By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
EXETER – Nick Nocito and Luke DelGaudio combined for 19 fourth-quarter points Tuesday night to rally Dallas past Pittston Area, 58-47, in a District 2 Class 5A boys basketball quarterfinal at Wyoming Area.
The win earns Dallas (14-9) a semifinal game with defending champion and top seed Abington Heights (21-2) in a rematch of last season’s district final.
Nocito scored 10 of his 20 points during the fourth quarter when Dallas outscored Pittston Area, 23-10. DelGaudio, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, had nine points in the quarter.
Jack Farrell added 11 points for Dallas.
Nocito went 5-for-6 while his teammates were struggling, going 5-for-18 at the line during the fourth quarter.
While Dallas was cold from the line, Pittston Area could not hit from the floor.
The Patriots led 39-35 with 7:57 left and 41-39 with 5:27 to play.
Nocito hit two free throws to tie the game, then made a 3-pointer with 5:02 left to put Dallas in front.
Mike George drove for two baskets, forcing the last tie with 3:31 left, but Pittston Area did not score another basket while Dallas closed with a 13-2 run.
DelGaudio put the Mountaineers ahead to stay with a 7-footer from the right side with 3:12 left.
Nocito had five points and DelGaudio added another basket during the closing run.
Brennan Higgins scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half for Pittston Area.
George had with 13 points for the Patriots, who finished 13-10.
Dallas will meet Abington Heights Friday at 7:30 at Carbondale.
In Tuesday’s other District 2 quarterfinals:
Abington Heights 71, North Pocono 25
Trey Koehler scored 19 points and George Tinsley added 18 as the defending state champions mauled North Pocono.
Tinsley had 12 points and Koehler 10 while Abington Heights was building a 40-7 halftime lead.
North Pocono led, 3-2, before Abington Heights rattled off the last 16 points of the first quarter.
Robert Van Brunt, who had North Pocono’s only field goal of the first half, and Zach Walsh finished with eight points each for the Trojans.
Wallenpaupack 61, Honesdale 52
Elijah Rosenthal scored 22 points as Lackawanna League Division 2 champion Wallenpaupack defeated its division rival to advance into Friday’s semifinal against second-seeded Crestwood at Pittston Area at 7:30.
Gabe Springer had 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for the Buckhorns.
Mid Valley 61, Carbondale 36
Shane Rosencrans scored 18 points to lead four Spartans in double figures in the Class 3A game at North Pocono.
Colin Hazleton had 13 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Tyler O’Connor had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Mike Miller had 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Rosencrans also had three assists.
The Spartans outscored the Chargers, 35-19, in the second half.
Third-seeded Mid Valley (19-4) will face second-seeded Holy Redeemer (19-3) at King’s College Friday at 6 p.m.
Holy Redeemer 73, Riverside 55
Collin Cook, Nick Prociak and Justice Shoats all scored in double figures in the first half of Holy Redeemer’s Class 3A win in the opener of a doubleheader at Pittston Area.
The Royals used a 21-10 second quarter to take a 39-23 halftime lead.
Prociak had 12 of his 22 points, Cook 13 of his 17 and Shoats 10 of his 12 in the half.
Michael Rickert led Riverside with 15 points. Razen Reyes had 13 and Brandon Reed 11.
Wyoming Seminary 72, Lake-Lehman 32
Dimitri Gnall scored 17 points and Jeremy Callahan had 14 for Class 3A top seed and defending champion Wyoming Seminary.
Gnall had 11 points and Callahan 8 during the third quarter of the game at Pittston Area.
The Blue Knights outscored the Black Knights 22-10 in the quarter to take a 51-22 lead.
Nate Salus led Lake-Lehman, which was making its first playoff appearance in three years, with nine points.
Lakeland 53, Dunmore 40
Lakeland broke away in a game that was tied, 21-21, at halftime.
The two Lackawanna League Division 3 rivals had split their regular-season meetings.
The Chiefs advance to face Wyoming Seminary Friday at King’s College at 7:30 p.m.
BOUNCE BACK: Crestwood recovers from two playoff losses to defeat West Scranton, 53-40. http://nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/BoysGameCrestwoodWestPlayoff.