BOYS ROUNDUP: Cougars edge Mountaineers

BOYS ROUNDUP: Cougars edge Mountaineers

Scotty Campbell poured in 31 points, making six 3-pointers, as Hazleton Area edged host Dallas, 56-55, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 game that was close throughout.

Campbell was 11-for-17 from the floor, including 6-for-9 on 3-pointers, and 3-for-5 at the line. He also grabbed eight rebounds.

The win in the game between teams listed among the top Big Schools in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings kept Hazleton Area unbeaten in the division and a half-game behind first-place Crestwood.

Dewin Concepcion, who made Hazleton Area’s other two 3-pointers during the fourth quarter, and Andrew Vayda added 10 points each in the win.

Concepcion also had eight rebounds. Vayda had nine assists.

Fourth-ranked Hazleton Area is 4-0 in the division and 8-3 overall.

Fifth-ranked Dallas is 2-3 and 9-4.

Both teams played without a starter, Angel Cruz from Hazleton Area and Jack Farrell from Dallas.

Luke DelGaudio scored 16 points and Austin Finarelli added 12 for Dallas.

Campbell had eight points and Nick Nocito made two 3-pointers for Dallas in the first quarter which ended in a 16-16 tie.

Dallas led 34-33 at halftime despite Campbell making three 3s and scoring 11 points in the second quarter.

Hazleton Area held Dallas to five third-quarter points to take a 43-39 lead.

DelGaudio had six points while Logan Evanosky and Finarelli added five each when Dallas tried to pull out the win in the fourth quarter.

The last points of the game were Finarelli’s 3-pointer before the buzzer to cut the margin from four to one.

Crestwood 41, Wilkes-Barre Area 40

Marcus Vieney scored 14 points and Ryan Petrosky led Crestwood through overtime to protect its WVC Division 1 lead with the road win.

The Comets, ranked third in the Super Six, are 5-0 in the division.

Petrosky hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to account for all but one of Crestwood’s overtime points.

Jacob Zaleski added 10 points in the win.

Brandon Hall led the Wolfpack with 16 points. Blake Masker added 10.

Wallenpaupack 53, Honesdale 42

Elijah Rosenthal drained eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points as Wallenpaupack maintained the Lackawanna League Division 2 lead with a road win at Honesdale.

Chris Cespedes led Honesdale with 21 points.

Lackawanna Trail 61, Montrose 48

Richard Helbing scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as Lackawanna Division 4 leader Lackawanna Trail won at home against winless Montrose.

Helbing finished 10-for-10 from the line.

Nico Berrios added 17 points for the Lions.

Connor Watkins scored 17 to lead Montrose.

Abington Heights 42, Western Wayne 39

Abington Heights hit seven second-half 3-pointers to rally from a 12-point deficit and defeat host Western Wayne in the Lackawanna Division 1-2 crossover.

Kyle Nealon and Corey Perkins each made three of the 3-pointers.

Nealon finished with a team-high 13 points.

Perkins had nine points and five assists.

Harry Johnson grabbed five rebounds.

Defending champion Abington Heights used the win to remain within a game of first-place Scranton Prep going into their meeting Thursday at Prep’s Xavier Center.

Western Wayne led 23-11 at halftime and was clinging to a 34-31 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Abington Heights has won four straight by limiting the opposition to 31.8 points per game during that time.

Scranton Prep 54, West Scranton 44

Robert Rossi scored 25 points and the top-ranked Cavaliers remained unbeaten in the Lackawanna League with the Division 1 victory over West Scranton at Lackawanna College.

West Scranton scored first in the second quarter for a 15-14 lead, but Scranton Prep closed the half on a 15-4 run and kept control the rest of the way.

Brandon Barnes led West Scranton with 21 points.

Holy Redeemer 70, Lake-Lehman 64

Host Holy Redeemer used balance to overcome a 28-point effort by Lake-Lehman’s Max Paczewski and remain in a first-place tie in WVC Division 2.

Matt Prociak scored 14 points and Justice Shoats had 13 for the Royals, who built a big lead before the Black Knights made a late surge to reduce the final margin.

Mason Mendygral added 12 points and Jared Piontkowski 10.

The Royals led 54-38 going to the fourth quarter, then shot 5-for-11 from the line while the Black Knights were creeping back.

Paczewski had 10 points and two of his four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.

Neil Dougherty added 18 points in the loss.

Wyoming Seminary 66, MMI Prep 32

Todd Phillips scored 21 points and Wyoming Seminary remained unbeaten in WVC Division 2 with the road win.

Ethan Meuser added 12 points and Jake Koretz had 10.

The Blue Knights led 40-17 at halftime.

Drew Sechler led the Preppers with 14 points.

Lakeland 46, Riverside 43

Tim McGrane’s steal prevented Riverside from getting a shot at the tie in its final possession and allowed host Lakeland to escape with the win in the Lackawanna Division 2 game between ranked teams.

The Chiefs, the fourth-ranked Small School in the Super Six, held off a Vikings comeback to improve to 2-1 in the division and 9-3 overall.

