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Schuylkill League Boys’ Basketball Semifinals Preview Capsules

Thursday, February 11, at Martz Hall

Blue Mountain (18-4, Division I wild card)

vs. Minersville (19-3, Division II champs), 6 p.m.

About Blue Mountain

Head coach: Dustin Werdt (13th season)

Previous Schuylkill League playoff appearances (since 1985): Five overall, two titles (2003, 2007)

Last appearance: 2014 — Lost to Mahanoy Area 49-35 in semifinals

League rankings: Offense (2nd, 60.0 points per game), defense (4th, 45.8 ppg)

Probable starting lineup: G Mark Chelius (sr., 5-8, 16.4 ppg), G Aaron Albertini (jr., 6-2, 10.3), G-F Brayden Lewis (jr., 5-11, 10.2), F-C Connor Kerstetter (jr., 6-2, 2.8), C Jakob Biever (soph., 6-7, 8.0)

Key reserves: G-F Christian Puzzi (sr., 6-1, 4.3), G Spencer Welsh (jr., 6-0, 2.3), G-F Mason Zerbe (jr., 6-3, 4.1)

About Minersville

Head coach: Cliff Woodford (9th season)

Previous Schuylkill League playoff appearances (since 1985): Four

Last appearance: 2015 — Lost to Tamaqua 59-53 in semifinals

League rankings: Offense (4th, 58.2), defense (2nd, 43.3)

Probable starting lineup: G Jon McBreen (sr., 6-3, 8.0 ppg), G Chris Leshko (sr., 6-3, 15.1), G Adam Stoppie (sr., 6-0, 4.9), G Shane Hoffman (jr., 5-10, 6.3), G David Graham (sr., 6-0, 12.9)

Key reserves: F Aaron Snyder (jr., 6-0, 2.7), G Keidre Taylor (soph., 5-10, 1.8), G Lucas Rinaldo (jr., 5-10 2.2)

Shenandoah Valley (16-6, Division III champ)

vs. Pottsville (22-0, Division I champ), 7:30 p.m.

About Shenandoah Valley

Head coach: Robbie Miller (6th season)

Previous Schuylkill League playoff appearances (since 1985): None

League rankings: Offense (1st, 61.2), defense (11th, 51.0)

Probable starting lineup: G Joel Santana (jr., 5-10, 22.2 ppg), G Jermaine McNeil (jr., 6-1, 12.5), F Ian McCole (sr., 6-1, 11.1), F Isaiah Alvarez (jr., 6-2, 3.3), F Josh White (sr., 6-3, 4.1)

Key reserves: G Ricardo Chagolla (sr., 5-11, 5.0), F Bobby Ryan (jr., 6-1, 1.1)

About Pottsville

Head coach: Dave Mullaney (9th season)

Previous Schuylkill League playoff appearances (since 1979): 18 overall, 15 titles (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984,1985, 1989, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)

Last appearance: 2015 — Beat Tamaqua 33-28 in overtime in title game

League rankings: Offense (6th, 57.0), defense (1st, 34.1)

Probable starting lineup: G Tanner Gerchak (jr., 5-11, 2.9 ppg), G Maldeen Thomas (sr., 6-1, 10.9), F Jordan Melochick (sr., 6-3, 13.5), G Christian Witman (sr., 6-3, 2.5), G Jordan Abdo (jr., 5-11, 12.6)

Key reserves: F Ian Renninger (soph., 6-7, 7.0), G Patrick Schenk (sr., 6-3, 5.9), G Justin Abdo (jr., 5-11, 1.4)

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Crimson Tide Rolls to Second Perfect Regular Season in a Row

22 - 0 

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It was a new season with almost an entirely new starting lineup. And yet the results are the same for the Pottsville boys' basketball team.

The Crimson Tide are perfect again.

Maldeen Thomas scored 15 points as Pottsville got off to a strong start and finished with an undefeated regular season for the second straight year after a 54-27 victory over Jim Thorpe in a Schuylkill League Division I contest Friday night at Martz Hall.

The win was the 47 consecutive regular-season victory for the Crimson Tide, as well as their 31st straight win in the division. Pottsville's last regular-season loss was to Blue Mountain on Jan. 27, 2014. Since then, the Crimson Tide have gone 60-2 overall. The only two were losses were to Susquenhanna Township in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs in 2014 and 2015.

Thomas scored seven of his points in the first quarter Friday as Pottsville got out to a 15-1 lead after the first eight minutes. Ian Renninger added 12 points on the night for the Crimson Tide, while Jordan Abdo had eight.

Chris Micciche scored eight points to pace the Olympians, who wrap up the regular season at Marian this afternoon and then are off until the start of the District 11 Class AAA playoffs.

Pottsville, the Division I champ, takes on Division III champ Shenandoah Valley in the Schuylkill League semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Martz Hall. Division I wild card Blue Mountain faces Division II champ Minersville in the opener at 6.

 

JIM THORPE (27) - Carroll 2 0-0 6, Elmore 0 3-4 3, Micciche 4 0-1 8, Jefferson 0 0-0 0, Green 3 0-0 6, Lauer 1 0-0 2, Twardzik 0 0-0 0, Joyce 0 0-0 0, McElmoyle 0 0-0 0, Rosachac 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 3-5 27.

POTTSVILLE (54) - Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 6 1-3 15, Melochick 2 0-0 5, Witman 1 0-0 2, Pellish 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 4 0-2 8, Renninger 6 0-3 12, Schenk 2 0-2 6, O'Pake 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 1-10 54.

JT (12-10, 8-7) 1 8 4 14 - 27 Pot (23-0, 15-0) 15 14 16 9 - 54

3-point FGs: Carroll 2, Thomas 2, Melochick, Schenk 2

JV score: Pottsville 56-25

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Senior Night 2016

Most Successful Four Years in School History!

95 - 13 - Record *** and still counting. 

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 Schuylkill League hoops playoffs set

SUNDAY, FEB. 7

Division I girls' tiebreaker, at Minersville

Blue Mountain vs. Pottsville, 2 p.m. (if needed)

TUESDAY, FEB. 9

Schuylkill Boys' Basketball semifinals

At Martz Hall, Pottsville

Blue Mountain vs. Minersville, 6 p.m.

Shenandoah Valley vs. Pottsville, 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10

Schuylkill Girls' Basketball semifinals

At Martz Hall, Pottsville

Wild Card vs. Minersville, 6 p.m.

Marian vs. Division I champion, 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 12

At Martz Hall, Pottsville

Schuylkill Girls' Basketball championship

Semifinal winners, 6 p.m.

Schuylkill Boys' Basketball championship

Semifinal winners, 7:30 p.m.

WOW! WOW! 

Crimson Tide Wins 58-52 in Double overtime over Berks Catholic to improve to 21 - 0 

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The Pottsville boys' basketball team is one win away from its second consecutive undefeated regular season.

Jordan Abdo hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter to tie the game, while the Crimson Tide had a strong showing from the foul line over two overtime periods to get past Berks Catholic 58-52 in a non-league, double-overtime thriller Wednesday at Martz Hall.

Abdo, whose trey with 33.3 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 38, finished the night with 16 points. Jordan Melochick had a game-high for the Crimson Tide with 18.

Pottsville shot 16-for-23 from the foul line in the overtime periods, with eight of those free throws coming from Melochick.

Maldeen Thomas added 12 points for the Crimson Tide. Two foul shots from Thomas late in the second overtime gave Pottsville the lead for good at 54-52. He added another with 19 seconds remaining to make it 56-52.

Isaac Lutz paced the Saints, who were leading 37-33 with 1:53 left in regulation, with 14 points, while Luis Garcia added 10. Garcia's game-tying shot as time expired in the first overtime knocked the game at 46 and sent the contest to double overtime. The loss snapped Berks Catholic's 11-game winning streak.

The Crimson Tide have now won 46 consecutive regular-season games. Pottsville look to complete another perfect regular season Friday when it hosts Jim Thorpe.

 

BERKS CATHOLIC (52) -Nein 1 0-0 3, Lutz 5 3-7 14, Wilson 1 2-2 4, Twyman 0 0-0 0, Nesby 3 0-0 7, Garcia 4 2-2 10, Calloway 3 1-3 7, Rivera 1 0-2 2, Jack 2 0-0 5. Totals 20 8-16 52.

POTTSVILLE (58) - Ju. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Gerchak 0 1-2 1, Thomas 3 4-7 12, Melochick 5 8-11 18, Witman 1 0-2 2, Jo. Abdo 4 6-9 16, Renninger 2 0-0 4, Schenk 2 0-0 5. Totals 17 19-31 58.

BC (14-7) 7 13 12 6 9 5 - 52 Pott (21-0) 15 2 12 9 9 11 - 58

3-point FGs: Nein, Lutz, Nesby, Jack, Thomas 2, Jo. Abdo 2, Schenk

JV score: Berks Catholic 31-26

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POTTSVILLE CRIMSON TIDE HIGHLIGHTS

Crimson Tide moves to 20 - 0 

Pottsville 53

Lehighton 36

LEHIGHTON - Jordan Abdo netted 11 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Crimson Tide erased a halftime deficit to post their 45th consecutive regular-season win, defeating the Indians in a Division I contest.

