Todd Phillips scored 17 of his game-high 24 points during a second-half comeback that carried Wyoming Seminary past Hazleton Area, 58-51, Saturday night for the championship of the Hazleton Cougars Christmas Tournament.
Hazleton Area had eight-point leads at the end of each of the first two quarters.
Phillips had six points in the third quarter when the Blue Knights outscored the Cougars, 16-6, to take a 40-38 lead. He then scored 11 in the fourth quarter to claim tournament Most Valuable Player honors.
Jeremy Callahan, an all-tournament pick, added 17 points. He made all seven free throws, including four in the fourth quarter.
Ethan Meuser added 13 points.
The game matched defending Wyoming Valley Conference division and District 2 championship teams, who are also listed in the Riverfront Sports Super Six Power Rankings of District 2 teams.
Wyoming Seminary, last season’s overall WVC champion and district Class 3A champion, is ranked second among Big Schools. Hazleton Area is fourth in the Big School rankings.
Scotty Campbell had 10 of his team-high 12 points in the first half for Hazleton Area. He had 7 in the first quarter and Devin Concepcion had 5 of his 10 for a 16-8 lead.
Wyoming Seminary has won four straight to improve to 5-2. The winning streak includes victories over the District 2 Class 6A (Hazleton Area) and 5A (Abington Heights) defending champions and Crestwood, a Class 5A team that was unbeaten and ranked first among Big Schools at the time.
Hazleton Area fell to 4-3.
Both teams are also the current leaders in the playoff ratings races for the top district seeds in their classifications.
Wallenpaupack 56, Honesdale 43
Elijah Rosenthal scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half as Wallenpaupack maintained its status as the only unbeaten District 2 boys team by beating the host Hornets in the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament.
The Buckhorns led just 20-18 at halftime before Rosenthal scored 11 in each of the remaining quarters. He put Wallenpaupack ahead 38-27, then made all six of his foul shots in the fourth quarter to finish 9-for-10.
Jack Smith made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points. Gabe Springer added 11 points and made the all-tournament team.
Joey Scarfalloto scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter for Honesdale and was also an all-tournament selection.
Jimmy Rodda added 10 points.
East Stroudsburg South 60, Western Wayne 42
East Stroudsburg South bounced back from its first loss to defeat Western Wayne in the third-place game of the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament.
It won the game with offensive balance, placing its top six scorers between 8 and 10 points.
Christian Sapp from East Stroudsburg South and Zach Rovinsky from Western Wayne made the all-tournament team.
Rovinsky had 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
Wyoming Valley West 72, North Pocono 66
Wyoming Valley West arrived at North Pocono for the James M. Akens Holiday Tournament Thursday with an 0-6 record.
The Spartans posted two straight wins in the last three days and returned home as champions.
Roland Hamad scored all 15 of his points in the second half of the championship game and was named tournament MVP.
Hamad had 11 points during a 27-point third quarter that allowed the Spartans to add to a three-point lead.
Jordan Redguard also scored 15 points and Joey Lombardo added 14. Redguard made the all-tournament team.
Zach Walsh made four second-half 3-pointers to lead North Pocono with 18 points and made the all-tournament team.
Robert VanBrunt and Damarco Maglio scored 16 points each. Maglio had 11 during the third quarter, then VanBrunt had 11 in the fourth.
Old Forge 39, Pocono Mountain East
Old Forge limited Pocono Mountain East to four second-half field goals and went 5-for-5 from the line in the fourth quarter to win the Akens Memorial third-place game.
Sean Donovan was 3-for-3 on the line in the fourth to complete a 10-point night.
Michael DiGregorio led the Blue Devils with 16 points and made both is fourth-quarter foul attempts.
DiGregorio and Pocono Mountain East’s Semir Dervisevic, who also scored 16 points, made the all-tournament team.
Elk Lake 57, Susquehanna 43
Brant Marshall had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocked shots in his MVP performance as Elk Lake beat host Susquehanna in the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament.
Matt Mowry had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to make the all-tournament team.
Gavin Baker led Susquehanna with 15 points, scoring all the team’s first-half points and a three-point play to begin the second half.
Jakub Tomczyk blocked five shots and made the all-tournament team.
Blue Ridge 51, Montrose 37
Gavin Rosa scored 19 points and Ben Bleck added 12 for Blue Ridge in the third-place game of the Susquehanna County Christmas Tournament.
All-tournament pick Carson Koehler added seven points.
Connor Watkins scored 16 points to lead Montrose and also made the all-tournament team.
Delaware Valley 54, Wyoming Area 43
Jackson Shafer was named Most Valuable Player after leading Delaware Valley to a 2-0 record in the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Tournament
Shafer scored 30 points. He had 10 while Delaware Valley was taking a 15-10 lead in the first quarter, then scored 13 during the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime deficit into a nine-point lead.
Delaware Valley outscored Wyoming Area, 20-8, in the third quarter.
Michael Leonardo also represented Delaware Valley on the all-tournament team.
Jake Greenfield led Wyoming Area with 13 points. Cole Coolbaugh and Sammy Solomon added 11 each.
William Allen 63, Wilkes-Barre Area 52
Sophomore Nate Ellis had 15 of his 22 points when William Allen was breaking open a one-point game in the fourth quarter of the championship game of its own tournament in Allentown.
Cole Walker scored 22 points and Blake Masker had 15 for Wilkes-Barre Area, which led 22-20 at halftime.
Northeast Bradford 43, Mountain View 35
Mountain View fell to the host team in the Panther Holiday Tournament.
Danville 56, Abington Heights 49
Danville hit nine 3-pointers, including three by Jagger Dressler in the non-league win over visiting Abington Heights.
K.J. Riley led the Ironmen with 14 points.
Corey Perkins and Kyle Nealon each hit three 3-pointers while scoring 14 points for the Comets. Harry Johnson added 10.
Abington Heights closed a 34-28 halftime deficit to 42-41 going into the fourth quarter, but managed just eight points over the final eight minutes.
Friere Charter 42, Berwick 40
Berwick fell in the consolation game of the State College Kiwanis Holiday Tournament.
Panther Valley 63, MMI Prep 44
Marcus Kassick scored 20 points, but MMI Prep dropped the non-league, road game.
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