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HS BASKETBALL: Prep’s O’Boyle Swishes Game-winner At Buzzer Against Scranton

February 6, 2019

SCRANTON — Leo O’Boyle made sure his second shot at victory counted.

In an anxious final seconds, the Scranton Prep senior misfired on a late-game 3-pointer, but collected the long rebound and launched another that swished and sent his team and fans into a frenzy.

His basket at the buzzer completed a furious comeback in the final minute as No. 2 Scranton Prep survived another scare, beating Scranton, 58-56, on Tuesday night in a Lackawanna League Division I boys basketball game.

“I am not going to lie, that was very stressful,” O’Boyle said. “Especially when you miss the first one. I wasn’t sure I was going to get the ball back, but once I got it in my hands, I knew I had to shoot it.

“I had to make it knowing I had an opportunity to make the first one and missed.”

It was the second time in the last week O’Boyle connected on a shot at the end of regulation for the Cavaliers (18-2 overall, 10-1 in Division I), who have won seven straight including three in dramatic fashion.

Earlier, he made a 3-pointer that sent an eventual win over Western Wayne into overtime, and he also had 19 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods in an 87-81 win over Wallenpaupack on Jan. 25.

Against Scranton, O’Boyle shrugged off a tough shooting night where he had made only 2 of his first 13 shots and went 1 of 4 on free throws.

He confidently squared his shoulders and took the potential game-winner that hit the rim, but after he collected the loose ball, he pivoted free of a defender’s arm and drilled it to finish with eight points and erase a 56-51 deficit in the last 46 seconds.

“We are a really close knit bunch of guys and we are going to play hard every last second of every game,” O’Boyle said. “That’s been proven over the last couple of fourth quarters and some overtimes.

“They all prove a lot about our resilience.”

Scranton, which suffered its third straight stunning setback, took a 20-18 lead on a 3-pointer by Derome White midway through the second quarter and didn’t trail again until the clock showed zeroes.

Tahg Jones led the way with 15 points, David Shears had 14 and Marcus Bauman added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

But the Knights stood stunned, again, after O’Boyle’s shot crushed their hopes of an upset.

Early last week, Scranton lost to Western Wayne in overtime after a converted four-point play in the final seconds tied the game, and Honesdale’s Colin Rickard hit a bank shot from ¾-court in the last second of a 74-72 win Saturday.

“I am heartbroken for the guys,” Scranton coach Tony Battaglia said. “They have really worked hard all season and taken steps to get better every game, and we have just fallen short on some really incredible situations.

“We need to find a way to win these ones at the end, but I couldn’t be more proud of this team’s effort every single night.”

Scranton Prep, which got 14 points from Rhys Merritt and six from Michael Skoff through three quarters, trailed, 43-37, in the fourth quarter when its defensive intensity turned the tide.

Mario Rotell had nine of his 11 points and two steals in the fourth to fuel the comeback by the Cavaliers, who forced eight turnovers in the quarter.

With 2:25 remaining, Jones and John Rose each hit two free throws to give the Knights a 54-47 lead.

Then, Greyson Schermerhorn and Rotell scored on back-to-back turnovers.

“We have been in that type of position a lot lately, so we just knew we had been here before and eventually shots were going to fall,” Rotell said.

“We just needed a little bit of a spark and our defense led to offense.”

Scranton (7-11, 3-6) eventually broke the full-court press and Shears hit a floater in the lane with 56 seconds remaining.

Scranton Prep’s Brian Boland, who scored 13 points which included nine in the first half, made two free throws and O’Boyle hit a short hook shot in the lane to close within 56-55.

On the inbounds play, Nick Genco, whose grandmother Catherine Scoblick died over the weekend, created a steal to set up O’Boyle’s heroics.

“It was an emotional night and it’s been hard, but the team has really rallied around me,” Genco said. “When I got in the game, I just tried to provide some energy.

“My Nana always told me to give my all-out effort and play with energy. When I got the chance, I tried to fuel the team to a win.”

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Scranton (7-11, 3-6) — T. Jones 6-9 3-5 15, D. Shears 5-10 0-0 12, M. Bauman 5-10 1-2 11, D. White 3-7 0-0 8, J. Rose 2-3 2-2 7, J. Shields 1-1 0-0 3, P. McCormack 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 22-41 6-9 56.