Abdo made all six of his attempted free throws in the second half, tallying nine points in the decisive fourth quarter as Pottsville outscored Lehighton 19-7 in the final frame. Jordan Melochick added 10 points and Maldeen Thomas contributed nine for the Tide.

Nick Chambers paced Lehighton with 12 points.

POTTSVILLE (53) - Ju. Abdo 0 2-4 2, Gerchak 2 0-0 5, Thomas 3 2-2 9, Melochick 3 4-5 10, Witman 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 5 6-6 18, Renninger 1 1-2 3, Schenk 2 0-0 6. Totals 16 15-19 53.

LEHIGHTON (36) - Troxell 0 0-0 0, McDowell 4 0-1 9, Zwetolitz 1 0-0 3, Mele 3 0-0 7, Howland 0 0-0 0, Chambers 4 4-6 12, Green 2 0-0 5. Totals 14 4-7 36.

Po (20-0, 13-0) 12 12 10 19 - 53 Le (12-9, 5-8) 13 12 4 7 - 36

3-point FGs: Gerchak, Thomas, Jo. Abdo 2, Schenk 2, McDowell, Zwetolitz, Mele, Greene

JV score: Pottsville 42-20

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Crimson Tide Rolls over Tamaqua Blue Raiders 67 - 40 to Go 19 - 0 

Pottsville clinches 7th straight Division I title


From Staff Reports

Published: January 31, 2016

 

TAMAQUA - A day after an impressive win over one of the best teams in the Colonial League, the Pottsville boys' basketball team wrapped up another Schuylkill League division title Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Melochick scored 17 points as the Crimson Tide rolled past Tamaqua 67-40 to clinch their seventh consecutive Division I championship.

Ian Renninger and Patrick Schenk added 15 points apiece for the Pottsville, which knocked down nine 3-pointers in the game. The Crimson Tide, who beat Salisbury 47-27 in a non-league contest Friday, jumped out to a 40-22 lead Saturday..

Thad Zuber finished with a game-high 23 points for the Blue Raiders.

 

POTTSVILLE (67) - Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 3 0-0 7, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 3 0-0 8, Melochick 6 2-4 17, Witman 0 1-2 1, Pellish 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Renninger 7 1-3 15, Schenk 6 0-0 15, O'Pake 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 4-9 67.

TAMAQUA (40) - Blaker 0 0-0 0, Wassell 1 0-0 2, Kurek 0 0-0 0, Zuber 8 4-4 23, Scott 1 0-1 2, Wargula 0 0-0 0, Rother 0 0-0 0, Murphy 0 0-0 0, Rivera 0 0-0 0, Davidson 1 0-0 2, Gregoire 4 1-3 9, Bates 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 5-8 40.

Pott (19-0, 12-0) 20 20 16 11 - 67 Tam (6-14, 4-8) 13 9 10 8 - 40

3-point FGs: Gerchak, Thomas 2, Melochick 3, Schenk 3, Zuber 3

JV score: Pottsville 43-28

Crimson Tide Moves to 18-0 with a 47-27 victory of Salisbury Falcons 

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Pottsville stifles Salisbury


by leroy boyer

Published: January 30, 2016

Non-league games in late January usually don't mean too much to basketball teams prepping for the postseason.

For Pottsville, however, Friday's tussle with the best team in the Colonial League, Salisbury, gave the Crimson Tide a chance to gauge itself against a possible district playoff opponent.

A stifling defensive effort proved Pottsville is right where it wants to be in its quest to repeat as District 11 Class AAA champ.

Jordan Melochick and Maldeen Thomas each scored 12 points and Pottsville held Salisbury to 23 percent shooting in a convincing 47-27 victory at Martz Hall.

The victory keeps Pottsville unbeaten at 18-0 and extends the Crimson Tide's regular-season win streak to 43 straight games.

"We can play with anybody in the district," Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said. "We're really happy with the way our kids played.

"We still didn't shoot the way we wanted to shoot, especially from the free-throw line, but everything else I thought our kids did really well tonight."

What Pottsville does well is play defense, and the Crimson Tide put on a display over the final three quarters.

After the two teams battled through a pretty even first quarter, Pottsville held Salisbury to 6-for-27 shooting (22 percent) over the final 24 minutes and forced 17 turnovers.

The Tide's defense was extremely dominant for a 9-minute, 20-second stretch that covered the latter part of the second quarter and most of the third quarter.

Salisbury (17-3) was held without a field goal during that stretch, opening the second half 0-for-6 from the field with seven turnovers.

Pottsville went on a 12-1 run in that time period, expanding a 22-17 lead to 34-18 late in the third quarter. Salisbury didn't get closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

"It was a lesson in defensive intensity," Salisbury coach Jason Weaver said. "How Pottsville played on defense showed us we have to work so much harder on defense.

"It was a credit to them for their defensive effort. We couldn't get open, we couldn't run an offense, we tried everything in our repertoire to run an offense. We just struggled to get open."

Offensively, Pottsville got a balanced effort, with Thomas scoring nine of his points in the first half and Melochick scoring nine of his points in the second half.

Jordan Abdo, a regular starter who came off the bench Friday due to an injury, tallied seven of his nine points in the first half, while Ian Renninger also scored nine points.

Pottsville shot 18-for-39 (46 percent) from the field and committed just 11 turnovers.

"We have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket," Mullaney said. "I was really pleased with the way we ran our offense tonight. The 47 (points) didn't show it, but I thought we did some nice things.

"We had a couple of missed opportunities here and there, but we just dug in defensively and didn't give up anything easy. They had to work for everything. They had a couple of drives and kicks that hurt us, but I thought our kids played hard all night."

Melochick was the key in the second half as Pottsville outscored Salisbury 20-9. The senior forward scored most of his points on drives to the basket.

"They had a bigger kid on me, so I was just trying to be aggressive, get in the lane and make plays for myself and my teammates," Melochick said. "Try to get in the lane, get the defense to collapse, then kick it out to make threes."

Pottsville wasn't flawless, as a 7-for-18 effort from the foul line raised red flags. The Crimson Tide also gave up six offensive rebounds in the first quarter that allowed the Falcons to stay close.

What Friday's win does, however, is give confidence to a team that lacks postseason experience. Only Melochick saw extensive time in the Tide's run to the second round of the state playoffs the past two seasons.

Pottsville entered the night ranked first in the District 11 Class AAA power ratings, while Salisbury was second. ACC, Blue Mountain, Notre Dame-Green Pond, Saucon Valley, North Schuylkill, Jim Thorpe and Lehighton have also clinched berths in a loaded Class AAA district field, with Bethlehem Catholic and Northwestern Lehigh on the bubble.

The Falcons are in position to earn a first-round bye in the Colonial League playoffs, while Bangor, Notre Dame and Saucon Valley are also in title contention.

"It was a big win for us," Melochick said. "It helps our confidence to beat a team like this."

Game Summary

SALISBURY (27) - Weber 2 0-0 4, Cooperman 2 0-0 5, Reichenbach 1 4-6 7, Belletiere 1 0-0 2, Jones 2 0-0 6, Costello 1 0-0 2, Slutsky 0 1-2 1, Frankenfield 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-0 0, Galantini 0 0-0 0, S. Snyder 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 5-8 27.

POTTSVILLE (47) - Gerchak 0 0-1 0, Thomas 5 1-2 12, Melochick 5 1-6 12, Witman 0 1-2 1, Renninger 4 1-1 9, Ju. Abdo 0 1-2 1, Jo. Abdo 3 2-4 9, Schenk 1 0-0 3, O'Pake 0 0-0 0, Pellish 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7-18 47.

Salis (17-3) 10 8 2 7 - 27 Potts (18-0) 13 14 7 13 - 47

3-point FGs: Cooperman, Reichenbach, Jones 2, Thomas, Melochick, Jo. Abdo, Schenk

JV score: Pottsville 41-38

 

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Pottsville Dunks Panther Valley 
54 - 20 
Moves To 17 - 0 

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Pottsville 54

Panther Valley 20

Maldeen Thomas scored eight points of his 11 points in the first quarter as the Crimson Tide clinched a seventh straight Schuylkill League playoff berth with a rout of the Panthers in a Division I game at Martz Hall.

Jordan Melochick (10) and Ian Renninger (10) combined for 14 of Pottsville’s 20 points in the second quarter.

PANTHER VALLEY (20) — Figueroa 2 0-0 5, Stanko 0 3-6 3, Micholik 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 2-4 2, Hudicka 2 4-4 10, Fisher 0 0-0 0, Blasko 0 0-0 0, Emmert 0 0-0 0. Totals 4 9-14 20.

POTTSVILLE (54) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 1 0-0 2, Wood 1 0-2 2, Thomas 4 0-0 11, Melochick 4 1-1 10, Witman 2 0-0 4, Pellish 1 0-0 2, Renninger 5 0-1 10, Schenk 3 2-2 9, O’Pake 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 3-6 54.

PV (5-13, 2-9) 5 6 4 5 — 20 Po (17-0, 11-0) 14 20 9 11 — 54

3-point FGs: Figueroa, Hudicka 2, Thomas 3, Melochick, Schenk

JV score: Pottsville 65-30

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Crimson Tide Holds off North Schuylkill  57 - 47 to move to 16 - 0

              

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ANDY MATSKO/STAFF PHOTO Pottsville’s Jordan Abdo, left, scoops up a shot as North Schuylkill’s Tevin Murray defends during Wednesday’s game. Abdo scored 15 points to help the Crimson Tide post a 57-47 victory.

