA) 3, N. Kreitzer (NA)
3, L. Butczynski (NA) 2, . Melson (BC) 3, . Paz (BC) 2.
Nanticoke rallies to defeat Bethlehem Catholic
Nanticoke more than doubled its output in the first
three quarters in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon.
The result was the
District 2 third-seeded Trojans making a remarkable comeback to defeat Bethlehem
Catholic 58-56 in a PIAA Class 4A boys basketball first-round game at Bethlehem
Freedom High School.
Nanticoke (19-7) scored 30 points in the fourth quarter,
with guard Cody Piestrak scoring all 12 of his points in the final eight minutes,
as the Trojans erased a 12-point deficit after three quarters.
happy to be down by five at the half, Nanticoke coach John Beggs said in
a phone interview after the win. In the third quarter, we were down by a
little bit more, but we took a lot of good shots and they werent falling.
We knew (Bethlehem Catholic) in their last three games got big leads.
we thought if we could keep it close and put a little pressure on them, we may
have a chance to get right back in it. Sure enough, we got a couple guys to make
some big shots. They had a couple missed free throws, and the next thing you know,
somehow we had a possession, got the lead and never let it go.
took the lead for good, 52-51, with 45 seconds left on a pair of free throws by
Then we got a stop and the guys were clutch down the line,
Beggs said. I know Rich Wiaterowski made two free throws late in the game,
Nate Kreitzer made four free throws. It was hectic time.
the win over District 11 champion Bethlehem Catholic (21-8) to Nanticokes
72-61 win over District 1 champ Pottstown in the opening round of the 1992 Class
2A state playoffs. He was a guard on that Nanticoke team.
I was a guard.
The best player on that team was Shawn Hrivnak, who had like 30 points,
Beggs said. We had a bunch of other guys, a bunch of role players. It was
very similar to this team.
The 1992 team made it to the state quarterfinals,
where it lost to Bishop Hoban, which has since merged into Holy Redeemer.
For this version of the Trojans to make the quarterfinals, it will need to win
Wednesday against D12 fourth seed West Philadelphia (13-4). West Philly defeated
D3 champ Lancaster Catholic 87-65.
Kreitzer finished with 15 to pace Nanticoke.
Luke Butczynski and Justin Casey added eight apiece.
Nanticoke limited Bethlehem
Catholic 6-foot-9 center Ryan Young to 11 points.
PIAA Class 4A First Round
58, Bethlehem Catholic 56
NANTICOKE (58) Nate Kreitzer 4 4-4 15,
Rich Wiaterowski 2 2-2 6, Cody Piestrak 3 3-3 12, Luke Butczynski 3 0-0 8, Zach
Cardone 0 0-0 0, Justin Casey 4 0-0 8, Trahjan Krupinski 1 3-4 5, Alec Divers
0 0-0 0, Tyler Thomas 1 0-0 2, Colby Butczynski 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 12-13 56.
CATHOLIC (56) DeAndre Burstine 0 0-0 0, Ryan Young 4 3-5 11, William Melson
5 0-0 13, Amir Detti Ford 0 1-4 1, Scott Kuna 0 0-0 0, Jordan Odle 3 2-2 8, Justin
Paz 5 4-4 16, Dameon Robinson 3 1-2 7. Totals 20 11-17 56.
Three-point goals NAN 8 (Kreitzer 3,
Piestrak 3, L.Butczynski 2); BC 5 (Melson 3, Paz 2)
2 boys basketball: Nanticoke Area punches ticket to states
heartbreak to jubilation, Nanticoke Areas wild five-day stretch ended Wednesday
with a state playoff berth.
Three nights after Nanticoke Areas double-overtime
loss to Scranton Prep denied it a spot in the district championship, the Trojans
redeemed themselves at Holy Redeemer, where they defeated Meyers 57-46 in the
District 2 Class 4A third-place game.
Sophomores Nate Kreitzer (25 points)
and Trahjan Krupinski (14 points) handled the bulk of the scoring, leading the
Trojans into the first round of the PIAA tournament, which begins March 11.
It was just some special feeling we all had, that we knew something good
was going to happen today, said Trojans senior Justin Casey. There
was no nerves in the locker room; we all felt comfortable, relaxed, and we came
out here and performed.
The win was Nanticoke Areas (18-7) second
in two tries against WVC Division 2 champion Meyers (18-7).