Scranton Prep (18-2, 10-1) — R. Merritt 5-7 4-7 14, B. Boland 4-9 3-4 13, M. Rotell 4-10 3-3 11, L. O’Boyle 3-15 1-4 8, M. Skoff 3-4 0-0 6, G. Schermerhorn 2-9 2-2 6, N. Genco 0-0 0-0 0, J. Strong 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21 13-20 58.

Scranton 12 18 13 13 — 56

Scranton Prep 12 15 10 21 — 58

3-point shooting: SCR 6-10 (White 2-2, Shears 2-4, Rose 1-2, Shields 1-1, Bauman 0-1), SP 3-12 (Boland 2-4, O’Boyle 1-5, Schermerhorn 0-1, Skoff 0-1). Rebounds: SCR 29 (Bauman 10), SP 27 (Rotell 7). Assists: SCR 14 (Jones 6), SP 8 (O’Boyle 3). Steals: SCR 9 (Bauman 4), SP 12 (Rotell 5). Blocks: SP 2 (Jones, Bauman), SP 2 (Boland, Genco). Turnovers: SCR 21, SP 13.

Abington Heights 66

Valley View 49

At Valley View, Trey Koehler scored 12 of his game-high 27 points in the second quarter when No. 1 Abington Heights outscored the hosts, 24-4.

George Tinsley added 20 points for the Comets.

Jaden Duplessis had 14 points for No. 6 Valley View and Bobby Craig had 12.

Abington Heights (17-2, 10-0) — T. Koehler 13 1-4 27, G. Tinsley 7 5-7 20, M. Malone 4 0-0 8, C. Perkins 2 2-2 6, D. Nealon 1 0-0 3, H. Johnson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 28 8-13 66.

Valley View (12-7, 6-4) — J. Duplessis 4 4-7 14, B. Craig 5 0-1 12, D. Black 4 1-2 9, Z. Kovalchik 2 2-2 7, M. Kudrich 2 0-0 5, C. Combs 0 2-2 2, C. Kelley 0 0-0 0, N. Tomassoni 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 9-14 49.

Abington Heights 12 24 14 16 — 66

Valley View 15 4 16 14 — 49

3-point goals: G. Tinsley (AH), D. Nealon (AH), B. Craig (VV) 2, J. Duplessis (VV) 2, M. Kudrich (VV), Z. Kovalchik (VV). JV: Valley View, 56-30 (VV: Kovalchik 12; AH: Pusateri 7).

Holy Cross 63, Carbondale Area 42

At Holy Cross, Tyler Mozeleski scored 18 points and Kieran Burrier had 17 to lead the fifth-ranked Crusaders to a Division III win.

Leahy O’Connor added 12 points for Holy Cross.

Mike Zazzera had 15 points for No. 9 Carbondale Area.

Carbondale Area (10-9, 5-5) — M. Zazzera 4 6-6 15, Z. Racht 3 2-3 8, J. Katchmore 3 1-1 8, K. Durkin 1 2-2 4, R. Ofner 1 2-2 4, P. Durkin 0 2-2 2, J. Herbert 0 1-2 1, J. Miller 0 0-0 0, N. Tierney 0 0-0 0, B. Nazario 0 0-0 0, J. Brooker 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 16-18 42.

Holy Cross (14-5, 8-1) — T. Mozeleski 6 2-2 18, K. Burrier 6 2-2 17, L. O’Connor 6 0-0 12, T. Montefour 3 0-0 6, C. Callejas 1 0-0 2, J. Osborne 0 2-2 2, J. Calciano 0 2-2 2, P. Bennie 1 0-0 2, T. Mendicino 0 2-2 2, T. Lee 0 0-0 0, D. Walsh 0 0-0 0, B. Boles 0 0-0 0, C. Schuster 0 0-0 0, A. Norella 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 10-10 63.

Carbondale Area 9 10 14 9 — 42

Holy Cross 20 19 13 11 — 63

3-point goals: M. Zazzera (CAR), J. Katchmore (CAR), T. Mozeleski (HC) 4, K. Burrier (HC) 3. JV: Holy Cross, 51-16 (HC: Hartridge 18; CAR: Hainor 7).

Lakeland 54, Riverside 51

At Lakeland, Caleb Vigil hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points with six steals and five rebounds for the seventh-ranked Chiefs.

Jake Curnow had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Lakeland and James Lewis had six rebounds.

Razen Reyes scored 17 points for Riverside and Michael Rickert had 16.