In a game decided in the final quarter, Pottsville faced one of its toughest challengers yet in North Schuylkill.

After seeing its lead shrink to two points, the Crimson Tide relied on Jordan Abdo’s seven points in the fourth period to hold off the Spartans 57-47 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest Wednesday at Martz Hall.

Abdo finished with 15 points, while Jordan Melochick led Pottsville with 18. The Tide shot 11-for-18 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to outscore the Spartans 17-9.

Maldeen Thomas added 13 points for Pottsville, which remains undefeated.

Tevin Murray led North Schuylkill with 15 points, including seven in a 20-13 third quarter, and Bobby Grigas netted 11 points.

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was bumped up due to the threat of a possible winter storm this weekend.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL (47) — Weist 2 0-0 4, Murray 5 5-6 15, Mazur 1 0-0 3, Wood 3 0-0 9, Smith 1 1-2 4, Grigas 4 1-2 11, Jordan 0 1-4 1. Totals 16 8-14 47.

POTTSVILLE (57) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 3, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Thomas 3 7-8 13, Melochick 4 9-11 18, Witman 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 4 6-8 15, Renninger 3 0-1 6, Schenk 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 22-28 57.

NS (8-7, 4-5) 5 13 20 9 — 47 Pott (16-0, 10-0) 11 16 13 17 — 57

3-point FGs: Mazur, Wood 3, Smith, Grigas 2, Ju. Abdo, Melochick, Jo. Abdo

JV score: Pottsville 49-23 

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Crimson Tide Schenks's Blue Mountain 57-49

Moves to 15-0 

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H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Crimson Tide pull away late to down Blue Mountain



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JACQUELINE DORMER/STAFF PHOTO Pottsville’s Maldeen Thomas drives along the baseline as Blue Mountain’s Mark Chelius defends during Monday’s Schuylkill League Division I game.

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JACQUELINE DORMER/STAFF PHOTO Pottsville's Jordan Abdo controls the ball during their game against Blue Mountain during the Schuylkill League Division I boys' basketball game at Martz Hall in Pottsville on Monday evening, January 18, 2016.                                                           

Pottsville’s perfect season and division lead were in serious jeopardy Monday night.

But the Crimson Tide saved their best for last and the result was another win.

Senior Jordan Melochick scored eight of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead bucket, as Pottsville pulled away late and downed Blue Mountain 57-49 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest at Martz Hall.

Monday’s win moved the Crimson Tide (15-0, 9-0 D-I) another step closer to their seventh consecutive division title and another spot in the Schuylkill League playoffs. Pottsville now has a two-game lead over the Eagles (12-4, 7-2 D-I) in the division.

The Crimson Tide, who entered the top 10 in the City of Basketball Love State Basketball Rankings for the first time this season Monday at No. 8, saw their regular-season winning streak reach 39 games with Monday’s victory. It was also Pottsville’s 26th straight division win.

“It is always tough against Blue Mountain,” Melochick said. “It always feels good to come out with a win against them. It is always big.”

The Crimson Tide won the season’s first meeting 60-47 on Dec. 15. The Eagles rallied from a 30-17, third-quarter deficit and cut it to four in

the fourth quarter before the Crimson Tide finished on an 11-2 run.

Blue Mountain trailed 40-30 entering the fourth Monday and tied the game twice, the final time at 42 with 3:03 remaining when Mark Chelius hit two free throws after he was fouled on a drive.

The Eagles called a timeout, and Pottsville ran a set play for Melochick. He got a pass down low from Ian Renninger, and shot with his right hand. The ball hit the backboard and rolled around before finally going in to give the Crimson Tide the lead for good with 2:38 left in the game.

“We ran a play for me and I just sealed him (the defender) and we got an easy bucket out of it,” Melochick said.

Melochick’s score started a game-ending 15-7 run for Pottsville. The field goal was only one for Melochick in the fourth quarter, as he went 6-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch. After going 2-for-14 from the free-throw line over the first three quarters, the Crimson Tide were a perfect 10-for-10 in the fourth.

“That’s a play we run to try and get him the ball in the post,” Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said of Melochick’s go-ahead bucket. “They did a nice job of taking away from the wing, but were able to get a high-low out of it. We made a nice play there.

“We didn’t execute for a lot of the game, but there were some times down the stretch we were able to execute.”

Jordan Abdo finished with 16 points for Pottsville, while Patrick Schenck came off the bench to add 14 points. Melochick also grabbed eight rebounds.

The Crimson Tide were 18-of-44 (41 percent) from the field Monday, including a 9-of-17 (53 percent) performance from 3-point land.

Abdo and Schenck had four 3s apiece. Three of Schenck’s treys came in the second half, with his final 3 following Melochick’s go-ahead bucket that gave Pottsville’s a 47-42 advantage with 1:52 remaining.

“This kid has put in so much time, I am just so proud of him and so happy for him because I think he won us this game tonight,” Mullaney said. “He has put as much time in as anybody who has come through our program.”

Chelius lead the Eagles with 20 points, while Brayden Lewis added 12 points and five rebounds.

Blue Mountain led by seven at 21-14 midway through the second quarter after a 3-pointer from the wing by Aaron Albertini. The Eagles’ last lead came when Lewis hit a foul-line jumper with 5:02 left in the third quarter, making it 29-28.

The Eagles slowly crawled back in the game to tie it twice in fourth quarter.

A pair of free throws by Lewis tied it at 40 with 3:46 remaining. After Melochick hit two foul shots after he was fouled on a back-down move in the paint, Chelius tied it one final time at 42 with 3:46 remaining.

“We were very fortunate to come away with a win,” Mullaney said. “We did not do the things we were focused on trying to do. We have no attention to detail right now. These guys have usually responded in the past and I hope they will again.”

Game Summary

BLUE MOUNTAIN (49) — Puzzi 0 0-0 0, Kerstetter 0 0-0 0, Welsh 1 0-0 3, Lewis 4 4-4 12, Albertini 2 0-0 6, Chelius 5 9-11 20, Zerbe 0 0-0 0, Hoynoski 0 0-0 0, Biever 3 2-2 8. Totals 15 15-17 49.

POTTSVILLE (57) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Melochick 6 8-11 21, Witman 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 5 2-2 16, Renninger 2 0-9 4, Schenck 4 2-2 14. Totals 18 12-24 57.

BM (12-4, 7-2) 13 12 5 19 — 19 Pot (15-0, 9-0) 12 11 17 17 — 57

3-point FGs: Welsh, Albertini 2, Chelius, Melochick, Jo. Abdo 4, Schenck 4

JV score: Blue Mountain 43-41


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Crimson Tide Marsh "Melo" s Pine Grove 

Pottsville 55

Pine Grove 13

PINE GROVE - Jordan Melochick scored 24 points, including 13 in a 32-7 first half, as Pottsville steamrolled Pine Grove in Division I action.

Jordan Abdo added 11 points and Patrick Schenk had 10 for the undefeated Crimson Tide.

 

POTTSVILLE (55) - Ju. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Melochick 10 2-3 24, Witman 0 0-0 0, Pellish 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 5 0-0 11, Renninger 3 0-0 6, Schenk 4 0-0 10, O'Pake 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 2-3 55.

PINE GROVE (13) - Ibarra 0 1-4 1, Kreiser 0 0-0 0, Pena 0 0-0 0. A. Griffiths 1 0-0 2, Leininger 2 0-0 4, Bertasavage 0 0-0 0, C. Griffiths 0 0-0 0, Omlor 0 0-0 0, Rutledge 1 0-0 2, Snedden 1 2-2 4. Totals 5 3-6 13.

Pt (14-0, 8-0) 15 17 17 6 - 55 PG (2-14, 0-8) 2 5 4 2 - 13

3-point FGs: Melochick 2, Jo. Abdo, Schenk 2

JV score: Pottsville 60-21

Crimson Tide rolls to 13 - 0
 
 Pottsville 59

Jim Thorpe 31

JIM THORPE - Jordan Abdo bagged three 3-pointers and scored 17 points as the Crimson Tide pulled away for a Division I rout of the Olympians to remain unbeaten.

Jordan Melochick added 17 points, while Ian Renninger contributed 10 for Pottsville.

Chris Micciche finished with nine points to pace Jim Thorpe.

POTTSVILLE (59) - Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 3 1-2 8, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Melochick 5 7-8 17, Witman 0 0-0 0, Pellish 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 6 2-3 17, Renninger 4 2-4 10, Schenk 2 0-0 5, O'Pake 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 12-17 59.

JIM THORPE (31) - Carroll 0 1-2 1, Elmore 2 2-2 6, Micciche 3 2-2 9, Jefferson 0 0-0 0, Green 4 0-0 8, Lauer 1 0-0 2, Twardzik 0 0-0 0, Joyce 0 0-0 0, McElmoyle 1 0-0 3, Rosahac 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 5-6 31.

