December 29, 2017 GMT

Scranton Prep looks to make history tonight in the championship game of the Lynett Memorial Boys Basketball Tournament. The Cavaliers can become the first team in the 67 years of the tournament to win five straight crowns. Standing in their way is Dunmore. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. at Lackawanna College Student Union. This is the third time a school is bidding for a fifth straight title. From 1983-86, Scranton Prep won four in a row, but lost to Scranton Central in the 1987 final. Dunmore won four straight from 1992-95, but lost in the semifinals in 1996. The Cavaliers reached the final for a sixth straight year with a 64-43 victory over Scranton in the semifinals Wednesday. Senior Sam Bednarz led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds, while senior Wes Simons added 15 points. Dunmore, meanwhile, advanced to the final for the first time since 2011 with a 55-50 triumph over Holy Cross. Sophomore Daniel Walsh had 22 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks for the Bucks. “We’re excited and ready for it,” Walsh said. “Some of our seniors, they’ve never been (in the final). So it’s their time.” Bednarz knows the Cavaliers won’t have an easy time against the Bucks. “Dunmore is a great defensive team,” Bednarz said. “We just have to come out and play our game. We can’t turn the ball over and we’ve got to rebound. If we come out and play our game and play hard, we should be fine.” Combined, Scranton Prep (20) and Dunmore (11) own 31 Lynett titles. This is their eighth meeting in the final and the first since 2001. The Bucks hold a 4-3 edge. In the consolation game at 2:30 p.m., Holy Cross faces Scranton. Girls final Dunmore is shooting for a bit of history themselves. In the 14-year history of the girls tournament, no team has three straight championships. The top-ranked and unbeaten Lady Bucks will try to change that when they face Abington Heights at 6 p.m. The Lady Bucks don’t view the streak as a burden. “It’s more of a motivation,” senior guard Kelly Quinn said. “We’ve been talking about it and it’s kind of something that’s just been pushing us forward to win that title.” The teams met four times in the final, with Abington Heights winning three. The last time was 2011 when the Lady Comets won, 39-29. “There’s a lot of buzz about Dunmore and I think not letting them get in our heads, and playing our game and playing our hardest is going to be the most important,” said Hannah Kowalski, point guard for fourth-ranked Abington Heights. “Their big girls are really good, they’re really talented.” For Quinn, the game takes on greater significance. She lives in the Abington Heights school district and goes to school at Dunmore, where her father is the high school principal. “I played with a lot of them growing up,” Quinn said. “We’re definitely excited. It’s a big one. They’re very good, they’re coaching staff is very good. I think we just need to focus on ourselves right now and get where we need to be. “They have big expectations this year and so do we. So, it’s kind of a big matchup.” Contact the writer: swalsh@timesshamrock.com; mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @swalshTT, @mmyersTT on Twitter