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February 18. 2013 11:52PM


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SCRANTON ‚?? Malik Draper and Andrew Moran led a dominant defensive effort as Scranton completed an unbeaten run to the Lackawanna League Division 1 boys‚?? basketball first-half title Thursday night with a 50-33 victory over Abington Heights.
The Comets were one of two teams ‚?? eventual second-place finisher Scranton Prep was the other ‚?? that entered the night with a chance to force a playoff.
Draper had 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked four shots to help defending champion Scranton extend its division winning streak to 19 games despite playing without point guard Karlon Quiller because of a medical issue.
Moran took over one of Quiller‚??s assignments and held Abington Heights scoring leader J.C. Show to a 2-for-15 effort and just five points. The Knights did not allow Show to hit a jump shot, limiting him to two field goals on drives.
‚??We decided to go with Andrew (on Show),‚?Ě Scranton coach Tony Battaglia said. ‚??He‚??s an unbelievable defensive player.
‚??He got over screens. I think he contested every shot Show took.‚?Ě
Terry Turner, who became Scranton‚??s career scoring leader earlier in the week, added 13 points, six rebounds and three steals.
T.J. Murray used a variety of moves on the inside to lead Abington Heights (13-2 overall) with 15 points.
The Knights bounced back from suffering their first loss last weekend in Harrisburg to win two league games and improve to 12-1 overall.
‚??We had a slow start against Honesdale,‚?Ě Battaglia said. ‚??The first quarter was a little sloppy, but we had a real nice second half.‚?Ě
Turner had 17 points in Tuesday‚??s 63-42 win over Honesdale while Draper added 12 and Moran and Quiller had 11 each.
A jumper from just inside the 3-point arc with 2:28 left allowed Turner to break Lamar Johnson‚??s career scoring record. He finished the night with 1,573 points.
There were other school records set during the week.
Josh Kosin of Holy Cross had 13 rebounds in Tuesday‚??s 63-61 overtime win over Riverside, the first of which broke a tie at 385 with Mark Bevacqua and made him the school‚??s career leader in the category.
Riverside‚??s Jerry Kincel had a school-record 52 points in the same game, then became the Vikings‚?? career scoring leader two nights later. He had 30 more in a 78-75 overtime win over Valley View. Kincel finished the game with 1,492, seven more than the previous mark held by Mike Morgan Jr.
Holy Cross joined Scranton in clinching a first-half title Thursday while Lakeland forced a playoff that was scheduled for Saturday night.
Kosin and Connor Callejas had 11 points each when Holy Cross defeated Old Forge, 45-29, to finish the half 7-0 in Division 2.
Lakeland knocked off Montrose, 58-50, to leave both teams at 6-1 in Division 3 and set up an immediate rematch.
Division 3 playoff game details can be found at .
The week started with a tie atop the Division 1 standings.
Dunmore forced what was temporarily a three-way tie in Division 2 when Alexa Gerchman scored 16 points in a 43-35 victory over Valley View.
Riverside finished the night tied with those two teams after beating Holy Cross, 59-53.
Kellie Nash had 22 points and 12 rebounds while Rebecca Mekilo had 18 points.
Mekilo had 11 and Nash 10 in the fourth quarter when Riverside broke a tie and scored 25 points.
Kayleigh Semion hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 points when eventual first-half champion Dunmore locked up its playoff spot with a 52-35 win over Western Wayne Wednesday.
Riverside downed Valley View, 41-32, to knock one team out of a share of the lead and set up Friday‚??s playoff game.
The Lady Vikes took a 23-11 halftime lead and held on despite making just one second-half field goal.
Nash went 10-for-12 from the line while scoring 16 points. She was 5-for-6 in the fourth quarter when the team went 10-for-12 as part of an overall 21-for-27 effort.
Casey Palko led Valley View with 13 points.
Abington Heights and Scranton Prep each won twice to preserve their shares of the Division 1 lead and set up the Friday playoff that the Lady Comets won.
Abington Heights used a pair of fast starts.
Tiffany O‚??Donnell had eight of her 18 points in the first quarter when the Lady Comets jumped to a 16-4 lead on their way to a 54-28 romp over West Scranton.
Melanie Coles and Lauren Hoyt had six points each when the Lady Comets opened a 14-0 lead over Scranton after one quarter of a 45-18 rout. Coles finished with 12 points.
Scranton Prep needed strong finishes.
Tricia Byrne had 11 of her 21 in the fourth quarter when the Classics stretched a four-point lead into a 38-29 victory over North Pocono.
The Classics were 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth and 14-for-15 in the game when they beat Wallenpaupack, 38-32, Wednesday. Byrne had 13 points and Olivia Burke added 12.
Montrose won twice to complete a 7-0 run through the first half in Division 3.
West Scranton took over sole possession of the Lackawanna League Division 1 lead when freshman Kameron Van Wert came up with a pin in the closing 285-pound bout to rally the Invaders past Honesdale, 36-31, Wednesday.
Kyle Kroptavich and Angel Ortiz also had pins for the Invaders, who are 3-0 in the league. Defending champion Delaware Valley is 2-0.
The Invaders also added a 34-33 win over Lake-Lehman Friday night.
Lake-Lehman, the champion of last week‚??s Zurn-Bush Memorial Dual Meet Tournament at Elk Lake, is unbeaten in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
Kroptavich, Jon Kobrynich, and Van Wert all had pins.
The Invaders had their scheduled appearance in the South Williamsport Tournament Saturday called off because of snow.
Lackawanna Trail shares the Division 2 lead with Western Wayne at 3-0 while Valley View is 2-0.
Billy Lee, Zach Goodwin, Eric Laytos, and Ben Lehman all had first-period pins Thursday to lead Lackawanna Trail to a 63-11 rout of Elk Lake.
Abington Heights is at Scranton Prep at the University of Scranton‚??s Byron Complex Tuesday night at 7.
The two teams are tied with Delaware Valley at the top of the Wyoming Valley Conference Northern Division with 3-0 records.


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