Pott (13-0, 7-0) 13 14 15 17 - 59 JT (8-6, 4-3) 11 4 9 7 - 31

3-point FGs: Jo. Abdo 3, Gerchak, Schenk, Micciche, McElmoyle


H.S. BOYS BASKETBALL: Crimson Tide down Shamokin to remain undefeated


By Mike Carnahan

Published: January 12, 2016

    COAL TOWNSHIP - Pottsville's bid for a second consecutive undefeated regular season took another step forward Monday evening.

Muldeen Thomas had a game-high 18 points to pace three Pottsville players in double figures, while the defense turned in another stellar effort in a 52-38 non-league victory over previously undefeated Shamokin.

Jordan Melochick added 12 points and Jordan Abdo had 10 as the Crimson Tide (12-0) won their 37th consecutive regular-season contest. There is still plenty of basketball remaining, starting at Jim Thorpe tonight, that will complete the first half of Pottsville's Schuylkill League Division I schedule. The Crimson Tide still have another go-round through the division, plus a date with currently undefeated Salisbury (12-0) on Jan. 30 at Martz Hall.

For now, the Crimson Tide were able to enjoy one of their biggest wins of the season.

"I think it a huge win for our program." Thomas said. "It was just a hard-fought game from both teams and I am glad we came out with a victory.

"It is definitely the biggest win of the season for me. It is just a huge win."

Monday's game was a matchup of two former Schuylkill League Division I rivals who are currently both others to watch in Class AAA in the latest City of Basketball Love State Rankings. Although it was hardly easy, it wasn't really all that close of a game, either.

Pottsville's defense led the way again. Shamokin (12-1) came in

averaging 62.7 points per game, but didn't come close to hitting that Monday. The Indians' previous low mark was 48 in their season opener against Hershey on Dec. 4.

Shamokin was 15-of-50 (30 percent) from the floor Monday, and was held to five points in both the first and third quarters. It was the ninth time this season Pottsville held an opponent to 40 or fewer points in a game.

"We played well tonight," Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney said. We have not been playing nearly that well, but I thought our kids responded tonight.

"I don't want to single one guy out because Shamokin's guards are so talented. You are putting 3-4 kids out there at a time who can all shoot the 3 and all go off the dribble and all make plays. It was a collective effort on the defensive end."

Offensively, the Crimson Tide were efficient and patient against Shamokin's changing defensive looks, shooting 18-of-34 (53 percent) from the field.

Thomas, who added five rebounds, did most of his damage in the first half with 12 points. He had the game's opening points on a reverse, baseline layup and added a jumper in the lane and 3-pointer from the corner as Pottsville built a 12-2 advantage after Thomas' trey.

Thomas added another layup and 3-pointer in the second quarter. His 3-pointer in the quarter was part of a key 12-6 run to end the first half for Pottsville. Shamokin attacked the offensive glass in the second quarter and turned two offensive rebounds into 3-pointers by Jakob Weaver and Ryan Sebasovich, who led Shamokin with 14 points, that pulled the Indians to within 17-15 with 3:15 remaining in the half.

But Pottsville's run built the advantage back to 29-21 as Melochick scored the final six consecutive points on a hook shot, a shot inside and a fall-away baseline jumper with 3 seconds remaining.

Abdo opened the season half on a 3-pointer from the wing, while Melochick scored inside off a dump-down pass from Thomas. It gave Pottsville its largest lead of the game at 34-21.

"Pottsville knew what we wanted to do and on top of it they are about as fundamentally sound defensively as you could be," Shamokin coach Chris Zimmerman said. "We were going to have to work on offense and we knew we were going to have to make some tough shots at times. But what was disappointing was that when we got some easy shots, we missed them. And when you play a team that defends like they do, you can't miss them because you don't know if you are going to be another open one."

Game Summary

POTTSVILLE (52) - Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 3, Gerchak 1 0-0 2, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 6 4-4 18, Melochick 5 2-5 12, Witman 2 0-0 4, Jo. Abdo 2 5-7 10, Renninger 0 0-0 0, Schenck 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 11-16 52.

SHAMOKIN (38) - Sebasovich 6 0-0 14, DiRienzo 2 0-0 5, Jones 0 0-0 0, Reprich 2 1-2 6, Weaver 3 2-5 9, Donahue 2 0-1 4, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Taylor 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 3-8 38.

Pot (12-0) 12 17 9 14 - 52 Sham (12-1) 5 16 5 12 - 38

3-point FGs: Ju. Abdo, Thomas 2, Jo. Abdo, Schenck, Sebasovich 2, DiRienzo, Reprich, Weaver

JV score: Pottsville 50-29


Indians hit with 1st loss


Pottsville pushes past Shamokin 52- 38 during battle of the unbeatens


BY CHUCK SOUDERS
THE NEWS-ITEM
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Published: 1/12/2016 7:55 AM 


COAL TOWNSHIP - When undefeated teams meet in any sport, it's a good bet the one that plays better defense will win.

That was Pottsville Monday night, when the Crimson Tide took Shamokin out of its game with a stifling defensive effort on the way to a 52-38 win over the Indians in a non-league game. The Crimson Tide improved to 12-0 overall, and the Indians dropped their first game after opening the season with 12 straight wins.

Pottsville held the Indians to five points in the first quarter, repeated that effort in the third quarter and used its bigger size and heft inside to shoot almost 53 percent from the floor (18-34) against a defense which was pretty harassing in its own right. By comparison, Shamokin shot less than 30 percent (15-51), including 5-21 from 3-point range).


"I thought we defended very well tonight," said Pottsville coach David Mullaney. "They (Shamokin) are a very talented and well-coached team and I have all the respect in the world for them and their coaches. We played well tonight, and we hadn't been playing anywhere near that well the past couple games. I don't think I can point to any one guy who really played well; we got strong games collectively from three or four guys."

Shamokin came out making just 2 of 10 shots in the first quarter and the Indians seemed to press the rest of the game. They cut the lead to 42-34 early in the fourth quarter but never got closer.

"They're so fundamentally sound," Shamokin coach Chris Zimmerman said. "They know us and we know them. They do a real good job of taking you out of your comfort zone, and when that happens, then you start pressing a little bit."

Even so, had the Indians banged in a couple of buckets at certain points, either from outside or in, the game likely would have gone much closer to the wire.

"We missed, I think, four or five layups in the first half," Zimmerman said. "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't. I think we did a good job of competing. But we started to get frustrated. They were a lot tougher than we were. Physically we kind of expected that, but I thought they were mentally tougher too."

Mullaney said part of his team's strategy was to take away Shamokin's back door offense.

"When you have four guards who can all shoot and pass like they do, part of their game plan, I'm sure, was to back door us off our defense out front, and for the most part, we took that away," he said. "They rely a lot on switching screens and we worked really hard on that in practice. We had two of our best practices of the year getting ready for this game."

Seniors Muldeen Thomas and Jordan Melochick led the Crimson Tide. Thomas scored 18 points with six rebounds, hitting 6 of 9 shots, and Melochick had 12 points, four rebounds and three steals, and hit 5 of 8 shots. Jordan Abdo added 10 points and six rebounds, and every player but the last one in the game had at least one assist.

Ryan Sebasovich scored 14 points to pace Shamokin but the other seven players shot a combined 9 for 34 from the floor.

POTTSVILLE (52) - Gerchak 1 0-0 2,
Thomas 6 4-4 18, Melochick 5 2-5 12,
Witman 2 0-0 4, Jo. Abdo 2 5-7 9,
Schenk 1 0-0 3, Renninger 0 0-0 0, Ju.
Abdo 1 0-0 3, Wood 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 11-
16 52.
SHAMOKIN (38) - Sebasovich 6 0-
0 14, DiRienzo 2 0-0 5, Reiprich 2 1-2 6,
Weaver 3 2-4 9, Donahue 2 0-1 4, Taylor
0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-0 0.
Totals 15 3-7 38.
Pottsville (12-0)...12 17 9 14 -
52
Shamokin (12-1)... 516 5 12 -
38
3-point FGs: Pottsville (5) - Thomas
2, Jo. Abdo, Schenk, Ju. Abdo; Shamokin (5) - Sebasovich 2, DiRienzo,
Reiprich, Weaver.
JV score: Pottsville

 

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Crimson Tide continues it's Winning Ways moves to 11 - 0
 
 
Pottsville 54

Lehighton 45

Maldeen Thomas and Jordan Abdo scored 15 points apiece as Pottsville used a 16-4 first period to down Lehighton a in Division I contest.

Jordan Melochick added 11 points, including six in the first quarter for the undefeated Crimson Tide.

Nick Chambers led the Indians with 13 points, while Damian Mele pitched in 11.

Pottsville clinched a berth in the District 11 Class AAA playoffs with the win.

 

LEHIGHTON (45) - Troxell 1 0-0 3, Schaeffer 0 0-0 0, McDowell 3 0-0 8, Zwetolitz 2 2-2 8, Mele 5 0-0 11, Howland 0 0-0 0, Chambers 4 5-7 13, Greene 1 0-3 2. Totals 16 7-12 45.

POTTSVILLE (54) - Ju. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Gerchak 0 1-2 1, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 5 3-7 15, Melochick 5 1-2 11, Witman 2 0-2 4, Jo. Abdo 4 7-10 15, Renninger 2 0-0 4, Schenk 2 0-0 4 Totals 20 12-23 54.

