Greenfield, Zielinski, Wright provide defensive presence in rival game

By Tom Robinson - For Sunday Dispatch
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Pittston Area took exactly one lead Tuesday against rival Wyoming Area in the 13th annual Eugene R. DeMinico II Game.

Wyoming Area’s defense made sure there would not be another.

The Warriors held the visiting Patriots to 1-for-12 shooting over a 12-minute stretch on the way to a 46-30 victory.

It was the second straight win for the Warriors, who had not won a DeMinico Game prior to last season, and the second straight time the game was dominated by defense.

A year ago, Wyoming Area held Pittston Area to single digits in scoring in every quarter and recovered from a 17-9 halftime deficit to win, 40-33, on the road.

Veterans Sam Greenfield, Kyre Zielinski, and Matt Wright were prominent in both wins.

“They just play really well as a unit and that’s something that I think I said last year about that team,” Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger said. “I think the guys are familiar with each other.

“They’ve played a lot of minutes together, especially Greenfield, Zielinski and Wright.”

Greenfield and Wright are usually Wyoming Area’s biggest players on the floor and, out of necessity on small teams early in his career, Zielinski developed a style where he can rebound and defend well against bigger players.

“All three are physical presences and when a guard makes a mistake out front, chances are you’re going to meet one of those guys in the lane,” Kiesinger said.

Sophomore Dominic DeLuca helped them in the interior and was the game’s leader with three steals coming off the bench.

On the perimeter, Wyoming Area coach Pete Moses said his team concentrated on not allowing shots by Matt McGlynn, Pittston Area’s top 3-point threat.

“To hold them to nine in the first half, I think was just remarkable, and to hold McGlynn to zero in the first half was something that we were really focused on doing,” Moses said. “We knew if he got shots off and got shots in, it could be a long night for us.”

The Warriors limited those shots, allowing McGlynn just one in the first half.

And, they defended the shots Pittston Area got.

The Patriots shot under 25 percent from the floor in each half, finishing 9-for-40 (22.5 percent).

Pittston Area’s only lead was at 7-6 in the first quarter. It managed only two points in the second quarter and was behind 21-9 by the time McGlynn hit his only basket, a 3-pointer early in the third quarter.

Wyoming Area did not allow Pittston Area to score more than 12 points in any of the eight quarters over the past two seasons.

Greenfield, Zielinski and DeLuca combined for 20 of their 25 rebounds on the defensive end while leading the Warriors to a 38-28 advantage on the boards.

Pittston Area (30)

Trevor Tigue 0-1 0-2 0, Naseem Guillaume 1-10 5-6 7, Keemar Woodruff 3-5 0-0 6, Matt McGlynn 1-5 0-0 3, Andrew Krawczyk 3-8 0-2 7, Brennan Higgins 1-8 1-5 3, Logan Booth 0-1 0-0 0, Sevion Leak 0-2 0-0 0, Adam Penxa 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 9-40 8-17 30.

Wyoming Area (46)

Dylan Melberger 0-2 0-0 0, Aaron Zezza 2-6 5-9 10, Kyre Zielinski 1-6 2-2 4, Sam Greenfield 7-17 5-6 20, Matt Wright 2-2 2-4 6, Dominic DeLuca 2-3 2-6 6, Daniel Wiedl 0-1 0-0 0, Steve Yordy 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Gonzales 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-37 16-27 46.

Pittston Area`7`2`12`9`—`30

Wyoming Area`11`10`8`17`—`46

3-Point Shooting – Pittston Area 2-15 (Krawczyk 1-3, McGlynn 1-5, Higgins 0-1, Woodruff 0-2, Guillaume 0-4), Wyoming Area 2-10 (Greenfield 1-3, Zezza 1-4, Wiedl 0-1, Melberger 0-2). Rebounds – Pittston Area 28 (Krawczyk 13), Wyoming Area 38 (Greenfield 11). Assists – Pittston Area 6 (McGlynn, Krawczyk 2), Wyoming Area 10 (Zielinski, Greenfield 3). Steals – Pittston Area 4 (Woodruff, Higgins, Booth, Leak), Wyoming Area 9 (DeLuca 3). Blocked Shots – Pittston Area 5 (Krawczyk 5), Wyoming Area 1 (Zezza). Team Turnovers – Pittston Area 14, Wyoming Area 10. Total Fouls – Pittston Area 19, Wyoming Area 18. Technical Fouls – None.

Points in paint – Pittston Area 24, Wyoming Area 24. Points off rebounds – Wyoming Area 10, Pittston Area 7. Fastbreak points – Wyoming Area 2, Pittston Area 2. Points off turnovers – Wyoming Area 2, Pittston Area 0. Bench points – Wyoming Area 6, Pittston Area 5.

Ties – 0. Lead Changes – 2. Pittston Area’s biggest lead – 7-6, 1st. Wyoming Area’s biggest lead – 46-28, 4th.

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By Tom Robinson

For Sunday Dispatch

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