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Meyers Still Looking For 1st Win

December 15, 2018
Meyers Still Looking For 1st Win

WILKES-BARRE — The boys basketball history at Meyers is rich.

It is also writing its final chapter this season with Wilkes-Barre Area’s consolidation plan set to begin next year with the merging of athletic programs.

Facing the pressure of wanting to go out on a high note, Meyers went looking Friday for its first win.

The Mohawks fell short for a third straight game, though, losing at home to Mid Valley, 45-29.

“We’re a work in progress and we have to find some ways to score on the offensive end,” said Meyers head coach Pat Toole, three seasons removed from his most recent district title with the Mohawks. “It starts with me. I’ve gotta define roles on the team and put us in a better position to have some success. We’re certainly not doing that. We struggle, obviously, getting any kind of dribble penetration and our lack of team speed is obvious.”

Now 0-3, Meyers has been outscored 191-105 — but it isn’t necessarily as gloomy as it sounds.

Meyers’ first two games were against returning state qualifiers Scranton Prep and Archbishop Carroll. Mid Valley beat Meyers last season, but the Mohawks still finished strong with a .500 record in the regular season.

“I thought we took a step forward in the game against Archbishop Carroll,” Toole said. “I thought tonight we took a step back.”

Meyers played well early against Mid Valley, taking an 11-6 lead into the second quarter on Keegan Brewster’s fast-break steal and layup.

Najese Hood scored on a layup to begin the second quarter, stretching Meyers’ lead to 13-6, when it all started falling apart.

Mid Valley (2-1) finished the half on a 15-2 run, taking advantage of Meyers’ turnovers and its 2 of 9 shooting from the field in the second quarter.

Mid Valley’s six-point halftime lead then rolled into a 14-point lead, 34-20, after three quarters.

“I was really happy that it was a team victory for us,” said Mid Valley head coach Mike Abda. “I thought everybody on our team played unselfishly. We got a lot of contributions from the bench tonight. We played hard, but more important, we played smart. Meyers was very athletic; coach Toole does a fantastic job, and this is a big win on the road for us.”

Mid Valley had only player score in double-figures, senior Vinny Talluto, who knocked down seven field goals — including a pair of 3s — and made two free throw attempts for 18 points.

“We have different guys we try to run (the offense) through, but certainly, Vinny’s one of them,” Abda said. “He’s a mismatch because he can handle the ball and he can shoot. But he also could play in the post at 6-foot-3. It was a good game for him all-around.”

Seven of Mid Valley’s eight players who saw playing time scored against Meyers, including Craig Mercanti, who came off the bench and scored five points. Mercanti’s best contribution was a dagger 3 from the top of the key in the third quarter, which gave the Spartans their first double-digit lead of 28-17.

Tyler O’Connor added eight points.

Meyers’ low-scoring effort was led by Blake Masker, who scored six points. Hood and Brewster added five points each.

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