The District 2 Tournament is in full swing. The status quo held as the top four seeds in Class 5A advanced to the semifinals, while Riverside, which is making a habit of pulling off upsets in the postseason, had another in Class 3A to disrupt the apple cart.

There are four Lackawanna League teams still remaining in the Class 3A and Class 5A playoffs. Riverside and Dunmore are in Class 3A, while Abington Heights will play Wallenpaupack in a Class 5A semifinal.

Here’s a look:

 

CLASS 3A

 

 

Riverside’s Jason Holman.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

No. 6 seed Riverside defeated No. 3 Mid Valley

 

BY SCOTT WALSH

STAFF WRITER

 

SCRANTON — Riverside forced Mid Valley into a tough shooting night Tuesday.
As a result, the No. 6-seeded Vikings pulled off a 46-29 upset of the No. 3 Spartans in the District 2 Class 3A quarterfinals at Scranton High School.
Jason Holman and Michael Rickert each scored 13 points and Evan Carrubba added 10 points for Riverside (10-13), which advances to Friday’s semifinals against Holy Redeemer. The No. 2 Royals knocked off Montrose in their quarterfinal, 64-49.

 

Take a look at the Vikings’ recent success in the postseason:

 

2016 District 2 Class 2A
  • No. 12 seed: Defeated No. 5 Montrose, 67-46; Defeated No. 4 Mid Valley, 52-42; Finished fourth.

 

2015 District 2 Class 2A
  • No. 9 seed: Defeated No. 8 Elk Lake, 76-43; Defeated No. 1 seed Montrose, 55-44; Finished fourth.

 

2014 District 2 Class 2A
  • No. 9 seed: Defeated No. 8 Lackawanna Trail, 67-44; Defeated No. 1 seed Elk Lake, 63-50; Finished fourth.

 

More interesting is its rivalry with Mid Valley in the playoffs.

 

  • 2018: Riverside 64, Mid Valley 49
  • 2016: Riverside 52, Mid Valley 42
  • 2015: Mid Valley 45, Riverside 40
  • 2014: Mid Valley 60, Riverside 57 – Third-place game
  • 2011: Riverside 72, Mid Valley 65, OT

 

 

UP NEXT: 6-Riverside (10-13) vs. 2-Holy Redeemer (17-6), Pittston Area HS, 6

  • Holy Redeemer is the defending District 2 Class 3A champion

 

Dunmore’s Rich Grippi.
Jason Farmer / Staff photographer

 

 


 

 

No. 4 Dunmore beats No. 5 Carbondale Area

 

BY SCOTT WALSH

STAFF WRITER

 

SCRANTON — Defense helped carry Dunmore into the next round of the (District 2 boys basketball playoffs.
Limiting Carbondale Area to five points in the second quarter, the No. 4-seeded Bucks took control and downed the fifth-seeded Chargers, 62-49, in the Class 3A quarterfinals Tuesday at Scranton High School.
Nate Fangio scored 23 points and Daniel Walsh and Rich Grippi each had 15 for Dunmore (14-9), which moves on to Friday’s semifinals to face top-seeded Wyoming Seminary, which beat No. 8 Lakeland in its quarterfinal, 51-22.

 

Dunmore semifinal appearances since 2006:

 

2017: Lost to Holy Redeemer, 60-34

2010: Beat GAR, 66-52

2009: Lost to Holy Cross, 58-40

2008: Lost to Holy Cross, 67-56

2006: Lost to Bishop Hoban, 66-52

 

 

UP NEXT: 1-Wyoming Seminary (19-4) vs. 4-Dunmore (14-9), Pittston Area HS, 7:30

  • The teams share a common opponent. Wyoming Seminary defeated Lackawanna Trail, 58-15; Dunmore beat the Lions twice, 61-40, and 75-37.

 


 

 

CLASS 5A

No. 1 Comets cruise past No. 8 North Pocono

 

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At North Pocono, George Tinsley scored 13 of his 17 in the first half and Jackson Danzig had 12 of his 17 in the first, the top-seeded and defending champion Comets rolled to the District 2 Class 5A semifinals.
Abington Heights, which has won six straight district championships at varying classifications, has won 25 straight games in the District 2 tournament

 

You read that right. Abington Heights has won 21 straight in District 2 postseason play. The Comet also won two games in 2012 in the LIAA tournament, and the LIAA Division I-II championship game in 2013. It’s an amazing stretch of postseason success that goes back eight seasons.

