Planutis, Greenfield help WVC boys pull away

Planutis, Greenfield help WVC boys pull away

By TOM ROBINSON, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE – The presence of three players each from Hazleton Area and Dallas appeared to give the Wyoming Valley Conference boys a strong starting point going into the first Battle of the Valley All-Star Classic.

When Wyoming Area’s only participant joined in, the WVC was off and running Monday night.

Hazleton Area’s Jeff Planutis scored a game-high 20 points, Wyoming Area’s Sam Greenfield provided a double-double and the WVC got a big early momentum boost from Dallas’ Alex Charlton on the way to a 115-91 romp over the Lackawanna League at Wilkes University’s Marts Center.

The inaugural girls-boys doubleheader was sponsored by the Joyce Insurance Group and benefitted the Miles for Michael and Brian Forgione Foundation charities.

Planutis was just two days removed from scoring 25 points, including the 1,000th of his career, in a heart-breaking overtime loss in the state Class 6A semifinals. He made his last five shots to finish 9-for-12 and scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half.

It was Greenfield, however, who was the game’s top player early. That surprised even the Wyoming Area lacrosse all-star who was busy getting ready for his spring sport with a defending championship team while the Hazleton Area and Dallas players were in the state tournament.

“I didn’t really expect to get my shot,” said Greenfield, who had eight points in the first 3:48 to help open a 12-4 lead for the WVC, which never trailed. “They were very generous passing the ball.”

Greenfield finished with 17 points as one of seven WVC players and a dozen total in the game to score in double figures.

“It was a very unselfish team,” he said. “It was fun.”

Greenfield also grabbed 10 rebounds, making him one of two players in the game with a double-double.

Wes Simons from Scranton Prep led the Lackawanna League with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lackawanna League shook off the fast start by Greenfield, who scored 12 first-half points on 5-for-6 shooting. It closed to within three points twice and was still within 32-28 when Simons converted a feed from Pat Galvin of Holy Cross with 6:18 left in the half.

Planutis, Greenfield and Charlton all scored during a 9-0 run to a 41-28 lead with 4:10 left.

Charlton’s dunk with authority in transition pushed the lead into double figures, where it stayed for all but 1:34 of the remaining 25:06 of the 40-minute game.

“One-for-two is alright,” said Charlton, who missed on a later dunk attempt.

The WVC shot 63.0 percent (29-for-46) in the second half while building on its 49-41 lead at intermission.

Joey Judge from Holy Redeemer had 14 points.

Joey Grula, who along with Planutis and Josh Samec played in the game after helping Hazleton Area win WVC Division 1 and District 2-4 Class 6A titles on the way to the state semifinals, added 13 points. Samec blocked three shots.

Charlton, Berwick’s Damon Beckhorn and Wyoming Valley West’s Draig Ruff all had 11 points.

Jay Bittner and Joey Parsons, Charlton’s teammates on the Dallas state Class 5A second-round team, each had three assists to match Grula for the WVC team lead.

Ky’Ron Harbin from Scranton had 15 points, 7 assists and 3 steals for the Lackawanna. Galvin, Josh Hart from West Scranton and Rierdan Reyan from Elk Lake scored 11 points each.

Jason Kingery from Berwick coached WVC while Kris Holtzer from Delaware Valley coached the Lackawanna.

Jackson Danzig was selected for the game, but could not play because his Abington Heights team is playing for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 5A state championship Tuesday, after a four-day weather delay, in Hershey against Mars. Danzig was the first Lackawanna League player announced and was loudly applauded during pre-game introductions.

 

BATTLE OF THE VALLEY ALL-STAR CLASSIC (BOYS)

Wyoming Valley Conference 115, Lackawanna League 91

Lackawanna League

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Keys

  1-7

1-3

  0-2

  8

  1

1

  3

Glinsky

  4-12

0-5

  0-0

  4

  2

0

  8

Galvin

  5-11

0-4

  1-1

  3

  4

2

11

Hart

  5-9

0-0

  1-2

  4

  1

1

11

Simons

  6-11

0-3

  6-6

12

  1

0

18

Harbin

  6-16

1-5

  2-6

  5

  7

3

15

Reyan

  4-7

3-4

  0-0

  4

  1

1

11

DeGori

  3-7

2-5

  0-0

  2

  0

0

  8

Merrifield

  2-11

2-7

  0-0

  4

  3

0

  6

Team

36-91

9-36

10-17

50

20

8

91

Shooting Percentages: 39.1 on FG; 25.0 on 3PT; 58.8 on FT.

Team Rebound: 4.

Turnovers: 13.

Team Fouls: 7.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shot: 2 (Simons, DeGori).

 

Wyoming Valley Conference

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Harder

  2-5

  0-0

0-0

  5

  1

  0

    4

Planutis

  9-12

  1-2

1-2

  2

  2

  3

  20

Grula

  6-12

  1-5

0-0

  2

  3

  1

  13

Greenfield

  7-10

  3-3

0-0

10

  2

  2

  17

Bittner

  3-6

  0-0

0-1

  4

  3

  1

    6

Charlton

  5-11

  1-4

0-0

  4

  1

  1

  11

Samec

  1-3

  0-2

0-0

  6

  0

  1

    2

Judge

  5-9

  2-4

2-2

  4

  2

  0

  14

Beckhorn

  4-8

  2-5

1-2

  5

  1

  1

  11

Parsons

  2-7

  0-3

2-2

  1

  3

  1

    6

Ruff

  4-10

  1-5

2-4

  7

  2

  1

  11

Team

48-93

11-33

8-13

55

20

12

115

Shooting Percentages: 35.6 on FG; 34.9 on 3PT; 55.6 on FT.

Team Rebound: 5.

Turnovers: 10.

Team Fouls: 14.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shots: 6 (Samec 3, Planutis, Grula, Charlton).

 

Game Recap

Halftime: WVC 49, Lackawanna 41

Ties: 0.

Lead Changes: 0.

Lackawanna Lead: None.

Biggest WVC Lead: 113-82 from 3:20 to 3:10 left in fourth quarter.