Leh (8-4, 3-3) 4 8 12 21 - 45 Pott (11-0, 6-0) 16 7 11 20 - 54

3-point FGs: Troxell, McDowell 2, Zwetolitz 2, Mele, Thomas 2

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Crimson Tide improves to 10 - 0 

Pottsville 64

Panther Valley 35

LANSFORD — Jordan Abdo’s 14 points paced a balanced effort by the Crimson Tide in a decisive Division I victory over the Panthers.

Maldeen Thomas finished with 13 points, Jordan Melochick tallied 12 and Tanner Gerchak notched nine for Pottsville, which remained unbeaten.

Anthony Micholik knocked down five 3-pointers to lead Panther Valley with 15 points.

POTTSVILLE (64) — Ju. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Gerchak 4 0-0 9, Wood 1 0-0 2, Thomas 4 2-2 13, Melochick 4 4-4 12, Witman 1 0-0 2, Pellish 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 6 0-0 14, Renninger 2 2-3 6, Schenk 2 1-1 6, O’Pake 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 9-10 64.

PANTHER VALLEY (35) — Figueroa 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Stanko 0 0-0 0, Micholik 5 0-0 15, Miller 1 0-0 2, Hudicka 2 0-0 5, Mehmeti 0 0-0 0, Fisher 1 0-0 3, Blasko 4 0-1 8, Perez 0 0-0 0, Emmert 0 0-0 0, Morgans 0 2-4 2. Totals 13 2-5 35.

Pott (10-0, 5-0) 17 17 18 12 — 64 PV (2-9, 0-5) 3 10 12 10 — 35

3-point FGs: Gerchak, Thomas 3, Jo. Abdo 2, Schenk, Micholik 5, Hudicka, Fisher

JV score: Pottsville 48-24

 


H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: Crimson Tide still team to beat after season's 1st month


By Mike Carnahan

Published: January 5, 2016

It's hard to believe that the 2015-16 high school boys' basketball season is a little more than a month old. A little over a month from today, the regular season will be over and thoughts will focus on the Schuylkill League and district playoffs.

Three teams - Nativity, Tamaqua and Pine Grove - have 12 of their 22 regular-season games in. Two others - Jim Thorpe and Schuylkill Haven - are at the halfway point, while the majority of the rest have at least nine games in.

So what do we know about the Schuylkill League at this point, and what can we expect the rest of the regular season?

For starters, Pottsville (9-0) is still the team to beat, both in Division I and in the league.

The Crimson Tide are coming off a 52-31 rout at Williamsport on Saturday and enter tonight's contest at Panther Valley with 34 consecutive regular-season victories, as well as a 21-game Division I winning streak.

Perhaps Pottsville isn't as high-powered offensively as it was last season, but the 58.2 points per game the Crimson Tide are averaging are only 4.1 less than the 62.3 from 2014-15. Pottsville's attack is more balanced, with Jordan Abdo (12.8 ppg), Jordan Melochick (12.3) and Maldeen Thomas (11.4) all averaging in double figures.

What never seems to change - and this season is no different - is Pottsville's ability to play defense. The Crimson Tide are once again tops in the league, allowing 32.2 points per game, 9.5 ahead of second-ranked Lourdes (41.7). Only Blue Mountain (47) has scored more that 45 points in a game against Pottsville so far. In their last four games, the Crimson Tide have given up 40 points or less.

Eight of their nine wins have been by double digits, including Division I victories over Pine Grove (57-9) on Dec. 10, Blue Mountain (60-47) on Dec. 15, North Schuylkill (64-40) on Dec. 18 and Tamaqua (67-20) on Dec. 22.

There is still plenty of basketball left. Pottsville hosts Lehighton (8-2, 3-1 D-I) on Friday and travels to much-improved Jim Thorpe (7-4, 3-1) on Jan. 12 to finish the first half its division schedule. Blue Mountain (7-4, 3-1) on Jan. 18 and North Schuylkill (6-3, 2-2) on Jan. 23 await early in the first part of the second half. Both games are at Martz Hall.

Another big question is, can Pottsville complete a perfect regular season again? Three tough ones are left, including a pair of currently undefeated teams in Shamokin (11-0) on the road next Monday and Salisbury (8-0) at Martz Hall on Jan. 30. Pottsville also hosts Berks Catholic (3-6) on Feb. 3.

Even if nobody can beat the Crimson Tide, there is going to be plenty of exciting races to watch in the coming month, starting with the Division I wild card, where Blue Mountain, Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and North Schuylkill are in the running for a spot in the league playoffs.

In Division II, Minersville (7-2, 3-0), No. 8 in Class AA in the latest state rankings, and Lourdes (8-1, 3-0) have emerged as the top two teams. Both are two games ahead of Williams Valley (6-4, 2-2). The Miners' losses were to Jim Thorpe (Dec. 16) and Shamokin (Dec. 29), while Shamokin handed the Red Raiders their only defeat Dec. 28.

Not only does Lourdes have the second-best defense in the league, but it also has the second-ranked offense at 61.7 points per game, paced by freshman Thomas Schultz (19.8) and sophomore CJ Reichard (15.3).

Minersville senior Chris Leshko, last year's top individual 3-point shooter, leads the league again this season at 3.0 per game and is averaging 14.6 points per game. Senior David Graham also is averaging 11.8 per game for the Miners.

Fans won't have to wait much longer to see who the best is in Division II when Lourdes travels to Minersville tonight.

In Division III, Shenandoah Valley (6-2, 3-0) holds a one-game advantage over Mahanoy Area (6-4, 2-1). The Blue Devils' Joel Santana (22.7) leads the league in scoring, while Shenandoah Valley (65.2) has the league's top offense. Both of the Blue Devils' loses were to North Schuylkill.

The Golden Bears' Matt Yedsena (21.5) is second in the league in scoring, but Mahanoy Area has struggled at times. The Golden Bears had lost three in row before beating Pine Grove and Mount Carmel last week. Mahanoy Area is also allowing 50.8 points per game defensively, somewhat high for a program that has always prided itself on defense.

Shenandoah Valley won the first meeting 69-61 in overtime Dec. 22. The rematch is Feb. 1 at Shenandoah.

Marian (5-5, 2-2) is in the Division III race, too. The Colts are 1½ games out of first and have won four straight after starting 1-5.

Postseason talk

It's never too early to start looking at the district playoffs and see who's in the best position to get in.

Currently 11 teams in the league have .500 or better records, while two others are right at .500. To qualify for the District 11 playoffs, teams need to finish .500 or better either overall or in their league.

Pottsville will likely be the area's first team to qualify for the District 11 postseason. The Crimson Tide need just two more wins to get into the Class AAA field.

For the remaining 12 teams from the league that are at .500 or better, I've listed below their current record first, followed by how each needs to do the rest of the season to finish with at least an overall .500 mark.

Obviously, some teams are in better shape than others.

District 11 Class AAA - Blue Mountain (7-3, 4-8), Jim Thorpe (7-4, 4-7), Lehighton (8-2, 3-9), North Schuylkill (6-3, 5-8); District 11 Class AA - Minersville (7-2, 4-9), Williams Valley (6-4, 5-7), Schuylkill Haven (6-5, 5-6), Mahanoy Area (6-4, 5-7), Marian (5-5, 6-6); District 11 Class A - Shenandoah Valley (6-2, 5-9), Nativity (6-6, 5-5); District 4 Class A - Lourdes (8-1, 3-10).

(Carnahan is the boys' basketball beat writer for The Republican-

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@mdcarnahan71)

Power poll

Through Jan. 2

Team Rec Pvs

1. Pottsville 9-0 1

2. Blue Mountain 7-3 4

3. Minersville 7-2 3

4. Lourdes 8-1 7

5. North Schuylkill 6-3 6

6. Shenandoah Valley 6-2 5

7. Lehighton 8-2 9

8. Mahanoy Area 6-4 2

9. Jim Thorpe 7-4 NR

10. Upper Dauphin 6-3 10

- Complied by Mike Carnahan

 

9 - 0 

Pottsville rout Williamsport to stay unbeaten

Published: January 3, 2016


WILLIAMSPORT - Pottsville may not have the scoring talent it has had in previous seasons.

But the Crimson Tide still play lock-down defense.

That defense was on full display Saturday night as Pottsville stayed unbeaten with a 52-31 rout of Williamsport in a non-league game.

The Crimson Tide forced 23 turnovers and held Williamsport to just four first-quarter points and two in the third quarter to build a 36-18 advantage after three frames.

Jordan Abdo scored a game-high 17 points, netting eight in Pottsville's 16-4, first-quarter run. Jordan Melochick added 16 points and Maldeen Thomas tallied 11 points as Pottsville iced the game with a 15-of-18 effort from the foul line.

Abdo and Ian Renninger combined to shoot 8-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, with Renninger scoring six of his eight total points in the final frame.

Stanley Scott led the Millionaires with 11 points.

 

POTTSVILLE (52) - Ju. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-1 0, Thomas 5 0-1 11, Melochick 5 6-6 16, Witman 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 6 5-6 17, Renninger 2 4-4 8, Schenk 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 15-18 52.

WILLIAMSPORT (31) - Reeves 1 1-2 3, Gosley 2 3-7 7, Scott 3 5-8 11, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Peterson 2 0-0 4, Hankins 1 0-0 2, Potts 0 1-4 1, Carson 0 0-0 0, Ali 1 1-4 3. Totals 10 11-25 31.

