Da’mir Faison scored 32 points and grabbed 7 rebounds Thursday night when Hazleton Area overcame a slow start to run over visiting GAR, 79-47, in a Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball opener.
Hazleton Area, the defending Division 1 champion, came into conference play with an 0-3 record from a difficult non-league schedule.
The Cougars trailed, 18-13, after one quarter, but dominated from there.
Scott Campbell had 9 of his 14 points during the second quarter and Faison added 7 as Hazleton Area took a 32-26 halftime lead.
Faison had 10 more points during a 26-point third quarter that built the lead to 20.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology commit finished 12-for-17 from the floor, including 11-for-13 from inside the 3-point arc.
Faison was also 7-for-8 from the line to lead Hazleton Area to a 14-for-16 night.
The Cougars shot 54 percent from the floor, including 6-for-7 by Campbell.
Andrew Vayda had six assists and Ryan Wolk added five.
Will Johnson scored 18 points and Tyler Young added 12 for GAR.
Wyoming Seminary 52, Northwest 44
Dimitri Gnall scored 19 points and grabbed 23 rebounds when Wyoming Seminary bounced back from its first loss of the season and opened defense of its WVC Division 3 title with the win at Northwest.
Jeremy Callahan had 10 of his 14 points to lead the Blue Knights from behind in the fourth quarter. Todd Phillips added 12 points.
Jaxson Yaple hit five 3-pointers while leading Northwest with 18 points. He had four of his 3-pointers in the first half.
Walker Yaple made two 3-pointers and Jaxson Yaple made one in the third quarter when the Rangers turned a 21-20 deficit into a 34-32 lead.
Wyoming Seminary, the top-ranked Small School in the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams, improved to 6-1.
Tunkhannock 54, Dallas 34
Tyler Faux hit five 3-pointers and scored 28 points when Tunkhannock won at Dallas in a WVC opener that matched once-beaten teams.
Faux hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to help the Tigers take a 24-19 halftime lead after being held to six points in the first quarter.
Jack Farrell led Dallas with seven points.
Pittston Area 56, Berwick 43
Logan Booth scored 15 points and Andrew Krawczyk added 14 as Pittston Area improved to 4-1.
Pittston Area shot 15-for-20 from the line, including 7-for-8 in the fourth quarter.
Booth went 5-for-5 on free throws.
Berwick was within 38-34 after three quarters until Mike George hit two 3-pointers, Sevion Leak scored four points and Brennan Higgins went 4-for-4 rom the line for Pittston Area in the fourth.
Zach Evans led Berwick with 17 points.
Crestwood 74, Wyoming Area 42
Crestwood began its pursuit of a Division 1 title with Ryan Petrosky and Camden Boris scoring 14 points each to lead four players in double figures.
Mike Palmiero had 13 points while Sean Murphy added 12 points and 6 assists.
Petrosky went 5-for-5 from the line to lead the Comets to a 10-for-11 night.
Boris completed his scoring with seven in the third quarter when Crestwood outscored Wyoming Area, 19-10, to run its lead to 55-29.
Palmiero had 11 points in the first half.
Murphy made three 3-pointers.
Dan Wiedl went 10-for-10 from the line while leading the Warriors with 16 points.
Meyers 68, Wyoming Valley West 38
Cole Walker scored 22 points to lead Meyers to the road win.
Justin Simpson hit four 3-pointers to score 12 for Wyoming Valley West.
Hanover Area 54, Lake-Lehman 16
Khairi Carson scored 20 points and Asad Whitehead added 16 to lead Hanover Area.
Lake-Lehman was led by C.J. Cercone with 13.
Holy Redeemer 63, MMI Prep 45
Collin Cook scored 20 points and Nick Prociak added 16 to lead Holy Redeemer past host MMI Prep.
Matt Marchetti fired in 28 points to lead the Preppers.
Scranton Prep 51, Williamsport 47
Rhys Merritt scored 15 points and Mario Rotell added 13, including two free throws with 10 seconds left, as unbeaten Scranton Prep held off visiting Williamsport in a non-league game.
Merritt had 13 in the first half to lead Scranton Prep to a 27-24 lead.
Ethan Williams scored 15 points to lead Williamsport. He had nine in the fourth quarter, but Brian Boland went 4-for-4 from the line to help the Cavaliers hold on.
Western Wayne 67, East Stroudsburg Notre Dame 65
Western Wayne rallied for the home-court win.
Blue Ridge 49, Sullivan County 47
Blue Ridge edged Sullivan County to break a three-game losing streak.
Valley View 67, Carbondale 48
Valley View handled visiting Carbondale.
NATE’S NIGHT: To read about Nate Kreitzer’s record-setting night while leading defending WVC Division 2 champion Nanticoke in its opener, go to: http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/Kreitzer1000.
GIRLS ROUNDUP: A recap of the Thursday games in girls basketball: http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/GirlsRoundup122018.