×

Lancers cruise past Mansfield

Not much has changed for the Loyalsock boys basketball program in the past 45 seasons. Sure, players come and go, but coach Ron Insinger’s philosophy of pressure defense and unselfish offense has stood the test of time and made them one of the state’s most successful programs.

Both were on display in the season opener of Insinger’s 45th season at the helm of the Lancer program as they beat a young North Penn-Mansfield squad, 98-62, in the opening round of the Webb Weekly Tip-Off Tournament at Loyalsock.

“Lancer lightning,” Coach Insinger remarked after the game. “When we are not pressuring the ball, we get stagnant and stand around and that’s no good for us. Tonight we pressured the ball well and good things happened.”

It came right from the start. Loyalsock’s pressure helped them jump out to an 18-5 lead midway through the first quarter, when NPM coach Kipper Burleigh was forced to use his first timeout. By that point Aidan Gair, who led all scorers with 31 points, already had eight points and had made his presence felt. Gair has been a secondary option for Loyalsock the past few years, but in his senior campaign he will be called upon to score, and score he did. Gair shot the ball well from the outside and showed off an improved inside game to compliment the physique that makes him one of the area’s premier defensive players on the gridiron.

“My mindset has not really changed. I’ve had the green light. CI and Coach (Jeff) Everett know I can shoot the ball,” said Gair. “I’m used to playing big. I’m a linebacker in football so I like banging around and I’m happy I get to do that more this year.”

The Tigers showed why they are one of District 4’s most consistent programs by showing effort throughout the game. They regrouped coming out of that timeout and trailed only 22-14 after the first quarter. It was an effort that impressed Insinger.

“I was highly impressed,” he said. “They battled all 32 minutes and they’re going to win a lot of games because they know how to battle.”

The second quarter is where Loyalsock put the game away.

Dom Garverick picked up his third foul early in the quarter for the Tigers and the Loyalsock pressure became much more effective. The Lancers scored 37 points in the quarter, highlighted by back to back threes by Gair, and they went into the break leading 57-34 en route to the 36 point win.

“I was impressed with what I saw tonight,” remarked Insinger. “We played really unselfish and that is something I stress a lot and always have here. We made the extra pass a lot tonight.”

Loyalsock will face an athletic Whitehall team, winners over Wellsboro, 54-38, for the tournament championship tomorrow night.

After a close first quarter that ended 16-14, Whitehall had a 23-1 second quarter that was chock full of great offense, whether it was outside shooting or on the glass or moving the ball for layups against the Wellsboro zone defense.

A young Wellsboro team missing two starters showed promise, though. Joseph Grab, the only player returning that has played significant minutes scored an efficient 17 and players like Liam Manning and Ryan Sweet rebounded well.

“We’re a team trying to find their identity,” said Coach Steve Adams. “There were some high highs and some low lows.”

For Whitehall coach Jeff Jones, it was nice to win a first round game in this tournament for the first time in the three years they’ve been coming.

Loyalsock 98,

N.P.-Mansfield 62

LOYALSOCK (98)

Parrish River 1 0-0 2, Aidan Gair 13, 2-2 31, Saraj Aji 6 1-1 13, Dane Amrson 4 0-2 8, Elijah Gair 4 3-5 11. Chase Cavanaugh 1 0-0 2, Dom Jennings 3 0-0 6, Rees Watkins 6 1-2 13, Rian Glunk 2 0-0 5, Sean Jensen 1 2-2 4, Julian Wilson 1 1-2 3

THREES: Gair (3) Glunk (1)

N.P.-MANSFIELD (62)

Nolan Frederick 1 2-2 5, Tom King 0 2-2 2, Logan Tokarz 6 4-4 16, Seth Nelson 2 0-0 5, Garverick 1 0-0 2, Alex Stein 4 4-6 12, Curtis Craig 5 0-0 10, Eli Shaw 1 0-0 2, Brady Burleigh 0 1-2 1, Jacob Evans 2 1-2 7

3-point goals: Loyalsock 4 (Gair 3, Glunk 1), NPM 4 (Evans 2, Frederick 1, Nelson 1).

Whitehall 54, Wellsboro 38

WHITEHALL (54)

Marcus Hamsher 0 0-0 0; Tyler Holubowski 4 0-0 8; Shyhiem Foster 1 0-0 3; Joe Lisicky 5 3-3 14; Marc Augustin 0 0-0 0; Alex Rummel 0 0-0 0; Luke Gilbert 3 0-0 9; Hunter Piney 0 0-0 0; Dylan McGinley 4 0-0 8; Matt Snyder 0 0-0 0; Matt Lisicky 0 0-0 0; Zack Hartman 0 0-0 0; Ian Werner 2 0-0 4; Bryce Bashore 0 0-0 0; Tommy Buskirk 3 0-2 6. Totals 22 3-5 54.

WELLSBORO (38)

Joe Grab 6 4-6 17; Conner Adams 1 0-0 2; Isaac Keane 2 0-0 5; Ty Morral 4 1-1 10; Darryn Callahan 0 0-0 0; Liam Manning 1 0-0 2; Drew Manning 0 0-0 0; Ryan Sweet 0 0-0 0; Carson Davis 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 5-7 38.

Whitehall 16 23 11 4 — 54

Wellsboro 14 1 7 16 — 38

3-point goals: Whitehall 5 (Gilbert 3, Lisicky 1, Foster 1), Wellsboro 3 (Morral 1, Keane 1, Grab 1).

NEWSLETTER

Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
   

COMMENTS