Pioneer City lads finish second at annual tournament

Carbondale Area wasted little time in testing the 2017-18 basketball waters as the Chargers battled in three contests in the season’s first four days.

The Chargers (2-1) claimed the most unique start in school history by racing to a 21-0 margin to start the season in securing a 70-49 win in the annual Mike “Red” Wallace Memorial Game vs. Elk Lake.

After beating Forest City, 79-56 in the Jerry Finan Memorial Basketball Tournament opener, the Chargers ran out of gas in the Finan Final vs. Honesdale, 50-39.

The Lakeland Chiefs and Lady Chiefs, CA Chargerettes and FC Lady Foresters also tipped off their season.

Wallace Game

At Elk Lake, the Chargers vaulted out of the gates with solid shooting from the field and free throw line. A 21-0 lead to start the game resulted in a 46-18 halftime cushion.

CA coasted the rest of the way. Bobby Salitsky (24), including 13-15 from the free throw line and Andrew Manarchuck (13) led the way.

Finan Final

Honesdale (2-0) closed out the title game on a 16-4 run over the game’s last 11:22 including a 14-0 surge bridging a 8:36 span of the third and fourth quarters for the hard fought win.

CA jumped to an 8-4 start on a pair of Mike Zazzera scores, a Bobby Salitsky deuce and a Bailey Rumford steal and lay-up but the Hornets answered with an 11-4 finish fueled by Anthony Degori’s five points and a pair of Scarfalloto muscle makes in the lane.

DeGori’s trey just before the buzzer gave the Hornets a 15-12 margin.

Salitsky and Keegan Durkin three balls countered Honesdale’s five points in that stretch before the pair closed the second period with back to back baskets for a 26-24 CA halftime margin.

Colin Rickard’s trey at the 5:20 mark gave the Hornets a 29-28 lead and started a five lead exchange flurry over the next 2:14.

Pat Durkin nailed two free throws for a CA 30-29 score but Degori buried a trey and Rickard hit a deuce for a 34-30 Honesdale lead.

Zazzera converted a lay-up and foul shot and Salitsky followed with a score at the 3:22 mark for a 35-34 CA margin.

Scarfallotto’s score with 3:06 left was the last lead exchange of the contest.

The Hornets’ D unsettled the Charger offense with a relentless effort as CA started to launch treys but we’re short of the mark.

While Honesdale went 6-12 over the next 8:38, the Chargers went 0-9 from trey land, 0-5 inside the arc and 0-2 on the free throw line.

By the time, Andrew Manarchuck ended the drought with 2:44 left in the game, Honesdale had control at 48-37.

Contest Capsules

DeGori (16), Rickard (11) and Scarfalotto (10) led the winners while Salitsky (13) and Zazzera (13) topped CA.

Chargers went 2-21 in trey shooting.

Finan Consolation

West Scranton 76

Foresters 36

After a 16-11 start, West Scranton went on a 26-7 second period surge to put the game out of reach.

Jake Fendrick (20), Shayne Merrifield (14) and Jalen Gregory (12) ignited WS while Jordan Non (12) led Forest City.

Tourney Openers

Chargers 79

Foresters 56

CA jumped to a 60-24 halftime lead. Andrew Manarchuck (15), Keegan Durkin (15) and Mike Zazzera (11) topped CA. Jordan Non (15) and J. Non (11) led FC.

Honesdale 49

West Scranton 43

West had a trey at the buzzer bounce off the rim as the Hornets outlasted WS.

Honesdale led 19-18 at half and produced an 18-13 fourth period surge. Scarfallatto (18) and Colin Rickard (14) paced the winners while Shayne Merrifield (17) fueled West Scranton.

Other Games

Valley View 62

Chiefs 35

Valley View used an 18-1 start to jump to a 36-5 halftime lead. Marc Kudrich (16) and Bobby Craig (13) led the winners while Silas Stearns (7) and Rodney LaBorde (7) topped Lakeland.

Paupack 44

Chargerettes 27

Carbondale Area fell behind 14-6 before a 17-6 Paupack second period put the game away. Amelia Zazzera (10) topped CA.

Lady Foresters 44

Lady Chiefs 30

FC jumped to a 15-1 lead and held control the rest of the way.

Makenzie Hartman (13) and Skylar Fortuner (12) led FC while Mikayla Marino (16) paced Lakeland.