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Dragons drop hard-fought battle

DUBOIS, Pa. – The Warren Dragons looked set to extend their season-long winning streak on Saturday, but DuBois’ Chase Husted had other ideas.

The 6-8 senior’s putback gave his team a 52-51 lead, and a pair of potential game-winners from the Dragons were for not, sending them to their first loss since Dec. 20.

“We want to find out a little bit about who we are in a game like this, out of region against a good program with a good squad this year. We approached it the right way.”

Trailing 48-43 in the fourth quarter, a set play out of a timeout resulted in a Ben Berdine layup to make it 48-45. The Dragons halfcourt trap then resulted in a steal by Berdine, who took it in for a layup to make it 48-47.

On the ensuing DuBois possession, Husted missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and the Dragons took the ball down the court and Ryan Arnold got the ball to Berdine, who found a cutting Thomas Bablak for a backdoor layup, giving the Dragons their first lead of the game, 49-48 with 2 1/2 minutes to go.

Brady Woodward came back and hit a jumper with just over two minutes remaining to put the Beavers back in front, only to watch as Payton Barnes counter with a jumper of his own from the right wing to put the Dragons back up, 51-50.

“In the second half we were much more patient offensively,” coach Berdine said. “We moved the ball, got good looks and got right back in it.”

The Beavers (9-2) jumped out to a 21-14 lead after the first quarter, with Husted scoring eight of his game-high 26 in the first eight minutes.

“We started out sloppy,” noted Berdine. “We got behind the 8-ball pretty quick, but we did kind of the same thing we’ve been doing and started out strong in the second half.”

Berdine had 15 points and Barnes and Bablak 13 each for the Dragons (6-5). Barnes, Bablak and Mitchell Grosch all had five rebounds, while Arnold dished out five assists, Bablak four and Berdine three.

The Dragons step back into Region 6 play on Tuesday, hosting Fort LeBoeuf.

“I thought this was going to be a good test for us and it was,” coach Berdine said. “We battled back multiple times in this game. I’m proud of the kids.”

Warren won the JV game, 38-32, thanks in part to a big game from JT Blum (18 points). Bryce Blair added 10 for the Dragons.

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WARREN (51)

Arnold 1-0-0-3, Rafalski 0-0-0-0, Berdine 7-0-0-15, Bablak 4-4-4-13, Grosch 3-0-0-7, Barnes 5-1-2-13, Swanson 0-0-0-0, Gustafson 0-0-0-0, Totals 20-5-6-51

DUBOIS (52)

Felix 1-0-2-2, Sommers 1-0-0-3, Farrell 1-0-0-3, Lindhom 4-0-0-11, Husted 12-2-6-26, Orzechowski 1-0-0-2, Woodward 2-1-2-5, Totals 22-3-10-52

By Quarters

Warren 14 12 10 15 – 51

DuBois 21 11 7 13 – 52

Three-point FGs: Warren (6) – Barnes 2, Arnold, Berdine, Bablak, Grosch; DuBois (5) – Lindholm 3, Farrell, Sommers

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JV

WARREN (36)

Ordiway 2-0-0-4, Borger 0-0-2-0, White 0-0-0-0, Rich 1-0-0-2, Blum 8-1-1-18, McMeans 0-0-0-0, Vega 0-0-0-0, Arford 0-0-0-0, Blair 4-1-1-10, Darling 0-0-0-0, Greene 1-0-3-2, Totals 16-2-7-36

DUBOIS (22)

Keighley 0-0-0-0, Deemer 1-0-0-2, Kovalyak 0-0-0-0, Foradora 0-0-0-0, Kot 0-0-0-0, Husted 0-4-6-4, Jaramillo 2-0-0-4, Kirk 1-0-0-3, Pasternak 3-3-5-9, Totals 7-7-11-22

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FRIDAY

FRESHMEN: WARREN 55, DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC 21

Owen Becker and Mark Lynds led a balanced effort with 10 points each as the Dragon freshmen rolled to a 55-21 win over DuBois Central Catholic.

The Dragons, who had nine different players find their way into the scoring column, came out with a 20-point first quarter to assume control.

They return to action today at Corry.

Warren: Nebinski 2-0-0-4, Teconchuk 3-0-0-7, Becker 5-0-0-10, Errett 1-2-2-4, Farr 2-0-0-6, Darling 3-0-0-6, Lynds 5-0-0-10, Blum 0-0-0-0, Strandburg 2-0-0-4, Creal 0-0-0-0, Wyman 2-0-0-4

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