A sloppy first
quarter that resulted in Nanticoke Area stealing the ball six times from Meyers
ended with the 16-year-old Kreitzer beating the buzzer with a long-range 3-pointer
to tie the game at 12.
I was just hoping I could get it on the rim,
and it just went in for me, said Kreitzer, whose Trojans last appeared in
the state tournament when he was 3, in 2003.
Playing without standout forward
Luke Butczynski who injured his left knee against Scranton Prep on Saturday,
before the game was delayed until Sunday Krupinski made his presence known
inside. Butczynskis status for PIAAs is unknown.
Starting the fourth
quarter tied at 31, Krupinski scored back-to-back buckets in the paint, going
The teams tied again at 39, before Nanticoke Areas Cody
Piestrak and Ryan Gilgallon traded 3-pointers to the game, 42-42, with 2:45 remaining.
All the while, Meyers leading scorer Jawane Buckner was held to only three points.
Players like Levaugn Soules (13 points) and Gilgallon (12 points, 10 rebounds)
stepped up to reach double-figures scoring for Meyers.
We just wanted
to make sure we didnt let him shoot, Nanticoke Area head coach John
Beggs said of Buckner, who scored 29 points over the weekend in a loss to GAR.
We lost him one time and he drained it we saw what he did against
GAR, so we made sure that we made the other guys shoot the outside shot and just
tried to attack the glass.
The deciding stretch of the game was all
Nanticoke Area, as it began with Krupinskis putback and a Meyers missed
The Trojans Zack Cardone added to the lead 46-42 with
1:15 left, while Meyers was called for a travel and a technical foul moments later.
Kreitzer who Casey called the quarterback of our team
proceeded to make three free throws and a layup, while Cardone tacked on another
free throw, making it 52-42 with 0:42 left and essentially sealing the win.
I told the kids afterwards ... I want them to think about positive things,
said Meyers head coach Pat Toole. Certainly, what I want them to remember
was the fact that when I dont believe anyone believed we could
we won three road games in four days to win the conference championship. To knock
off Berwick, GAR and Hazleton on the road, thats an accomplishment that
they should be proud of. Thats what I want them to remember for the big
part of their senior year.
Nanticoke Area (57)
Kreitzer 8 5-8 25, T. Krupinski 6 2-2 14, C. Piestrak 2 4-6 9, J. Casey 2 0-0
4, Z. Cardone 1 1-3 3, R. Wiaterowski 1 0-0 2, D. Szychowski 0 0-0 0, M. Piontkowski
0 0-0 0, A. Divers 0 0-0 0, Totals 20 12-19 57.
Wallace 6 0-1 13, R. Gilgallon 4 0-2 12, M. Dessoye 3 2-2 9, R. Formola 4 0-0
8, J. Buckner 1 0-0 3, S. Morel 0 1-2 1, Y. Covington 0 0-0 0, Totals 18 3-7 46.
Area12 11 8 2657
Meyers 12 8 11 1546
3-point goals: N. Kreitzer
(NA) 4, C. Piestrak (NA) 1, R. Gilgallon (Mey) 4, W. Wallace (Mey) 1, J. Buckner
(Mey) 1, M. Dessoye (Mey) 1.
Nanticoke defeats Meyers to earn state berth
Nanticoke sophomore point guard Nate Kreitzer took control of the ball with
a minute left. He dribbled under the basket, made a big loop into the backcourt
and then dashed down the lane for two points.
The points were probably not
needed. Nanticoke was in control by then. But they were symbolic. They represented
the long road the Trojans have traveled to finally get back to the state playoffs.
finished with 25 points and fellow sophomore Trajhan Krupinski added 14 more as
Nanticoke defeated Meyers 57-46 in the District 2 Class 4A third-place boys basketball
game at Holy Redeemer High School.The Trojans will play the winner of the D1/11
subregional championship game, either Bethlehem Catholic or Jim Thorpe, on March
Nanticoke (18-7) qualified for the state playoffs for the first time
since 2003. . Meyers ended its season at 18-7, failing to make state for only
the second time in the past eight seasons.
The Trojans were penciled in as
a contender last season only to lose to Berwick 47-45 in the quarterfinals with
a senior-heavy lineup. They could have clinched a state berth over the weekend,
but squandered a 24-point lead in a 72-66 double-overtime loss to Scranton Prep.
just had to look off of that (loss) and focus on this game, Kreitzer said.
finally began to distance itself from Meyers with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter.
