There are 4 teams in the Lackawanna League still vying for District 2 championships.
This weekend produced us title game matchups, several that are very familiar to fans of high school basketball and the area.
The Blue Bloods will return to Mohegan Sun Arena.
Scranton Prep will take on Nanticoke in the Class 4A final on Saturday afternoon, and Holy Cross will play Northwest Area in a rematch of last season’s championship game in Class 2A.
They join Abington Heights, which advanced on Friday.
And then there is Scranton. A team that had been bitten and had its heart broken time and time again this season on improbable buzzer-beaters and overtime losses earned one of its own.
Marcus Bauman had a late-game shot that lifted the Knights to a 61-60 win over Williamsport to catapult them back to the Class 6A championship game and a rematch with Hazleton Area.
Derome White kept his dribble alive and found a cutting Marcus Baumen for an and-1 layup with three seconds to go and Williamsport turned the ball over on the ensuing possession as Scranton escaped Berwick with a thrilling 61-60 win in the District 2-4 Class 6A semifinals on Friday night.
“That’s been our season. Tonight we lost because we weren’t able to contain dribble penetration. We didn’t box out and that cost us,” Williamsport coach Allen Taylor said. “You can’t allow them to beat you to the bucket and when they do shoot and miss, you allow them second and third chance opportunities. That was the deciding factor in the game.”
BY DEVIN BIERLY
HS BASKETBALL: Scranton’s Marcus Bauman lifts Knights past Williamsport – video courtesy of Muggsy Nycz
Posted by Joby Fawcett, The Times-Tribune on Saturday, February 23, 2019
COURTESY OF MUGGSY NYCZ
Scranton Prep won its 16th straight District 2 playoff game. The Cavaliers defeated Western Wayne 50-31 and have won the 16 games by an average of 30.0 points. The last time Scranton Prep faced Nanticoke in the district playoffs in 2017, the Cavaliers escaped with a 72-66 win in double overtime, completing a comeback from a 32-10 halftime deficit.
- Holy Cross returns to the District 2 Class 2A championship final for the 10th time since the program officially hit the area in 2007-08. The Crusaders have won titles in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018. They were the runners-up in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and finished third in 2011 and 2016.
- Western Wayne will attempt to reach the PIAA playoffs for the first time since 1993. The Wildcats will play Tunkhannock in a third-place game. The two teams met earlier this season when Western Wayne handed the Tigers their first loss of the season, 55-46, on December 18. Dahlton Frisbie scored 21 points and Zach Rovinsky added 20.
A LOOK AHEAD
DISTRICT 2-4 SUBREGIONAL
Hazleton Area 61, Delaware Valley 40
Scranton 61, Williamsport 60
Final, March 2
3-Scranton (10-13) vs. 1-Hazleton Area (17-7) at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8 p.m.
Abington Heights 71, North Pocono 25
Dallas 58, Pittston Area 47
Wallenpaupack 61, Honesdale 52
Crestwood 45, West Scranton 32
Abington Heights 59, Dallas 51
Crestwood 44, Wallenpaupack 33
Tuesday’s Third-Place Game
4-Dallas (14-10) vs. 3-Wallenpaupack (17-7), TBA
Final, March 1
2-Crestwood (20-6) vs. 1-Abington Heights (22-2), at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8 p.m.
Scranton Prep 61, Meyers 39
Western Wayne 66, GAR 63
Tunkhannock 59, Valley View 51
Nanticoke 65, Hanover Area 45
Scranton Prep 50, Western Wayne 31
Nanticoke 49, Tunkhannock 48
Final, March 2
2-Nanticoke (21-6) vs. 1-Scranton Prep (21-3) at Mohegan Sun Arena, 4 p.m.
HS BASKETBALL: Scranton Prep defeats Western Wayne – Highlights
Posted by Joby Fawcett, The Times-Tribune on Sunday, February 24, 2019
Wyoming Seminary 72, Lake-Lehman 32
Lakeland 53, Dunmore 40
Mid Valley 61, Carbondale Area 36
Holy Redeemer 73, Riverside 55
Holy Redeemer 62, Mid Valley 41
Wyoming Seminary 67, Lakeland 46
Final, Feb. 28
2-Holy Redeemer (20-3) vs. 1-Wyo. Seminary (22-2), at Mohegan Sun Arena, 8 p.m.
Holy Cross 75, Blue Ridge 47
Lackawanna Trail 56, Mountain View 50
Susquehanna 53, Elk Lake 45
Northwest Area 54, Old Forge 38
Northwest Area 47, Susquehanna 29
Holy Cross 55, Lackawanna Trail 28
Final, March 2
2-Northwest Area (15-9) vs. 1-Holy Cross (19-5) at Mohegan Sun Arena, 2 p.m.
Joby Fawcett has covered high school sports — including football, girls and boys volleyball, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys swimming, boys basketball, girls and boys track and field, and girls and boys lacrosse — for 22 years. The High School Sports Blog offers deeper insights plus statistical and historical information for fans and features photos, videos and graphics along with Top 5 polls for tennis and volleyball. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9100 x5367; @sportsTT