By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
ARCHBALD – George Tinsley averaged two points a minutes and Marc Kudrich hit the game-winning shot on his home court Tuesday night to lead the Blue to a 125-122 victory over the Red in the Lackawanna League Senior Boys All-Star Game.
Tinsley scored 30 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. The Binghamton University commit from Abington Heights had all but 13 of his team’s points during his 15 minutes on the floor.
Valley View’s Kudrich rescued the Blue after a 26-point, second-half lead turned into a 3-point deficit.
Kudrich quickly erased the only Red lead, tying the game with the first of his three 3-pointers in the final 2:16. The next put the Blue ahead with 52 seconds left and the last broke a tie and proved to be the winning shot from the right wing with 6½ seconds left.
“I hit a couple 3s there at the end when we were going back-and-forth,” said Kudrich, who will attend the University of Scranton where he hopes to continue his basketball career. “They gave me the ball at the end when I was hot and they were cheering me on, all the guys were.
“I hit the shot. It was just awesome to do that playing with all these guys.”
The late surge made Kudrich the Blue’s second-leading scorer and Most Valuable Player with 17 points. A dozen of those points came on 4-for-6 shooting from 3-point range in the last five minutes.
Kudrich also had three assists and two steals.
Scranton’s Tahg Jones made his first four shots, including three 3-pointers, to score 11 points and get the Red out to a 13-4 lead in the first 3:12. He finished with 21 points and 5 rebounds to earn Red MVP honors.
Tinsley started 5-for-5 with 13 points in the first 4:55 to quickly bring the Blue back within 17-16. He had 23 points in the half to lead the Blue to a 73-48 advantage.
“It was fun with the best talent from all around the league playing against each other,” Tinsley said. “Obviously, it’s not too aggressive until the last shot, but it was really good to be a part of it and I was blessed to have this honor to be here.”
Tinsley made his first seven shots and mixed 3-pointers with dunks as the game wore on.
Delaware Valley’s Blake Gearhart, who had 4 assists and blocked 2 shots, and Lakeland’s Jake Curnow, who grabbed 8 rebounds, added 12 points each in the win.
Shane Rosencrans from Mid Valley scored 11 points.
Lafayette College commit Leo O’Boyle from Scranton Prep had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists for the Red.
Tyler Mozeleski from Holy Cross had 11 points.
Scranton’s Marcus Bauman, who grabbed 11 rebounds, and Scranton Prep’s Mario Rotell scored 10 points each.
Carbondale’s Mike Zazzera grabbed eight second-half rebounds. Elk Lake’s Hunter Bomboy pithced in with nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Blue was coached by Susquehanna's Lawrence Tompkins. It includes players from Abington Heights, Valley View, Delaware Valley, Lakeland, Susquehanna, Mid Valley and Western Wayne.
Mountain View's Joe Gibbons coached the Red, which had players from Scranton, Scranton Prep, Blue Ridge, Mountain View, Honesdale, Wallenpaupack, HOly Cross, Carbondale, Mountain View and Elk Lake.
Derrick Vosburg won the pregame 3-Point Shooting Contest, hitting 15 in one minute.