Potts (9-0) 16 8 12 16 - 52 Will (7-3) 4 10 2 15 - 31

3-point FGs: Thomas

JV score: Williamsport 56-47

Crimson Tide Stuffs The Green Wave 

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H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Crimson Tide down Nativity at Battle of the Hills


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Nativity put up a fight during the annual Pottsville Lions Holiday City Classic Tournament “Battle of the Hills” on Wednesday night.

But in the end, Pottsville’s 3-point shooting, depth, and, of course, its defense, proved to be the difference.

Maldeen Thomas had a solid night on both ends of the floor with a game-high 17 points and seven steals as the Crimson Tide wore down the Hilltoppers during a 66-25 victory at Martz Hall.

The Crimson Tide (8-0) took control with a 19-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter that gave them a 32-17 lead at the half. Pottsville put the game away for

good in the fourth, outscoring the Hilltoppers 23-0. Thomas hit three 3-pointers in the quarter, as the Crimson Tide hit five overall in the fourth and finished 11-of-24 (46 percent) from beyond the arc in the game.

Jordan Abdo and Ian Renninger finished with 12 points apiece for Pottsville, with Renninger grabbing seven rebounds and Abdo six.

Derek James and Price Szeliga had 12 points apiece for the Hilltoppers (6-5), who were playing their third game in as many nights for the second time this season.

Wednesday was Pottsville’s first game since a 67-20 victory over Tamaqua on Dec. 22. The Crimson Tide’s performance drew mixed reviews from coach Dave Mullaney.

“I thought we did some good things,” Mullaney said. “I am frustrated with a lot of little things that we seem to think aren’t real important that are.”

He was happy with Pottsville’s defense. The Crimson Tide were able to keep James, who came in averaging around 23 points a game this season, in check. Christian Witman and Jordan Melochick shared the duties of guarding James on Wednesday.

Nativity ended up shooting 9-of-30 (30 percent) from the field and turned the ball over 25 times as Pottsville held an opponent to less than 30 points for the third time this season and the sixth it allowed less than 40.

On the down side, Mullaney said Pottsville could have done a better job attacking Nativity’s 2-3 zone. He wasn’t pleased with the 14 turnovers, either.

Still, the Crimson Tide took control in the second quarter as they opened the period on a 19-4 run to turn a 13-8 lead into a 32-12 advantage.

“The intensity level on both ends,” Mullany said of the difference during the second quarter. “Really getting up in passing lanes, being aggressive against a zone and really trying to penetrate gaps and make plays. Our guys during that span did a better job of that.”

Renninger, a sophomore, provided one of the highlights of the quarter — and the night — with a two-handed jam off a Witman steal that brought the loudest roar of the evening from the Martz Hall crowd. Renninger’s dunk rattled the backboard as he hung on the rim for a moment before ending up on his back.

He then came down and took a charge on Nativity’s next possession, one of the Hilltoppers’ nine turnovers in the quarter.

“I like a dunk as much as the next guy,” Mullaney said. “I think the greatest thing about it he was more excited with the charge than the dunk. I thought that was a good sign.”

Nativity was coming off a 74-44 loss to ELCO in the championship game of the Cardinal Classic on Tuesday after the Hilltoppers trailed by two at the half. Their only lead of the night Wednesday came on a three-point play by Szeliga that made it 6-5 with 5:25 left in the first quarter.

Still, Pottsville wasn’t able to put the Hilltoppers away for good until its big fourth quarter.

“I thought we played well, especially after coming off three nights in a row,” Nativity coach Kevin Kennedy said. “This our 11th game and five of those games have been against Triple-A schools. Complaining? No, because I would rather lose to a Triple-A school than beat a weak school.”

Game Summary

Battle of the Hills

At Martz Hall

NATIVITY (25) — James 4 2-3 12, Szeliga 5 1-1 12, Rushannon 0 0-0 0, Evans 0 0-0 0, Adams 0 0-2 0, Winter 0 0-0 0, Hunyara 0 0-0 0, Shatlasky 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, White 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 4-8 25.

POTTSVILLE (66) — Gerchak 1 0-0 2, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 6 1-2 17, Melochick 1 4-6 7, Witman 3 0-0 8, Pellish 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 4 2-2 12, Renninger 6 0-0 12, Schenk 2 0-0 6, O’Pake 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 7-10 66.

Nat (6-5) 8 9 8 0 — 25 Pot (8-0) 13 19 11 23 — 66

3-point FGs: James 2, Szeliga, Thomas 4, Melochick, Witman 2, Jo. Abdo 2, Schenk 2

JV score: Pottsville 56-9

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Crimson Tide Runs over the Blue Raiders

 

Maldeen Thomas and Patrick Schenk paced a quartet of double-digit scorers with 13 points apiece as the Crimson Tide rolled to a Division I win over the Blue Raiders at Martz Hall.

Jordan Abdo scored all 10 of his points in the first half as Pottsville built a 42-8 lead by intermission. Jordan Melochick added 11 points for the unbeaten Tide, who drained 10 3-pointers.

Thad Zuber led Tamaqua with 13 points.

TAMAQUA (20) — Blaker 0 0-0 0, Wassel 0 0-0 0, Kurek 0 3-4 3, Zuber 5 3-4 13, Scott 0 0-0 0, Barr 0 0-0 0, Wargula 0 0-0 0, Murphy 1 0-0 2, Davidson 0 0-0 0, Gregoire 1 0-2 2, Berezwick 0 0-0 0, Bates 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 6-10 20.

POTTSVILLE (67) — Gerchak 2 0-0 6, Wood 1 0-0 2, Thomas 5 0-0 13, Melochick 5 0-0 11, Witman 1 0-0 2, Pellish 2 0-0 4, Jo. Abdo 4 0-0 10, Renninger 2 2-2 6, Schenk 5 1-1 13, O’Pake 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 3-3 67.

Tam (1-7, 1-3) 4 4 2 10 — 20 Pot (7-0, 4-0) 15 27 12 13 — 67

3-point FGs: Gerchak 2, Thomas 3, Melochick, Jo. Abdo 2, Schenk 2

JV score: Pottsville 58-36

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Crimson Tide Rolls to 7 -0 
 
The Crimson Tide improved it's record to 7 and 0 with a 67-20 victory over Tamaqua Blue Raiders.  The Tide rolled to a 15 to 4, first quarter lead with Maldeen Thomas leading the way with 5 points, The Tide continued to increase its lead to 42-8 at half time. With Jordan Abdo hitting for 8 points in the period follow up by Patrick Schenk 7 points.  The Tide then closed out the third quarter with a 54-10 lead, led by Patrick Schenk's 6 points. The Tide then closed out the game for a 67-20 victory.
 
The Tide is now a top of the Schuylkill League Division I bracket with a 4-0 record. The Tide will play it's next game against Nativity on December 30 at Martz Hall. 

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Crimson Tide Rolls Pass The Spartans

from staff reports
Published: December 19, 2015


FOUNTAIN SPRINGS — Two Division I powers squared off on the court Friday night, but it was the undefeated squad that came away victorious.

Maldeen Thomas scored 17 points, including 11 in the first quarter, to lead Pottsville to a 64-40 win over North Schuylkill.

Jordan Abdo added 12 points and Jordan Melochick had 11 for the Crimson Tide, who used a 33-19 first half to pull away from the Spartans.

Jonathan Smith led North Schuylkill with 16 points, including eight in the second quarter, while Bobby Grigas pitched in nine.

POTTSVILLE (64) — Gerchak 0 1-2 1, Wood 0 1-2 1, Thomas 6 2-5 17, Melochick 3 4-6 11, Witman 2 0-0 4, Pellish 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 4 3-4 12, Renninger 4 1-4 9, Schenk 3 0-0 7, O’Pake 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 12-23 64.

NORTH SCHUYLKILL (40) — Stokes 0 0-0 0, Bolinsky 1 0-0 3, Weist 1 0-0 3, McCabe 0 0-0 0, Mazur 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Smith 8 0-2 16, Grigas 2 5-7 9, Kotzo 1 0-0 3, Roshoe 0 0-0 0, Jordan 2 0-2 6. Totals 15 5-11 40.

Pott (6-0, 3-0) 16 17 9 22 — 64 NS (4-2, 1-2) 11 8 8 13 — 40

3-point FGs: Thomas 3, Melochick, Jo. Abdo, Schenk, Bolinsky, Weist, Kotzo, Jordan 2

 

H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Crimson Tide get past Blue Mountain

By Mike Carnahan
Published: December 16, 2015

              


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ANDY MATSKO/STAFF PHOTO Pottsville’s Jordan Melochick, right, goes up for a shot around Blue Mountain’s Connor Kerstetter during Tuesday’s Division I game.

ORWIGSBURG — The faces are new, but the results for the Pottsville boys’ basketball team are still the same.

The Crimson Tide just keep on winning.

Defense helped Pottsville build a big third-quarter lead, while Jordan Abdo scored 13 of his game-high 18 points in the second half as the Crimson Tide held on to down Blue Mountain 60-47 in a Schuylkill League Division I contest Tuesday.

