On Saturday, the first-half of the Lackawanna League schedule in Divisions III and IV came to an end with traditional playoff games to determine first-half title winners.
SABERS CLAIM DIVISION IV
Susquehanna defeated Montrose, 48-39, to claim the first half in the Lackawanna Division IV. C. J. Stone continued to have the hot hand for the Sabers. A game after he went for 20 to put Susquehanna in position to play in this game, he led the team with 15. Mason Deakin added 15 points
Again, just so everyone is on the same page, this means that Susquehanna, regardless of its record in the second half is guaranteed at least a playoff game for a chance to win the all-season title.
Montrose (8-8) — B. Gilhool 5-10 2-9 12, T. Rebello 2-11 3-3 9, J. Peck 2-10 3-6 7, A. Rapisardi 2-8 2-4 7, E. Snyder 1-8 0-0 2, B. Jerauld 1-2 0-0 2, H. Frey 0-0 0-0 0, G. Stack 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-50 10-22 39.
Susquehanna (9-7) — C. Stone 4-4 6-6 15, M. Deakin 3-12 8-12 15, E. Lee 3-5 4-6 10, B. Baldwin 3-5 1-3 8, A. Dolfini 0-0 0-0 0, T. Craig 0-3 0-0 0, A. McHugh 0-0 0-0 0, A. Rockwell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 13-30 19-27 48.
Montrose 7 11 9 12 — 39
Susquehanna 9 9 6 24 — 48
3-point shooting: MON 3-21 (Rebello 2-10, Rapisardi 1-6, Snyder 0-1, Stack 0-1, Peck 0-3), SUS 3-10 (Stone 1-1, Baldwin 1-2, Deakin 1-5, Craig 0-1, Lee 0-1). Rebounds: MON 29 (Gilhool 10), SUS 32 (Baldwin 9). Assists: MON 8 (Snyder 4), SUS 7 (Craig 3). Steals: MON 8 (Rapisardi 3, Peck 3), SUS 6 (Craig 3). Turnovers: MON 10, SUS 16. Blocks: MON 3 (Gilhool, Peck, Jerauld), SUS 5 (Lee 2). Fouled out: Baldwin. Technical foul: Susquehanna (pre-game dunking).
CRUSADERS EARN DIVISION III TITLE
Patrick Galvin led three players in double figures with 16 points. Tommy Montefour contributed 13 and Tyler Mozeleski had 10 as the Crusaders pulled away from their arch-rival in the Division III playoff tilt.
It was the 11th win for Holy Cross against Mid Valley in the last 18 meetings.
So, Holy Cross has its safety net in place as the schedule moves into the second half.
Mid Valley (9-7) — J. Glinsky 5-10 3-4 15, C. Hazelton 5-8 2-2 13, V. Talluto 3-5 0-1 7, C. Scherer 1-6 2-2 4, S. Rosencrans 1-7 0-0 3, M. Miller 1-1 0-0 2, T. O’Connor 0-1 0-0 0, J. Cardenas 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7-9 44.
Holy Cross (10-6) — P. Galvin 6-9 2-3 16, T. Montefour 6-7 1-4 13, T. Mozeleski 4-12 2-2 10, K. Burrier 1-14 5-7 7, L. O’Connor 2-4 0-0 4, D. Tokash 1-3 0-0 3, D. Possanza 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 20 10-16 53.
Mid Valley 10 10 12 12 — 44
Holy Cross 11 12 15 15 — 53
3-point shooting: MV 5-18 (Glinsky 2-6, Hazelton 1-2, Talluto 1-2, Rosencrans 1-4, Scherer 0-4), HC 3-15 (Galvin 2-5, Tokash 1-2, Montefour 0-1, Burrier 0-1, O’Connor 0-1, Mozeleski 0-5). Rebounds: MV 22 (Rosencrans 6, Scherer 6), HC 25 (Montefour 10). Assists: MV 6 (Rosencrans 2), HC 10 (Tokash 3). Steals: MV 1 (Hazelton), HC 9 (Montefour 5). Turnovers: MV 15, HC 9. Blocks: MV 4 (Scherer 3), HC 1 (Montefour).
INSIDE DIVISION I
NO. 1 SCRANTON PREP
NO. 1 ABINGTON HEIGHTS
While this division is not technically starting the second half, the home-and-home games have gotten going. And Tuesday is another big day for the big boys.
Let’s cut to the chase.
No. 1 Scranton Prep will play at No. 2 Abington Heights in a game that will impact the division standings and The Times-Tribune Top 10 Boys Basketball Poll.
We have been through this before with these two teams. But it certainly warrants repeating that this rivalry is the most intense in the Lackawanna League. The statistics bear this out.
Recapping from earlier, when Scranton Prep earned a 51-45 win on Jan. 9.
There have now been 41 polls of the Top 10 boys basketball teams by the Times-Tribune Staff. And of those 41, either Scranton Prep, which replaced Abington Heights at No. 1 after its win, or Abington Heights have held the No. 1 and No. 2 spots 36 times.
BY THE NUMBERS
No. 1 SCRANTON PREP
No. 2 ABINGTON HEIGHTS
HEAD TO HEAD
- 2014-15: Scranton Prep 55, Abington Heights 50
- 2014-15: Scranton Prep 66, Abington Heights 43
- 2015-16: Abington Heights 57, Scranton Prep 52
- 2015-16: Scranton Prep 73, Abington Heights 61
- 2016-17: Scranton Prep 54, Abington Heights 51
- 2016-17: Scranton Prep 53, Abington Heights 43
- 2017-18: Scranton Prep 51, Abington Heights 45
LACKAWANNA DIVISION I CHAMPIONS
If Scranton Prep wins, it will have a two-game lead with four to play in Division I and will be in good position to defend its title.