In 2011, Abington Heights lost to eventual District 2 Class 3A champion Holy Redeemer, 58-51, in the semifinals. That was the final time the program fell in the tournament.

 

CLASS 3A (In four-class format)

  • 2011: Beat Tunkhannock, 61-37 — Third-place game
  • 2012: Beat Tunkhannock, 45-30
  • 2012: Beat Crestwood, 49-38
  • 2012: Beat Scranton Prep, 55-41 — Championship
  • 2013: Beat Berwick, 90-46
  • 2013: Beat Honesdale, 63-53
  • 2013: Beat Scranton Prep, 71-70, 2 OT
  • 2013: Beat GAR, 56-37 — Championship
  • 2014: Beat Western Wayne, 85-33
  • 2014: Beat Lake-Lehman, 68-36
  • 2014: Beat Honesdale, 61-36
  • 2014: Beat Pittston Area, 67-28 — Championship

CLASS 4A (In four-class format)

  • 2015: Beat Scranton, 35-22
  • 2015: Beat Hazleton Area, 51-45 — Championship
  • 2016: Beat Scranton, 46-19
  • 2016: Beat Hazleton Area, 61-53
  • 2016: Beat Williamsport, 42-36 — Subregional Championship

CLASS 5A (In six-class format)

  • 2017: Beat Wallenpaupack, 66-26
  • 2017: Beat Dallas, 61-42
  • 2017: Beat West Scranton, 77-41 — Championship
  • 2018: Beat North Pocono, 64-32

 

UP NEXT: 1-Abington Heights (20-3) vs. 4-Wallenpaupack (12-11), Scranton HS, 7:30

  • Abington Heights is the defending District 2 Class 5A champion.

 

 


 

 

No. 4 Wallenpaupack beat No. 3 West Scranton

 

BY MARTY MYERS

STAFF WRITER

 

CARBONDALE — Turns out it was a lucky 13.
Last time Wallenpaupack’s boys basketball team won a District 2 playoff game was 13 years ago. Almost to the day.
Thanks to Derrick Vosburg, the drought almost as old as the Buckhorns junior, is over.
Scoring 10 of his 12 points in the second half, Vosburg led the No. 4-seed Buckhorns to a 41-40 win over No. 5 West Scranton in Tuesday’s quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 5A at Carbondale Area High School.

 

Marty Myers hit the nail right on the head. Wallenpaupack is probably still celebrating. The Buckhorns last postseason win came on Feb. 18, 2005 in the Class 4A quarterfinals.

 

Buckhorns rally past Valley West

 

Terrance Porter canned a jump shot with three seconds to play, lifting host Wallenpaupack over Wyoming Valley West, 35-33, in a District 2 Class AAAA boys’ basketball quarterfinal Friday night.
Porter, who finished with 11 points, six steals and six assists, made his shot from just inside the 3-point line in the corner. James Strasser had 12 points for the fourth-seeded Buckhorns.

Wyoming Valley West (13-11) — Jason Mikus 2 5-6 10, Matt Cecconi 1 0-0 3, Al Clocker 1 1-3 3, Zach Cohen 4 2-2 12, Terry Lamb 0 0-0 0, Derek Morgantini 0 2-2 2, Kurt Mattes 1 1-3 3. Totals: 11-16 33.
Wallenpaupack (15-10) — Blair Buselli 1 0-4 2, James Strasser 5 0-0 12, Terrance Porter4 2-5 11, Michael Farucci 1 1-1 3, Adam Fitiello 0 0-0 0, Graham Foster 0 0-0 0, Ray Steffen 2 1-2 5, Andrew Silsby 0 2-2 2. Totals: 6-14 35.
Valley West          10    8   7   8 — 33
Wallenpaupack      4  10  11 10 — 35
3-point goals: Mikus, Cecconi, Cohen 2. Strasser 2, Porter. Officials: Ross Zanghi, John Sanunas, Joe Gilhool.

 

UP NEXT: 1-Abington Heights (20-3) vs. 4-Wallenpaupack (12-11), Scranton HS, 7:30

  • Abington Heights defeated Wallenpaupack, 56-23, on Feb. 26: George Tinsley scored 24 points, Jackson Danzig scoed 20 points and the duo combined for seven 3-pointers.