WR cruises to a win over South boys
TURBOTVILLE – Looking up to a 6-foot-6 Ethan Hartman and a 6-foot-5 Kade Anzulavich and trying to gain rebounds was tough for a South Williamsport team that put its tallest kid on the court at 5-foot-11 Evan Laudenslager and Landon Sandford. Trying to slow down a 210-pound Ahmahd Keyes and 250-pound AJ Bieber in the paint is even tougher.
Warrior Run used all of its size to its advantage in a 55-34 win over South Williamsport on Wednesday night at Warrior Run. The Defenders used their size to out-rebound South 22-11 and turned it into offense spreading the ball around so the Mounties would not focus on one man.
Keyes missed the first meeting between the HAC-III teams in the beginning of the season and was a big part of the Warrior Run game-plan finishing with 13 points in the paint and seven rebounds, Bieber scored double-digits off the bench when South was crowding Keyes as Anzulavich, Hartman and Tyler Pick helped out in the outside to give Warrior Run a well-balanced look that South had no answer for.
“It’s great,” Warrior Run coach, Eric Wertman started off when talking about the size of his team. “AJ (Bieber) is a great kid, slowly working his way back, he’s a handful. … Ahmahd, big strong, fast, physical. Hartman very long, Tyler Pick is super tough. We had the size and used it to our advantage tonight.”
Both teams came out slow as the first basket came after three minutes ticked of the clock before Hartman hit a trey. South followed up with a hard drive from Ethan Laudenslager but missed baskets and Warrior Run’s rebounding helped the Defenders pull away after a 10-5 first quarter as it led by more than eight points for the final three quarters.
“They are playing very well, they have the size and are being coached very well right now,” South Williamsport coach Rob Houseknecht said. “We tried everything to keep it close early and try to attack in the second half, but Warrior Run id a good job and it was tough for us.”
“(Warrior Run) has two big guys inside and they had Ahmahd back which made it tough for us being a small team,” Laudenslager said. “They really made it hard on me tonight, so I tried getting the ball out of my hands early to take the focus off me.”
Laudenslager, the only Mountie to go over 10 points, tried to will his team to stay in the game with timely downhill drives looking to draw contact and pick up fouls in the second half.
Warrior Run wanted to crowd the Mounties’ offense into making mistakes and South Williamsport tried using that aggressivness to its advantage in the second half as it tried getting back into the game down 21-13 after halftime.
The Mounties got Warrior Run into early foul trouble in the third quarter as the Defenders picked up seven team fouls and sent Laudenslager to the line with a minute remaining in the quarter and the Mounties down by 10.
South Williamsport tried using the team fouls to its advantage in the final quarter, but Warrior Run was able to shut down South’s offense. And turn it into its own.
“Ethan tried on the offensive end, but we couldn’t get stops defensively and if you can’t stop their offense then we cant get anywhere,” Houseknecht said.
Warrior Run 55,
South Williamsport 34
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (34)
Ethan Laudenslager 3 6-10 12; Evan Laudenslager 3 2-2 8; Lee Habalar 1 2-2 5; Landon Sanford 3 2-2 9. Totals 10 12-16 34.
WARRIOR RUN (55)
Denver Beachel 1 0-0 3; Ethan Hartman 3 2-3 8; Ahmahd Keyes 5 3-4 13; Kade Anzulavich 5 1-1 13; Tyler Pick 3 2-3 8; AJ Bieber 5 0-0 10. Totals 22 8-11 55.
South Williamsport 5 8 8 13-34
Warrior Run 10 11 14 20-55
3-point goals: South Williamsport 2 (Habalar 1, Sandford 1), Warrior Run 3 (Hartman 2, Beachel 1).
JV score: Warrior Run won. High scorers: Noah Banzhof, SW, 7; AJ Bieber, WR, 18.
Records: South Williamsport (5-10), Warrior Run (7-6). Next game: Midd-West at South Williamsport, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Warrior Run at Southern Columbia, Friday, 7:30 p.m.