Honesdale's potent scoring combination was too much for a young Western Wayne team
Nick Casazza and Ian Langendoerfer comprise one of the Lackawanna League's most potent scoring combinations.
And, on Tuesday night at the Red Palace, these two Hornets wasted not time at all in unleashing hoops hell on visiting Western Wayne.
Casazza, a senior guard, scored eight of Honesdale's first 10 points. Nick rained down jumpers, ignited the fastbreak and was perfect at the free thrown line.
Langendoerfer complemented his teammate's perimeter play with utter dominance in the paint. Ian threw down two rim-rattling dunks, hauled in 10 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.
By the time the night was over, this dynamic duo would lead Honesdale to an 83-47 rout of the outmanned Wildcats.
"I really wasn't sure what to expect tonight," Coach Tim Wood admitted. "We've only had two practices in the past nine days so I thought we might be a little bit rusty.
"Thankfully, that wasn't the case. I'm very pleased with our effort and pleasantly surprised by how well we played at both end of the floor."
With this win, Honesdale improved its overall record to 17-3. The Hornets headed into Wednesday's game against Scranton Prep with an 9-1 Lackawanna League mark.
Weather permitting, the Red & Black will be back in action Friday at home versus Abington Heights.
That Division I-II crossover contest is slated for a 7:15 p.m. start at the Red Palace.
Casazza and Langendoerfer came out with both guns blazing against Western Wayne.
Nick ran Honesdale's offense with ruthless efficiency right from the opening tip. The southpaw guard netted four field goals, buried three deep treys and finished with 18 points.
He also found the time to hand out five assists, snag four steals and grab five rebounds ... a stat line that left his mentor grinning from ear-to-ear.
"Nick has become an outstanding all-round player," Coach Wood said. "He's one of a very few players in the entire league who gives you 100 percent effort every single time he steps on the court."
With Casazza directing the assault, Honesdale rocketed out to a big lead after one quarter. Then, just as Western Wayne was starting to adjust its defense, Langendoerfer stepped up and delivered a knock-out blow.
Ian is still just a junior, but he's quickly closing in on 1,000 points for his varsity career. On Tuesday, the league's top power forward added yet another double-double to his already gaudy resume.
Langendoerfer tallied only a free throw in the opening stanza, but then went berserk in the second quarter.
Ian exploded for 17 points in the frame, the highlight of which was a SportsCenter worthy dunk that elicited a roar from the Maple City faithful.
Adam Kelly grabbed a rebound at the Western Wayne end and dribbled up the floor. As he crossed midcourt, the senior guard spied Langendoerfer running free down the opposite wing.
Kelly didn't hesitate for a moment. He unleashed a laserbeam alley-oop that Ian caught with two hands and hammered home all in one motion.
If there had been any doubt as to the outcome of the game at that point, it vanished in the time it took for the backboard to stop shaking and the cheers to die away.
Langendoerfer would finish his night with another dunk, this one along the baseline, and a game-high 23 points.
"Ian is just a phenomenal player," Coach Wood said. "He had another excellent game tonight, but I still think he's just scratching the surface of his potential.
"I believe that Ian will continue to grow and get better and better."
Over & Out
Honesdale opened up a 23-11 lead after one and took an eye-popping 51-21 advantage into the lockerroom at halftime.
Coach Wood began emptying his bench midway through the third quarter, rotating in a total of 13 players ... 12 of whom found their way into the scorebook.
Gus Martin once again provided power in the paint, finishing up with nine points and five rebounds. Pat Hart chipped in with six points, five assists and three steals.
Jack Rickard and Karl Surge came off the bench and each played a key role in the win.
Rickard, a sophomore guard who is equally adept at handling the ball and shooting it, tickled the twine for 10 points.
"Jack has a very bright future," Coach Wood said. "I'm very excited to see what he can do for us in the next couple of years."
A senior who splits his time between center and forward, Surge cleaned the glass at both ends of the floor. He wound up with 10 rebounds.
"I like to think of Karl as a kind of Dennis Rodman without all the baggage," Coach Wood said with a laugh. "Karl is an outstanding rebounder. He works very hard at it and he has good instincts for the ball."
Julio Galarza contributed five points to the Red & Black cause, while Alex Evanitsky chipped in with three.
Josh LoBasso, Don McGinnis and Mark Ambrose tallied two each. Konnor Burke rounded out Honesdale's scoring with a free throw.
Western Wayne was paced by Billy Schumacher's 19 points, highlighted by five three-balls.
Score by Quarters...
HON (17-3) 23 28 15 17 - 83
WW (1-18) 11 10 13 13 - 47