The Dallas post. (Dallas, Pa.) 19??-200?, March 04, 2012, Image 11

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    Sunday, March 4, 2012
Members of the Misericordia University men's basketball team celebrate their victory over Wilkes
University on Saturday in the Freedom Conference Final.
Men's, women's basketball teams pick up Freedom
Conference championship titles on same day.
It was a 2-fer at Misericordia
iversity last Saturday. The
en’s and women’s basketball
teams both women Freedom
Conference championships — the
women by defeating King Col-
lege, 64-54, and the men by
earning a 69-42 win over Wilkes
Both Cougars teams were
scheduled to be on the road in
the first round of the NCAA Di-
vision II Tournament as the men
were slated to play NYU Thurs-
day evening and the women
were traveling to Massachusetts
to face Tufts on Friday.
The Lady Cougars have made
their way to the conference tour-
nament in each of their first four
seasons in the league, reaching
the finals in the past two. After
losing on the road in last year’s
championship game, however,
the Cougars made their second
chance count.
The only team to beat King’s
in league play during the regular
season, Misericordia became the
first team to beat the Lady Mon-
archs at home in more than a
year, snapping a 15-game streak.
A whistlefilled second half
saw plenty of trips to the foul
line but King’s was unable to
take advantage, shooting 17-
of-26 from the stripe in the half
and 22-0f-36 for the game.
King’s shot 29 percent (14-0f-48)
from the floor.
Misericordia senior Christine
Marks scored 15 points and add-
ed a game-high 11 rebounds as
the Cougars won the battle on
The Misericordia University Lady Cougars celebrate their victory over King's College in the women's
Freedom Conference tournament championship game in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday afternoon.
the boards, 38-24. Sophomore
Lauren Smicherko chipped in
with some valuable minutes off
the bench, scoring seven of her
nine points in the first half.
Following the Misericordia’s
men win, Ethan Eichhorst, the
league’s player of the year, Steve
Artzerounian, the tournament
MVP, and fellow starters Matt
Greene, Jeff Slanovec and Chris
Undersinger all took turns cut-
ting down the net.
The last string belonged to
coach Trevor Woodruff who
climbed the ladder and took
time to savor his alma mater’s
first men’s basketball conference
It was the 12th straight win
for the Cougars (21-5), capping
off what was likely the most suc-
cessful day in the history of Mi-
sericordia athletics.
For Woodruff, who was a play-
er at Misericordia when Wilkes
and coach Jerry Rickrode were
playing in the Final Four, the
win carried some added mean-
Wilkes was the better team in
the first half, stifling Eichhorst
and building a 27-24 lead at half-
Little went right for the Colo-
nels after that, as the Cougars
blew them away with a 45-15
performance in the final 290
minutes. Wilkes, which had
scored 103 points in an overtime
win in the semifinals, was held
to its lowest output of the sea-
Slanovec finished the night
with 11 points and passed the
1,000th career point mark dur-
ing the game. Junior forward
Steve Artzerounian led the Cou-
gars with a double-double, fin-
ishing with 18 points and 10 re-
bounds, earning tournament
MVP honors for his efforts.
Eichhorst and Greene added
11 and 10 points, respectively.
@)stroski’'s 30 points
leads Lakers victory
Lakers 65
Sixers 37
Ray Ostroski poured in 30
points to lead the Lakers over
the Sixers in the first round of
the playoffs while Joey
Thompson scored 12 and Da-
niel Mingy added 10 for the
Kyle Archer led the Sixers
with 13 while Ethan Scieyzin-
ski added nine. Zack Charlton,
Alex Charlton and Charles Gia-
cometti also played well in a
losing effort.
Raptors 40
Hornets 32
Jimmy Powell led the Horn-
ets with 14 points while Tan-
ner Gattuso added 12. Dalton
Gattuso also played well for
the winners.
Matt Harrison led the Horn-
ets with 15 points.
Magic 51
Knicks 45
Lee Eckert led the Magic to
victory with 19 points while
Conner McCarty added 10 for
the winners.
Chad Phillips scored 21 for
the Knicks and Aaron Yurko
played well in a losing effort.
Celtics 36
Bulls 35
Michael Farrell led the Cel-
tics to a hard-fought victory
over the Bulls with 16 points
while Jason Anderson added
10 points. Peter Capitano also
played well for the winners.
Adam Niznik poured in 25
for the Bulls in a losing effort.
Spurs 53
Lakers 25
¥/ Sukmail Mathon exploded
for 32 points to lead the Spurs
past the Lakers while Spencer
Bowanko added 10 for the win-
ners. :
Ray Ostroski tossed in 19
points for the Lakers in a los-
ing effort.
Raptors 34
Suns 26
The Raptors got a balanced
scoring effort from Michael
Luksic (13), Michael Anderson
(9), Josh Lupole (6), Zach
Bloom (5) and Zack Palfey (2).
The Suns were led by Nick
Kocher with 14 points and
Matt Maransky who scored six
in a losing effort.
Raptors 30
Cavs 28
The Raptors edged the Cavs,
30-28, in a hard-fought semi-
final match up with Michael
Anderson and Josh Lupole
each scoring nine points for
the winners. Zach Palfey and
Zack Hill played excellent de-
fense for the Raptors.
David Schuster poured in 23
points for the Cavs in a losing
Hornets 33
Cavs 27
Eric Berley scored 18 points
to lead the Hornets to victory
over the Cavs. Sam Zondlo
and Jake Shaver both had ex-
cellent all-around games for
the winners.
Brett Ostroski led the Cavs
with 15 points while Johnny
Cantando added 10 in a losing
Magic 25
Spurs 17
Lenny Kelley led the Magic
over the Spurs with 12 points
See LAKERS, Page 12
Lake-Lehman's Austin Harry, top, wrestles Nanticoke Area's Josh Allabaugh on his way to win the District 2 Class 2A gold medal in
the 126-pound bout.
Lake-Lehman wrestlers
eke out win over Dallas
Lake-Lehman was pitted
against Dallas entering the final
round of District 2 wrestling ac-
tion on Saturday, with each team
having earned a separate fourth
When Hanover Area’s Steve
Radzwilla turned back Garrett
Artsma of Dallas, though, the
Black Knights wrestlers cheered,
knowing that Dallas would not
overtake them in points and, by a
margin of one point, the Knights
came away with the team title in
the wrestling tournament.
See LEHMAN, Page 12
AT RIGHT: Dallas’ Dominick DeGraba, back, wrestles Hanover
Area's Brad Glazenski on his way to win the District 2 Class 2A
title in the 106-pound bout.