Kyle Nealon scored 16 points and Abington Heights used its final game before hosting Thursday’s likely title-deciding showdown to take a half-game lead in the Lackawanna League Division 1 boys basketball race with a 52-37 victory over West Scranton Saturday at the Lackawanna College Student Union.
The Comets held the Invaders to two points in the fourth quarter to more than double their lead.
Abington Heights moved in front of idle Scranton Prep, which it will play Thursday.
If Scranton Prep wins at Valley View Tuesday, the matchup with Abington Heights will be for the outright division title. If the Cavaliers lose at Valley View, they would need a Thursday win to force a tie and playoff for the division title.
Mike Malone added 13 points for Abington Heights, which emerged from a halftime tie to beat West Scranton.
Londell Wright led the Invaders with 11 points.
Blue Ridge 59, Lackawanna Trail 52
Ben Bleck scored 22 points and Gavin Rosa added 21 as visiting Blue Ridge knocked off Lackawanna League Division 4 leader Lackawanna Trail.
The loss in the afternoon game knocked the Lions out of first place, but they returned at night when Mountain View also lost.
Blue Ridge hit four 3-pointers in a 20-13 second quarter to take a 34-25 halftime lead.
Rosa had two of the 3-pointers while Bleck and Calvin Scheideler had one each.
Both Rosa and Bleck had eight points during the quarter.
Scheideler finished with 10 points.
Richard Helbing scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half for Lackawanna Trail.
Josh Rzucidlo added 11 points.
Susquehanna 52, Mountain View 51
Matt Phillips nailed a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to lift Susquehanna to the win and end Mountain View’s stay in the Lackawanna Division 4 lead after less than five hours.
Garrett Decker scored 17 points to help the Sabers to their third straight victory. Gavin Baker had 12 points.
Phillips made three 3-pointers for nine points.
Mountain View led 10-5 after one quarter and remained in front after each of the next two quarters.
The Eagles were led by Michael Fanelli with 22 points. Ryan Henke added 14 points with the help of four 3-pointers.
Wallenpaupack 62, North Pocono 55
Elijah Rosenthal scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to lead Lackawanna Division 2 champion Wallenpaupack to the road victory over second-place North Pocono.
Gabe Springer also scored 17 points.
Gerald McGrath hit three 3-pointers and Jack Smith made two in the win.
Ryan Ruddy, Robert VanBrunt and Demarco Maglio scored 14 points each for North Pocono.
Delaware Valley 43, Western Wayne 36
Jackson Shafer had all but seven of his team’s points of the final three quarters, finishing with 28 to lead Delaware Valley to the road win in a Lackawanna Division 2 game.
The game matched the coaching Holtzer brothers against each other with Kris leading Delaware Valley and Adam coaching Western Wayne.
Western Wayne got two-thirds of its points on 3-pointers.
Zach Rovinsky hit four 3-pointers while scoring 18 points and Zane Janiszewski added three 3s in his 12 points.
Lakeland 47, Dunmore 33
Lakeland bounced back from the two consecutive losses, the first of which knocked the Chiefs out of the Lackawanna Division 3 lead, and defeated visiting Dunmore.
Mid Valley 49, Carbondale 32
Mid Valley outscored visiting Carbondale, 23-0, in the third quarter to break a 20-20 tie in the Lackawanna Division 3 game.
Danny Nemitz had 9 of his 16 points during the quarter.
Elk Lake 76, Forest City 27
Elk Lake posted the Lackawanna Division 4 rout.
Lake-Lehman 61, Hanover Area 59
Max Paczewski led the way with 17 points as Lake-Lehman upset visiting Hanover Area in the WVC Division 2 finale for each.
The Black Knights finished 5-9 in the division and are 6-16 overall. Hanover Area is 8-6 and 10-12.
Lake-Lehman will participate in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs while Hanover Area plays in Class 4A.
Wyoming Area 59, MMI Prep 52
Sammy Solomon scored 21 points to lead host Wyoming Area to the WVC Division 2 victory.
Cole Coolbaugh hit three 3-pointers while adding 17 points.
Marcus Kassick scored all 16 of his points in the second half for MMI Prep. Drew Sechler added 11 points and Jose Rodriguez had 10.
Tunkhannock 45, Northwest 35
Ryan Harder finished with 14 points and Tunkhannock held host Northwest to nine second-half points in the WVC Division 2 victory.
Northwest led, 26-19, at halftime.
Jack Chilson had 6 of his 12 points while the Tigers were moving in front in the third quarter.
Walker Yaple led the Rangers with 12 points.
PLAYOFF PLANS: Details on all the Wyoming Valley Conference playoffs. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/WVCPlayoffsScheduled
END OF REIGN: Crestwood ends Hazleton Area’s four-year title run in WVC Division 1. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BGameCrestwoodHazleton
WILKES-BARRE AREA: Wolfpack turned around season, forced way into tie for first. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BGameWBABerwick.
DALLAS: After starting 2-3 in league, Mountaineers are also part of the playoff. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BGameDallasWVW.
PITTSTON AREA: Patriots recovered defensively to finish in first-place tie. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BGamePANanticoke.
UNDEFEATED CHAMPS: Wyoming Seminary completed a perfect WVC Division 2 season. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BGameWSemHR.
SLIDE IS OVER: Valley View broke a three-game losing streak. http://www.nepabasketball.com/2019-20/Articles/BGameVVScranton.