Dragons drop road contest at Cathedral Prep

ERIE – Warren’s gauntlet of an early season schedule continued on Friday with another trip to Erie, this time to take on the Cathedral Prep Ramblers.

Adam Upperman led a balanced effort for the hosts with 16 points as they steadily pulled away for a 78-44 win.

“We didn’t step up to meet their intensity,” said Warren coach Jeff Berdine. “They made us work to get quality shots while we gave them way too many easy looks. Disappointed in the defensive effort tonight.”

Prep (3-0) also had a big edge at the free throw line, going 15-of-20 compared to 2-of-5 for the Dragons.

The Ramblers led 18-10 after the first quarter and 40-25 at halftime, while also getting double-digit scoring efforts from Isiah Crosby and Alfonso Pickens, who each scored 11.

Warren (1-3) got solid performances from Aidan Morrison and Griffin Suppa, who each had 10 points and four assists. Jake Kupchella added nine points.

A bright spot was the JV team, which, behind 17 points from Ryan Rafalski, 15 from Thomas Bablak and 10 made 3’s, rolled to a 51-33 win.

“It was a good win for the JV’s as they went 10-of-18 from 3,” noted Berdine. “We have another litmus test Monday as we welcome Bradford.”

That gave against the Owls will be the Dragons’ first at the newly renovated Joseph A Massa Gymnasium.

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WARREN (44)

Kupchella 4-0-0-9, McMeans 0-2-2-2, Davis 0-0-0-0, Johnson 2-0-0-6, Funari 0-0-0-0, Morrison 5-0-2-10, Davidson 0-0-0-0, Ei 3-0-0-6, Suppa 4-0-1-10, Totals 18-2-5-44

CATHEDRAL PREP (78)

McBride 0-1-2-1, Crosby 4-0-0-11, Pickens 5-0-0-11, Santillan 2-0-0-4, Upperman 6-3-4-16, Knox 1-3-4-5, Corsale 1-2-2-4, Elwell 2-4-4-8, Lucarotti 1-0-0-2, Pisano 0-0-0-0, Galla 3-2-2-8, Charlery 4-0-2-8, Totals 29-15-20-78

By Quarters

Cathedral Prep 18 22 19 19 – 78

Warren 10 15 11 8 – 44

Three-point FGs: Cathedral Prep (5) – Crosby 3, Pickens , Uderman; Warren (5) – Suppa 2, Johnson 2, Kupchella

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JV

WARREN (51)

Funari 0-0-0-0, Arnold 1-0-2-2, Gustafson 3-0-0-8, Swanson 0-0-0-0, Rafalski 6-2-2-17, Vazquez 0-0-0-0, Bablak 6-1-2-15, Hussey 3-0-1-9, Totals 19-7-3-51

CATHEDRAL PREP (33)

Hime 3-0-2-7, Blazek 3-1-2-8, Nash 0-0-0-0, Darden 2-0-0-5, Innes 1-2-2-4, Eddy 1-0-0-2, 1-0-2-2, Corsale 0-0-0-0, Ronane 1-0-0-3, Oedekoeven 1-0-0-2, Totals 13-3-10-33

By Quarters

Warren 13 21 9 8 – 51

Cathedral Prep 12 2 9 10 – 33

Three-point FGs: Warren (10) – Rafalski 3, Hussey 3, Gustafson 2, Bablak 2; Cathedral Prep (4) – Hime, Blazek, Ronane, Darden

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