The holiday basketball tournament season heated up an otherwise frigid Northeast Pennsylvania.
History was made at the longest standing event, the Lynett Memorial Tournament, which hosted a boys bracket for the 67th season, and a girls bracket for the 15th time. A winning streak came to a halt at the Peter Turonis/NBT Bank Holiday Classic. Points were a plenty at the Honesdale Jaycees. And Lackawanna League teams cam home with nine championship banners.
67th Lynett Memorial Tournament
Scranton Prep won the boys championship. The Cavaliers defeated Dunmore, 70-46, in a matchup of the two most celebrated programs in the tournament at the Lackawanna College Student Union.
Leo O’Boyle scored 30 points, Wes Simons added 16 and Brian Boland had 11 as Scranton Prep became the first program to win five consecutive team championships at the tournament.
Dunmore was paced by Daniel Walsh and Steve Borgia. They each scored 11 points in the final.
It was also Scranton Prep’s record 21st tournament title.
Scranton secured third place in a wild finish to the consolation game. Ky’Ron Harbin drained a step-back 3-pointer to lift the Knights, 59-58, over Holy Cross. Patrick Galvin scored 13 to lead Holy Cross.
BOYS TITLES BY SCHOOL
Scranton Prep (21): 1954, 1955, 1960, 1972, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
Dunmore (11): 1980, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009.
Nanticoke (8): 1959, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979.
Scranton Central (7): 1956, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1976, 1977, 1987.
Scranton (6): 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Old Forge (3): 1952, 1953, 1958.
Cathedral (3): 1961, 1965, 1967.
Holy Cross (1): 2008.
St. Rose (1): 1951.
Swoyersville (1): 1963.
West Scranton (1): 1969.
Riverside (1): 1971.
Bishop O’Reilly (1): 1981.
Bishop Hannan (1): 1982.
Bishop O’Hara (1): 1998.
2017 Lynett All-Tournament Team
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
46th Peter Turonis/NBT Bank Holiday Classic
Marc Kudrich scored 23 points to lead No. 6 Valley View to a 57-46 win over Lakeland in the championship game of the Pete Turonis/NBT Bank Holiday Classic Friday.
Dylan Howanitz added 12 points for the Cougars. Dixon Black scored seven points and joined Kudrich on the all-tournament team.
James Lewis scored 14 points for Lakeland and Silas Stearns, who made the all-tournament team, had 12.
Bobby Salitsky scored 23 points to lead the ninth-ranked Chargers in the consolation game of the Pete Turonis/NBT Bank Holiday Classic. Colin Scherer had 15 points for Mid Valley.
Colin Scherer (MV), Bobby Salitsky (CAR), Silas Stearns (LAK), Marc Kudrich (VV), Dixon Black (VV).
Community Foundation Tournament
Rierdan Reyan hit a basket with less than 20 seconds to put Elk Lake up by one and it held on for a 56-54 win over Susquehanna at the Denise Reddon-Jill Hofman Memorial Tournament.
Reyan finished with 18 points, while Hunter Bomboy added 14 for the Warriors.
Mason Deakin paced Susquehanna with 22 points.
Brennan Gilhool scored 19 points and Evan Snyder added 10 as Montrose won the consolation game of the Reddon-Hoffman Memorial Tournament.
Sam Cosmello had 16 points for Blue Ridge.
MVP: Rierdan Reyan (EL), Joe McAleer (EL), Mason Deakin (SUS), Brennan Gilhool (MON), Sam Cosmello (BR).
41st annual MILFORD/MATAMORAS ROTARY TOURNAMENT
Blake Gearhart, who was named most valuable player, scored 15 to lead No. 7 Delaware Valley to a 42-29 win over Valley Central in the championship game of the Milford-Matamoras Rotary Tournament.
All-tournament selection Zach Klapak had nine points for the Warriors.
MVP: Blake Gearhart (DV), Zach Klapak (DV), Royce Frazier (ES-Notre Dame), Matt Koval (Minisink Valley), Jahleel Hargrove (Valley Central), Marcus Feliciano (Valley Central).
31st TAYLOR LIONS BOYS GAME
Ryan Mangan scored 20 points to lead West Scranton to a 45-22 win over Riverside in the Taylor Lions championship game.
Shayne Merrifield had eight points for the Invaders.
Michael Antoniacci had five points for Riverside.
45th annual FOREST CITY ROTARY TOURNAMENT
Wyalusing hit 5 of 8 from the free-throw line in overtime to earn a 58-50 win over Mountain View in the championship game of the Forest City Rotary Tournament.
Tournament MVP Jon Morrison scored 21 points for the Rams.
Kyle Streich had 22 points for Mountain View and Mikey Schermerhorn had 15.
Dahlton Frisbie earned all-tournament team honors with a 23-point effort in the consolation game win over the hosts. Zach Rovinsky chipped in with 12 points for the Wildcats.
All-tourney pick Jordan Non led Forest City with 21 points.
Dahlton Frisbie (WW), Jordan Non (FC), Alex Showalter (MV), Kyle Streich (MV), Kasar Cameron (WYA). MVP: Jon Morrison (WYA).
58th annual HONESDALE JAYCEES BOYS TOURNAMENT
Jeremiah Anderson scored 24 points and Greg Eck scored 22 points as East Stroudsburg South defended its title with a 69-48 win over No. 4 Honesdale on Thursday in the final of the Honesdale Jaycees Tournament.
Anderson was selected most valuable player honors, and Eck joined him on the all-tournament team.
Joey Scarfalloto scored 20 points to be chosen to the all-tournament team, and Anthony DeGori contributed 13 points for Honesdale.
In the consolation game, Elijah Rosenthal scored 19 points, Alex Pillar had 10 points and Gabe Springer, who had eight points, to earn an all-tournament spot for Wallenpaupack in a 56-25 win over Lake-Lehman.
Ibrahim Dabsheh had nine points and Donald Thompson had five points to make the all-tournament team.
MVP: Jeremiah Anderson (ESS), Greg Eck (ESS), Joey Scarfalloto (HON), Gabe Springer (WAL), Donald Thompson (LL).
A LOOK AHEAD
There are still some teams playing nonleague games and the Lackawanna League begins play following New Year’s Day.
Western Wayne at Wyoming Area, 1:15
West Scranton at Montrose, 2:15
Abington Heights at Methacton, 4:30
Mountain View at Northeast Bradford, 7:15
Abington Heights at Valley View
Scranton at Scranton Prep
North Pocono at Delaware Valley
Honesdale at Wallenpaupack
West Scranton at Western Wayne
Mid Valley at Carbondale Area
Old Forge at Dunmore
Holy Cross at Riverside
Forest City at Lackawanna Trail
Elk Lake at Mountain View
Montrose at Blue Ridge
Susquehanna at Lakeland
Valley View at Scranton, 1:15
Scranton Prep vs. West Scranton at Scranton, 5:30
North Pocono at Wallenpaupack, 7
Western Wayne at Honesdale, 7
Delaware Valley at Abington Heights, 2