Wms. Valley keeps control

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TOWER CITY - Even with a 6-2 start, Williams Valley coach Denny Kasper was questioning if his Vikings had shown any improvement compared to the end of last season.

Beating an opponent who always gives you trouble in a big early season test provided some answers.

Stephen Sedesse scored six of his team-high 13 points in the closing minutes, as Williams Valley held off a late Lourdes charge for a 55-51 victory in a Schuylkill League Division II boys' basketball contest on January 4.

In a battle of two teams running away with the division, Sedesse scored the go-ahead bucket on a drive with 1.28 left in the game. He then hit 4-of-4 from the foul line as the Vikings (7-2, 4-0 D-II) not only remained perfect in the division, but also took control of it.

With the loss, Lourdes (8-2, 3-1) saw its five-game winning streak snapped.

"This is really great because last year they beat us both times (including a buzzer-beater in overtime at Tower City on Dec. 16, 2011) and we have a chance to win the division this year," said Sedesse, who added five assists and six rebounds. "It's good to beat a good team like that."

Dennis Jansen added 11 points for the Vikings, while Colin Harrison had 10 points and five rebounds.

Despite the start, Kasper was wondering how good the Vikings were at this point, especially after a disappointing 49-46 loss to Upper Dauphin in the championship game of the WQLV Tournament on Dec. 28.

Winning the way Williams Valley did - by making plays down the stretch in a tight game - provided Kapser with some answers.

"The past two years, we weren't able to do this," Kasper said. "We were kind of like second-guessing ourselves. 'Have we gotten any better from last year?' The thing about the extended football season and not having any offseason and preseason stuff. This game was big for us to show us that we have gotten better.

"For us to get a good gauge of where we are at, this was a good win for us. It was a good character builder."

U. Dauphin 47

Millersburg 45

MILLERSBURG - Ian Buffington hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give the Trojans a four-point lead and seal a Tri-Valley League win over the Indians.

Buffington finished with a game-high 18 points and Austin A. Weaver added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Travis Lamereaux led Millersburg with 13 points.

Greenwood 63

Line Mtn. 36

MILLERSTOWN - League leader Greenwood took a 19-point halftime and placed four players in double figures to down the Eagles (5-6, 3-2) in a Tri-Valley League game.

Ryan Kerstetter scored 17 points, and Josh Ferguson and Adam Harrison 15 points each to lead Greenwood (10-2, 6-0). Bill Breinich had 14 points for Line Mountain.

Minersville 43

Line Mtn. 38

SHAMOKIN - In the Knights of Columbus consolation game, Minersville downed Line Mountain in an even-paced match-up. For the Eagles, Bill Breinich led with 10 points. Line Mountain's Cole Rickert chipped in 6 and Codi Morris, 5. Morris also led the boards, with 8 rebounds for Line Mountain.

Pine Grove 49

Kutztown 42

PINE GROVE - Wade Bressler scored nine of his 11 points in a 15-7, first-quarter run that propelled the Cards to a non-league win over the Cougars.

Kobe D'Agostino and Brett Kreiser each added 12 points for Pine Grove, with Kreiser hitting 6-of-7 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to help the Cards ice it.

Mark Weinus added 11 points for Pine Grove.

Wms. Valley 71

Jim Thorpe 42

TOWER CITY - Stephen Sedesse scored a game-high 19 points and the Vikings used a large second-half run to bury the Olympians in a non-league contest.

Williams Valley, down 33-32, went on a 21-0 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters to pull away for its third consecutive victory.

Owen Daniel scored 14 points and Colin Harrison chipped in 10 for the Vikings.

Tamaqua 61

Pine Grove 33

TAMAQUA - Brett Kosciolek led all scorers with 20 points as Tamaqua got back on track with a 61-33 rout of Pine Grove in a Schuylkill League Division I boys' basketball contest January 4.

Bo Rottet also netted 15 points for Tamaqua, while Tyler Skripko totaled 12 and Adam Frantz added 10.

Kobe D'Agostino paced Pine Grove with 11 points.

Moravian 35

Tri-Valley 21

HEGINS - Jaden Buchanan scored a team-high 10 points but the Bulldogs fell to the Lions in a non-league contest.

Devin Masser (6) and Cale Bruso (5) combined for the other 11 points for Tri-Valley, which was outscored 21-10 in the second half.

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