Corry’s boys looked overmatched for one half of basketball last night against visiting Warren.

The taller Dragons, substituting five players at a time, jumped ahead 13-2 and 36-18 before ending the half with an 11-point lead.

The Beavers never backed down and battled back, eventually tying the game at 52.

But Warren’s inside power prevailed down the stretch and the Dragons claimed a 65-56 Region 7 victory.

Warren improves to 2-5 in the league and 9-5 overall, Corry falling to 1-6 and 4-8, respectively.

“We really played well on both ends of the floor for moments throughout the game,” noted coach Chad Sutton. “But we also had moments that we didn't execute and play the way we can. That was the difference.

“I really see us improving as a team, but we need to consistently show up and play the way we can for all four quarters,” he stated. “Mitchell Burrows played very well inside for us tonight.

“We need to continue to improve our free throw shooting, we shot 11 of 19 as a team or just 58 percent,” Sutton pointed out.

Burrows, at 6-foot-2, went toe-to-toe with Hank Morrison (6-2), Andrew Morrison (6-2), Tyler Fantaskey (6-4) and Preston McMeans (6-3).

McMeans wound up with 10 baskets, Hank Morrison eight including three three-point plays.

Corry’s offense was again missing Devin Taydus who is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion suffered Friday at Harbor Creek. That earned more playing time for Chris Haenel and Jacques Rougeau, and they responded.

Rougeau wound up with 10 points and Haenel eight, making four 3-pointers between them.

Burrows had his best offensive game as he scored 16 points, 10 in the second half, and wound up with five rebounds.

Aaron Cressley finished with eight points and seven boards, plus three assists.

Jared Mosher posted 10 points, three assists and three steals.

Cressley’s 3-ball had Corry within 48-45, Rougeau’s trey tying it at 50. Burrows’ two free throws also tied things at 52.

But Warren scored on five straight possessions, Hank Morrison’s lay-in making it 54-52 Warren. Tyler Fantaskey upped the lead to 56-52 and McMeans’ three-point made it 59-55.

McMeans scored twice in the final minute for the nine-point difference.

Hank Morrison — who is also an all-star baseball player at Warren — had 10 rebounds, McMeans with six.

Warren won the junior varsity game, 55-27, holding Corry to 10 points in the second half. John Cragg and Ryan Volz both had six points. Paul Kang made a 3-point basket.

Corry hosts Central Tech Thursday in a boys-girls doubleheader, the Lady Beavers facing first-place North East.

WARREN (9-5): Stewart 1 0-2 2, Jerman 0 2-5 2, Papalia 2 0-0 6, Davis 1 0-0 2, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Lobdell 0 0-0 0, H.Morrison 8 4-4 20, Fantaskey 4 0-0 8, McMeans 10 3-8 22, A.Morrison 2 0-0 2. Totals 27 9-20 65.

CORRY (4-8): Cressley 3 1-2 8, Rougeau 4 0-1 10, Cragg 0 0-0 0, Sheets 2 0-0 4, Haenel 2 2-2 8, Mosher 3 2-2 10, Barbish 0 0-0 0, Burrows 5 6-12 16. Totals 19 11-19 56.

Warren 17 20 9 19 — 65

Corry 9 17 16 14 — 56

3-pts: W-Papalia 2. C-Cressley, Rougeau 2, Haenel 2, Mosher 2.

Junior Varsity Game

WARREN (55): Barsness 0 0-0 0, Maeder 0 0-0 0, Foley 3 0-0 7, Sandberg 1 0-0 3, Jerman 2 1-2 5, McGraw 2 2-2 6, Davis 8 3-4 19, Abbott 3 0-0 6, Lobdell 4 1-2 9. Totals 23 7-10 55.

CORRY (27): Rougeau 2 0-0 4, McCray 0 1-2 1, Nollinger 0 0-0 0, J.Cragg 2 0-0 6, Volz 3 0-0 6, Gustafson 0 2-3 2, Kang 1 0-0 3, Gerould 1 0-0 2, Crotty 1 0-0 3, Sabat 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 3-5 27.

Warren 19 12 10 14 — 55

Corry 7 10 6 4 — 27

3-pts: W-Foley, Sandberg. C-Cragg 2, Kang, Crotty.

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