Krupinski scored on a rebound and a tip-in, breaking the sixth tie of the night
and giving the Trojans a 46-42 lead. Krupinski played a larger role with senior
Luke Butczynski, considered the teams best all-around player, out of the
lineup with a knee injury suffered during the Prep loss.
with three free throws, the final after Meyers was called for a technical foul.
He then added his roundabout drive to the basket to give Nanticoke a 51-42 lead
with 53 seconds left. Until the outburst, the biggest lead was five points.
going to tell you right now, big things are coming for Nate Kreitzer, said
Nanticoke senior forward Justin Casey, who had a team-leading eight rebounds.
Even though he doesnt have the captain mantra
a leader for us. Hes been like the quarterback of our team. Even his freshman
year, I knew this kid was going to be something special.
Meyers 44-42 on Feb. 4 during the Wyoming Valley Conference season. Like that
game, the Mohawks were unable to get into a consistent flow in the offensive end.
Ten first-half turnovers didnt help matters. Neither did the fact that WVC
Division 2 MVP Jawane Buckner had been sick since a 29-point performance in a
semifinal loss to GAR on Saturday. Buckner finished with three points on 1 of
I know hes been a little sick, Nanticoke coach
John Beggs said. I know that played a little bit into it, but we wanted
to make sure we didnt let him shoot. We lost him one time and he drained
it. We saw what he did against GAR, so we made sure we made the other guys shoot
the outside shot and tried to attack the glass.
Meyers Ryan Gilgallon
knotted the game three times with 3-pointers, the last with 2:44 left in the fourth
that tied it 42-42. The Mohawks, though, never took the lead in the final eight
minutes. Their last lead came at 1:23 of the third on a fast break bucket by Robbie
I told the kids afterward that I want them to think about positive
things, Meyers coach Pat Toole said. What I want them to remember
was the fact that when nobody thought we could, we won three road games in four
games to win the conference championship.
To knock off Berwick, GAR and
Hazleton on the road, thats an accomplishment they should be proud of.
2 Class 4A Third-Place Game
Nanticoke 57, Meyers 46
(57) Nate Kreitzer 8 5-8 25, Rich Wiaterowski 1 0-0 2, Cody Piestrak 2
4-6 9, Trahjan Krupinski 6 2-2 14, Justin Casey 2 0-0 4, Zack Cardone 1 1-3 3,
Dylan Szychowski 0 0-0 0, Alec Divers 0 0-0 0, Jared Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, Colby
Butczynski 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-19 57.
MEYERS (46) Robbie Formola
4 0-0 8, Matt Dessoye 3 2-2 9, Jawane Buckner 1 0-0 3, Levaugn Soules 6 0-1 13,
Ryan Gilgallon 4 0-2 12, Steve Morel 0 1-2 1, Willie Wallace 0 0-0 0, Yuri Covington
0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-7 46.
goals NAN 5 (Kreitzer 4, Piestrak). MEY 7 (Dessoye, Buckner, Soules, Gillgallon
2/27/2017 Boys Basketball:
Prep rallies from 24-point deficit for 2OT win
sites. Two days. Two overtimes.
It took all that and a stunning second-half
comeback for top-seeded Scranton Prep to earn a spot in the District 2
boys Class 4A championship game.
The Cavaliers took Nanticoke Areas best
shot and then rebounded with big play after big play, overcoming a 24-point, third-quarter
deficit to beat the Trojans, 72-66, in the semifinals Saturday at the University
of Scrantons John Long Center.
Instant classic, said Scranton
Prep coach Andrew Kettel after his team scored 62 second-half points in the semifinal.
probably the weirdest game Ive ever been a part of, said Scranton
Preps Paddy Casey, who scored a game-high 24 points, all but three of them
coming after Prep fell behind, 34-10, half a minute into the third quarter.
started Saturday afternoon at Lackawanna College, but when torrential downpours
caused the roof to leak, the game was suspended 14 seconds into the second quarter
with Nanticoke Area leading, 11-3.
The Trojans carried that momentum into Sunday,
with Cody Piestrak scoring eight of his 14 points in runs of 9-3 and 12-2 that
gave the Trojans a 32-10 lead at halftime. It extended by another basket when
Justin Casey scored early in the third.
