Tyler Mozeleski and Kieran Burrier finished strong Friday night to help their team do the same.
Mozeleski scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter as Holy Cross repeated its Lackawanna League Division 3 boys basketball championship with a 45-40 victory over visiting Mid Valley.
Burrier scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Holy Cross had already clinched at least a tie for first place before avenging its only division loss in the regular-season finale.
The Crusaders finished 11-1 in the division while improving to 17-5 overall. They have won eight straight and enter their District 2 Class 2A title defense as the top seed.
Holy Cross is ranked third among Small School Boys teams in District 2 while Mid Valley (9-3 and 18-4) is ranked fourth.
Shane Rosencrans led the Spartans with 13 points.
Holy Cross led 6-2 after one quarter.
Mid Valley moved in front 14-10 at halftime.
The teams went to the fourth quarter tied 23-23.
Caleb Callejas erased the last Mid Valley lead with a 3-pointer for a 33-31 advantage.
Mozeleski went 5-for-7 from the line in the fourth quarter, including the game’s most important sequence and the clinching shots, all in the final 20 seconds.
As Mozeleski was making the front end of a one-and-one with 19.4 seconds left, Mid Valley’s Colin Hazelton was assessed a technical foul when he boxed out hard and a Holy Cross player wound up falling to the floor.
Including the free throws for the technical, Mozeleski wound up hitting three of four shots for a 38-34 lead and Holy Cross maintained possession. He later hit two more free throws for the final Holy Cross points.
Dunmore 47, Riverside 35
Dunmore finished in a tie for third place in Division 3 by reaching the .500 mark with the wins.
The Bucks went 6-6 in the division and closed the regular season at 11-11 overall.
Wallenpaupack 54, Western Wayne 32
Wallenpaupack wrapped up its Division 2 championship season with a victory to finish 9-4 in the Lackawanna League.
Elk Lake 42, Montrose 39
Elk Lake closed the Lackawanna Division 4 season with a 6-6 record.
Williamsport 58, West Scranton 49
Williamsport, which won just 4 times in the first 16 games, finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak.
Ahmir Ellzy scored 20 points to lead the Millionaires.
Nick Gioia and Cayden Merrifield scored 15 points each for West Scranton.
NANTICOKE WINS: Trojans rally to win WVC Tournament opener. http://nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/BoysGameNanticokeHazleton.
WYOMING SEMINARY WINS: Jeremy Callahan leads Blue Knights down the stretch. http://nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/BoysGameWyoSemCrestwood.