It’s hard to believe, but in the blink of an eye, a season that many believed wouldn’t be held is into the final week of the Lackawanna League schedule.
There is a lot to get to within the divisions, but before we get too in depth let’s look at what is staring right in front of fans in each division.
Abington Heights and Scranton are both 9-2. Scranton Prep remained alive with its win over Abington Heights, but needs both the Comets and Knights to lose both of their games this week.
NOTE: The LIAA has circled back and will have a playoff game if teams finish tied at the end of the regular season.
AT A GLANCE
Abington Heights (9-2)
- Tuesday: vs. West Scranton at Scranton High School
- Friday: vs. Honesdale
- Tuesday: at Honesdale
- Friday: at Delaware Valley
Scranton Prep (7-4)
- Tuesday: at Valley View
- Friday: at North Pocono
Scranton (Class 6A), Abington Heights (Class 5A) and Scranton Prep (Class 4A) are all leading their respective classifications for the District 2 playoffs.
North Pocono has already clinched a tie for first place and needs one win to clinch its first Lackawanna League championship since 2001.
AT A GLANCE
North Pocono (9-2)
- Tuesday: at Western Wayne
- Friday: vs. Scranton Prep
Delaware Valley (6-4)
- Tuesday: at Wallenpaupack
- Friday: vs. Scranton
Wallenpaupack has hit 77 3-point field goals in 11 games this season. AJ Keller, whose mother, Lee, was a 1,000-point scorer at Lakeland, has hit a team-high 29 on a total of 32 field goals this season. Jack Smith is second on the team with 27 of his 57 field goals being 3-pointers.
Dunmore defeated Holy Cross on Sunday afternoon in its second game back after a shutdown due to COVID-19. The Bucks certainly threw a wrench into the standings.
As it is now, Riverside is alone in first place and controls its destiny. If the Vikings close out the season with wins, they win the Division III title. But that road is not easy with road games against Mid Valley and Holy Cross on the horizon.
Holy Cross also controls its ultimate fate. The Crusaders have a rematch with Dunmore, then host Riverside.
And the Bucks can get themselves involved, but would need a second straight win over Holy Cross, a Riverside loss, and then to close out its schedule which includes make-up games with all victories.
AT A GLANCE
- Tuesday: vs. Carbondale Area
- Thursday: at Mid Valley
- Saturday: at Holy Cross
Holy Cross (8-2)
- Tuesday: vs. Dunmore
- Thursday: at Lackawana Trail Note: Does not count in the Division III standings
- Saturday: vs. Holy Cross
- Tuesday: at Holy Cross
- Wednesday: vs. Carbondale Area
- Thursday: vs. Old Forge
- Saturday: at Mid Valley
- Sunday: vs. Mid Valley
- Monday: vs. Lakeland
ABDA CLOSES IN ON 200
Mid Valley bounced back from a loss to Holy Cross by defeating Old Forge on Friday. Coach Mike Abda earned the 199th win of his 11-year career with the Spartans.
Under his guidance, Mid Valley won its only District 2 championship when it captured the 2015 title. The Spartans also won Lackawanna League Division III crowns in 2014 and 2017 and he earned Times-Tribune Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Mid Valley plays at Susquehanna on Tuesday.
REED EARNS 1,000TH POINT
Brandon Reed scored 28 points, including the 1,000th of his career, to lead No. 4 Riverside to a 56-42 win over Lakeland in a Lackawanna League Division III boys basketball game Wednesday.
Reed, who reached the milestone in the fourth quarter, also finished with six rebounds, five assists and six steals.
He joins teammate Michael Rickert, who achieved the milestone last season. The seniors are the second set of classmates to reach the milestone at Riverside with Michael Morgan and Gary Beck who graduated in 2000.
“It feels great to join him and be a part of the 1,000-point club,” Reed said. “It means a lot to me to get in the history books at my school in a sport that has so many great names.
“It is just amazing to be a part of that.”
