Crestwood Slows Down To Get By Invaders
EXETER — Crestwood is not the biggest team, as the average player in its rotation is listed at about 6-feet tall.
But, what the Comets lack in size, they make up for with toughness.
That was on display at practically every turn Tuesday, when Comets were constantly clashing with West Scranton Invaders and falling to the ground — always with a purpose, whether it be getting the ball or drawing a foul.
It worked out in the end.
Camden Boris scored 13 points and Ryan Petrosky added 12 more, as usually high-scoring Crestwood slowed the tempo and beat West Scranton, 45-32, in the District 2 Class 5A boys basketball quarterfinals at Wyoming Area.
“West Scranton is very well-coached,” said Crestwood head coach Mark Atherton. “We knew they’d give us a physical game, so we worked a couple days, working on that physicality.”
The second-seeded Comets (19-6) advance to the semifinals and will play Friday against No. 3 Wallenpaupack.
Meanwhile, No. 7 West Scranton’s season is over at 6-17.
One of the keys to the game was limiting West Scranton leading scorer Cayden Merrifield, who entered averaging 15.5 points per game, to only six points.
However, even with Merrifield locked down, West Scranton got major contributions from Lewin Fernandez.
Fernandez knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter, keeping the game tied at 11, before Crestwood’s Jake Zaleski beat the buzzer with a go-ahead layup.
Crestwood led 25-18 at halftime, and it remained close into the third quarter, 27-23.
But that’s when Crestwood took over with a 14-0 run that started late in the third.
Petrosky’s transition 3, which made it 31-23, was among the key baskets.
Boris capped the rally with a layup-and-one off a hard foul to start fourth quarter, giving Crestwood a 41-23 lead.
The Comets scoring only 45 points, down from the 61.8 points they averaged during the regular season, was by design, according to Atherton.
“The bottom line is: We’re working the clock, but we’re looking to get a layup if we can,” Atherton said. “So, we knew we were going to kind of take our sail out a little bit. But in the same token, we thought it was the best way to try to win the game.”
West Scranton tried rallying late and made it 43-32 with 1:07 to play, but Crestwood got the ball back and ran 19 seconds off the clock before Petrosky was fouled and sank two free throws to seal the victory.
Sean Murphy and Zaleski finished with five points each for Crestwood, while Mike Palmiero added four points.
Fernandez had a team-high 12 points for West Scranton.
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West Scranton (32)
L. Fernandez 4 0-0 12, C. Merrifield 2 0-0 6, B. Barnes 1 2-2 4, N. Gioia 2 0-0 4, B. Burnside 1 0-0 2, N. Forsette 1 0-0 2, J. Gregory 1 0-0 2, Totals 12 2-2 32.
C. Boris 5 2-4 13, R. Petrosky 3 4-4 12, J. Zaleski 1 3-3 5, S. Murphy 2 0-1 5, M. Palmiero 2 0-0 4, B. Papura 2 0-2 4, M. Vieney 1 0-0 2, F. Casarella 0 0-0 0, Totals 16 9-14 45.
West Scranton 11 7 5 9—32
Crestwood 13 12 13 7—45
3-point goals: L. Fernandez (WS) 4, C. Merrifield (WS) 2, R. Petrosky (Crest) 2, S. Murphy (Crest) 1, C. Boris (Crest) 1.