It was a great night for four Lawrence County boys high school basketball teams last night.

Union, Neshannock, Mohawk and Wilmington all recorded significant wins.

Union defeated Cornell at home, Neshannock knocked off Beaver Falls on the road, Mohawk recorded its first section win of the season at home against Laurel and Wilmington set itself up for Tuesday’s showdown against Farrell with a homecourt win over Reynolds.

Union 83, Cornell 71

The Scotties kept their WPIAL Section 1-1A title hopes alive with the victory at home.

Union (9-3 section, 15-4 overall) trails Cornell and Vincentian (both 10-2) in the section standings heading into the final week of the season. 

“This was a great win for seeding purposes,” Scotties coach Mark Stanley said. “It keeps us alive for a possible three-way tie for first, but even if we close out with two wins, I think our section will get the top seed so this really helps us to be close to the top.”

Kaden Dovito led Cornell (17-3 overall) with 19 points. 

Seth Pinkerton poured in 28 points and Nate Meeks added 26 tallies, including six 3-pointers, for the Scotties. Vince Fuleno chipped in with 13 markers.

Nick Pasquarello was the “x-factor,” as Stanley called it with 17 rebounds — two offensive and 15 defensive board-cleanings.

 “He just did a great job on the boards,” Stanley said. “He was all over the glass. Everything that went up, he went after. They were getting just one shot almost every time downcourt and that made the difference.”

Another difference-maker was Vince Fuleno, who broke open a back-and-forth game with a 3-pointer from the corner with about 2 minutes left. Union sealed the game with rebounds down the stretch.

“They tied it up but never took the lead, which I thought was really key,” Stanley said. “It was important for us to maintain control.”

Neshannock 63, Beaver Falls 62

The Lancers outlasted the host Tigers in two overtimes for a Section 1-3A victory.

Neshannock (7-3, 14-4) turned the ball over late in regulation and in the first overtime, sending the teams to a second overtime. Beaver Falls (5-5, 8-11) didn’t get a shot off at the end of regulation or the first overtime.

The Lancers led 61-59 in the second overtime with 18.7 seconds to go. Spencer Perry stepped in and took a charge against the Tigers’ Jaylen Vaughn to give Neshannock the ball.

The Lancers inbounded the ball against Beaver Falls’ press. Chris Scott delivered a bounce pass to Niko Rylott and Rylott scored to put Neshannock up 63-59 with 13 ticks to go.

Vaughn drained a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left, cutting the deficit to 63-62. But the Lancers were able to inbound the ball and run out the clock for the victory.

“I kept reiterating to our guys that they deserved to win this game,” Neshannock coach John Corey said. “To our guys credit, they stayed mentally tough.

“Our guys didn’t play perfect basketball, but they stayed mentally together and kept grinding it out; I’m proud of our guys.”

Rylott tossed in a game-high 22 points, including burying six 3-pointers, to lead Neshannock. He scored eight of his points in the fourth and eight more combined in the overtime periods. Preston Turk tallied 12 points for the winners. Jake McCormick was next with eight.

The Lancers have won four straight and five of their last six since a 58-55 road setback to Ellwood City last month.

“We’ve been focused a little bit more,” Corey said. “Guys have been locked in and focused. 

“This squad has a lot of potential; we’re a very balanced team. The last five or six games, we’ve started to shoot the ball better. We’re not so reliant on our inside guys.”

Jordan Foust scored 20 points to lead Beaver Falls.

Mohawk 69, Laurel 58

The Warriors earned their first section victory in 11 tries with a Section 3-2A home decision over the Spartans.

Mohawk (1-10, 4-16) broke a four-game losing streak. 

“We really came out and played hard,” Warriors coach Nick Marmo siad. “We thought last time we didn’t match their intensity. But we were locked in tonight.

“This was the best game we played all season. Everyone was communicating and playing hard. It was a great effort from the guys.”

