All three Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball races underwent changes at the top Tuesday night.
Hazleton Area moved from second place to first in Division 1 while Nanticoke and Wyoming Seminary broke out of ties to take the Division 2 and 3 leads.
The Cougars and Trojans won head-to-head battles between the top two teams in their divisions while the Blue Knights won a game and took advantage of an upset.
Hazleton Area’s 56-50 victory over Crestwood moved the Cougars one-half game in front of the Comets in Division 1.
Nanticoke defeated visiting GAR, 74-65, in a game that broke the first-place tie in Division 2.
Wyoming Seminary defeated MMI Prep, 63-48, while Hanover Area was pulling off a 38-36 upset of Holy Redeemer, which started the night in a tie for first in Division 3.
Da’mir Faison scored 28 points to lead Hazleton Area.
Warren Seigendall added eight points on 6-for-6 foul shooting, including 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars led 22-10 at halftime and took a 34-24 lead into what turned into a wild fourth quarter.
Sean Murphy had 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Ryan Petrosky had 8 of his 10 for Crestwood.
Mike Palmiero finished with 11 points.
Nanticoke got 23 points from Nate Kreitzer and went 14-for-18 from the line in the fourth quarter to finish off GAR.
Jake Krupinski (19), Colby Butczynski (17) and Trahjan Krupinski (10) also scored in double figures for the Trojans.
GAR was led by Will Johnson with 22 points.
Dimitri Gnall scored 20 points to lead Wyoming Seminary to its road victory.
The Blue Knights then got a pleasant surprise.
Justin Kopko hit an 18-footer with 55 seconds left to break a 36-36 tie and neither team scored again.
Holy Redeemer went 0-for-5 from the foul line.
Hazleton Area is 12-2 with two games remaining. Crestwood is 11-2 with three games left.
Nanticoke is 11-4 and GAR is 10-5. Each has two games remaining.
Wyoming Seminary (13-1) has a one-game lead over Holy Redeemer (12-2) with two games left for each.
MORE TO COME: Return to NEPABasketball.com Wednesday for a complete rundown of all of Tuesday night’s action.