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Big men lead Park to victory

When Park is lined up against an opponent that’s not Canisius, the Pioneers’ overall size is quite noticeable.

It should be because the Pioneers have three players standing 6-foot-6 or better. Besides their nemesis, the News’ No. 1 Large School, there aren’t many teams with that many big men to match up with the area’s second-ranked team.

Timon didn’t match-up well against them Friday night, as the trio of 6-6 Jordan Nwora, 6-8 Joe Jones and 7-footer Chris Efretuei helped a somewhat understaffed Park crew overpower the host Tigers, 72-57, in Monsignor Martin boys basketball.

With the Pioneers (15-2, 7-2) missing a couple key players due to academic ineligibility, Efretuei found himself in the starting lineup – giving Park a twin-towers look. Efretuei grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and eight blocks, Jones had 14 points, 13 boards and four blocks and Nwora grabbed 11 boards.

Nwora scored 17 of his game-high 28 points during a first half in which he and the Pioneers recorded more points (38) than they did in Wednesday’s 45-37 loss at Canisius.

“They made a huge impact,” Park coach Mike Battaglia said.

When Timon pulled within 54-49 with 4:03 left, Park freshman Noah Hutchins scored three straight baskets, the final one a steal and layup with 3:07 left that put the Pioneers back up 11, prompting a Tigers timeout.

Quinton Lamar had 17 points to lead Timon (11-8, 6-3), which has won seven of its last 11 games.

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