ROUNDUP: Scranton’s Harbin reaches milestone, hits winner

ROUNDUP: Scranton’s Harbin reaches milestone, hits winner

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Ky’Ron Harbin scored 30 points and helped Scranton hold off a late charge by Williamsport Saturday afternoon when the Knights posted an 80-79 semifinal victory at Tunkhannock High School to knock the defending champions out of the District 2-4 Class 6A boys tournament.

Williamsport outscored Scranton, 30-11, in a stretch of less than seven minutes in the fourth quarter, but Harbin scored 13 of Scranton’s 18 total points in the quarter.

Harbin reached the 1,000-point mark earlier in the fourth quarter.

Williamsport took its only lead of the game, 77-76, when Ethan Williams hit a 3-pointer from the right win with 40 seconds left.

Harbin hit four straight free throws, making him 10-for-11 in the quarter and 13-for-14 in the game, to put Scranton back ahead by three.

Williamsport scored with three seconds left when Al-Tamar Jason scored off a rebound.

The Millionaires wound up getting two chances with in-bounds passes the length of the floor with two seconds left and under its basket with one second left. Each came after Scranton caught long passes, one of its own and one of Williamsport’s, but was immediately called for traveling.

Cameron Jordan made four 3-pointers while scoring 18 points for Scranton. He had 10 of the points and two of the 3-pointers in the first quarter when the Knights took a 25-13 lead.

Robbie McAndrew added 17 points and three 3s.

Isiah Montgomery chipped in with 11.

Williamsport closed within 38-34 at halftime.

Harbin had eight points when Scranton pushed the lead back to 62-48 in the third quarter.

Marcus Simmons had 17 of his 28 points in the second half to lead four Williamsport players in double figures.

Scranton advances to play Hazleton Area, the top-ranked team in the NEPABasketball.com Super Six Power Rankings for big schools all season.

The Knights (16-7) will faces the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 champion Cougars (22-1) March 3 at 8 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena for the Subregional’s only state berth.

Hazleton Area destroyed Delaware Valley, 84-33, in the other semifinal at King’s College.

The Cougars ran out to a 22-3 lead after one quarter and 36-6 advantage before the midway point in the second quarter.

Hazleton Area shot 65.5 percent from the floor (36-for-55), including 78.9 percent (30-for-38) from inside the arc.

Josh Samec led the way with 14 points and 7 blocked shots while shooting 5-for-8. Joey Grula was 6-for-9 with 13 points, Jeff Planutis was 6-for-8 with 12 points and Adrian Otero was 4-for-6 with 11 points.

Da’Mir Faison added 8 points and 7 assists while Ryan Wolk had 10 assists.

CLASS 4A BOYS

Marc Kudrich finished with 17 points and third-seeded Valley View ran out to an 11-point halftime lead Saturday afternoon at King’s College while knocking off second-seeded Nanticoke, 48-41, in a District 2 Class 4A boys semifinal.

Valley View (16-8) will play defending champion Scranton Prep (19-5) March 3 at 4 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena for the district championship. Nanticoke (19-5) will play Wyoming Area (15-9) Tuesday at 7:30 at Holy Redeemer for the district’s third berth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state tournament.

Nanticoke started the second half with an 8-2 run to get within 29-24, but Valley View held on from there.

Nate Kreitzer hit three 3-pointers while scoring 24 for the Trojans.

CLASS 5A GIRLS

Julia Makowski scored 18 points and Sara Hopkins added 16 as Crestwood moved within one win of its first district title with a 60-28 rout of Wyoming Valley West in the District 2 Class 5A semifinals at Pittston Area.

Makowski scored nine points and Hopkins seven when Crestwood took a 22-10 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Comets built the lead to 30-15 at halftime and 47-21 after three quarters.

Crestwood advances to play defending champion Abington Heights March 3 at 6 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. Both teams are 17-7.

Wyoming Valley West finished 12-12.

Nicole Boutanos led the Lady Spartans with 14 points.

CLASS 3A GIRLS

Holy Redeemer pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn a chance at defending its District 2 Class 3A title with a 51-41 semifinal victory over Holy Cross Saturday afternoon at Pittston Area.

The Lady Crusaders led just 31-29 entering the fourth quarter.

Holy Redeemer (21-3) will play top-seeded Dunmore (23-1) March 3 at noon at Mohegan Sun Arena in the district final. Holy Cross (19-5) can still join the two finalists in the state tournament if it can beat Mid Valley (16-8) Tuesday at 7:30 at Dunmore.

Julia Andrejko scored 20 points to lead Holy Redeemer. Sam Yencha added 16.

Holy Cross was led by Abbey Lentowski with 12 points and Abby Sempa with 11.