Obviously, it was a weird day,
coming back on a second day, so we had to embrace that challenge early,
Nanticoke Area coach John Beggs said. And we did in the second quarter,
and we were as excited as weve been all year.
To have the lead
and have the momentum at halftime was great, but we were well aware they were
going to make a run. We knew we werent 20-some points better than them in
a half of basketball.
Nanticoke Area made 11 of 21 shots in the first
half, which allowed the Trojans to set their defense and slow down Scranton Prep,
which made just 6 of 29 in the first half.
No excuses, they came out
and punched us in the mouth the first half, Paddy Casey said. We came
out in the second half and kept fighting.
Paddy Caseys drive started
a 19-3 run that accomplished what Prep was trying to do slice the deficit
to a manageable number while changing the pace of the game.
to get it to three points with four minutes left in the third, and we got it to
eight at the end of the third, Kettel said. Throughout the season,
the third has been our best quarter, so I think they had the confidence that they
could do it.
Leo OBoyle buried a 3 that fired up the Cavaliers
bench, and when Paddy Casey stuck a 20-footer the lead was down to 34-19.
Kreitzer, who led Nanticoke Area with 19 points, answered with his own 3, but
Prep put together a 10-0 run in the final 2:55.
They went on their runs.
We didnt get a chance to get our runs, said Scranton Prep senior Logan
Bailey, who scored all 15 of his points in the second half. We knew that
if we stayed focused and stuck to the game plan that wed come back and chip
When Kreitzer buried a deep 3 a minute into the fourth, Nanticoke
Areas lead was still comfortable at 42-32.
We thought we weathered
some of the runs and they made a couple shots theyd missed earlier, and
honestly, their depth just wore us down, Beggs said. When we got some
guys in foul trouble, we had to be creative with our lineup. Our substitutes played
well, but you cant replace big guys with small guys and expect the same
type of rebounding.
Scranton Prep also forced seven fourth-quarter turnovers,
and Brett Para made numerous big plays for the Cavaliers.
It was such
a total team effort, Kettel said. Brett didnt have a great first
half and we kind of pulled him and went with Leo (OBoyle). And Brett came
back in and had that baseline dunk and then he had a monster block at the other
Nanticoke Area still led, 48-40, with 3:20 left in regulation, but Paddy
Casey converted a 3-point play, then scored off a steal by Para, and Baileys
steal resulted in two free throws, all in a span of 28 seconds.
dunk made it a one-point game, and his steal off the inbounds pass set up Paddy
Casey for two free throws and Preps first lead, 51-50, with 2:01 left.
Area didnt fold.
Down 3 with 15 seconds left, Luke Butczynski buried
a 28-footer to tie it and force overtime.
We like our highlights when
we win, but I told him when he came off thats one of the biggest shots that
Nanticoke guys have made in a long time to give us a chance, Beggs said.
the end of the first overtime, Para rejected Piestrak on a last-second drive,
and then he drained an 8-footer in the second overtime that gave the Cavs the
lead for keeps, 65-64, with 2:18 remaining.
Bailey, Para and Nick Dende, who
scored 12, made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the comeback.
Nanticoke Area (17-7)
N. Kreitzer 4 8-11 19, C. Piestrak 4 3-4 14,
L. Butczynski 3 3-5 10, T. Krupinski 2 5-5 9, M. Piontkowski 2 0-1 4, J. Casey
2 0-0 4, Z. Cardone 1 2-2 4, R. Wiaterowski 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19-55 21-28 62.
Prep (21-3) P. Casey 7 9-11 24, L. Bailey 5 5-14 15, N. Dende 3 4-4 12,
L. OBoyle 4 0-0 10, B. Para 3 1-4 7, G. Bormes 0 2-2 2, W. Simons 1 0-0
2, J. Brown 0 0-0 0, Totals 23 21-35 72.
Nanticoke Area11 21 5 19 4
Scranton Prep 3 7 19 27 4 72
NAN 7-27 (Kreitzer 3-6, Piestrak 3-10, Butczynski 1-12), SP 5-28 (OBoyle
2-5, Dende 2-8, Casey 1-7, Brown 0-1, Para 0-1, Bailey 0-3, Bormes 0-3).