Pottsville (5-0, 2-0 D-I) led 30-17 early in the third quarter and were up 19 at 43-24 with 1:18 left in the period. But the Eagles (3-2, 1-1) rallied and cut the deficit to four with 2:13 left in the game.

The Tide, however, settled down and finished the game on an 11-2 run to pull away. The victory was the 30th consecutive regular-season win for Pottsville, while its regular-season league winning streak stretched to 17. The Crimson Tide’s last regular-season loss was at Blue Mountain, 51-33, on Jan. 27, 2014.

“It was very important for our team to come out here in a hostile atmosphere and just getting a great win for our season and a great team win,” Adbo said.

Indeed, a victory over Blue Mountain is always huge, and Tuesday’s could give a young Tide team a confidence boost. Pottsville coach Dave Mullaney was concerned with how the Crimson Tide would react on the road in a tough environment.

They passed Tuesday.

“Anytime you come to Blue Mountain and get a win, it is such a big win for us,” Mullaney said. “They always test us here. This is one of our toughest games of the season. After being down 14-7 (in the first quarter), I was really happy with the composure our guys had.

“In the second half they made another run and I just felt Jordan Abdo made plays. The moment is never too big for him. He is always confident and he showed that.”

Abdo is one of the four new starters for Pottsville this season and had one of his best offensive games of the season Tuesday and added three rebounds and three steals.

Abdo was especially big at a critical point late in the game.

Blue Mountain had cut the Crimson Tide’s advantage to 49-45 after a steal and layup by Mark Chelius with 2:13 left in the game.

On Pottsville’s next possession, Abdo scored inside with his right hand on a tough shot around Blue Mountain’s 6-foot-7 Jakob Biever. After Chelius missed a 3-pointer, Abdo scored his final points of the night, using a crossover dribble in the lane to get around a defender and go in for a layup. That made the score 53-45 with 1:02 left.

“Mainly my teammates getting me open,” Adbo said of the keys to his second half offensively. “Also playing good defense because the defense turned into the offense.”

Albert Albertini scored on a drive to cut the deficit to 53-47, but that was Blue Mountain’s last points of the night. Maldeen Thomas spotted Tanner Gerchak open to beat the Eagles’ full-court press. Gerchak took it in for a layup, was fouled and completed the three-point play.

Thomas and Gerchack then converted both ends of 1-in-1s with less than 30 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Thomas added 11 points, while Jordan Melochick had nine points and nine rebounds and Ian Renninger nine points and seven boards for the Crimson Tide.

Chelius led the Eagles with 13 points. Brayden Lewis and Albertini added 10 points apiece for the Eagles, while Biever grabbed nine rebounds.

“That’s a very good team,” Blue Mountain coach Dustin Werdt said. “I am glad our kids just didn’t quit. If we could string four quarters together. That has been sort of a problem for us all in the season in the early going. We have a quarter or a half where we struggle for a little bit and two or three other quarters where we play well. If we could string four quarters together, we will be much better off than we are right now.”

That quarter turned out to be the second and into the third, too.

Blue Mountain led 14-7 early in the second quarter on a Biever layup. But the Crimson Tide’s man-to-man defense took over the rest of the first half. The Eagles turned the ball over five times, with three on Pottsville steals. Blue Mountain was also just 2-of-7 from the floor.

Meanwhile, after a rough first quarter, the shots started dropping for the Crimson Tide as they shot 6-for-13 in the second, went on an 18-2 run and led 25-17 at the half.

Pottsville was also able to contain Chelius. The senior guard exploded for 30 points during Blue Mountain’s 55-50 overtime win over North Schuylkill on Friday. But his first points of the game Tuesday came on a 3-pointer with from the wing with 1:08 left in the third quarter.

Christian Witman was matched up on Chelius on Tuesday, but when he got into foul trouble, Melochick guarded Chelius.

“They defend,” Werdt said. “They got size, they are strong. That is the one thing you don’t hear people talk about is how strong they are. It is not just they are in the right place all the time, they are just physically strong kids.”

Game Summary

POTTSVILLE (60) — Gerchak 2 3-3 7, Wood 0 0-0 0, Thomas 3 4-4 11, Melochick 2 4-6 9, Witman 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 7 2-4 18, Renninger 4 1-4 9, Schenk 2 0-0 6. Totals 20 14-21 60.

BLUE MOUNTAIN (47) — Puzzi 1 0-0 2, Kersteter 1 0-0 2, Lewis 5 0-0 10, Albertini 3 2-2 10, Chelius 5 1-3 13, Zerbe 2 1-1 5, Biever 2 1-3 5. Totals 19 5-9 47.

Pot (5-0, 2-0) 7 18 18 17 — 60 BM (3-2, 1-1) 12 5 12 18 — 47

3-point FGs: Thomas, Melochick, Jo. Abdo 2, Schenk 2, Albertini 2, Chelius 2

JV score: Blue Mountain 45-23


Crimson Tide Clips the Eagles

Roll to 5-0

The Crimson Tide continued it's winning ways with a 60-47 victory over Blue Mountain Eagles. Jordan Abdo led the Tide with a career high, 18 points, followed by  Maldeen Thomas with 11 points. Jordan "Melo" Melochick and Ian Renninger added 9 points a piece andTanner Gerchak added a career high 7 points to round out the team effort. The Crimson Tide improves to 5 and 0 on the season. The Tide play another tough battle this Friday, at North Schuylkill.  Blue Mountain took an early 12 to 7 lead in the first quarter. The Tide roll out scoring the Eagles 18 to 5, in the second quarter to take a 25-17 half time lead. The Tide extended it lead to 43-29 after three quarters. The Tide then held off the Eagles in the last quarter for a 60-47 Victory.

Crimson Tide improves to 4-0

The Pottsville Crimson Tide improved it's record to 4-0 with a 53-39 victory over Governor Mifflin. Jordan Abdo led the Tide with a career high 16 points, followed by Jordan "Melo" Melochick 12 points and Maldeen Thomas added 9 points for the Tide. The Tide took a 14-9 first quarter lead and finish the half with a slim 20 -18 lead.

The Tide can to play in the third quarter with a 21-9 quarter with Jordan Abdo adding 7 points and Jordan "Melo" Melochick chipping in 6 points. The Tide closed out the game in the fourth quarter, to increase it's record to 4 and 0. The Tide travel to Blue Mountain on Tuesday night to defend it's league title

 

Pottsville 53

Governor Mifflin 39

SHILLINGTON — Jordan Abdo scored 16 points and Jordan Melochick added 12 as Pottsville topped Governor Mifflin for a non-league win.

Abdo scored seven in the Tide’s 21-9 third quarter, while Melochick had six in the period.

Jared Peters recorded a game-high 17 points for the Mustangs in a losing effort.

POTTSVILLE (53) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 2 0-0 5, Thomas 4 0-0 9, Melochick 5 2-3 12, Witman 1 0-0 3, Jo. Abdo 5 4-4 16, Renninger 1 2-2 4, Schenk 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 8-9 53.

GOVERNOR MIFFLIN (39) — Tisdale 0 0-0 0, Diaz-Cruz 3 3-3 9, Buchanan 0 0-0 0, Peters 6 2-4 17, Walmer 2 0-0 6, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Tolland 0 2-2 2, Smith 0 1-2 1, Harman 2 0-0 4, Klahr 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 8-11 39.

Pott (4-0) 14 6 21 12 — 53 GM (2-2) 9 9 9 12 — 39

3-point FGs: Gerchak, Thomas, Witman, Jo. Abdo 2, Peters 3, Walmer 2

JV score: Governor Mifflin 26-23

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Pottsville 57

Pine Grove 9

Ian Renninger led a balanced offensive effort with 10 points as the Crimson Tide thumped the Cardinals in a Division I contest at Martz Hall.

Jordan Melochick contributed nine points, while Jordan Abdo and Patrick Schenk added eight apiece for Pottsville.

PINE GROVE (9) — Wolff 0 1-2 1, Ibarra 0 0-0 0, Kreiser 0 0-0 0, Pena 1 0-0 3, Griffiths 0 0-0 0, Culbert 0 0-0 0, Leininger 1 0-0 2, Bertasavage 0 0-0 0, C. Griffiths 1 0-0 3, Omlor 0 0-0 0. Totals 3 1-2 9.

POTTSVILLE (57) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-2 2, Gerchak 2 0-0 5, Wood 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 2-2 2, Melochick 3 2-2 9, Witman 3 0-0 7, Pellish 1 0-0 2, Jo. Abdo 3 1-1 8, Renninger 5 0-0 10, Schenk 4 0-0 8, O’Pake 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 4 5-7 57.

PG (2-2, 0-1) 2 0 1 6 — 9 Pott (3-0, 1-0) 18 17 14 8 — 57

3-point FGs: Pena, Griffiths, Gerchak, Melochick, Witman, Jo. Abdo

JV score: No game

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H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Crimson Tide have new look, same expectations

                                                

Last season was one to remember for Pottsville.

The Crimson Tide had an undefeated regular season and a 28-game winning streak, both firsts in program history. Pottsville won its sixth consecutive Schuylkill League Division I title, reached the league title game for the sixth straight season and won its fifth championship during that span with a 33-28 overtime victory over Tamaqua.

