By TOM ROBINSON, NEPABasketball.com
WHO IS PLAYING? The Scranton Knights and Wyoming Valley West Spartans boys teams.
WHAT’S AT STAKE? Bragging rights, conference preparation and, as is the case in every game in District 2 this season, higher ratings in the playoff points formula.
WHERE: Wyoming Valley West High School, Plymouth.
WHEN: Friday, following junior varsity game, approximately 7:15 p.m.
WHY IS THIS ONE SPECIAL? This is the first boys game on the DePietro’s Pharmacy Game of the Week broadcast schedule. It features two teams with the potential to be among the higher-scoring Big Schools in District 2. The interconference match-up pits the Knights, a Class 6A team from the Lackawanna League, against the Spartans, a Class 5A team from the Wyoming Valley Conference.
HOW CAN YOU FOLLOW? Whether or not you are at Wyoming Valley West, you can follow along by listening to the NEPABasketball.com Internet radio broadcast. Just click HERE as game time approaches Friday night and the broadcast team of Tom Ferguson and Kevin Clark will guide you through the action. You can also look for Twitter updates through @NEPABasketball, check out NEPABasketball.com for news and insight on how the game was decided and listen to an archive of the broadcast.
THE DETAILS: Scranton opened the season as the third-ranked Big School boys team in the NEPABasketball.com Super Six after going 13-10 overall last season and placing third in Lackawanna League Division 1. The Knights will be playing for the second straight night. They take an 0-1 record into Thursday’s home game against GAR. In Saturday’s opener, Scranton struggled early and late while falling to Crestwood, 60-43. Playing without Ky’Ron Harbin, last year’s scoring leader and one of their two returning starters, the Knights fell behind 20-8 after one quarter, closed within 46-39 after three quarters, then went without a field goal in the fourth quarter. Tyjah Ash led the team with 12 points while Robbie McAndrew, the other returning starter, had 10.
Wyoming Valley West went 12-11 last season and is off to a 1-1 start this season. Draig Ruff, last year’s leading scorer and the team’s only returning starter, has more than doubled his average from a year ago so far. He poured in 35 points during a 77-74, season-opening win over Riverside Friday. The Spartans lost Monday to Abington Heights, 77-55, despite 29 more points by Ruff.