Sophomore guard Cayden Merrifield pumped in 32 points Wednesday night when West Scranton went to North Pocono and posted a 72-61 Division 1-2 crossover win to open the Lackawanna League boys basketball schedule.
The Invaders moved over the .500 mark overall at 5-4 with the win. West Scranton has won three of its last four games with the only loss in that stretch coming by two points.
Scranton Prep 73, Honesdale 43
Brian Boland scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half to lead Scranton Prep to the Lackawanna Division 1-2 crossover win.
Boland made five 3-pointers, including four in the first half. He had 11 points in the second quarter when the Cavaliers outscored the Hornets, 23-10, to take a 35-21 lead.
Mario Rotell had 5 points in the second and scored his other 9 in the third to finish with 14 points.
Rhys Merritt added 13 points for Scranton Prep while Greyson Schermerhorn got his 12 by hitting four 3-pointers.
Honesdale was led by Chris Cespedes with 11 points.
Valley View 41, Western Wayne 34
Valley View snapped host Western Wayne’s five-game overall winning streak while helping to make Division 1 teams 3-0 in the crossovers with Division 2.
Abington Heights 49, Scranton 24
George Tinsley scored a game-high 17 points as Abington Heights opened its Division 1 title defense with the victory.
The Comets led just 5-2 after one quarter and 14-11 at halftime before breaking away.
Corey Perkins added 12 points in the win.
Wallenpaupack 49, Delaware Valley 32
Wallenpaupack improved to 7-2 overall by beating the defending champions in the Division 2 opener.
Lakeland 39, Mid Valley 35
Jake Curnow had 12 points and Caleb Vigil added 10 as Lakeland won the battle of Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings teams in a Lackawanna Division 3 opener.
Lakeland avenged a loss to Mid Valley in last week’s final of the Peter Turonis/NBT Bank Classic.
Mid Valley, ranked second among Small Schools, fell to 6-2. Fifth-ranked Lakeland is 7-2.
Carbondale 61, Riverside 60
Ray Ofner hit the first of two free throws with less than a second remaining to complete Carbondale’s comeback from a 41-34 deficit after three quarters in the Lackawanna Division 3 game.
Carbondale was 17-for-17 from the line until Ofner intentionally missed the second attempt to keep Riverside from being able to set up an in-bounds play.
Pat Durkin made all seven of his free throws while scoring 14 of his 16 points in the fourth-quarter comeback.
Dunmore 66, Old Forge 44
Ross Cordaro scored 19 points and Kevin Walsh led a big finish by Dunmore in the Lackawanna Division 3 opener.
Cordaro had 12 points in the first half when the visiting Bucks took a 33-24 lead.
Walsh had 9 of his 13 to help Dunmore outscore Old Forge, 21-7, in the fourth quarter after the Blue Devils had moved within 8.
Dante Lucarelli accounted for half of Old Forge’s scoring with 22 points.
Forest City 56, Montrose 38
Forest City, which went 0-7 in non-league games in December, knocked off Montrose, last season’s second-place team, in a Lackawanna Division 4 opener.
Lackawanna Trail 45, Elk Lake 40
Lackawanna Trail pulled out the overtime win on its homecourt in Division 4.
Mountain View 63, Blue Ridge 59
Michael Fanelli scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Mountain View picked up an LFC Division 4 win on the road.
Mikey Schermerhorn added 21 points.
Holy Cross 73, Susquehanna 39
The two defending division champions had opening byes and played in a crossover game that is not part of the Lackawanna League standings.
The defending Division 3 champion Crusaders won easily at home.
Dallas 68, Wyoming Area 37
Dallas ran out to a 47-11 halftime lead in the WVC Division 1-2 crossover game.
Nick Nocito finished with 13 points and Jack Farrell had 10 in the win.
Jake Greenfield had 11 to lead Wyoming Area.
Northwest 68, Roberto Clemente Charter 54
Sam Saxe had 13 of his 23 in the first quarter to lead Northwest to the non-league win.
Bryce Koser added 14 points and Tyler Stevens had 13.
The Rangers led 45-34 going into the fourth quarter, then shot 14-for-18 from the line to finish 20-for-27 for the game.
Walker Yaple was 5-for-6 and Stevens was 4-for-5 in the fourth.
Jason Encarnacion led Roberto Clemente Charter with 24 points.