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DISTRICT 2 BASKETBALL: Third-PLACE GAME PREVIEWS

February 26, 2019
DISTRICT 2 BASKETBALL: Third-PLACE GAME PREVIEWS

BOYS Class 4A No. 5 Western Wayne vs. No. 6 Tunkhannock When: 6 p.m. tonight at Scranton HS How they got here: Western Wayne defeated No. 4 GAR, 66-63, in the quarterfinals; and lost to No. 1 Scranton Prep, 50-31, in the semifinals. Tunkhannock defeated No. 3 Valley View, 59-51; and lost to No. 2 Nanticoke Area, 49-48. At stake: Winner advances to the PIAA tournament and will play Friday, March 8 against the District 4 champion. Loser is eliminated. Players to watch: WW — Zach Rovinsky, 20.4 points per game; Dahlton Frisbie, 17.0; Rob Carey, 4.8. Tunk — Tyler Faux, 20.2 ppg; Ryan Harder, 9.0; Jack Chilson, 7.9; Avery Billings, 7.3; Nick Reposa, 4.3. Breakdown: This is a rematch of a game played Dec. 18. The home team, Western Wayne, won, 55-46. ... Western Wayne’s gone through ups and downs, including a five-game win streak in December that was immediately followed by six straight losses. Still, this is Western Wayne’s best season in recent years. ... Rovinsky, a 6-foot-7 junior, came up big in the win against GAR. He scored 31 points with 15 rebounds. ... Tunkhannock is also on a roller coaster season that includes a pair of three-game losing streaks. Faux, a senior, is what makes the Tigers go. Only twice has he been held to fewer than 10 points: he scored seven in the loss to Western Wayne and eight in Saturday’s loss to Nanticoke Area. ... Harder scored a season-high 20 points, including six 3-pointers, in a late season win against Nanticoke Area. Class 5A No. 4 Dallas vs. No. 3 Wallenpaupack When: 7:30 p.m. tonight at Scranton HS How they got here: Dallas beat No. 5 Pittston Area, 58-47, in the quarterfinals; and lost to No. 1 Abington Heights, 59-51, in the semifinals. Wallenpaupack beat No. 6 Honesdale, 61-52; and lost to No. 2 Crestwood, 44-33. At stake: Winner advances to the PIAA tournament and will play Friday, March 8 against District 1’s third-place team. Loser is eliminated. Players to watch: Dal — Jack Farrell, 11.4 ppg; Nick Nocito, 8.9; Luke DelGaudio, 7.8; Justin Finarelli, 7.2; Dylan Schuster, 5.7; Austin Finarelli, 5.4; Sam Nocito, 3.9. Wal — Elijah Rosenthal, 20.4 ppg; Gabe Springer, 10.9; Derrick Vosburg, 9.8. Breakdown: A team with zero returning starters, Dallas took a while to get going. The Mountaineers started 3-5, but rallied down the stretch with wins against Pittston Area, Hazleton Area and Crestwood. ... Even in defeat, there was a silver lining for Dallas to have even kept it close Saturday against reigning state champ Abington Heights. ... Dallas is a balanced, young team that gets solid contributions from its bench. Farrell, DelGaudio and Nick Nocito, a freshman, have been particularly good lately. ... Wallenpaupack has been a consistent winner this season, never losing more than two games in a row. ... In terms of mutual opponents, Wallenpaupack also played Abington Heights and lost, 64-25. ... Western Wayne’s impressive victories include Delaware Valley, Western Wayne and Scranton. — MATT BUFANO GIRLS Class 4A No. 4 Nanticoke Area vs. No. 2 Berwick When: 7:30 p.m. tonight at Pittston Area How they got here: Nanticoke Area beat Western Wayne, 44-21, and lost to Scranton Prep, 50-31. Berwick beat Dallas, 44-42, and lost to Lake-Lehman, 36-26. At stake: A berth in the Class 4A state playoffs Up next: The winner advances to the state playoffs and will play the No. 1 seed from District 4 on March 9 Players to watch: Nanticoke Area - Lauren Casey, (9.5); Amiah Lukowski, (7.0); Jilann Baron, (6.9); Bella Czeck, (6.4); Allyssa Lewis, (5.9). Berwick - Renny Murphy, (13.5); Katie Starr, (12.8); Megan Dalo (9.2); Abby Burt, (12 3-pointers). Breakdown: This is the second meeting of the year between the two teams but, obviously, the most important. Only the winning team will have more basketball to play this year. Berwick defeated Nanticoke Area, 43-32, on Feb. 1. Lewis and Riley Baird were the only two Nanticoke Area players to reach double figures in the game, with Lewis scoring 12. Baird had 10. The Trojanettes are 3-1 in their last four games with the only loss coming to Scranton Prep in the district semifinals. In that game, Nanticoke Area held a two-point lead at the half, but was outscored 33-12 in the second half. Berwick ended the regular season 4-1, but in the postseason has lost two of its last three games. One of those losses came to Hazleton Area in the Wyoming Valley Conference tournament. In the regular season victory over Nanticoke Area, Starr had 16 points, Murphy 14 and Dalo 10. Both teams qualfied for the state playoffs last season. Berwick defeated Wyoming Area to earn the No. 3 seed out of District 2, while Nanticoke Area lost in the championship game to Scranton Prep. Berwick is averaging 43.6 points per game and shoots 58.8 percent from the foul line. The Bulldogs have made 74 3-pointers on the year with Murphy leading the team with 43. The Trojanettes are averaging 48.0 points per game and shoot 60.9 percent from the foul line. Nanticoke Area has made 107 3-pointers with Lukowski leading the team with 35. Emily Hauer is second with 20. — STEVE BENNETT

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