It has been a full week since the 2017-18 high school basketball season tipped off. There have been some exciting games already and some more intriguing matchups ahead, all leading into the holiday tournament season.

 

Here is a look back on the week that was. … 

 

On Opening night

 

Mid Valley’s J.J. Glinsky got off to a fast start with a 33-point effort in a 57-35 win over Montrose. Glinsky is the only returning starter for the Spartans, who reached the PIAA playoffs again in Class 2A.

There were also four teams which were ranked in The Times-Tribune Preseason Top 10 Poll in action on that Friday night. No. 1 Abington Heights beat No. 4 Holy Cross, 72-32. No. 7 Carbondale Area beat Elk Lake, 70-49, in the annual Mike “Red” Wallace game. And No. 8 Valley View beat Lakeland, 62-35.

 

 


 

 

On Saturday

 

Scranton Prep, which held the No. 1 ranking in every Times-Tribune Poll last season, started its new season at No. 2 and posted a convincing win over Meyers, 67-46. Leo O’Boyle, who is coming off a terrific football season and is a college prospect in basketball, scored 19 points and Wes Simons had 16 to lead the Cavaliers.

Also, Scranton, which began the season at No. 3 lost its opener to Crestwood, 60-43, but played without all-star Ky’Ron Harbin.

 

 

 


 

 

On Monday

 

Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle pulls down the rebound as Hazleton Area’s Scott Shamany (30) and Joey Grula (22) close in.
BOB GAETANO / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

In a clash of titans, Hazleton Area dealt Scranton Prep a 59-50 loss. Hazleton Area is considered the top team in District 2 Class 6A, while the Cavaliers are the defending district champions in Class 4A.

SCRANTON PREP (50) — Schermerhorn 4 1-2 12, Boland 1 4-5 7, Rotell 0 0-0 0, O’Boyle 7 3-4 19, Bednarz 0 0-0 0, D’Elia 1 1-2 3, Simons 4 0-2 9, Merritt 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 9-15 50.

HAZLETON AREA (59) — Samec 3 3-4 11, Vayda 0 0-0 0, Wolk 0 0-0 0, Planutis 3 3-4 9, Grula 6 4-4 18, Otero 0 0-0 0, Shamany 1 0-3 2, Faison 5 6-6 19. Totals: 18 16-21 59.

3-point FGs: Schermerhorn 3, O’Boyle 2, Simons, Boland. Faison 3, Samec 2, Grula 2.

 

 

 

 

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2

3

4

Final

 

Scranton Prep

8

15

16

11

50

 

Hazleton Area

11

11

18

19

59

 

 


 

 

On Wednesday

 

Trey Koehler

Abington Heights 71, Williamsport 55

At Williamsport, Trey Koehler scored 31 points to lead No. 1 Abington Heights.
George Tinsley had 17 points and five assists for the Comets and Jackson Danzig had 10 points and seven assists.

 

 

 

 

Ken Bianchi

ANOTHER MILESTONE

Abington Heights boys coach Ken Bianchi guided his team to a 71-55 win at Williamsport. It was Bianchi’s 750th career win.

 

 

 

Career varsity wins list

Julius Prezelski

Forest City

757

Ken Bianchi

Line Mountain, Scranton Tech, West Scranton, Abington Heights

750

Jack Farrell

Scranton Prep

671

Bob Gilbride

Scranton Central

483

Jack Lyons

West Catholic, Bishop O’Hara, Scranton, West Scranton

474

Bill McLaughlin

Mountain View

451

Al Callejas

Bishop O’Hara, Holy Cross

445

Al Semenza

Old Forge, Wyoming Area, Western Wayne

421

Sy Bernosky

Montrose

342

 

 

 

West Scranton’s Josh Hart reacts as the student section celebrates the basket at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

Thriller in West Side

 

Richie Grippi scored 20 points to lead Dunmore to a 55-54 overtime win over West Scranton in a nonleague boys basketball game Wednesday.
Daniel Walsh added 11 points for the Bucks.

Josh Hart scored 22 points for West Scranton and drained a shot at the buzzer to force overtime. Shayne Merrifield hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points for the Invaders.

Dunmore (2-0) — R. Grippi 7 3-4 20, D. Walsh 3 5-7 11, T. Dougherty 2 2-2 6, S. Borgia 2 2-3 6, N. O’Malley 3 0-4 6, N. Fangio 2 0-0 4, J. Argust 1 0-0 2, M. Rinaldi 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 12-20 55.
West Scranton (1-2) — J. Hart 10 2-3 22, S. Merrifield 7 0-0 20, C. Merrifield 2 0-1 6, J. Gregory 2 0-2 4, R. Mangan 0 2-2 2, J. Fendrick 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 4-8 54.

3-point goals: R. Grippi (DUN) 3, S. Merrifield (WS) 6, C. Merrifield (WS) 2. JV: West Scranton, 38-37 (WS: Davis 16; DUN: Haggerty 12).

 

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3

4

OT

Final

Dunmore

10

12

10

18

5

55

West Scranton

9

14

13

14

4

54

 

 


 

 

Scranton’s Ky’Ron Harbin dunks the ball over GARs Anthony Hawk
JASON FARMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 

On Thursday

 

Scranton rebounded from its loss to Crestwood to start the season and raced to a 72-55 win over GAR, which is considered one of the top teams from the Wyoming Valley Conference. The Knights were at full strength as Ky’Ron Harbin returned and scored 17 points, while contributing 16 rebounds. Robbie McAndrew had a team-high 19 points.

 

 

 

 


 

What’s Ahead

Tonight’s lineup

 

Nonleague
Dunmore at Wallenpaupack, 7
Riverside at Honesdale, 7
North Pocono at Mid Valley, 7
Tunkhannock at Montrose, 7
Pittston Area at West Scranton, 7
4-Holy Cross at Holy Redeemer, 7:15
3-Scranton at Wyoming Valley West, 7:15
Wyoming Seminary at Susquehanna, 7:15
7-Carbondale Area at Wyoming Area, 7:30

Cal King Tournament at Lackawanna Trail
Lake-Lehman vs. Lakeland, 6:30
Western Wayne vs. Lackawanna Trail, 8

 

Saturday’s lineup

 

Nonleague
Delaware Valley at Tunkhannock, 2:30
Valley View at Old Forge, 4

Cal King Tournament at Lackawanna Trail

Awesome Spartans Challenge                                    >

 

1-Abington Heights vs. Downingtown East at Northampton Community College, 4
2-Scranton Prep vs. Emmaus at Northampton Community College, 7

*This will be a great showcase for the top two teams from the Lackawanna League