Wyoming Seminary, Nanticoke and Crestwood posted the wins they needed to finish first in Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball divisions and they left no doubt.
With a 56-32 win over Hanover Area, Wyoming Seminary repeated as Division 3 champion, taking the title outright.
Both Nanticoke and Crestwood took charge early in what turned into Mercy Rule victories. As a result, each made it to a playoff for their division titles by finishing in first-place ties.
Nanticoke ripped Wyoming Area, 86-49, and matched GAR at 12-5 on top of the Division 2 standings.
Crestwood clobbered Coughlin, 72-29, and joined Hazleton Area at 14-2 in a first-place tie in Division 1.
Wyoming Seminary 56, Hanover Area 32
Dimitri Gnall and Jeremy Callahan each put together big all-around games in Wyoming Seminary’s title-clinching victory.
The Blue Knights improved to 15-1 in the WVC and 20-2 overall to complete the regular season and finish one game ahead of Holy Redeemer in Division 3.
Gnall scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Callahan scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists.
The Blue Knights had leads of 16-7 after one quarter, 29-13 at halftime and 44-22 through three quarters.
Asad Whitehead scored 13 points to lead Hanover Area.
Nanticoke 86, Wyoming Area 49
Nate Kreitzer hit two 3-pointers while Colby Butczynski and J.J. Bielecki had one each to help Nanticoke race to a 31-6 lead after one quarter.
Kreitzer wound up with three of the team’s 10 baskets from 3-point range while scoring a team-high 15 points. He had eight points in the first quarter while Butczynski and Jake Krupinski scored seven each.
Butczynski finished with 13 points. Trahjan Krupinski had 11 and Jake Krupinski 10. Bielecki scored his nine points on three 3-pointers.
The Trojans led 77-37 going into the fourth quarter.
Cole Coolbaugh made seven 3-pointers while scoring 23 points to lead the Warriors.
Wyoming Area finished the season with 17 straight losses. The Warriors went 1-16 in the WVC and 2-20 overall.
Crestwood 72, Coughlin 29
Camden Boris scored 22 points and Mike Palmiero added 17 to lead Crestwood to the Division 1 win.
The Comets outscored the Crusaders by at least 10 points in every quarter and held Coughlin to 19 points over the final three quarters.
Crestwood made 15 of its 27 field goals from 3-point range.
Palmiero made five while Boris and Sean Murphy hit three each. Mike Zaleski hit two as six different Comets connected from long range.
Brandon Hall led Coughlin with 12 points.
MMI Prep 67, Northwest 63
Matt Marchetti scored 34 points and Mason Marchetti scored 27 to lead MMI Prep to the overtime victory in the WVC Division III game.
Northwest’s Jaxson Yaple scored 13 points, including the 1,000th of his career in the loss.
Matt Marchetti had two 3-pointers in the first quarter, then one more in each period, including overtime to give him six total.
Mason Marchetti and Matt Marchetti each had half the points when MMI outscored Northwest, 22-17, to force overtime.
Walker Yaple scored 13 of his 18 points and Jaxson Yaple had 10 during the first half.
Tyler Stevens scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth quarter.
Holy Redeemer 71, Lake-Lehman 49
Holy Redeemer closed its regular season at 14-2 and 18-3, falling a game short of Wyoming Seminary in Division 3, but keeping alive its WVC wild-card hopes.
Pittston Area 61, Wyoming Valley West 47
Brennan Higgins and Logan Booth scored 15 points each to lead Pittston Area to the WVC Division 1 win.
Wyoming Valley West fell short of the playoffs, finishing its season at 1-15 and 1-21.
Tunkhannock 50, Berwick 49
Tyler Faux scored 15 points to lead Tunkhannock, which built a 32-21 halftime lead then held on.
Ryan Harder added 11 points and Avery Billings had 10.
Zach Evans led Berwick with 25 points.
East Stroudsburg Notre Dame 84, Forest City 41
East Stroudsburg Notre Dame won the non-league game.
HAZLETON AREA WINS: Cougars also won to join first-place tie in WVC Division 1. http://nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/BoysGameHazletonDallas.