Super Six back to where it started

Super Six back to where it started

The powers of the 2017-18 District 2 basketball season remained strong throughout the 2018-19 regular season.

And, those who appeared likely to be strong before this season opened lived up to their billing during non-league and conference competition.

With the regular season over and district playoffs set to begin Tuesday, all four top-ranked teams from the first Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings of the preseason are again in those top spots. In the cases of girls leaders Scranton Prep, in Big Schools, and Dunmore, in Small Schools, they never left No. 1 at any point during the season.

Abington Heights, in Big School boys, and Wyoming Seminary, in Small School Boys, all remain in the same top positions they held a week ago as well as at the beginning of the season.

With regular-season play concluding and the Wyoming Valley Conference Tournament being conducted, there was movement behind the four powerhouses.

Both Big School No. 2 teams are new with the Nanticoke boys and Lake-Lehman girls moving up.

The Riverside girls also climbed this week while the Northwest boys rejoined the rankings.

Strong programs have remained strong.

The 14 division champions in the Lackawanna League and Wyoming Valley Conference include 11 successful title defenses. The 11 defending District 2 champions all go into this year’s tournament as top seeds.

Abington Heights (20-2) won twice this week, including Thursday’s 1-vs.-2 showdown in which it defeated Scranton Prep, 60-51, to complete a title repeat in Lackawanna Division 1 boys with an unbeaten league record.

Next up for the Comets: A chance to try to defend their District 2 and state titles in Class 5A.

Nanticoke (19-5) won two out of three playoff games to climb from fifth to second. Playing three times in four days, the Trojans beat GAR for the WVC Division 2 title and Hazleton Area in the WVC Tournament semifinals before losing to Wyoming Seminary in the championship game.

Scranton Prep (19-3) drops one spot to third after beating Valley View and losing to Abington Heights.

Hazleton Area (16-7) split two playoff games and dropped one spot the fourth. The Cougars won the WVC Division 1 title in a playoff with Crestwood.

Crestwood (18-6) dropped from third to fifth after losing in both the WVC Division 1 playoff and tournament semifinals.

Valley View (14-8) is still sixth after splitting its two games.

The top five teams in the Small School Boys rankings are the same as last week.

Top-ranked Wyoming Seminary (22-2) won the first WVC Tournament after earlier winning Division 3.

Holy Redeemer is second, followed by Holy Cross, which repeated its Lackawanna League Division 3 title by beating Mid Valley, the division’s second-place team, 45-40, in Thursday’s regular-season finale.

Mid Valley remains fourth and Lakeland fifth.

Northwest (13-9) rejoins the rankings in sixth after winning twice by a total of 49 points.

Lakeland is the only team in the boys rankings that was unranked when the season began.

The only team not to stay in at the end is Susquehanna, but the Sabers still repeated as Lackawanna League Division 4 champion with a 43-40 playoff win over Mountain View Saturday.

Scranton Prep (21-1) won twice, wrapping up Division 1 with two victories.

Lake-Lehman, passed over for the first WVC Tournament, sat idle, but moved up from fourth to second. The Lady Knights (17-5) lost a tight tournament wild-card ratings race with Berwick. It was so close that the teams continued to trade the lead throughout the week after the WVC cut off tournament qualification at the completion of Feb. 10 games.

Abington Heights (17-5) went 1-1 with a 32-30 loss to Scranton Prep and remained third.

Hazleton Area (18-6) split its two playoff games. The Lady Cougars went from second to fourth after beating Berwick in the WVC semifinals and losing to Holy Redeemer in the championship game.

Berwick (18-5) and Nanticoke (17-5) remain fifth and sixth. Berwick lost in the playoff in its only game. Nanticoke did not play.

Dunmore (22-0) had already locked up its sixth straight Lackawanna Division 3 title before going 2-0 last week to complete the district’s only perfect regular season.

Holy Redeemer (21-3) won the WVC Tournament and held on to second.

Riverside (18-4) went 1-1 and moved up from fifth to third. The Lady Vikes kept their loss to Dunmore close until late in the third quarter, then avenged an earlier loss by beating Old Forge, 51-44.

Old Forge (17-5) slipped from third to fourth after also going 1-1.

Holy Cross (14-4) split, losing, 73-42, to Dunmore and dropped back to fifth.

Susquehanna (16-6) repeated as Lackawanna Division 4 champion, winning twice to go unbeaten in the league for the second straight season.

The Abington Heights, Berwick and Old Forge girls were not ranked when the season started. Abington Heights, in Class 5A, and Old Forge, in Class 2A, are defending district champions.

NEPABasketball.com will continue to produce the Astra Wealth Advisors Super Six Power Rankings through the end of the state tournament.

 

2018-19 ASTRA WEALTH ADVISORS POWER RANKINGS

(With Record, Last Week’s Rankings)

BOYS BIG SCHOOL

GIRLS BIG SCHOOL

1. Abington Heights (20-2, 1)

1. Scranton Prep (21-1, 1)

2. Nanticoke (19-6, 5)

2. Lake-Lehman (17-5, 4)

3. Scranton Prep (19-3, 2)

3. Abington Heights (17-5, 3)

4. Hazleton Area (16-7, 4)

4. Hazleton Area (18-6, 2)

5. Crestwood (18-6, 3)

5. Berwick (18-5, 5)

6. Valley View (14-8, 6)

6. Nanticoke (17-5, 6)

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1. Wyoming Seminary (22-2, 1)

1. Dunmore (22-0, 1)

2. Holy Redeemer (18-3, 2)

2. Holy Redeemer (18-3, 2)

3. Holy Cross (17-5, 3)

3. Riverside (18-4, 5)

4. Mid Valley (18-4, 4)

4. Old Forge (17-5, 3)

5. Lakeland (14-8, 5)

5. Holy Cross (14-8, 4)

6. Northwest (13-9, NR)

6. Susquehanna (16-6, 6)