Gabe Springer and Elijah Rosenthal scored 18 points each Thursday as Wallenpaupack won a battle of unbeaten teams in the opener of the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament, overpowering East Stroudsburg South, 64-43.
Rosenthal helped the Buckhorns overcome a slow start, scoring 13 points in the second quarter when they turned an 8-7 deficit into a 29-18 halftime lead.
Springer then scored 11 points in the second half.
The Buckhorns went 7-for-9 from the line in the fourth quarter, with Rosenthal hitting both his attempts, Springer making his only try and Jack Smith making both his to complete a 10-point effort.
Wallenpaupack is ranked second among Big Schools in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.
The Buckhorns will play host Honesdale in Saturday night’s final.
Christan Sapp led East Stroudsburg South with 16 points.
Honesdale 52, Western Wayne 49
Chris Cespedes scored 24 points to lead host Honesdale into the Jaycees Tournament final.
Cespedes had half his points in the third quarter when the Hornets overcame a five-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Wildcats, 17-6, to move in front, 40-34.
Jimmy Rodda had nine points. Joey Scarfalloto went 3-for-4 from the line in the fourth quarter and finished with eight.
Zach Rovinsky had 11 of his 23 points in the first quarter for Western Wayne. Ashton Fitzsimmons hit two 3-pointers in the quarter and Thomas Chernansky also had six points as the Wildcats took a 23-14 lead.
Chernansky finished with 16 points.
Both teams are now 5-2. They are part of a tournament field were the teams were a combined 21-3 entering Thursday, the best of any tournament involving District 2 teams.
Western Wayne will meet East Stroudsburg South for third place Saturday.
Holy Redeemer 48, Pittston Area 47
Mason Mendygral stole away a rebound and Justice Shoats turned it into the game-winning layup in the final second to complete a Holy Redeemer comeback that put the Royals in the Friday 7:30 championship game of the Robert McGrane Memorial Tournament at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center in Wilkes-Barre.
The Royals will play Crestwood in the final.
Pittston Area led by eight with a little more than a minute to go before a 3-point basket by Matt Prociak and a three-point play by Mason Mendygral started the late rally.
Jared Piontkowski tied the game, but Pittston Area went back ahead by one.
The Patriots briefly had control of the rebound after a late Holy Redeemer miss, but Mendygral quickly stole it away and, before going out of bounds under the basket, flipped it to Shoats for the winning basket.
Crestwood 77, Hanover Area 43
Crestwood pulled away from a close game in the second half to move into the McGrane Tournament final.
The Comets, ranked fifth among Big Schools in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams, improved to 4-1.
Hanover Area will play Pittston Area for third place Friday night.
Wyoming Valley West 77, Old Forge 53
Justus Simpson made five 3-pointers, half of his team’s total, and scored 17 points to lead Wyoming Valley West in the afternoon boys game of the James M. Akens Holiday Tournament at North Pocono.
The Spartans outscored the Blue Devils, 31-19, in the third quarter to break the game after holding leads of 21-17 at the quarter and 30-27 at the half.
Jordon Redguard (13), Roland Hamad (11) and Joey Lombardo (11) also scored in double figures for Wyoming Valley West, which will meet host North Pocono in Saturday’s final.
The Spartans snapped a season-opening, six-game losing streak with the win.
Michael DiGregorio led Old Forge with a game-high 29 points.
Simpson had four of his 3-pointers and 14 points in the first quarter. DiGregorio had 10 in the quarter.
North Pocono 83, Pocono Mountain East 66
Zach Walsh scored 24 points to lead host North Pocono into the championship game of the Akens Tournament.
Robert VanBrunt added 19 points and Ryan Ruddy had 17 for the Trojans, who are 5-3 with two of the losses coming by a single point.
North Pocono piled up 48 points in the second half.
VanBrunt went 5-for-5 from the line while scoring nine points in the third quarter. Walsh made three 3-pointers while breaking loose for 15 points in the 26-point fourth quarter.
Ruddy had gotten the Trojans started by scoring nine points when they were taking a 19-14 lead after one quarter.
Semir Dervisevic hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and seven in the game while scoring 30 points for Pocono Mountain East.