On Frymyer’s special night, Warriors fall to Lebanon

By on January 25, 2017
Photo by Stan Hall Larry Frymyer, a contributor and super fan of Warwick High School athletics for the past 50 years, was honored at halftime of the Warrior boys basketball game against Lebanon on Tuesday night. Shown here with Warwick’s seniors — (left to right), Alex Lalovic, Kyle Weaver, Ethan Price, Will Mobley and Tyler Trimarchi — Frymyer, who is retiring from his duties consisting of updating the roster boards, video work and stats to enjoy coming to sporting events as a fan, received a standing ovation from both teams and the fans. Warwick Hall of Fame coach Dave Althouse and former Warrior boss Brian Brewer were also on hand to help recognize Frymyer on his special night.

Larry Frymyer, a contributor and super fan of Warwick High School athletics for the past 50 years, was honored at halftime of the Warrior boys basketball game against Lebanon on Tuesday night. Shown here with Warwick’s seniors — (left to right), Alex Lalovic, Kyle Weaver, Ethan Price, Will Mobley and Tyler Trimarchi — Frymyer, who is retiring from his duties consisting of updating the roster boards, video work and stats to enjoy coming to sporting events as a fan, received a standing ovation from both teams and the fans. Warwick Hall of Fame coach Dave Althouse and former Warrior boss Brian Brewer were also on hand to help recognize Frymyer on his special night. Photo by Stan Hall

Warwick had been in this same spot before.

The spot where an opponent is just shooting the lights out.

McCaskey did it early against the Warwick boys on Jan. 6, only to see the Warriors rally for a big 62-60 victory.

On Tuesday, Lebanon rained down six treys in the first quarter while shooting 6-of-17 from the floor, putting them in front 19-4 after one.

Unfortunately for the Warwick boys, however, the Cedars never really cooled off enough for them to mount any kind of comeback.

In the end, Camryn Shaak led all scorers with 19 points, including five triples, and the first-place Lebanon boys rolled to a 69-44 Section One win over the Warriors in Lititz. As a team, the Cedars poured in 10 three-pointers.

“That was unreal,” Warrior boss Chris Christensen said. “We kept reminding them, ‘Guys, we’ve done this before where somebody’s been on and they cooled down and we got back in it.’ Tonight, it just didn’t happen. They kept knocking down shots and they could go inside and they’ve got guys who can penetrate gaps and they made it tough for us.”

While the Cedars improved to 10-0 atop Section One (14-3 overall), Warwick fell to 5-5 L-L (8-10 overall), one game behind Cedar Crest and Hempfield, tied at 6-4 L-L, for the final two League playoff berths.

“We ain’t done,” Christensen said. “We’ve got Hempfield Friday, which is going to be probably a playoff game for us, and then we play McCaskey, which will be another one, and CV and Township and we’ve just got to take it one at a time, grind them out and see if we can get four wins here and have some good stuff happen for us.”

Good stuff was happening for Lebanon in the first. After the Warriors’ Will Mobley buried a J to cut their deficit to 8-4 with 3:19 left in the period, Luis Aquino-Rios’ trey started Lebanon a period-ending 11-0 burst. Going up against Warwick’s zone D, the Cedars hit five treys in a span of just 2:40.

“Playing man-to-man (in a 79-56 loss at Lebanon on Dec. 21), we couldn’t get out and match up with them,” Christensen said, “and that’s why we got in zone because last time, we tried to get up on them and they beat us in transition.”

Warwick guard Ethan Price scored eight of his team-high 12 points in the second, and the second of his two treys with 3:44 left in the quarter sliced the Cedars’ lead to 24-15.

But Lebanon still led 32-19 at the half, and then a 9-2 run to the start the third quarter, with Khalique Washington going 4-of-6 at the foul line, extended its lead to 41-21 at the 5:06 mark.

And when Shaquell Ortiz netted seven of his 11 points in a 16-3 spurt to begin the final stanza, putting the Cedars in front 64-36 with 4:36 remaining, that was basically the game.

“They’re nine deep and they’re bringing guys off the bench that are pretty good,” Christensen said.

Last Friday, Cedar Crest went a perfect 6-of-6 at the foul line in overtime and the Falcons came away with a hard-fought 78-73 victory over Warwick in a Section One clash in Cornwall.

Blake Thomson buried three of Crest’s seven treys in the game, sharing game-high 23 points with teammate Cole Laney to lead four Falcon players in double figures. Jayden Melendez and Tate Seyfert added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Melendez also hit three treys in the win.

“They beat us,” Warwick coach Chris Christensen said. “They made some good shots and they had some guys we didn’t expect to shoot the ball that well and they were knocking down some ‘threes’ that they didn’t make really until starting in the fourth quarter. So we did what we were supposed to do.”

Senior guard Alex Lalovic, who led Warwick with 22 points and five treys, nearly ended all need for OT, but his potential game-winning shot at the top of the key at the buzzer in regulation rimmed out, keeping the score tied 66-all.

“I just told (Alex) I’d give him the shot 100 times,” Christensen remarked. “It happens. It either goes in or it doesn’t, and you move on … I’d give it to him again. Right now.”

Layups by Seyfert and Thomson in the opening minute of OT put Cedar Crest up 70-66, and when Laney sank both ends of a 1-and-1 with :28.5 remaining, the Falcons took a 76-68 advantage. Tyler Trimarchi’s triple on Warwick’s next possession cut Crest’s lead to five, 76-71, but the Warriors could get no closer.

Things didn’t start so well for Warwick in the opening stanza, however, as the Falcons darted to a quick 14-2 lead. Laney scored six points and had six rebounds in the first quarter, helping Crest build a big 12-6 advantage on the boards early on.

“We helped them a little bit with a 20-point spot in the first quarter,” Christensen said. “I thought our foul shooting could have been a little bit better, but credit to (Cedar Crest). We weren’t even close to what we were supposed to be doing defensively.”

Trimarchi, who finished with 13 points, buried a ‘three’ at the buzzer to cut Warwick’s deficit to 20-14 after one. That also kick-started the Warriors on a 12-0 run, and Ethan Price’s putback with 4:10 left in the half put Warwick up 23-20. Unfortunately for the Warriors, they shot just 2-of-6 from the foul line in that stretch and 8-of-14 for the game.

Crest tied it 23-all, but then Lalovic buried a trey, Will Mobley, who had 12 points, converted a three-point play and Brandon Perezous sank a ‘three’ to put Warwick in front at the half 32-26.

Thomson scored 10 points in the third to help Crest outscore Warwick 18-12, and that set up the wild finish.

“It was a good game,” Christensen said. “We’ve had some go our way and tonight, it didn’t go our way. And it’s a tough place to play and we knew it’d be tough, but I told our guys, ‘Basketball is cool because you get to play tomorrow at 2 o’clock.’”

In a non-league clash on Saturday against Red Lion, the Warriors again went to extra time and suffered a 57-53 double OT loss to the Lions.

Red Lion’s Jamel Foster led all scorers with 29 points, and Trimarchi hit four treys and paced the Warriors with 16 points. Lalovic added 10.

 

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