The second day of the District 2 boys basketball tournament almost followed the lead of the winners from Day 1. However, Western Wayne and Lackawanna Trail put some juice to brackets that have otherwise been chalk.

Fifth-seeded Western Wayne had its Big 2 came up big against No. 4 GAR. Zach Rovinsky and Dahlton Frisbie, a pair of 1,000-point scorers in their careers, combined for 51 points in their District 2 Class 4A opener against GAR. They, along with 10 points from freshman Thomas Chernasky, posted a 66-63 win to advance to the semifinals where the Wildcats will get a rematch with defending champion Scranton Prep — More on the Cavaliers later.

 

FOR WESTERN WAYNE: This was the first District 2 win in boys basketball history.

 

Lackawanna Trail also advanced as a No. 5 seed, upsetting No. 4 Mountain View, 56-50, to at least disrupt the top seeds from advancing to the semifinals in Class 2A along with in Class 4A.

 

QUICK HITS

 

  • Scranton Prep, the defending Class 4A champion, won its 15th straight District 2 playoff game when it thumped Meyers in the Class 4A tournament. The Cavaliers last loss came in the Class 3A semifinals to Honesdale, 60-54, in 2014.

 

  • GAR’s Jared O’Day walks off the court with Grenadiers assistant coach Lenny Martin after a 66-63 loss to Western Wayne in a PIAA District 2 Class 4A basketball quarterfinal game at Wyoming Area.
    Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

    GAR and Meyers both lost in the District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals, closing the book on the two proud programs that will join with Coughlin to form Wilkes-Barre Area next season. GAR’s last District 2 championship came in 2003. The Grenadiers won 12 titles in their history. Meyers had a nice recent run, winning three Class 2A championships in five years from 2012 to 2016 and won five district crowns overall.

 

  • Western Wayne made the most of its first district playoff opportunity since the PIAA move to six classifications and the implementation of the Power Rating system to qualify. In the Wildcats’ last district appearance, they lost to No. 1 Scranton Prep, 93-31, in 2016. In 2015, Western Wayne lost to Scranton Prep, 96-34, in the first round and it lost to Abington Heights, 85-33, in 2014.

 

  • Holy Cross, the defending Class 2A champion, won its seventh straight district playoff game since the PIAA increased to six classifications for the 2016-17 season. The Crusaders have won their postseason matchups in Class 2A by an average of 21.3 points per game.

 

  • Lackawanna Trail and Susquehanna swept past Lackawanna Division IV foes to reach the Class 2A semifinals. Susquehanna made the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals last season, but moved up a class to 2A this season. Lackawanna Trail’s last win in the district playoffs came in 2013 when it also upset an opponent. The Lions were the No. 10 seed when they defeated No. 7 Riverside in the Class 2A opening round. It lost in the quarterfinals to Holy Cross that season and Holy Cross will be their opponent, again, this season.

 

 

 


 

 

 

A LOOK AHEAD

 

 

CLASS 6A

 

DISTRICT 2-4 SUBREGIONAL
Saturday’s Semifinals
4-Delaware Valley (9-13) vs. 1-Hazleton Area (16-7) at Berwick, 2:30 p.m.
3-Scranton (9-13) vs. 2-Williamsport (8-12) at Berwick, 7 p.m.
Final, March 2
at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8 p.m.

 

 


 

 

CLASS 5A

 

Quarterfinals
Abington Heights 71, North Pocono 25
Dallas 58, Pittston Area 47
Wallenpaupack 61, Honesdale 52
Crestwood 45, West Scranton 32
Friday’s Semifinals
4-Dallas (14-9) vs. 1-Abington Heights (21-2), Carbondale Area HS, 7:30 p.m.
3-Wallenpaupack (17-6) vs. 2- Crestwood (19-6), Pittston Area HS, 7:30 p.m.
Final, March 1
at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8 p.m.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Western Wayne’s Dahlton Frisbie moves the ball past GAR’s Jared O’Day.
Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

 

 

 

CLASS 4A

 

Nanticoke’s Nate Kreitzer throws the ball into. Hanover Area’s Lamarr Nelson as he tries to keep the ball in-bounds during a PIAA District 2 Class 4A basketball quarterfinal game at Wyoming Area.
Christopher Dolan / Staff Photographer

Quarterfinals
Scranton Prep 61, Meyers 39
Western Wayne 66, GAR 63
Tunkhannock 59, Valley View 51
Nanticoke 65, Hanover Area 45
Saturday’s Semifinals
5-Western Wayne (13-10) vs. 1-Scranton Prep (19-3), Marywood University, 2:30 p.m.
6-Tunkhannock (14-9) vs. 2-Nanticoke (20-6), King’s College, 6:30 p.m.
Final, March 2
at Mohegan Sun Arena, 4 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

CLASS 3A

 

 

Mid Valley’s Colin Hazleton drives past Carbondale Area’s Jeffrey Katchmore.
Jason Farmer / Staff photographer

Quarterfinals
Wyoming Seminary 72, Lake-Lehman 32
Lakeland 53, Dunmore 40
Mid Valley 61, Carbondale Area 36
Holy Redeemer 73, Riverside 55
Friday’s semifinals
4-Lakeland (15-8) vs. 1-Wyoming Seminary (21-2), King’s College, 7:30 p.m.
3-Mid Valley (19-4) vs. 2-Holy Redeemer (19-3), King’s College, 6 p.m.
Final, Feb. 28
at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Old Forge’s Michael DiGregorio (22) drives he ball between Northwest defenders during the District 2 Class 2A Boys Basketball Quarterfinals at Lake Lehman High School.

 

 

CLASS 2A

 

 

Northwest’s Tyler Stevens (2) shoots a three pointer against Old Forge during the District 2 Class 2A Boys Basketball Quarterfinals at Lake Lehman High School.

Quarterfinals
Holy Cross 75, Blue Ridge 47
Lackawanna Trail 56, Mountain View 50
Susquehanna 53, Elk Lake 45
Northwest Area 54, Old Forge 38
Saturday’s Semifinals
5-Lackawanna Trail (11-12) vs. 1-Holy Cross (17-5), Marywood University, 6:30 p.m.
3-Susquehanna (16-8) vs. 2-Northwest Area (13-9), King’s College, 1 p.m.
Final, March 2
at Mohegan Sun Arena, 2 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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