Koehler leads Abington Heights title repeat

Abington Heights senior Trey Koehler
Abington Heights senior Trey Koehler

Trey Koehler scored 16 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night to help Abington Heights complete an unbeaten Lackawanna League boys basketball season with a 60-51 Division 1 victory over Scranton Prep.

The win sealed a title repeat for the Comets, who had clinched at least a first-place tie going into the showdown of the top two Big School Boys teams in District 2, according to the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings.

Abington Heights took the lead by scoring the last 12 points of the third quarter, then Koehler kept them there by making all six of his fourth-quarter free throws while also shooting 5-for-7 from the floor.

George Tinsley added 18 points, 6 assists and 2 blocked shots and sparked the run that put Abington Heights ahead to stay.

Scranton Prep matched its biggest lead when it moved ahead by five for the third time at 31-26 with 5:50 left in the third quarter.

The Comets outscored the Cavaliers, 15-2, over the remainder of the quarter.

Koehler hit a 3-pointer, Greyson Schemerhorn scored from in the lane for Scranton Prep, then Abington Heights put together the 12-point streak that included a dunk, 3-pointer and assist by Tinsley.

Top-ranked Abington Heights finished 13-0 in the league and ended the regular season at 20-2. The Comets move on to title defenses in District 2 and state Class 5A as the top seed in the district tournament that begins next week.

“We needed it,” Koehler said. “We needed momentum going into districts.”

The Comets have won 12 straight on the court and 16 straight total, with the help of a forfeit.

Scranton Prep is also the defending champion and the top seed in District 2 Class 4A. The Cavaliers went 11-2 in the league and are 19-3 overall with two of the losses coming to the Comets.

Leo O’Boyle went 8-for-10 from the floor while leading Scranton Prep with 20 points. After he scored 14 in the first half, the Comets used a box-and-one, featuring Corey Perkins then Koehler, to hold O’Boyle without a shot in the third quarter.

Mike Malone went 4-for-5 to add eight points and four rebounds, three of them offensively, for Abington Heights. Perkins had six points and three assists.

Boland had 12 points for the Cavaliers. Schermerhorn added eight points while Mario Rotell had five points, four assists and two steals.

O’Boyle led the team with seven rebounds.

There were four ties and two lead changes in the first quarter.

The teams remained tied, 13-13, for 2:39 to end the first quarter and start the second. Abington Heights then led the rest of the half, pushing the lead as high as six before settling for 26-25 at halftime.

Boland had five points in a 6-0 start of the second half for Scranton Prep before Tinsley brought Abington Heights back and Koehler closed it out.

Abington Heights had won the first meeting, 68-40, when O’Boyle sat out with a foot injury.

“It’s a big win,” Koehler said. “Especially when they got O’Boyle back, we knew we were going to get a tougher game.”

Scranton Prep had an eight-game winning streak broken.