Joey Hervatine tossed in a game-high 29 points for Mohawk. He scored 15 points in the second quarter and 20 in the first half. Braydon Cameron chipped in with 19 markers for the winners. He scored 10 points in the first quarter.

Hervatine and Cameron netted 30 of Mohawk’s first 36 points.

Hervatine is a grandson of Mohawk coaching legend John Samsa and the latest in a series of point guards from the Samsa family to play for Mohawk.

Marcus Haswell led Laurel (3-7, 6-12) with 18 points, Landin Esposito followed with 13 and Sam Haswell added 11.

Wilmington 75, Reynolds 52

The Greyhounds (7-2 in Region 2-2A, 11-6 overall) won their fifth straight to set up Tuesday’s showdown with unbeaten region leader Farrell. Wilmington is in second place in the region.

After getting their multitude of football players back from the Greyhounds’ state championship finalist team, coach Mike Jeckavitch said the team is peaking.

Tage Kelliher led the ’Hounds with 17 points, followed by Cameron Marett, Colton Richards and Danny Hanssen with 11 apiece. Marett also had eight assists and five steals, Kelliher four steals and Richards and Jacob Yohman seven rebounds apiece. Pontius dished out five assists.

 “It took a little longer than we would have liked, but I think we’re finally getting there,” Jeckavitch said. “We’re looking forward to the Farrell game on Tuesday.

Lincoln Park 77, Ellwood City 31

The Wolverines fell behind 22-6 after one quarter and couldn’t recover in a Section 1-3A matchup to the Leopards.

Ellwood City Lincoln (2-8, 6-12) trailed 46-13 at the half.

Broc Boariu led the Wolverines with 11 points and Rocco Sesti chipped in with eight.

Casey Oliver and Isaiah Smith scored 14 points apiece to lead Lincoln Park (10-1, 16-2).

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CORNELL (71)

Kaden Dovito 6 5-6 19, Zaier Harrison 6 4-6 18, Isaiah Langston 5 3-4 13, Luke Piccolo 1 2-3 4, Blaine Sams 0 0-0 0, Drew Lopez 0 1-2 1, Sharone Bronaugh 1 0-0 2, Jeavontae King-Walden 7 0-3 14. Totals: 26 15-24 71.

UNION (83)

Mike Flowers 2 5-6 9, Vince Fuleno 5 1-2 13, Nick Pasquarello 0 1-4 1, Seth Pinkerton 11 4-5 28, Caleb Lombardo 0 0-1 0, Tyler Benedict 1 1-2 3, Nate Meeks 8 4-4 26, Anthony Stanley 0 0-0 0, Sean Louis 0 3-4 3. Totals: 27 19-28 83.

CORNELL   19  24  10  18 —  71

UNION 21  24  13  25 —  83

3-point goals — Cornell 4 (Dovito 2, Harrison 2), Union 10 (Fuleno 2, Pinkerton 2, Meeks 6).

JV score: No game.

LAUREL (58)

Sam Haswell 4 3-9 11, Michael Pasquarello 0 0-0 0, Marcus Haswell 5 8-8 18, John Magee 2 1-3 5, Cameron Caldararo 2 0-2 4, Dominic Wade 3 0-0 6, Landin Esposito 3 5-6 13, Kobe DeRosa 0 0-0 0, Derreck Brest 0 0-0 0, Bobby Dicks 0 1-2 1. Totals: 19 18-30 58.

MOHAWK (69)

Joey Hervatine 12 3-5 29, Braydon Cameron 6 4-7 19, Josh Kurtz  4 0-2 8, Dylan Lloyd 0 0-0 0, Brett Bobin 2 0-0 4, William Bloom 0 0-0 0, Nick Wheeler 2 0-0 4, Nathan McCutcheon 1 2-5 5. Totals: 27 9-19 69.

LAUREL  12  12  9  25  —  58

MOHAWK  17  19  14  19 —  69

3-point goals — Laurel 2 (Esposito 2), Mohawk 6 (Cameron 3, Hervatine 2, McCutcheon 1).

