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February 22, 2019 GMT

EXETER — Jake Krupinski made himself right at home Thursday night at Wyoming Area, once again.

Krupinski returned to the site where he hit a game-winning 3-pointer a year ago against Meyers and turned in another memorable performance, leading all scorers with 20 points in a 65-45 Nanticoke Area win against Hanover Area in the District 2 Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinals.

“Very good player last year,” Nanticoke Area head coach John Beggs said of Krupinski, a sophomore who started last season as a freshman. “This year, he’s better defensively, first of all, which is key for our team to advance. He’s shooting it with confidence. Last year, he made a huge shot up here against Meyers to send us to the second round of the playoffs, and now he just picked up in the same gym where we left off.”

Krupinski’s scoring average is up to 9.3 points per game, the result of more game experience, as well as offseason work done by himself and his teammates.

“In the offseason, we lifted a little bit, so I got a little bit stronger,” Krupinski said. “Worked on my ballhandling a bit, my shooting.”

Colby Butczynski tallied 15 points for Nanticoke Area, which got 10 points from Nate Kreitzer, as well.

Nanticoke Area led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter and kept adding on from there, leading 36-22 and 54-30 at the end of the second and third quarters, respectively.

The win advances No. 2 Nanticoke Area (20-6) into a semifinal Saturday against No. 6 Tunkhannock, which upset No. 3 Valley View, 59-51, in the quarterfinals.

Two weeks ago, Nanticoke Area also fell victim to Tunkhannock, upset by the Tigers 45-44.

“After we lost, we watched some film, learned our mistakes, and I think we’re going to be ready for them this time,” Krupinski said.

Hanover Area’s season came to a close at 10-13.

Khairi Carson (15 points) and Asad Whitehead (13) led the Hawkeyes in scoring.

Evan Materna scored nine points on three 3s, all in the first half.

Hanover Area (45)

K. Carson 7 0-0 15, A. Whitehead 5 3-5 13, E. Materna 3 0-0 9, J. Curcio 1 2-2 4, A. George 1 0-0 2, L. Nelson 1 0-0 2, C. Cribbs 0 0-0 0, M. Barber 0 0-0 0, T. Kolbicka 0 0-0 0, J. Kopko 0 0-0 0, Totals 18 5-7 45.

Nanticoke Area (65)

J. Krupinski 8 1-2 20, C. Butczynski 7 0-0 15, N. Kreitzer 3 3-4 10, J. Bielecki 2 0-0 6, T. Krupinski 2 0-0 4, D. Szychowski 2 0-0 4, A. Kozlofski 1 0-0 2, L. Myers 1 0-0 2, S. Shiloh 1 0-0 2, D. Lohman 0 0-2 0, C. Mackiewicz 0 0-0 0, O. Brown 0 0-0 0, E. Egenski 0 0-0 0, T. Rushton 0 0-0 0, J. Chernowsky 0 0-0 0, J. Fox III 0 0-0 0, B. Fontaine 0 0-0 0, C. Brown 0 0-0 0, Totals 27 4-8 65.

Hanover Area 9 13 8 15—45

Nanticoke Area 22 14 18 11—65

3-point goals: E. Materna (HA) 3, K. Carson (HA) 1, J. Krupinski (NA) 3, J. Bielecki (NA) 2, N. Kreitzer (NA) 1, C. Butczynski (NA) 1.

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Tunkhannock 59, Valley View 51

At Dunmore, Tyler Faux hit five 3-pointers and scored 37 points to lead No. 6 Tunkhannock.

Tunkhannock (59)

T. Faux 12 8-8 37, J. Chilson 3 2-4 10, R. Harder 1 5-8 7, E. Bennett 1 1-1 3, A. Billings 0 2-4 2, N. Reposa 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 18-25 59.

Valley View (51)

M. Kudrich 6 0-0 16, J. Duplessis 6 2-5 16, C. Kelley 3 2-4 9, D. Black 3 0-0 7, C. Combs 1 0-2 3, T. Noto 0 0-0 0, Totals 19 4-11 51.

Tunkhannock 17 11 10 21—59

Valley View 11 13 9 18—51

3-point goals: T. Faux (Tunk) 5, J. Chilson (Tunk) 2, M. Kudrich (VV) 4, J. Duplessis (VV) 2, D. Black (VV) 1, C. Kelley (VV) 1, C. Combs (VV) 1.

Scranton Prep 61, Meyers 39

At Scranton, Leo O’Boyle scored 11 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as No. 1 Scranton pulled away for a win.

Keegan Brewster had 12 points for No. 8 Meyers.

Meyers (39)

K. Brewster 6 0-1 12, K. Brewster 4 1-1 9, C. Walker 3 1-3 7, B. Masker 2 0-0 4, N. Hood 1 2-2 4, J. Diggs 1 0-0 3, D. Kasper 0 0-0 0, R. Casey 0 0-0 0, B. Bynon 0 0-0 0, J. Yancey 0 0-0 0, F. Colbett 0 0-0 0, Totals 17 4-7 39.

Scranton Prep (61)

L. O’Boyle 11 7-10 31, B. Boland 4 0-0 10, M. Rotell 5 0-0 10, G. Bednarz 2 0-0 4, G. Schermerhorn 2 0-0 4, N. Genco 1 0-0 2, J. Strong 0 0-0 0, B. Stallman 0 0-0 0, J. Kosierowski 0 0-0 0, M. Skoff 0 0-0 0, D. Blake 0 0-0 0, D. Hazzouri 0 0-0 0, R. Rossi 0 0-0 0, Totals 25 7-10 61.

Meyers 11 10 10 8—39

Scranton Prep 16 13 13 19—61

3-point goals: J. Diggs (Mey) 1, L. O’Boyle (SP) 2, B. Boland (SP) 2.