Pottsville also won its first District 11 Class AAA title since 2010, beating Allentown Central Catholic 57-47. The Crimson Tide then reached the PIAA second round for the second straight year before their season ended at 28-1 with a 44-37 loss to Susquehanna Township.

The Crimson Tide were also consistently ranked in the top 10 in Class AAA in Pennsylvania for most of the season, and were at No. 5 in the Harrisburg Patriot-News/PennLive.com poll before their loss to Susquehanna Township.

Last year was indeed one for the history books. Last season is also history.

Pottsville was hit hard by graduation, losing four starters. It’s a new season, and plenty of new faces look to carry on the tradition and reputation the Crimson Tide have built in recent years. The expectations, however, simply don’t change for Pottsville, and this winter will be no different.

For coach Dave Mullaney, who is in his ninth season at Pottsville, he sees that this group is ready to put the past behind them and make a new identity. The Crimson Tide have talent, but what’s missing, of course, is game experience.

“I think for these kids, they just have so much to prove,” Mullaney said. “They want to show that, obviously they were behind some very good kids (last year), but that they can play. And they can play. It’s a different makeup. The team is different than last year. They are worse in a lot of ways and there are some ways in that they are better.”

Pottsville finds itself in a similar situation to where it was entering 2011-12.

That season, the Crimson Tide lost a good bit of their offensive production from the previous campaign, including Nick Schlitzer, who is currently playing professional ball in England for the Surrey Scorchers, and Bobby Schappell. That group led Pottsville to its second consecutive league title and a third-place finish in District 11 Class AAAA playoffs. The season ended with a 64-45 loss to Neshaminy in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

Despite the graduation losses, the 2011-12 group went 22-3 overall and won its third straight league title.

This year’s Crimson Tide is even more inexperienced than the 2011-12 team.

To continue its winning ways, Pottsville needs to replace a group that averaged 62.3 points per game last season. Leading that squad was Republican-Herald Player of the Year and Class AAA third-team All-State selection Travis Blankenhorn, who averaged 16.6 points per game and hit 46 3-pointers. Blankenhorn finished with 1,588 career points, second in school history behind Schlitzer (1,884). Also gone is Eli Nabholz (12.4 ppg, 26 3s), Connor Hinchliffe (4.4 ppg) and Ty Painter (3.1 ppg).

The lone returning starter is senior Jordan Melochick (9.4 ppg), who’s been a starter since he was a freshman. Melochick is an excellent defender and Mullaney has always liked his basketball smarts. Melochick is also unselfish and Mullaney is looking for him to be more aggressive on the offensive end as well as take on more of a leadership role.

Melochick, however, won’t be expected to carry the offensive load. This season might be more of committee approach.

Junior Jordan Abdo (5.7 ppg, 20 3s) saw plenty of minutes as a sophomore. Others expected to contribute are seniors Christian Witman (1.9 ppg), Maldeen Thomas (3.5 ppg in 15 games) and Tanner Gerchak. Six-foot-7 sophomore Ian Renninger is also expected to see plenty of minutes after he recovers from a broken foot he suffered during football season.

“We have more guys on the floor who are going to be able to make plays and shoot the basketball,” Mullaney said. “When you lose

high-level guys like Eli and Travis, those are huge holes to fill. And I thought last year’s team, with those seven seniors, they were all really bright, high basketball IQs. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime class. That’s a lot to overcome. But our style of play will be a little different, too.”

What’s never changed, and likely won’t this season, is the Crimson Tide’s ability to play tough, man-to-man defense. Pottsville has had the No. 1-ranked defense in the league four out of the past five seasons — it was second to Mahanoy Area in 2013-14 — and last year allowed 31.9 points per game.

Right now, Mullaney is looking for more consistency in that department.

“It sounds like a cliché, but if we keep getting better every day, I think we will have a chance,” he said. “That is all you can ask for.”

Last season turned out to be a successful one for the league overall. In addition to Pottsville, Tamaqua (Class AAA), Mahanoy Area (Class AA), Minersville (Class AA) and Nativity (Class A) all qualified for the PIAA playoffs. Mahanoy Area beat Minersville 51-49 in overtime in the District 11 title game and both also won their first-round PIAA contests.

In addition to Blankenhorn, the league lost four others who finished their careers with more than 1,000 points, including Tamaqua’s Brett Kosciolek (1,502) and Bo Rottet (1,117), Nativity’s Jeff Yordy (1,729) and Pine Grove’s Kobe D’Agostino (1,041). Add it up and that’s a whopping 6,977 career points among the five.

Still, there is plenty of talent returning, including Shenandoah Valley’s Joel Santana (20.5 ppg), the 2014-15 Republican-Herald Rookie of the Year, Williams Valley’s Nick Rodichok (19.1), Blue Mountain’s Mark Chelius (15.8), Mahanoy Area’s Matt Yedsena (15.6), North Schuylkill’s Tevin Murray (14.1), Tri-Valley’s Jaden Buchanan (13.2) and Minersville’s Chris Leshko (12.4), just to name a few.

There are also three new coaches in the league this season: Ty Wartman (North Schuylkill), Ethan Eichhorst (Mahanoy Area) and Jim Barron (Tamaqua).


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The Crimson Tide goes to 2-0, After a barn burner at Wilson! Maldeen "Three" Thomas hit a half court jumper for a Crimson Tide Victory over Wilson 47-44.   The Tide was led by Jordan "Melo" Melochick, 14 points and Followed by Maldeen's 12 points, with Jordan Abdo adding 10 points. The Crimson Tide held a 18-16 half time lead. The Tide pushed their lead to 11 points with about 5 minutes to go in the game, when Wilson make a strong comeback and took the lead at 38-37 with about two minutes to go in the game. The play went back and forth with the score tied at 44-44, Wilson had the ball and the Tide stole the ball with about 5 seconds left in the game when Maldeen "Three" Thomas hit the game winning shot with no time left, with a long jump shot that sailed thru the hoop with 1 second left in the game.  The Tide plays Pine Grove on thursday at home, to start the run at the Schuylkill league title. 

 

WEST LAWN — Maldeen Thomas’ 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the game lifted Pottsville to a thrilling 47-44 victory over Wilson West Lawn in a non-league boys’ basketball contest Tuesday.

Thomas finished with 12 points, while Jordan Melochick scored a game-high 14 for the Crimson Tide.

Jordan Abdo scored all 10 of his points in a 17-9 third quarter for Pottsville.

David Awurumibe scored eight of his 10 points in a 19-12 fourth quarter for Bulldogs, while Christian Sload led the Warriors with 12 points.

POTTSVILLE (47) — Ju. Abdo 0 0-0 0, Gerchak 1 0-0 2, Thomas 4 2-3 12, Melochick 4 5-9 14, Witman 2 0-0 5, Jo. Abdo 3 1-4 10, Renninger 1 2-4 4, Schenk 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 10-20 47.

WILSON (44) — Wright 2 7-12 11, Jackson 2 0-0 5, Jalloh 2 2-6 6, McElroy 0 0-0 0, Sload 5 2-4 12, Awurumibe 4 0-0 10, Debooth 0 0-0 0, Reigel 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 11-22 44.

Pot (2-0) 8 10 17 12 — 47 Wil (0-1) 10 6 9 19 — 44

3-point FGs: Thomas 2, Melochick, Witman, Jo. Abdo 3, Jackson, Awurumibe 2

2015-2016 Crimson Tide

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"Crimson Tide Opens with a Win"

 The Crimson Tide opened the season with a 58-35 Win over Glen Mills Battling Bulls. The Tide was led by Jordan "Melo" Melochick 22 points, Jordan Abdo added 12 points and Muldeen Thomas added 11 points. The Tide opened up a 13-7, first quarter lead and led 25-20 at the half. The Tide out scored Glen Mills 18 to 9 in the third quarter to build a 43-25 lead. tHe Tide closed out the game with 15-6 fourth quarter for a 58-35 victory. tHe Tide will travel to Wilson, next Tuesday.

 

Pottsville 58

Glen Mills 35

Jordan Melochick scored nine of his game-high 22 points in a decisive third quarter as the Crimson Tide opened their season with a convincing win at Martz Hall.

Jordan Abdo tallied seven of his 12 points in the third, as Pottsville went on an 18-9 run to expand a 25-20 halftime lead.

Maldeen Thomas hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for the Crimson Tide, which forced 19 turnovers.

GLEN MILLS (35) — Proctor 2 4-6 10, Wilcox 4 0-0 10, Penn 2 0-0 4, Sanders 1 0-0 2, Dantzler 1 0-0 2, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Jordan 0 0-2 0, Hardy 1 0-0 2, Mitchell 1 0-0 3, West 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Usher 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0, Harvey 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 4-8 35.

POTTSVILLE (58) — Ju. Abdo 1 0-0 2, Gerchak 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 1-2 1, Thomas 4 0-0 11, Melochick 7 6-8 22, Withman 2 0-1 5, Pellish 0 0-0 0, Jo. Abdo 5 0-2 12, Renninger 1 1-3 3, Schenk 1 0-0 2, O’Pake 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 8-16 58.

GMills (0-1) 7 13 9 6 — 35 Potts (1-0) 13 12 18 15 — 58

3-point FGs: Proctor 2, Wilcox 2, Mitchell, Thomas 3, Melochick 2, Witman, Jo. Abdo 2

JV score: Pottsville 44-38

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