Tinsley, Koehler help AH extend streak to eight

Tinsley, Koehler help AH extend streak to eight

By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com

WILKES-BARRE TWP. – Trey Koehler carried the Abington Heights offense through the sluggish pace of the first half.

As the speed of the game picked up in the second half, George Tinsley took over.

Their combined efforts made sure Abington Heights came away from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Friday night with its eighth consecutive District 2 title after beating Crestwood, 43-36, in the Class 5A championship game.

Tinsley scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half. He also finished with seven rebounds and five blocked shots as the defending state champions improved to 25-2.

Koehler scored the first 9 Abington Heights points and had 11 of his 15 in the first half. He grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, made three steals and dished out three assists.

“I knew we had to come out aggressive and strong,” Koehler said. “We just had to get the energy flowing at the beginning and land the first punch on them.”

It was not easy.

With Crestwood patiently moving the ball around the perimeter for more than a minute before shooting on its first possession, neither team scored for the first 3:26.

Koehler’s reverse layup broke the ice and he followed with a long 3-pointer for a 5-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

Those were the last points the Lackawanna League Division 1 champions managed for 5 ½ minutes.

Crestwood took its only lead at 7-5 with 6:45 left in the half on Ryan Petrosky’s 3-pointer from the right corner.

Then, Koehler went to work. With set-ups from Tinsley, he scored twice from inside and Abington Heights led the rest of the way.

Tinsley joined in the scoring and the two seniors combined for all the first-half points while Abington Heights took a 16-11 lead.

When Abington Heights carried a 25-19 advantage into the fourth quarter, it was able to dictate the tempo and get Tinsley free for 11 points in the fourth quarter.

“They were playing real good defense in the first half,” Tinsley said. “We started spreading out, moving, cutting through more.

“We started seeing if they would lose our guys and it kind of opened up things that we were to start driving rather than just taking longer shots.”

After Tinsley scored consecutive baskets early in the fourth quarter, Crestwood went on a 7-2 run to get within 31-28 with 3:33 left.

Tinsley hit a leaning 12-footer in the lane, Koehler converted both ends of a one-and-one after an offensive rebound, then Corey Perkins made a steal and hit Tinsley with a long lead pass for a 37-28 lead.

Perkins made two of his three steals and had all five of his assists in the second half. That included another assist to essentially put the game away after Petrosky had scored twice to bring Crestwood within 38-32 with 55 seconds left.

Perkins beat the press to find Koehler for a score with 42 seconds left.

Koehler then provided the exclamation point with a steal and behind-the-back pass to Tinsley for a three-point play and the game’s biggest lead, 43-32.

Petrosky led Crestwood with 15 points and 6 rebounds.

Abington Heights advances to play Pottsgrove (15-11) March 8 at 7:30 at Scranton High School in the first game of the state tournament. Pottsgrove finished fourth in District 1, which is suburban Philadelphia.

Crestwood (20-7) also opens the state tournament close to home March 8. It plays at Wilkes University at 6 against Frankford (13-13). Frankford finished third in District 12, which is Philadelphia.

 

DISTRICT 2 CLASS 5A BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Abington Heights 43, Crestwood 36

Crestwood (20-7)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Petrosky

  6-13

3-6

0-2

  6

1

0

15

Papura

  1-1

0-0

0-0

  3

0

0

  2

Murphy

  1-10

1-6

2-5

  3

3

1

  5

Boris

  2-7

0-2

0-0

  3

1

0

  4

Palmiero

  4-10

0-1

0-0

  4

1

0

  8

Zaleski

  1-3

0-1

0-0

  5

2

2

  2

Casarella

  0-0

0-0

0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Vieney

  0-0

0-0

0-0

  0

0

0

  0

Team

15-44

4-16

2-7

29

8

3

36

Shooting Percentages: 34.1 on FG; 25.0 on 3PT; 28.6 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 5.

Turnovers: 10.

Team Fouls: 13.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shots: 2 (Petrosky 1, Boris 1).

 

Abington Heights (23-2)

Player

FG-A

3P-A

FT-A

Reb.

Ast.

St.

Pts.

Tinsley

  8-13

0-1

4-5

  7

  3

0

20

Perkins

  1-4

0-2

1-2

  1

  5

3

  3

JNealon

  1-6

1-5

0-0

  1

  0

2

  3

Koehler

  6-13

1-4

2-2

  8

  3

3

15

Malone

  0-2

0-0

2-2

  5

  0

0

  2

DNealon

  0-1

0-0

0-0

  1

  1

0

  0

Team

16-39

2-12

9-11

26

12

8

43

Shooting Percentages: 41.0 on FG; 16.7 on 3PT; 81.8 on FT.

Team Rebounds: 3.

Turnovers: 6.

Team Fouls: 8.

Fouled Out: None.

Blocked Shots: 5 (Tinsley 5).

 

Score by Quarters

Crestwood

  4

  7

  8

17

36

Abington Heights

  5

11

  9

18

43

 

Game Recap

Ties: 1

Lead Changes: 2

Biggest Crestwood Lead: 7-5, 6:45 to 6:30-2nd.

Biggest Abington Heights Lead: 43-32, 0:23.7 to 0:17.5-4th.