BOYS ROUNDUP: Cougars top Patriots

Scotty Campbell scored 16 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 3 shots Saturday night and Hazleton Area used a second-half comeback to get past host Pittston Area, 60-56, in a meeting between two of the three unbeaten teams in Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 boys basketball.

The win leaves Hazleton Area at 3-0 in the division, one-half game behind Crestwood.

Pittston Area led 15-10 after one quarter and 31-25 at halftime.

Dewin Concepcion scored 9 of his 13 points in the second half and finished with 9 rebounds.

Andrew Vayda had 15 points in the win.

Hazleton Area tied the game in the third quarter, then won it in the fourth when the Cougars went 9-for-10 from the line.

Concepcion was 5-for-6 at the line in the fourth. Kevin Gill, who also finished with three blocked shots, was 4-for-4. Vayda was 2-for-2 while scoring six points in the final eight minutes.

Logan Booth led Pittston Area with 15 points. Mike George, J.J. Walsh and Brennan Higgins had 10 each.

The Patriots missed a chance to tie for first, falling to 3-1 in the division.

Holy Redeemer 52, Tunkhannock 41

Holy Redeemer held Tunkhannock scoreless for nearly five minutes to start the game, then limited the Tigers to four points in the second half to remain unbeaten in WVC Division 2 with the victory.

Justice Shoats scored 15 points in the win and the Royals overcame a six-point halftime deficit. Shoats was selected as the PNC Bank Player of the Game for NEPABasketball.com’s game broadcast.

After falling behind 6-0, Tunkhannock closed within 12-11 after one quarter and took a 26-20 halftime lead.

Holy Redeemer cut its deficit in half in the third quarter, then dominated the fourth.

Mason Mendygral and Matt Prociak added 12 points each in the win.

Ryan Harder led Tunkhannock with 15 points while Jack Chilson had 14.

Wyoming Seminary 61, Hanover Area 44

Ethan Meuser led the way with 14 points as Wyoming Seminary showed off balance throughout its ninth straight victory overall while remaining in a first-place tie with Holy Redeemer at 4-0 in WVC Division 2.

The game was tied, 12-12, after one quarter, but the Blue Knights opened up a 54-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Jake Koretz, Alex Meuser and Todd Phillips all had 11 points for defending champion Wyoming Seminary.

Both Meusers, Koretz and Jeremy Callahan hit two free throws when Wyoming Seminary went 8-for-8 at the line and got points from five different players in the second quarter. Ethan Meuser had eight points in the quarter.

The Blue Knights had six players figure into their scoring in the 23-point third quarter. Phillips had seven of the points.

Todd Kolbicka led Hanover Area with 15 points.

Northwest 52, MMI Prep 50

Walker Yaple scored 27 points to help Northwest get past host MMI Prep in overtime in the WVC Division 2 game.

Yaple had two 3-pointers in the first quarter, then one in each of the next three quarters for five in the game. He then went 2-for-4 from the line in overtime when the Rangers outscored the Preppers, 4-2.

Matt Pierontoni, who made three 3-pointers, and Matt Saxe, who had his team’s only overtime basket, added 11 points each for Northwest.

Yaple had eight points in the first quarter when Northwest took an 18-7 lead.

After MMI Prep rallied to take a 35-31 lead through three quarters, Yaple scored nine in the fourth.

Drew Sechler had 13 of his 21 points in the middle quarters for the Preppers.

Marcus Kassick added 11 points.

Wyoming Area 59, Lake-Lehman 55

Cole Coolbaugh and Jake Greenfield hit four 3-pointers each and were joined in double figures in scoring by two teammates as Wyoming Area broke an 18-game WVC losing streak with the Division 2 victory.

Coolbaugh, who finished with 18 points, had his 3-pointers in the first three quarters as the Warriors built a 44-30 lead.

Greenfield hit one 3-pointer in each quarter to account for all 12 of his points.

Jesse Mikoliczyk scored 14 points and Sammy Solomon had 11 in the win.

Coolbaugh made all four of his free throws in the fourth quarter to lead an 8-for-11 effort by the Warriors that allowed them to hold on.

Lake-Lehman hit five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Max Paczewski had three of the fourth-quarter 3s and hit five in the game while scoring 25 points.

Nanticoke 56, Berwick 53

Nanticoke broke a six-game losing streak in the game between teams that started the day 0-3 in WVC Division 1.

Jake Krupinski and J.J. Bielecki had 19 points each for host Nanticoke, which escaped when Berwick’s tying, 3-point attempt at the final buzzer went off the rim.

Miles Doll made four 3-pointers while leading Berwick with 18 points. Eric Montes added 13 points.

Krupinski was 10-for-12 from the line. Bielecki made three 3-pointers.

Dallas 55, Wilkes-Barre Area 41

Austin Finarelli’s 14 points led a balanced attack for Dallas, which held the Wolfpack to two third-quarter points after trailing by one at the half.

Jack Farrell and Luke DelGaudio added 12 points each.

Blake Masker led Wilkes-Barre Area with 19 points. Brandon Hall added 10 points.

Both teams are now 2-2 in the division.

Delaware Valley 48, Pocono Mountain East 43

Jackson Shafer scored 24 points and led Delaware Valley to a 20-for-25 effort from the line in the non-league victory over visiting Pocono Mountain East.

Shafer went 10-for-12 from the line.

Mark Cavallaro went 7-for-8 on foul shots, all in the fourth quarter, and finished with 12 points.

The Warriors are 5-2 since losing their first four games.

Elk Lake 47, Towanda 42

Matt Mowry scored 22 points, including half of Elk Lake’s overtime points in the non-league win at Towanda.

Elk Lake overcame a 20-15 halftime deficit to force overtime at 41-41.

Neither team made a field goal as Elk Lake outscored Towanda, 6-1, in the extra period.

Mowry was 3-for-6 from the line in overtime when the Warriors were 6-for-10 while the Tigers were going 1-for-4.

Brant Marshall added 12 points in the win.

Central Bucks West 43, Crestwood 39

Central Bucks West held host Crestwood to five fourth-quarter points to pull out the non-league win.

Ryan Petrosky had 11 points and Jacob Zaleski 10 for Crestwood. They each had all but two of their points in the first half, which ended in a 26-26 tie.

East Stroudsburg South 59, Honesdale 58

East Stroudsburg South improved to 10-3 by edging host Honesdale in non-league play.

 

AWARD WINNER: Learn more about what made Justice Shoats from Holy Redeemer the PNC Bank Player of the Game Saturday. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/PlayerGameShoats.

 

 

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