Nate Kreitzer scored 23 points and Nanticoke put together a late eight-point streak Tuesday night to defeat visiting GAR, 74-65, and break a tie for the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 boys basketball lead.
Kreitzer had nine points in the fourth quarter and was 5-for-6 while the Trojans were going 11-for-14 from the line in the final 2:58 after GAR ran off eight straight points to get within 61-58.
GAR closed within three points on back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyler Young and Kurtis Smith, followed by Will Johnson’s spin move to complete a coast-to-coast drive.
Johnson made a steal and went in for a layup to make it 64-60 with 2:15 left, but that’s when Nanticoke put together its 8-0 run.
Krietzer and Johnson led four players who scored in double figures for each team.
Nanticoke improved to 11-4 in the WVC and 16-4 overall with two games remaining in the regular season. GAR is 10-5 and 13-7.
Kreitzer went 4-for-8 from 3-point range and also had four assists.
Johnson had half of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. He also finished with eight assists, six steals and six rebounds.
Nanticoke, which can clinch a repeat of the division title by winning at Tunkhannock Thursday and at Wyoming Area Saturday, also got 19 points and 10 rebounds from Jake Krupinski. He made seven of his first nine shots.
Colby Butczynski added 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists. Trahjan Krupinski had 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Nanticoke dominated the boards, 31-18.
Tyler Young had 16 points and 5 assists for GAR. He was 4-for-4 from 3-point range.
Curtis Smith added 14 points and Jared O’Day added 11.
The Grenadiers finished 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) from 3-point range while Nanticoke was 8-for-17 (47.1 percent).
GAR’s only two leads were at 5-4 and 7-6.
Nanticoke countered by getting its first 12 points in the paint, going 6-for-9 from the floor for a 12-7 lead with 4:10 left in the first quarter.
The Trojans then moved outside, getting 3-pointers from Kreitzer, Jake Krupinski and Butczynski for a 21-10 lead with a 1:30 remaining in the quarter.
Jake Krupinski yielded his usual starting position on Senior Night, but was still 4-for-4 with nine points less than 10 minutes in the game.
GAR started the second quarter 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, with baskets from Young, O’Day and Smith to get within 25-23 with 4:50 left in the half.
In the game’s first 13 minutes, the teams combined to shoot better than 50 percent from both 3-point range and the floor overall.
GAR has games remaining Thursday against Wyoming Area and Saturday with Meyers in, barring a playoff matchup, the final meeting between the rivals who will join Coughlin to form the Wilkes-Barre Area athletic teams in the next school year.
Hazleton Area 56, Crestwood 50
Da’mir Faison scored 28 points as Hazleton Area overtook Crestwood by one-half game in the WVC Division 1 race.
Faison was 12-for-17 from the floor. He also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked a shot.
Warren Seigendall added eight points on 6-for-6 foul shooting, including 4-for-4 in the fourth quarter. He led the team with nine rebounds.
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.
Hazleton Area limited Crestwood to 4 points in the first quarter and 10 in the first half to take a 12-point lead.
Faison then scored 10 points in the third quarter and 7 more in the fourth.
Wyoming Seminary 63, MMI Prep 48
Dimitri Gnall scored 20 points to lead the way as Wyoming Seminary regained sole possession of the WVC Division 3 lead with the help of Holy Redeemer’s loss to Hanover Area.
Jeremy Callahan added 12 points in the win.
Matt Marchetti led MMI with 29 points.
Wyoming Seminary (13-1) has a one-game lead over with two WVC games left for each.
Hanover Area 38, Holy Redeemer 36
Justin Kopko hit an 18-footer with 55 seconds left to break a 36-36 tie and neither team scored again as Hanover Area knocked Holy Redeemer out of a share of the WVC Division 3 lead.
Asad Whitehead scored 19 points to lead the win.
The Hawkeyes slowed the game down and held the Royals to two points in the fourth quarter. After holding leads at the end of the first and second quarters, they rallied from a three-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Nick Prociak had a team-high 14 points for Holy Redeemer, which went 0-for-5 from the foul line.
The loss dropped Holy Redeemer, the top-ranked District 2 Small School Boys team, according to the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings, to 12-2 in the WVC and 16-3.
Hanover Area is 7-6 and 9-10.
