O'Boyle leads Scranton Prep to fourth straight title

O'Boyle leads Scranton Prep to fourth straight title

By TOM ROBINSON, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Scranton Prep turned its offense inside out at halftime Saturday afternoon.

As a result, the Cavaliers turned a halftime deficit into their fourth straight District 2 boys championship.

Leo O’Boyle scored 18 of his 32 points in the second half to lead Scranton Prep to a 54-46 victory over Valley View in the Class 4A championship game at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Scranton Prep is one of three teams, joining the Abington Heights boys and girls, to win championships in all three seasons they have been held at the arena.

O’Boyle had 14 points, but his teammates only produced 3 in the first half when Valley View took a 22-17 lead.

Scranton Prep coach Andrew Kettel implored his team to emphasize post play offensively in the second half.

The Cavaliers got the ball to senior center Wes Simons early in each of the first three possessions of the second half, showing they had received their coach’s message.

“It was an issue. Our guards won’t give Wes the ball,” Scranton Prep coach Andrew Kettel said during a halftime interview on the NEPABasketball.com broadcast. “We just talked about it at halftime. Wes needs more touches. We can’t count on Leo O’Boyle scoring 60 points to win the basketball game.

“We’ve got to get Wes going and we’ve got to get more aggressive in going to the basket.”

O’Boyle increased his output in the second half but, the more dramatic change was the increased output he got from teammates with the change in approach.

The Cavaliers defended their title in Class 4A. They also won in Class 3A in 2015 and 2016 in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's old four-classification system before moving to six classifications prior to last season.

“This is something we expect every year – to get here,” Kettel said. “The kids believe in each other. They believe in our program.”

O'Boyle, a 6-foot-8 junior center, also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. He went 10-for-17 from the floor, 2-for-3 on 3-pointers and 10-for-13 from the foul line while helping the Cavaliers avenge a costly loss in Lackawanna League Division 1 play.

“They got us once at our place,” O’Boyle said “so I knew I had to come out and play my hardest for my team and my coaches so we could win this game,”

Simons also had 8 rebounds to help Scranton Prep to a 35-22 advantage on the boards.

Jaden Duplessis came off the bench to lead Valley View with 12 points, all in the second half when he also made 2 of his 3 steals.

The third-seeded Cougars closed the first half with a 10-2 run over the final 4:30 for a 22-17 lead.

The Cougars got through early foul trouble for season scoring leader Marc Kudrich, who sat out more than five minutes of the first quarter, then scored five in the second quarter on his way to finishing with 12 points.

Simons scored the first three points and O’Boyle the next eight in a streak of 14 straight by Scranton Prep early in the second half.

Greyson Schermerhorn’s 3-pointer completed the streak and gave the Cavaliers a 33-24 lead with 3:17 left in the third quarter.

Scranton Prep eventually extended the run to 28-6 for a 47-30 lead with 3:48 left on a Simons three-point play.

“We thought we didn't really execute our game plan as well as we could have in the first half,” Kettel said. “We finally got the ball inside in that third quarter and that’s what (created) the separation of the game.

“The kids responded at halftime. I’m really proud of them.”

Kudrich finished with 12 points.

Both teams advanced to the state tournament with first-round PIAA games scheduled for Saturday close to home.

Scranton Prep (20-5) will play District 11 runner-up Tamaqua (18-7) at Marywood University. Valley View (16-9) will face District 4 runner-up Mifflinburg (16-9) at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury.

 

DISTRICT 2 CLASS 4A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Scranton Prep 54, Valley View 46

Valley View (16-9)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Kudrich

  4-12

0-4

  4-4

  1

0

2

11

Combs

  2-5

2-3

  0-0

  1

1

0

  6

Craig

  1-5

1-4

  2-2

  3

3

0

  5

Howanitz

  1-5

0-2

  1-2

  3

1

0

  3

Black

  3-5

0-0

  3-4

  4

1

0

  9

Smith

  0-1

0-0

  0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Duplessis

  4-10

0-1

  4-5

  2

0

3

12

Team

15-43

3-14

14-17

22

6

5

46

Shooting Percentages: 34.9 on FG; 21.4 on 3PT; 82.4 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 8.

Turnovers: 6.

Team Fouls: 23.

Fouled Out: Smith.

Blocked Shots: 4 (Kudrich, Howanitz, Black, Duplessis).

 

Scranton Prep (20-5)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Schermerhorn

  1-2

1-2

  0-0

  1

1

0

  3

Boland

  2-4

0-0

  3-4

  2

5

1

  7

O’Boyle

10-17

2-3

10-13

  8

1

0

32

D’Elia

  0-3

0-0

  0-0

  4

2

0

  0

Simons

  2-8

0-1

  2-8

  8

0

0

  6

Rotell

  0-3

0-1

  1-4

  4

0

2

  1

Merritt

  2-3

0-0

  1-2

  2

0

0

  5

Genco

  0-0

0-0

 0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Casey

  0-0

0-0

 0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Team

17-40

3-7

17-31

35

9

3

54

Shooting Percentages: 42.5 on FG; 42.9 on 3PT; 54.8 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 6.

Turnovers: 11.

Team Fouls: 17.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shots: 6 (O’Boyle 3, Simons, Rotell, Merritt).

 

Score by Quarters

Valley View

11

11

  6

18

46

Scranton Prep

  9

  8

16

19

54

 

Game Recap

Ties: 6.

Lead Changes: 6.

Biggest Valley View Leads: 22-17, 1:10 in 2nd quarter to 7:48 in 3rd quarter; 24-19, 7:27 to 7:15 in third quarter.

Biggest Scranton Prep Lead: 47-30, 3:48 to 3:39 in fourth quarter.