Division I (Two-Division format)
1999 — Abington Heights
2000 — Abington Heights
Division I (Three-Division format)
2001 — North Pocono
2002 — Abington Heights
Division I (Four-Division format)
2003 — Scranton
2004 — Abington Heights
Division I (Three-Division format)
2005 — Scranton
2006 — Scranton
2007 — Abington Heights
2008 — Abington Heights
2009 — Abington Heights
2010 — Abington Heights
2011 — Scranton
2012 — Scranton
Division I (Four-Division format)
2013 — Abington Heights
2014 — Abington Heights
2015 — Scranton Prep
2016 — Scranton Prep
2017 — Scranton Prep
NOTE: Scranton Prep has won 33 straight games in the Lackawanna Division I schedule.
While Scranton Prep and Abington Heights have their focus totally on each other and Tuesday’s showdown, neither can take their eyes totally off of Scranton.
The Knights are coming off an impressive back-to-back weekend, beating Valley View, 69-51, and Pocono Mountain West, 60-55. Ky’Ron Harbin combined for 46 points and had 21 rebounds in the two victories.
Scranton, which is averaging 65.5 points during a four-game winning streak, will play a tough Wallenpaupack team and still has dates against rival West Scranton on Saturday at Marywood, at home against Scranton Prep on Feb. 6 and at Abington Heights on Feb. 13.
INSIDE DIVISION II
This division is jumbled and tight from top to bottom. Western Wayne did its part to stay in the race with an upset win at home against leader Delaware Valley on Friday.
Delaware Valley (5-3) hosts Valley View in a battle of ranked teams in a Division I-II crossover.
- Division II teams are 2-11 against Division I opponents this season.
Honesdale (4-4) is a game behind the Warriors. A lot will depend on the status of Joey Scarfalloto, who missed a couple of games with an injury. The Hornets are 1-4 in their last five games, which included a 46-42 loss to Delaware Valley
Western Wayne (3-5) has the lone Division II contest Tuesday when it will travels to North Pocono (1-7), trying to sweep the season series. The Wildcats need to finish strong if they want a shot at winning a division crown.
Wallenpaupack (2-6) will play at Scranton, which will be a tough assignment Tuesday. The Buckhorns have split with Honesdale already, and lost to Delaware Valley, 44-39.
INSIDE DIVISION III
There will be no rest for the weary. Holy Cross jumps right back into Division play with a game at home against Riverside. That is a particularly tough encounter considering Riverside handed the Crusaders their lone loss of the first half, 61-58.
The Vikings certainly got a lift last week from freshman Michael Rickert, who is now the second-leading scorer on the team after filling in for Evan Carrubba, who missed time with an injury. Rickert scored 28 in a win over Montrose, which played for the first-half title in Division IV, and had 20 against Carbondale Area, and eight against rival Old Forge — all wins.
In the first meeting, Carrubba had 19 points and Marcos Echeverria had 14 for Riverside.
Holy Cross reeled off seven straight wins after the loss to Riverside. The Crusaders have balanced scoring with five players past the 100-point mark this season: Patrick Galvin (184), Kieran Burrier (179), Tyler Mozeleski (155), Tom Montefour (135), and Caleb Callejas (116), who missed the playoff game with Mid Valley with an injury.
Then, Holy Cross will need to bounce back quickly. The Crusaders host Mid Valley and J.J. Glinsky in the third meeting between the two programs this season.
INSIDE DIVISION IV
Susquehanna has its ticket punched. Now, it is setting its sights on trying to put the division title on ice with a solid second half.
Interestingly, Susquehanna will have a home game against Lakeland to start the half in a crossover that will not count in the standings.
Montrose will host Blue Ridge, Lackawanna Trail will be at Forest City, and Mountain View will play an important game at Elk Lake on Tuesday.
Then on Thursday, Susquehanna will be at Montrose in the fourth meeting between the two Susquehanna County rivals this season.
- Susquehanna 54, Montrose 40
- Montrose 54, Susquehanna 32
- Susquehanna 48, Montrose 39
A LOOK AHEAD
(Varsity starts at 7:15 p.m.)
Scranton Prep at Abington Heights
Western Wayne at North Pocono
Mid Valley at Carbondale Area
Dunmore at Old Forge
Riverside at Holy Cross
Mountain View at Elk Lake
Blue Ridge at Montrose
Lackawanna Trail at Forest City
Wallenpaupack at Scranton
Honesdale at West Scranton
Valley View at Delaware Valley
Lakeland at Susquehanna
Mid Valley at Holy Cross
Carbondale Area at Dunmore
Riverside at Lakeland
Lackawanna Trail at Mountain View
Elk Lake at Blue Ridge
Susquehanna at Montrose
Forest City at Old Forge
Valley View at Scranton Prep
Wallenpaupack at Delaware Valley
Honesdale at Western Wayne
North Pocono at Abington Heights
Scranton vs. West Scranton at Marywood, 7
Riverside at Mid Valley, 2:15
Lakeland at Holy Cross, 7:15
Old Forge at Carbondale Area, 7:30
Montrose at Elk Lake, 2
Mountain View at Forest City, 2:15
Blue Ridge at Susquehanna, 2:30
Dunmore at Lackawanna Trail, 2:15
Pottsville at Scranton Prep, 2
Abington Heights at Methacton, 3