Scranton Prep 58, Scranton 56
Leo O’Boyle picked up a long, loose rebound of his previous 3-point attempt and beat the buzzer for the game-winning 3-pointer on the retry, keeping Scranton Prep within a game of first place with the Lackawanna League Division 1 win.
Mario Rotell and O’Boyle led the Cavaliers back from a 43-37 deficit in the fourth quarter.
Rotell scored 9 of his 11 points. O’Boyle, who was held scoreless in the first half, had six of his eight points in the fourth quarter.
Rhys Merritt led Scranton Prep with 14 points and Brian Boland added 13.
Tahg Johns had 15 points, including 8 in the first quarter, for Scranton.
David Shears had 8 of his 12 points in the second quarter to break a tie and give the Knights a 30-27 halftime lead.
Marcus Bauman added 11 points.
Abington Heights 66, Valley View 49
Trey Koehler scored 27 points and George Tinsley added 20 as Abington Heights remained unbeaten in the Lackawanna League with the Division 1 win.
The Comets trailed, 15-12, at one quarter but took control of the game early in the second quarter.
Abington Heights is ranked first and Valley View fifth among Big School Boys teams in the Super Six.
Valley View's Zack Kovalchik, who was taken off the court on a stretcher after hitting his head hard on the floor in a fall early in the fourth quarter, spent the night in the hospital, but has been released. He is recovering from a concussion.
Wallenpaupack 57, Honesdale 42
Wallenpaupack bounced back from Monday night’s loss at Valley View to defeat second-place Honesdale and clinch at least a tie for first place in Lackawanna Division 2.
The Buckhorns (7-4) moved two games in front of the Hornets (5-6) with two league games remaining for each team.
Holy Cross 63, Carbondale 42
Holy Cross won the meeting of ranked Small School Boys teams in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six.
The Crusaders remained a half-game in front of Mid Valley in Lackawanna Division 3 by beating the third-place Chargers.
Holy Cross is third and Carbondale fifth in the rankings.
Susquehanna 57, Blue Ridge 40
Bryce Baldwin scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half to help first-place Susquehanna build a 37-20 lead in the Lackawanna Division 4 game.
C.J. Stone had 13 of his 16 points and three of his four 3-pointers in the first half.
Adam Rockwell added 11 points.
Kaleb Folk led Blue Ridge with 11 points.
Mid Valley 34, Old Forge 29
Mid Valley held an opponent to fewer than 30 points for the sixth time this season to remain within one-half game of Lackawanna Division 3 leader Holy Cross.
Pittston Area 50, Dallas 45
Pittston Area had five players combine for eight 3-pointers while avenging a 30-point loss from less than three weeks earlier while snapping a four-game Dallas win streak in the WVC Division 1 game.
The Patriots used an eight-point streak to take a 28-12 lead late in the half, then held on from there. J.J. Walsh and Matt Johnson hit the team’s fifth and sixth 3-pointers of the first half after an Adam Penxa foul line jumper started the streak.
Brennan Higgins had nine points to lead a balanced Pittston Area attack.
Mike George did all of his scoring by going 8-for-12 in the fourth quarter. Andrew Krawczyk also had eight points along with providing important interior defense, including a late-game block.
Krawczyk, Walsh and Johnson each hit a pair of 3-pointers.
Luke DelGaudio and Sam Nocito led the Dallas comeback.
DelGaudio had 8 of his 13 points in the second half.
Nocito had all 12 of his points in the second half, including 10 in the third quarter when Dallas outscored Pittston Area, 17-9, to close within 37-32.
Dallas twice had fourth-quarter shots to tie the game, then got as close as 47-45 on a Nick Nocito 3-pointer.
Coughlin 61, Wyoming Valley West 51
Brandon Hall had a game-high 19 points and Coughlin pulled out the WVC Division 1 win in overtime.
Berwick defeated Wyoming Area, 55-39, and Meyers downed Tunkhannock, 62-37, in WVC Division 2 games. … Northwest defeated Lake-Lehman, 60-53, in WVC Division 3. … Delaware Valley defeated North Pocono, 65-47, in Lackawanna Division 2. … Lakeland defeated Riverside, 54-51, in Lackawanna Division 3. … Montrose topped Lackawanna Trail, 48-46, and Mountain View defeated Elk Lake, 51-35, in Lackawanna Division 4. … Dunmore routed Forest City, 75-36, in a non-league game.