WARREN, Pa. – Layveon Gore scored 19 points as Erie pulled away from Warren in the second half for a 65-46 non-region win.
The Royals led by two, 30-28 at halftime, but outscored the Dragons 35-18 in the second half en route to the win.
Gore, who scored 11 of his points in the second half, was named Icyy Ink Player of the Game and talked about the win afterward:
Jay Smith knocked down a pair of third-quarter threes for the Royals, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the second half. Kre Thompson scored 11 of his 14 points in the first half for Erie.
Parks Ordiway got off to a hot start for Warren, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first half, while J.T. Blum scored 12 points for the Dragons. Starting point guard Tommy Nyquist made his season debut for the Dragons, scoring six points, while Bryce Blair also had six points.
Rewatch the game:
CORRY 66, EISENHOWER 51
CORRY, Pa. – Logan Joncas scorched the nets for Corry, erupting for 32 points, including nine threes in a 66-51 win over Eisenhower in the opening round of the Jim Gruca Christmas Tournament.
Joncas drilled eight of his nine threes and scored 29 of his 32 points in the first half, as the Beavers built a 38-23 halftime advantage.
Rylan Smith was also in double figures for Corry with 12 points, while Cody Reedy added nine.
Three Eisenhower players finished in double figures, led by Wyatt Lookenhouse’s 15 points. Curt Darling added 14 and Kyler Black 12 for Eisenhower.
GROVE CITY 66, CHARTIERS VALLEY 64
ALLISON PARK, Pa. – Dylan Stull’s jumper at the buzzer lifted Grove City to a dramatic 66-64 win over Chartiers Valley in the Hampton Christmas Classic.
Stull finished with 17 points, none bigger than the last two.
Landon Haggart had 15 points and Nathan Greer 12 for the Eagles.
Jayden Davis had a big game for Chartiers Valley with a game-high 26 points, while Frank Dervanik finished with 15.
FAIRVIEW 46, HOWLAND (OHIO) 44
SHARON, Pa. – James Sitter scored 21 points and Logan Frazao hit the the go-ahead bucket in the fourth quarter of Fairview’s 46-44 win over Howland.
Sitter made four threes, while Frazao finished with nine points as the Tigers remained unbeaten.
Gabe Badea led Howland with 12 points.
GREENVILLE 58, CONNEAUT (Pa.) 38
LINESVILLE, Pa. – Jalen Ritzert poured in 24 points as Greenville earned a 58-38 win over Conneaut in the opening round of the CASH Christmas Tournament.
The Trojans built a 32-17 halftime lead en route to the win.
Logan Lentz added 14 points and Brady Kincaid eight for Greenville.
Rayge Michaud led Conneaut with 14 points.
UNION CITY 65, TITUSVILLE 48
TITUSVILLE, Pa. – Matthew Bennett scored 20 of his 23 points in the first half as Union City picked up its first win of the season, 65-48 over Titusville.
The Bears led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and 42-16 at halftime.
Wyatt Post had 12 points for the Bears and Kyler Shaffer 11.
Drew Wheeling led Titusville with 16 points, while Tyler Durstine added 10.
SLIPPERY ROCK 57, REDBANK VALLEY 37
SARVER, Pa. – John Sabo knocked down five threes on his way to a game-high 22 points as Slippery Rock knocked off Redbank Valley in the Freeport Tournament, 57-37.
Dylan Gordon was also in double figures for the Rockets with 13 points, while Jacob Wolak added nine.
The Rockets outscored the Bulldogs by 11 in the third quarter after building a 27-19 halftime advantage.
Chris Marshall led Redbank Valley with 16 points, while Owen Klouse added 12.
NORTH EAST 54, NORTHWESTERN 52
LAWRENCE PARK, Pa. – Noah Crozier scored 18 points as North East edged Northwestern, 54-52 in the C. Thomas Barringer Classic.
North East outscored Northwestern 16-9 in the fourth quarter en route to the win. Ryan Mayes added 11 points for the ‘Pickers, while David Gibson had 10.
Cam Perkins led three Northwestern players in double figures with 17 points, while Eric Steinle and Ryan Tewell had 12 and 11, respectively.
OLSH 59, HARBOR CREEK 39
HARBOR CREEK, Pa. – Jake Dimichele scored 29 points as defending Class 2A state champion Our Lady of Sacred Heart bested Harbor Creek, 59-39.
Rocco Spadafora added 15 points for OLSH.
Nick Krahe and Jaden Rocco led Harbor Creek with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
GENERAL MCLANE 71, SOUTHWESTERN (N.Y.) 49
CORRY, Pa. – General McLane outscored Southwestern by 16 in the first quarter on their way to a 71-49 win in the opening round of the Jim Gruca Christmas Tournament at Corry.
Brad Weber led a balanced GM effort with 16 points, while Danny Bruce netted 14 and Owen Martin 11.
Aidan Kennedy led Southwestern with 14 points.
WILMINGTON 48, HILLCREST CHRISTIAN 46
NEW CASTLE, Pa. – Pierce Nagel led three Wilmington players in double figures with 15 points as the Greyhounds earned a 48-46 win over Hillcrest Christian in the consolation game of the Neshannock Tournament.
Damien Micco added 11 points and Davon Taylor 10 for Wilmington.
IROQUOIS 57, MAPLEWOOD 47
LAWRENCE PARK, Pa. – Corrion Combest scored 23 points as Iroquois earned a 57-47 win over Maplewood in the C. Thomas Barringer Classic.
Iroquois, which also got 19 points from Ben Burkhardt, jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter on their way to the win.
Maplewood’s Luke Sleeman had a big game, pouring in 25 points.
GIRARD 56, WEST MIDDLESEX 34
LINESVILLE, Pa. – Germeia Dell’omo scored 15 points and Austin Shady 13 as Girard beat West Middlesex, 56-34 in the opening round of the CASH Christmas Tournament.
Girard outscored the Big Reds by 15 in the second half on their way to the win.
Richie Preston had 15 points for West Middlesex.
SHEFFIELD 61, YOUNGSVILLE 46
SHEFFIELD, Pa. – Caden Copley led four Sheffield players in double figures with 14 points as the Wolverines topped Youngsville, 61-46 in the consolation game of the Sheffield Christmas Tournament.
The Wolverines led 29-25 at halftime and outscored the Eagles 23-13 in the third quarter en route to the win.
Lucas McNeal tallied 13 points for the Wolverines, while Connor Finch had 11 and Tony Richards 10.
Koby Hendrickson had a strong game for Youngsville, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the second half, while Nathan Lucks added nine and Keegan Mesel eight for the Eagles.