JV score: Laurel 52, Mohawk 27. L — Michael Pasquarello 21, Kobe DeRosa 17; M — Jackson Miller 10.

NESHANNOCK (63)

Chris Scott 2 2-4 7, Preston Turk 4 1-2 12, Niko Rylott 8 0-0 22, Jake McCormick 4 0-2 8, Max McHale 0 3-4 3, Russell Kwiat 1 2-2 5, Spencer Perry 2 2-2 6. Totals: 21 10-16 63.

BEAVER FALLS (62)

Gage McKelvey 3 3-4 9, Jaylen Vaughn 6 4-6 18, Tye Houseer 2 0-0 4, Jordan Foust 8 2-3 20, Darius Nesmith 2 1-2 5, Camany Williams 1 0-0 2, Cam Glass 1 0-2 2, Anthony Franchi 1 0-0 2, Dmitri Nesmith 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 10-17 62.

NESHANNOCK 7 13 17 13 5 8 — 63

BEAVER FALLS 8 10 14 18 5 7 — 62

3-point goals — Neshannock 11 (Rylott 6, Turk 3, Scott 1, Kwiat 1), Beaver Falls 4 (Vaughn 2, Foust 2).

JV score: No game.

REYNOLDS (52)

Zack Winkle 1 0-0 3, Aiden Mull 3 0-0 6, Shyne Sims 6 6-6 19, Chance Westover 1 1-2 4, Josh Loposky 4 0-0 8, Luke Faber 2 1-2 5, Jake Lorent 2 1-2 5, Nick Loposky 1 0-0 2. Totals: 20 9-12 52.

WILMINGTON (75)

Cameron Marett 4 2-4 11, Colton Richards 4 0-0 11, Jacob Yohman 4 1-1 9, Danny Hanssen 4 0-0 11, Tage Kelliher 8 1-2 17, Ian Sullivan 1 0-0 2, Caelan Bender 2 0-0 4, Robert Pontius 2 0-0 5, Shane Cox 1 1-2 3, Austin Lisowski 1 0-0 2. Totals: 31 5-9 75.

REYNOLDS  13  7  11  21  —  52

WILMINGTON  16  25  20  14  —  75

3-point goals — Reynolds 3 (Winkle 1, Sims 1, Westover 1), Wilmington 8 (Hanssen 3, Richards 3, Marett 1, Pontius 1).

JV score:: Wilmington 42, Reynolds 30. W — Shane Cox 11, Junior McConahy 10.

LINCOLN PARK (77)

Montae Reddix 3 0-0 6, Johnnie Bryant 1 0-0 2, Dakari Bradford 1 1-2 3, Casey Oliver 6 0-0 14, Isaiah Smith 5 0-0 14, Andre Wilder 3 2-2 8, Tanner Mathos 5 0-0 10, Cam Irvine 0 0-0 0, Lonnie Craft 1 0-0 2, Will Drexler 1 0-0 3, Rob Liggett 2 3-4 7, Keeno Homes 4 0-0 8. Totals: 32 6-8 77.

ELLWOOD CITY (31)

Steve Antuono 1 0-0 2, Broc Boariu 4 0-0 11, Ricky Pitrelli 2 1-3 6, Mike Sesti 1 0-0 2, Rocco Sesti 3 0-0 8, Rody Polojac 0 0-0 0, Ryan Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Isiah Leons-Coleman 0 0-0 0, Nate Coonfare 1 0-0 2. Totals: 12 1-3 31.

LINCOLN PARK  22  24  19  12 —  77

ELLWOOD CITY  6  7  5  13 —  31

3-point goals — Lincoln Park 7 (Smith 4, Oliver 2, Drexler 1), Ellwood City 6 (Boariu 3, R. Sesti 2, Pitrelli 1).

JV score: Not reported.

Sports Writer

Ron Poniewasz Jr. is a sports writer at the New Castle News. Email him at rponiewasz@ncnewsonline.com.

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