Carbondale Area boys basketball team falls at D2 tournament
Carbondale Area and Lakeland saw their 2017-18 season come to an end in the opening round of the District 2, Class 3A Basketball Tournament.
The No. 5, Chargers dropped a 62-49 decision to No. 4, Dunmore while the No. 8, Chiefs lost to No. 1, Wyoming Seminary, 51-22.
Dunmore 62 Chargers 49
Carbondale Area trailed 17-13 with 7:36 left in the second period. The Chargers went 4:00 without scoring during a 10-0 Dunmore run.
Bailey Rumford’s trey at the 3:00 mark ended the drought but was the only CA field goal in the final 7:36 of the half in the midst of a 1-8 team shooting effort.
The result: 32-16 CA halftime deficit and a margin too difficult to overcome.
In the opening quarter, Andrew Manarchuck followed a Bobby Salitsky score with a trey for a 5-4 CA lead 1:30 into the game and Salitsky matched Dunmore score at the 5:10 mark for a 7-6 CA lead.
That would be the last lead for the Chargers.
At the 4:20 mark, the Bucks converted a turnover into a lay-up for a 10-7 cushion. On the play, Salitsky tried to scramble back defensively.
On the fly-by defensive effort at the rim, Salitsky landed wrong, injured his knee and hobbled off to the locker room.
The Bucks extended the lead to 15-7 before Noah Mauro converted a deuce inside then buried a long-2 to cut the gap to 15-11 with 3:09 left.
CA finished the period 0-5 from the field and trailed 17-11.
While the Bucks were feasting around the rim for 22 of their 32 first half points and seizing control of nearly every loose ball, the Chargers went 2-14 in the final 11:09 of the half and struggled to finish lane looks.
The Chargers inched closer at 42-28 at the end of three periods but struggled to solve the Bucks’ defensive match-up zone and match Dunmore’s physicality.
With 8:00 left, CA’s offense started to get untracked. Attacking the defense and snapping the ball around the perimeter, the Chargers found a rhythm.
Mike Zazzera found lanes to the rim while Bailey Rumford, Pat Durkin and Jeff Katchmore buried treys as CA went on a 13-6 surge, including a Katchmore drive-by in the lane to close to 48-41 with 3:21 left.
CA’s defense continued to unsettle the Bucks’ rythym but three straight possessions, Dunmore beat the Chargers to the glass and converted put backs to withstand the CA rally.
Put backs and free throw conversions slowly built the Bucks’ lead back to control of the contest down the stretch.
Rumford (15) led CA’s scoring.
Salitsky, who was the division’s second-leading scorer and was the team’s top foul shooter and second-leading rebounder, returned to the contest but was clearly hobbled during his 16:21 of court time.
The Chargers struggled to an 18-53 shooting effort while the Bucks went 23-49 from the field and 13-17 from the free throw line.
The top-seed jumped to a 16-7 start and increased the spread to 28-14 at halftime. Lakeland was unable to get back into the game when Seminary ran off a 19-2 third period surge.
Silas Stearns (7) topped Lakeland.
No. 4 Dunmore faces No. 1 Seminary and No. 6 Riverside (10-13), a mild 46-29 upset winner vs. No. 3 Mid Valley (15-8), will play No. 2, Holy Redeemer.
That game is slated for Friday evening at a site to be determined after News press time.