Elk Lake clinched a tie for first place in the division. The Warriors have won their Division IV games by an average of 23.9 points and have won 12 straight in the division since last season.
Elk Lake 60, Blue Ridge 30
Elk Lake 50, Forest City 33
Elk Lake 61, Montrose 40
Elk Lake 56, Mountain View 26
Elk Lake 61, Lackawanna Trail 55
Elk Lake 57, Susquehanna 36
Elk Lake 59, Blue Ridge 37
Elk Lake 53, Forest City 15
Elk Lake 73, Mountain View 43
AT A GLANCE
Elk Lake (9-0)
- Tuesday: at Montrose
- Thursday: vs. Susquehanna
- Saturday: vs. Lackawanna Trail
- Tuesday: vs. Mid Valley Note: Does not count in Division IV standings
- Thursday: at Elk Lake
- Saturday: vs. Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge (6-3)
- Tuesday: at Lackawanna Trail
- Thursday: vs. Mountain View
- Saturday: at Susquehanna
- Monday: at Carbondale Area Note: Does not count in Division IV standings
A LOOK AHEAD
Abington Heights at West Scranton
- The Comets are without injured guard Michael Show
Scranton Prep at Valley View
- Valley View defeated the Cavaliers in overtime in first meeting
North Pocono at Western Wayne
- North Pocono can win its first Lackawanna title since 2001
Delaware Valley at Wallenpaupack
Dunmore at Holy Cross
- Dunmore defeated the Crusaders, 64-60, on Sunday
Carbondale Area at Riverside
Lakeland at Old Forge
Blue Ridge at Lackawanna Trail
Elk Lake at Montrose
- Elk Lake can win the Division IV championship
Forest City at Mountain View
Scranton at Honesdale
Mid Valley at Susquehanna
Wallenpaupack at Honesdale, 7:15
Carbondale Area at Dunmore
Old Forge at Dunmore
Riverside at Mid Valley
- Riverside defeated the Spartans, 43-41, on a late 3-pointer by Michael Rickert
Lakeland at Carbondale Area
Mountain View at Blue Ridge
Susquehanna at Elk Lake
Forest City at Montrose
Holy Cross at Lackawanna Trail
West Scranton at Valley View
Western Wayne at Wallenpaupack
Honesdale at Abington Heights
Scranton at Delaware Valley
Scranton Prep at North Pocono
Dunmore at Mid Valley
Riverside at Holy Cross
- Riverside defeated the Crusaders on a buzzer-beater by Brandon Reed
Carbondale Area at Old Forge
Blue Ridge at Susquehanna
Lackawanna Trail at Elk Lake
Montrose at Mountain View
DISTRICT 2 CALENDAR
- There will be a ZOOM meeting of all schools involved in the tournament on
Monday, March 1st. The time of the meeting will be announced.
- District 2 will conduct their own tournaments in the following classifications:
Boys & Girls 5A, 4A, 3A, and 2A, 1A.
- District 2 will conduct subregional tournaments in Class 6A (Boys & Girls)
with District 4 (Williamsport). All teams are eligible for the subregional tournament in both of
DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS
|1||Forest City Regional||3-||7-||0||0.329027||0.242857||0.453028||12(2)|
NOTE: Forest City will play the District 11 Champion on Tuesday, March 16th for the right to enter the PIAA State
|1||Wyoming Seminary College Prep||10-||0-||0||0.758290||1.000000||0.410464||14(4)|
|1||Scranton Preparatory School||8-||4-||0||0.662253||0.735537||0.556796||14(2)|
|4||Mid Valley Secondary Center||8-||4-||0||0.566605||0.631579||0.473106||16(4)|
|5||Greater Nanticoke Area||5-||5-||0||0.458267||0.524510||0.362941||16(6)|
|7||Hanover Area (2)||1-||11-||0||0.323363||0.090517||0.658434||16(4)|
|7||Wyoming Valley West||4-||8-||0||0.490233||0.396396||0.625267||14(2)|
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