District 2 boys basketball: Nanticoke Area wins with
tempo in 4A quarters
By Matt Bufano - Citizens Voice
matched up against Wyoming Area only six nights earlier, Nanticoke Area head coach
John Beggs set out with a strategy of dictating the pace a fast pace
in Wednesdays win-or-go-home rematch.
We knew if we didnt
start well, they could hold the ball and theyre very deliberate and theyd
try to take us out of what we were trying to do, said Beggs, whose Trojans
won the first time around, but did so by scoring a mere 38 points. So our
goal was to start early and get a little bit of a lead to make them have to play
a more up-tempo game.
Once we started with a good lead, it fell into
Nanticoke Area forwards Justin Casey and Luke Butczynski teamed
up to score 12 first-quarter points, leading a strong attack inside and in transition
in a 60-36 win at Valley West in the District 2 Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinals.
We got a couple layups, we drew a double-team early, we had guys finishing
strong at the rim, Beggs said. We wanted that and it happened
even better than I could have expected.
Wyoming Area head coach Pete
Moses said that if his team had taken an early lead, maybe the Warriors could
have dictated the pace.
Instead, Wyoming Area fell behind 18-3 early in the
I think what happened is once you get down by a significant
amount of points, you have to increase the pace, Moses said. Once
we got down, we knew we had to play that pace with them. We didnt necessarily
want to do that because thats not necessarily our style. The score dictated
the change in style and thats a credit to Nanticoke and their coaching staff.
The fourth-seeded Trojans (17-6) will play No. 1 seed and local power Scranton
Prep on Saturday at a time and place to be determined.
Area dominated early on, the Warriors finished the first half on a 13-8 run to
make it 26-16 at halftime.
The Warriors were given even more hope when a Mike
Bonita 3-pointer cut third deficit to 28-21 in the third.
But Butczynski answered
with a pair of 3s, while Cody Piestrak and Nate Kreitzer added one apiece, closing
out the third with a 40-24 lead.
As a senior and a captain, I knew I
had to take over the game and once I got it going, everyone else would just follow
from there, said the 6-foot-4 Butczynski, who had a game-high 15 points.
Casey added 13 points, while Kreitzer had nine and a pair of steals. Piestrak
hauled in five rebounds with seven points.
On the opposite sideline, Kyle
Musto led Wyoming Area with nine points, as the Warriors most successful
season in several years ends with a 16-7 record.
I just think its
unfortunate that the outcome tonight is not reflective of the way these kids played
all year and how hard they played, Moses
K. Musto 1 6-6 9, M. Bonita 3 1-4 8, A. Saitta 0 5-6 5, A. Nardell
2 0-0 5, S. Greenfield 1 1-2 4, A. Zezza 1 0-0 2, P. Angeli 1 0-0 2, R. Shuleski
0 1-2 1, M. Wright 0 0-0 0, K. Zielinski 0 0-0 0, Totals 9 14-20 36.
L. Butczynski 6 0-0 15, J. Casey 6 1-4 13, N. Kreitzer 4 0-0 9,
C. Piestrak 3 0-0 7, Z. Cardone 2 0-0 4, T. Krupinski 2 0-0 4, M. Piontkowski
2 0-2 4, A. Divers 2 0-0 4, D. Szychowski 0 0-0 0, R. Wiaterowski 0 0-0 0, C.
Butczynski 0 0-0 0, T. Telesford 0 0-0 0, J. Piontkowski 0 0-0 0, Totals 27 1-6
Wyoming Area 3 13 8 1236
Nanticoke 14 12 14 2060
goals: A. Nardell (WA) 1, K. Musto (WA) 1, M. Bonita (WA) 1, S. Greenfield (WA)
1, L. Butczynski (NA) 3, C. Piestrak (NA) 1, N. Kreitzer (NA) 1.
WVC Boys Basketball Preview
Coach: John Beggs
results: 19-6, dropped in the District 2 Class 3A quarterfinals by No. 6 Berwick.
players: Seniors Luke Butczynski; Justin Casey; Zack Cardone. Junior
Tyler Thomas. Sophomore Nate Kreitzer.
Trojans lost a big, good group of seniors. But that hasnt phased them so
far. Nanticoke Area won four straight to start its exhibition schedule, outscoring
opponents by an average of 69.6 to 42.0. Butczynski and Casey are the leading
returning scorers and could be counted on for quality performances more often