By Tom Robinson, NEPABasketball.com
The second annual Conference Challenge boys basketball tripleheader, scheduled for Dec. 14 at the Lackawanna College Student Union, will feature three rematches.
Each game of the Conference Challenge features a Wyoming Valley Conference team against a Lackawanna League team.
Two of the games are repeat matchups from the event’s debut. The other is a rematch of a District 2 semifinal, with a state tournament berth on the line, last season.
Doug Walsh, who created the event a year ago, confirmed this year’s schedule.
Northwest will play Susquehanna in the 1 p.m. opener, followed by Holy Redeemer against Valley View and Nanticoke against Holy Cross. Those games are scheduled to start at approximately 2:30 and 4 p.m., depending on the length of the earlier games.
The WVC swept the inaugural event, winning all three games.
Holy Redeemer and Nanticoke were two of the winners. Tunkhannock defeated Mountain View, 40-36, in the other game.
The teams making up the tripleheader have impressive credentials.
All six had winning records last season, four advanced to the state tournament, three won division championships and one claimed a district title.
Four of the teams finished the 2018-19 season ranked in the NEPABasketball.com Super Six. The other two were ranked at times during the season.
Northwest defeated Susquehanna, 47-29, in the District 2 Class 2A semifinal on the way to its state tournament berth. The Rangers finished 15-11 and ranked sixth in the Small School portion of the Super Six.
Susquehanna won the Lackawanna League Division 4 title and finished 15-10.
Both teams will be looking to reorganize after suffering significant graduation losses.
Holy Redeemer defeated Valley View, 63-53, last year.
The Royals finished as the third-ranked Small School in the Super Six. They were 20-6 overall.
Valley View went 14-9.
Nanticoke and Holy Cross both wound up winning state tournament games before their seasons were over.
When they met in December, the Trojans won, 51-41.
Nanticoke went 22-8. The Trojans ended up ranked third among Big Schools in the Super Six after playing in the second round of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state Class 4A tournament.
Holy Cross reached the state Class 2A quarterfinals to complete a 22-6 season that left the Crusaders ranked second among Small Schools in the Super Six. Along the way, Holy Cross won both Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 Class 2A titles.
CHALLENGE HISTORY: Take a look back at the first Conference Challenge.
Quick recap of tripleheader: http://nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/BulletinConferenceChallenge.
Holy Redeemer’s win at the Conference Challenge: http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/ConferenceChallenge3.
Nanticoke’s victory in the Conference Challenge: http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/ConferenceChallenge2.
Tunkhannock’s triumph in the Conference Challenge: http://www.nepabasketball.com/2018-19/articles/ConferenceChallenge1.