Lyco men stay unbeaten with MAC victory

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette Darius James, 1, of Lycoming County attempts to dunk on Messiah players Josh Darville, 4, and Nate Eberle, 14.

Messiah has had Lycoming’s number the last two years inside of Lamade Gymnasium and Warriors coach Guy Rancourt knew that. In his own words, Lycoming needed to get over that hump against the Falcons.

The Falcons may have taken a quick lead to open the game, but it didn’t last too long on Wednesday evening.

After the Falcons scored on a layup just over a minute into the game, the Warriors proceeded to use a 13-0 run to take a double-digit lead and held on the remainder of the game for a 55-36 win to open Middle Atlantic Conference play.

“Messiah certainly has been very successful here over the years and it’s a major challenge for us anytime they come to town,” Rancourt said. “This is something we needed to get over this hump.”

Messiah held a lead against the Warriors for only 86 seconds to open the game before the Warriors’ run. Messiah clawed back throughout the tail-end of the first half, getting the deficit down to five points twice to go into the half trailing 22-17. But Lycoming quickly reclaimed a double-digit lead in the second half and never let Messiah get it back into single digits.

The 36 points which Messiah (3-3, 0-1 MAC) scored is the fewest Lycoming (6-0, 1-0 MAC) has allowed in a game since 2012, and it’s the least amount Messiah has scored in a game in the past 10 seasons.

“We were really doing possession by possession. Messiah’s such a good defensive team and they’re so sound offensively that you have to struggle for every basket and you saw that by the halftime score,” Rancourt said. “They’re so sound, but we just wanted to play possession by possession, not necessarily the 10-point runs or anything like that.”

The Warriors got a boost from Chris Wallace, the only Lycoming player to score in double figures as he led Lycoming with 16 points and tied with D’Yante Dougthy for most rebounds with seven.

“He’s leading by example. Seniors like Alex Newbold and Chris Wallace make the whole team better,” Rancourt said.

Messiah’s Colin Sareyka gave Lycoming some problems, finishing with 16 points, 11 of which he scored in the second half, including the first nine points for Messiah. Josh Darville had an impressive 16 rebounds for Messiah, 10 of which came on the defensive end.

Lycoming more than doubled its rebounding production in the second half, ending with 45, but only seven of which were offensive boards, limiting Lycoming’s second-chance opportunities.

The Warriors did have a 20-8 edge scoring off the bench along with a 28-18 advantage in the paint and an 11-0 lead in fast-break points.

It took Lycoming only just over two minutes to go back ahead by double digits to start the second half when Doughty hit a 3-pointer with 17:54 left to give the Warriors a 29-18 lead. From there, Messiah never trimmed the deficit to less than 14.

Lycoming’s largest lead was 22 points with 5:15 to play.

The Warriors begin a stretch of conference games that include consecutive road games at Hood and Alvernia before hosting Widener next Saturday. In a solid conference, starting out with a win was big for Lycoming.

“Every win in our conference (is important). Always goes down to last game or two of season, so every win matters,” Rancourt said.

Lycoming 55, Messiah 36

Messiah (3-3, 0-1 MACC)

Colin Sareyka 6-24 3-5 16; Josh Darville 3-6 1-2 7; Kyle Krout 2-6 0-0 6; Nate Eberle 2-7 0-0 5; Matt Glogowski 1-5 0-0 2; Matt Hess 0-7 0-0 0; Willie Hope 0-1 0-2 0; Neil Murren 0-7 0-0 0; Totals 14-63 4-9 36.

Lycoming (6-0, 1-0 MACC)

Chris Wallace 6-8 4-4 16; Darius James 2-5 3-3 7; Ronald Jefferson 3-7 0-0 6; D’Yante Doughty 2-4 0-0 5; Darius Dangerfield 1-4 2-2 5; Ramadan Jennings 1-1 2-6 4; Alex Newbold 2-3 0-0 4; Amir Davis 1-1 0-0 3; Damani Myers 1-6 0-0 3; TJ Duckett 1-4 0-0 2; Serge Cole 0-1 0-0 0; Hiro Yamaki 0-0 0-1 0; Calvin Chandler 0-2 0-0 0; Totals 20-46 11-16 55.

Halftime–Lycoming 22-17. 3 point goals–Messiah 4-30 (Kyle Krout 2-5; Colin Sareyka 1-9; Nate Eberle 1-6; Matt Glogowski 0-3; Matt Hess 0-5; Neil Murren 0-2;), Lycoming 4-13 (Damani Myers 1-4; Darius Dangerfield 1-2; Amir Davis 1-1; D’Yante Doughty 1-2; Ronald Jefferson 0-1; TJ Duckett 0-2; Calvin Chandler 0-1;). Fouled out–Messiah – None, Lycoming – None. Rebounds–Messiah 35 (Josh Darville 16), Lycoming 45 (Chris Wallace 7). Assists–Messiah 7 (Colin Sareyka 3), Lycoming 11 (Darius Dangerfield 3). Total fouls–Messiah 14, Lycoming 15. Technical fouls–Messiah 0, Lycoming 0. A–468.