Hellloooo. …

Yes, I am back. It’s been awhile. With all of the heavy snow and the task of removal from my driveway and of course my mailbox (just to be in compliance), and the travel to state playoff games, I have been running around crazy-like.

A lot has happened since last I posted.

Let’s begin by congratulating the three teams which were eliminated in the state playoffs this weekend. It was a great season by them and the seniors and they deserve recognition.

Here’s what the senior classes accomplished:

Scranton Prep Cavaliers (23-4)

 

  • Lynett Memorial Tournament champions
    • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Lackawanna League Division I champions
    • 2015, 2016, 2017
  • District 2 Class 4A champions
    • 2017
  • District 2 Class 3A champions
    • 2015, 2016
  • 93 wins in last four seasons

 


Mid Valley Spartans (24-4)

 

  • Cal King Preseason Tournament champions
    • 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Peter Turonis / NBT Bank Holiday Classic champions
    • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Lackawanna League Division III champions
    • 2014, 2017
  • District 2 Class 2A champions
    • 2015
  • 93 wins in last four seasons

 


Holy Cross Crusaders (19-9)

 

  • Lackawanna League Division III champions
    • 2015
  • District 2 Class 2A champions
    • 2017
  • 55 wins in three seasons

 

 

 


Great season, guys.

And, or course, best of luck in the future.

Now, onto the team still alive. …

PIAA CLASS 5A

Jackson Danzig
Photo by Christopher Dolan

Abington Heights Comets (25-3)

What a remarkable season it has been for the Abington Heights Comets. They are rolling and made some program history along the way.

With wins over Lampeter-Strasburg, Martin Luther King High School and Chester, the Comets are into the PIAA Class 5A semifinals. It’s the first time the boys program has reached the semifinals of the state playoffs at any classification.

However, success is nothing new to Abington Heights. Since head coach Ken Bianchi and assistant Jeff McLane took the controls, all this team does is win.

Take a look at this consistency:

 

This season, Abington Heights has taken things to a new level.

For the sixth straight year, the Comets won a District 2 championship. They captured three straight at Class 3A and two straight in Class 4A before the PIAA moved to six classifications for this season.

And since a regular-season loss to Scranton Prep on Jan. 31, Abington Heights has been on a roll.

BY THE NUMBERS

No player has been as impressive as Jackson Danzig.

He earned The Times-Tribune Athlete of the Week honor with a pair of outstanding games in the state playoffs. Then, he went ahead and scored 30 in the quarterfiinals with 18 coming in two overtime periods.

Since the District 2 Class 4A championship win over West Scranton, Danzig has been a major part of what this team is accomplishing.

Jackson DANZIG

 

 

 

 


 

Jackson Danzig
Photo by Jason Farmer

 

Yesterday, the Comets accomplished what many in the state thought to be impossible. They defeated Chester, a program that has won eight state championships in its history.

Teams from the Lackawanna League have not always fared too well against teams from the Philadelphia-area. Especially among the big schools.

But in two out of three nights, the Comets defeated Martin Luther King High School, 65-60, in two overtimes, and topped Chester, 65-61, in two overtimes. That is 48 minutes of basketball, 1 hour and 30 minutes of driving one way to the Lehigh Valley, and a pair of memorable wins that have placed them into the semifinals

Here is how things played out in the fourth and into the overtimes against Chester:

Seth Maxwell
Photo by Jason Farmer

Abington Heights 35, Chester 28. END 3

  • Chester: Ahrod Carter 3-pointer, AH 35-31
  • AH: Seth Maxwell layup, 7:19. AH, 37-31
  • AH: Jackson Danzig basket. 6:36. AH, 39-31
  • AH: George Tinsley basket, 6:10. AH, 41-31
  • Chester: Jamar Sudan basket. 6:00. AH, 41-33
  • Chester: Ahrod Carter 3-pointer. 5:23. AH, 41-36
  • Chester: Jordan Camper 1-2 FTs, 4:40. AH, 41-37
  • Chester: Jamar Sudan basket, 3:38. 3:18 (Timeout AH). AH, 41-39
  • Chester: Jamar Sudan basket, 1:50. AH 41, Chester 41
  • Chester: Jordan Camper offensive rebound, :33. Chester, 43-41 (First lead of game)
  • AH: Jackson Danzig driving reverse layup. :21. AH 43, Chester 43.

 

Here’s what it looked like at the end of regulation:

 

Abington Heights 43, Chester 43. END REGULATION

  • Chester: Ahrod Carter 3-pointer, 2:46 (Timeout Chester). Chester 46-43
  • AH: Jackson Danzig 3-pointer, 2:20. AH 46, Chester 46
  • Chester: Michael Smith 3-pointer, 2:06. Chester, 49-46
  • AH: Seth Maxwell basket. Chester, 49-48
  • Chester: Michael Smith 3-pointer. Chester, 52-48
  • Chester: Jamar Sudan 1 of 2 FTs, 1:04. Chester, 53-48
  • AH: Jackson Danzig 3-pointer. :52 (Timeout AH). Chester, 53-51
  • AH: Jackson Danzig layup off feed from Seth Maxwell. AH 53, Chester 53

Here’s what it looked like late in the first overtime: 

 

George Tinsley
Photo by Jason Farmer

Abington Heights 53, Chester 53. END OT.

  • AH: Jackson Danzig driving layup, 3:25. AH, 55-53
  • AH: Jackson Danzig off an assist from Tommy Rothenberger. AH, 57-53
  • Chester: Ahrod Smith 3-pointer. AH, 57-56
  • Chester: Jamar Sudan 2 of 2 FTs, 2:11. Chester, 58-57
  • AH: Jackson Danzig 3-pointer. AH, 60-58
  • AH: George Tinsley driving layup off assist from Danzig. AH, 62-58
  • Chester: Ahrod Smith 3 of 3 FTs after being fouled on 3-point attempt. AH, 62-61
  • AH: Jackson Danzig 1 of 2 FTs. AH, 63-61
    • Chester turnover
  • AH: Jackson Danzig 2 of 2 FTs. AH, 65-60

Here is what the final few moments of the second OT looked like: 

 

It all led to another celebration and added to the Abington Heights boys state basketball legacy.

Here is the program’s chronology before this season recorded at piaa.org and compiled by Rich Rhoades of d9sports.com and Rod Frisco:

Here are post game comments:

 


WHAT’S NEXT

2-1 Abington Heights (25-3) vs.

12-1 Archbishop Wood (26-3)

Bethlehem Freedom High School

Note: Archbishop Wood won its first Philadelphia Catholic League Championship with a 65-58 win over Neumann-Goretti. … The team is led by Collin Gillespie, who is headed to Villanova, and averages more than 22 points a game. … Archbishop Wood defeated Scranton Prep, 86-65, in a Coaches vs. Cancer game on Dec. 17.

More on Archbishop Wood, the No. 1 Class 5A team in the state, in The Times-Tribune.


OK,

That is all for today.

Get ready, because this is going to be a fun game.

ENJOY!