No. 6 Riverside is 1-2 and 6-6.

North Pocono 66, Delaware Valley 59

Damarco Maglio and Zach Walsh each hit three 3-pointers to help North Pocono remain within a game of first place by defeating visiting Delaware Valley in a Lackawanna Division 2 game.

Maglio finished with 22 points, including 12 during a fourth quarter in which the teams combined for 49 points.

Walsh finished with 16 points.

Robert Van Brunt helped the Trojans take control by outscoring the Warriors, 17-9, in the third quarter while breaking a 25-25 halftime tie. He had 7 of his 12 points in the quarter.

Jackson Shafer poured in 29 points to lead Delaware Valley. He scored all seven of the team’s points in the first quarter and had 13 during the fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

Michael Leonardo added 12 points for the Warriors.

Valley View 66, Scranton 53

Adam Howanitz scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Valley View, which rallied on the road for the Lackawanna Division 1 win.

The Knights led 17-7 after one quarter and 30-25 at halftime.

Valley View ran off eight straight points midway through the third quarter to go ahead to stay and outscored Scranton, 24-11, during the quarter.

Zach Kovalchik sparked the comeback and finished with 15 points.

Connor Kelley added 14 points and T.J. Noto had 10.

The Cougars improved to 3-1 in the division to remain tied with Abington Heights for second place, a game behind first-place Scranton Prep.

Kevin Lazdowsky led Scranton with 17 points. A.J. Dinterman scored 14 points and Jason Shields had 11.

Susquehanna 43, Blue Ridge 34

Susquehanna made four 3-pointers during a game-changing, 17-2 second quarter, then shot 9-for-12 from the line in the fourth quarter to hold on for the Lackawanna Division 4 victory.

Gavin Baker scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half to lead the Sabers.

Jakub Tomczyk had three of the 3-pointers in the second quarter when the Sabers turned a 9-5 deficit into a 22-11 halftime lead. He finished with 11 points.

Matthew Phillips, who also made one in the first quarter, hit the other second-quarter 3-pointer.

Spencer Beamer went 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth quarter and finished with eight points.

Gavin Rosa led Blue Ridge with nine points.

Carson Koehler had six of his eight points in the first quarter to get the Raiders out to the lead.

After losing their first six games, the defending champion Sabers have split their last six. They are 2-1 in the division to tie Mountain View for second, a 1½ games behind Lackawanna Trail.

Tunkhannock 53, Hanover Area 49

Tunkhannock pulled out the WVC Division 2 home win after Hanover Area rallied to force overtime.

Ben Chilson led a balanced attack for the Tigers with 12 points. Ryan Harder added 11 and Jake Frisco had 10.

Asad Whitehead led the Hawkeyes with 18 points. Mike Merth added 12.

Wyoming Area 61, Northwest 56

Jake Greenfield fired in 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter to lead Wyoming Area to the come-from-behind WVC Division 2 win at Northwest.

Walker Yaple scored 22 points for Northwest in the first half and finished with a game-high 30.

Greenfield had 26 points in the second half. He led a fourth-quarter comeback from a 48-40 deficit.

Sammy Solomon added 14 points and Cole Coolbaugh had 12 in the win.

Matt Pierontoni had 12 for Northwest.

Nanticoke 62, Wyoming Valley West 52

Nanticoke used outstanding foul shooting to win its second straight after losing six in a row, including starting its WVC Division 1 schedule at 0-3.

The visiting Trojans shot 16-for-20 (80 percent) from the line in the fourth quarter and 26-for-32 (81.3 percent) in the game.

Colby Butczynski was 7-for-9 in the fourth and 10-for-12 overall to finish with 19 points.

J.J. Bielecki hit four 3-pointers in the game and made both his fourth-quarter free throws to finish with 18 points.

Jake Krupinski made all six of his fourth-quarter free throws to finish with 10.

Sincere Shiloh had 12 points.

The Trojans were ahead 41-38 going into the fourth quarter, then expanded the lead at the line.

Joey Lombardo led Wyoming Valley West with 16 points. Jordon Redguard added 11 points.

Pittston Area 46, Berwick 40

Brennan Higgins scored 19 points to lead Pittston Area to the WVC Division 1 win at Berwick.

J.J. Walsh added 13 points and Joe Cencetti had 9.

Berwick was led by Sean Murphy with 14 points.

Mountain View 71, Elk Lake 56

Michael Fanelli scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Eagles moved into a second-place tie in Lackawanna Division 4 with the road win.

Dunmore 73, Forest City 45

Tyler Maciejewski led four Dunmore players in double figures when the Bucks won the crossover game at Forest City.

Tommy Dougherty added 12 points while Frankie Ruggiero and Ian Cowder supplied 10 each.

 

MILESTONE VICTORY: Holy Cross coach Al Callejas posts his 500th career victory. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/Callejas500thB. The year-by-year records that brought Callejas to 500. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/CallejasYearlyRecords.

AWARD-WINNER: Jordany Cardena was named PNC Bank Player of the Game in Mid Valley win. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/PGameCardenas.

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