WVHS Boys' Basketball: Black Knights Stun Rams
Towanda jumped out to a 22-2 lead in the first quarter and were never challenged en route to a 61-36 win over Wyalusing Valley on Dec. 20.
While rust from a 10-day layoff since their last game may account for part of the Rams’ early woes in their home opener, Towanda’s deadly outside shooting set the tone for the night.
The Knights carpet-bombed the Rams, sinking five-of-eight three point shots en route to the 20-point lead with 1:35 to play in the first quarter.
Nolyn Chaffee and Noah Huff each had a pair of treys in the skein and Casey Huff added another three-pointer. Adding insult to injury, Robbie Abrams converted a conventional 3-point play. Chaffee’s and Noah Huff’s points were the only ones they had in the game.
Aaron Johnson, who finished with a team-high 14 points, had the Rams’ only basket during Towanda’s opening run.
Domenic Ciccolini and Johnson closed out the first quarter with baskets for Wyalusing.
Despite Towanda’s outside shooting, the Rams stayed in their 2-3 zone through the second quarter. There would have been serious match-up problems against the Knights had the Rams shifted to a man-to-man defense.
Fortunately, the Knights’ offense cooled off some as Towanda coach Ryan Napp began to liberally substitute his bench.
Wyalusing shaved a point off Towanda’s lead by halftime, trailing 31-16 at the break as Johnson and Kye Novak each netted four points.
The Knights broke the game completely open with a 20-6 advantage in the third quarter.
With the game out of hand and Towanda’s bench in the game, Wyalusing was able to find room to operate in the fourth quarter.
The Rams’ fourth quarter statistics helped cover up some of Towanda’s advantages in the first three quarters.
Wyalusing finished with a 30-28 edge in rebounds, but through the first three quarters, Towanda held a 24-17 edge overcoming any advantage the Rams’ zone defense may have offered.
Wyalusing also went 10-for-16 from the foul line, but all the made shots came in the fourth quarter.
For the Rams, who fell to 0-3, overall, and 0-1 in the Northern Tier League East, Novak added nine points. Ciccolini and Cody Pickett finished with six and five points, respectively.
Ciccolini had a strong outing under the boards, grabbing a game-high 11 caroms. Johnson added seven rebounds.
Jeremy Allyn handed out three assists. Johnson and Mitchell Pickett had four and three steals, respectively.
Casey Huff finished with 25 points for the Knights, who shot 48 percent from the field, compared to 26 percent by the Rams.
Dave Rodenhizer added eight points and Jake Serrano-McEwen chipped in seven.
Abrams and Mason Roof each grabbed six rebounds for Towanda. Noah Huff dished out six assists.
Towanda also won the junior varsity game, 37-22, as Sawyer Strope and Tristan James netted 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Kyle Tinna scored 10 points for the Rams.
Wyalusing returns to action on Dec. 28 when they face Tioga Central in the opening round of the Waverly Tournament. If the Rams win, they will play the winner of the Waverly/Edison game on Dec. 30. If they lose, they play in the consolation final on Dec. 29.