Western Wayne uses strong defensive effort to defeat Lackawanna Trail

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com
Lackawanna Trail’s Richard Helbing grabs a rebounds as Western Wayne’s Danny Boots and Zach Rovinsky (No. 33) converge during a boys basketball game Dec. 15 - Submitted photos
Lackawanna Trail’s Josh Rzucidlo, who led the Lions with seven points, shoots over Western Wayne’s Rob Carey during a boys basketball game Dec. 15. - Submitted photos
Western Wayne’s Kobe Sauter draws a charge against Lackawanna Trail’s Zach Stec during a boys basketball game Dec. 15. - Submitted photos

CLINTON TWP. — Lackawanna Trail’s inefficiency on the offensive end of the floor proved to be its downfall as Western Wayne defeated the Lions, 53-30, in the second game of the Cal King boys basketball tournament Dec. 15.

“We had 24 turnovers, so that’s 24 shots that we don’t get,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Christian Sunseri said. “You’re not going to win playing that way. Even when we didn’t turn the ball over, our passing was poor and guys weren’t catching the ball in a good position to score.

“We need to take care of the ball and make good passes. I think that’s really it.”

Western Wayne’s swarming man-to-man defense forced the Lions to make many mistakes. Freshman guard Zane Janiszewski led the charge on defense with six steals.

“I think our guys are playing hard and, as a coach, that’s all you can ask for,” Western Wayne head coach Al Semenza said. “We have a long way to go to become a decent basketball team, but I can’t question their effort.”

Sophomore forward Zach Rovinsky scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter when Western Wayne (2-0) jumped out to a 12-3 lead. Rovinsky also grabbed seven of his 15 rebounds in the quarter.

Sophomore guard Josh Rzucidlo, who led Lackawanna Trail with seven points, senior center Shawn Jones and sophomore guard Nico Berrios each scored a basket in the second quarter, but the Lions trailed by 11 at halftime.

Lackawanna Trail (0-4) scored the first three points of the third quarter to cut its deficit to eight, but Western Wayne closed the quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by 3-pointers from Rovinsky and junior guard Dahlton Frisbie.

Frisbie, who finished with 17 in the game, and Rovinsky combined to score 15 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for Western Wayne.

“They’re a good duo and I think they are going to continue to get better,” Semenza said. “They are a junior and a sophomore and I think you have to tip your hat to the other guys on the floor because they understand that they’re our two guys, and they’re willing to screen for them and try to get the ball to them.”

Junior forward Rob Carey chipped in with six points and senior forward Danny Boots added four for Western Wayne.

“We’re looking for somebody to step in and help us out offensively,” Semenza said. “I think these guys will get better as the year goes on.”

Junior guard Zach Stec had six points and two steals, senior guard Griffin Holmes finished with four points and five rebounds, and Jones added four points and four rebounds for Lackawanna Trail.

Lakeland defeated Lake-Lehman, 74-60, in the opening game of the tournament.

Lake-Lehman defeated Lackawanna Trail, 46-39, in the consolation game and Western Wayne topped Lakeland, 52-45, in the championship game Dec. 16.

Lackawanna Trail’s Richard Helbing grabs a rebounds as Western Wayne’s Danny Boots and Zach Rovinsky (No. 33) converge during a boys basketball game Dec. 15
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LT-Helbing-1.jpgLackawanna Trail’s Richard Helbing grabs a rebounds as Western Wayne’s Danny Boots and Zach Rovinsky (No. 33) converge during a boys basketball game Dec. 15 Submitted photos

Lackawanna Trail’s Josh Rzucidlo, who led the Lions with seven points, shoots over Western Wayne’s Rob Carey during a boys basketball game Dec. 15.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LT-Rzucidlo-1.jpgLackawanna Trail’s Josh Rzucidlo, who led the Lions with seven points, shoots over Western Wayne’s Rob Carey during a boys basketball game Dec. 15. Submitted photos

Western Wayne’s Kobe Sauter draws a charge against Lackawanna Trail’s Zach Stec during a boys basketball game Dec. 15.
https://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_ABJ-LT-Stec-1.jpgWestern Wayne’s Kobe Sauter draws a charge against Lackawanna Trail’s Zach Stec during a boys basketball game Dec. 15. Submitted photos

By Robert Tomkavage

rtomkavage@timesleader.com

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