Warriors end season with losses to CV, Township

By on February 8, 2017
  Senior Alex Lalovic, who led the Warriors in scoring this season with 18.5 ppg, dribbles the ball against Conestoga Valley last Friday. Photos by Kirk Neidermyer

Warwick’s Alex Lalovic looks to make a move at Warwick High School in Lititz, PA on February 3, 2017. KIRK NEIDERMYER | LCW Correspondent Photographer

Close, but not meant to be.

That became a story line for the Warwick boys basketball team this winter.

For the fourth time in six games last Friday night, the Warriors took a game into OT.

Unfortunately, however, it slipped away, as Conestoga Valley’s Logan Monroe scored six points in a 12-1 run in the extra session and the Buckskins pulled out a 75-66 victory in a Section One game in Lititz.

“It was just a shame it didn’t go our way,” Warwick coach Chris Christensen remarked, “and I said to the guys in (the locker room), ‘It’s kind of the story of the year. You’re six close games away from being really good and we’ve had some not go our way.’ But the guys still play confident, they’re still working hard and that’s all I can ask from them.”

Unfortunately for the Warriors, their season finale against Manheim Township on Tuesday night wasn’t as close. Led by Tyler Crespo’s game-high 28 points, the Blue Streaks darted to a 38-17 halftime lead and sent Warwick to a seventh straight loss, winning 79-60 in a Section One game in Neffsville.

With the loss, Warwick ended the season with a 5-9 L-L record (8-14 overall), while Manheim Township improved to

Seniors Tyler Trimarchi and Alex Lalovic finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Warriors in their final high school game.

The Blue Streaks got balanced offensive production with four players in double figures. Nick Vicidomini added 18 points, Brian Hines added 15 and Brendan Mellott helped out with 11.

Against CV last Friday, the Warriors trailed by eight points, 49-41, at the end of the third quarter, and they were still down by nine, 57-48, after Logan Monroe, who finished with a game-high 34 points, buried two free throws with 2:01 remaining in the fourth. Austin Monroe and Theo Blantz also reached double figures for CV with 21 and 11 points, respectively.

“The thing is, (Logan Monroe) goes inside, but he can shoot it too,” Christensen said. “So if you put a guard on him, he goes inside. Then if you put a big guy on him, he goes outside. And we don’t have one of those combos that we can do that. (Monroe) creates a tough match-up.”

The Bucks were 8-of-14 from the foul line in the fourth, but two misses by LL’Rae Robinson led to a layup by Warwick’s Alex Lalovic with 1:15 left, cutting the deficit to 59-55. Lalovic scored 14 of his team-high 27 points in the final period to help lead the Warriors’ charge. Ethan Price added 15.

Austin Monroe sank two free throws to make it 63-57, but Lalovic countered with a ‘three,’ and then after Logan Monroe went 0-for-2 at the line, Tyler Trimarchi’s triple, one of his three treys, from the right corner with :33 left pulled the Warwick boys even, 63-all.

“Alex made one right before and then (Tyler) made one — that’s the story,” Christensen said. “Those are the two guys we need to score points and hopefully we get some more from other people and they just do it again and again and again.”

CV held for the final shot, but Austin Monroe’s J was off the mark, it was onto OT.

There, Lalovic’s free throw with 2:58 left cut the Warriors’ deficit to 67-64, but back-to-back turnovers ended up in layups by Logan Monroe and the Bucks were 4-of-6 at the foul line in the final minute to put it in the books.

The Warriors were just 1-of-7 from the field in extra time, as they fell to 0-4 in OT games this year.

“We have to play certain guys a lot of minutes and it’s tough for us, especially now, since we’ve played so many overtimes and been in so many close games,” Christensen said, “the energy level just takes a toll after so many times doing this. It’s not like we’re not confident. We came over, we were ready to go, we were like, ‘Let’s go get this one in OT.’ So that’s not an issue at all. It just didn’t work out. (CV) went back to their big guy, Monroe, and he did a good job and we didn’t have an answer for him the entire night.”

In the opening half, Price had 13 points and five offensive rebounds, as Warwick outscored CV 16-9 in the second quarter to go up 31-27 at half.

“Oh my gosh, (Ethan) was crashing the offensive glass, he did a great job,” Christensen said. “At halftime, I think every coach when we went around the circle brought it up that he did a really good job crashing the offensive glass and getting some putbacks. So that was good to see him kinda scoring in a different way.”

 

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