Riverside (8-11, 3-6) — R. Reyes 6 1-2 17, M. Rickert 6 1-2 16, M. Antoniacci 3 2-3 8, K. Puchalski 1 2-3 4, B. Reed 1 1-2 3, C. Kneiss 1 0-0 3, S. Hartman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 7-12 51.

Lakeland (12-7, 4-5) — C. Vigil 6 0-1 17, J. Curnow 6 1-1 13, N. Bertholf 3 4-6 10, J. Lewis 3 3-4 9, C. Dippre 1 3-4 5, C. Mellon 0 0-0 0, T. Pidgeon 0 0-0 0, J. Borosky 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 11-16 54.

Riverside 15 14 11 11 — 51

Lakeland 16 4 20 14 — 54

3-point goals: R. Reyes (RIV) 4, M. Rickert (RIV) 3, C. Kneiss (RIV), C. Vigil (LAK) 5. JV: Riverside, 49-24 (RIV: Mercado 20; LAK: Higgins 14).

Mid Valley 34, Old Forge 29

At Mid Valley, Colin Hazleton had a big Senior Night to help the fourth-ranked Spartans fend off Old Forge, scoring six of his 13 points in the opening quarter, then draining a big 3 in the third quarter to swing momentum.

Vinny Talutto added nine points for Mid Valley.

Michael DiGregorio led all scorers with 15 for Old Forge.

Old Forge (6-13, 1-9) — M. DiGregorio 6 3-3 15, D. Lucarelli 3 0-0 7, A. Davitt 2 0-0 5, A. Rios 1 0-0 2, M. Mucciolo 0 0-0 0, S. Donovan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 3-3 27.

Mid Valley (16-3, 8-2) — C. Hazelton 6 0-4 13, V. Talluto 4 1-4 9, S. Rosencrans 1 3-4 6, T. O’Connor 2 1-2 6, M. Miller 0 0-0 0, B. Kucharski 0 0-0 0, M. Longo 0 0-0 0, C. Mercanti 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 5-14 34.

Old Forge 4 6 10 9 — 29

Mid Valley 10 8 9 7 — 34

3-point goals: D. Lucarelli (OF), A. Davitt (OF), T. O’Connor (MV), S. Rosencrans (MV), C. Hazelton (MV). JV: Mid Valley, 37-17 (MV: Goetz 9; OF: Samony 5).

Wallenpaupack 57, Honesdale 42

At Honesdale, Elijah Rosenthal scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as No. 3 Wallenpaupack pulled away for a Division II win.

Gabe Springer added 15 points for the Buckhorns.

Joey Scarfalloto had 16 points for No. 10 Honesdale and Colin Rickard had 11 points.

Wallenpaupack (14-6, 7-4) — E. Rosenthal 6 9-10 23, G. Springer 7 1-3 15, A. Pillar 3 0-0 9, I. Santiago 0 5-6 5, J. Smith 1 0-0 3, D. Vosburg 1 0-0 2, G. McGrath 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 15-19 57.

Honesdale (10-10, 5-6) — J. Scarfalloto 5 2-4 16, C. Rickard 4 3-3 11, C. Cespedes 4 0-0 8, W. Howell 1 2-2 4, J. Rodda 1 0-0 2, R. Campen 0 1-2 1, J. Lyle 0 0-0 0, B. Williams 0 0-0 0, L. Bancroft 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 8-11 42.

Wallenpaupack 14 14 13 16 — 57

Honesdale 9 14 15 4 — 42

3-point goals: A. Pillar (WAL) 3, E. Rosenthal (WAL) 2, J. Smith (WAL), J. Scarfalloto (HON) 4. JV: Wallenpaupack, 70-67 (WAL: Peifer 27; HON: Williams 17).

Delaware Valley 65

North Pocono 47

At North Pocono, Blake Gearhart hit four 3-pointers and scored 26 points to lead Delaware Valley.

Tom Raniero hit four 3-pointers for 12 points for the Warriors.

Damarco Maglio had 22 points for North Pocono.

Delaware Valley (9-11, 3-8) — B. Gearhart 10 2-2 26, T. Raniero 4 0-0 12, G. Berrios 3 4-8 11, J. Shafer 4 2-7 11, A. Oliver 2 0-0 5, L. Sheldon 0 0-0 0, J. Melnick 0 0-0 0, M. Leonardo 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 8-17 65.

North Pocono (5-13, 2-7) — D. Maglio 9 1-2 22, R. VanBrunt 4 1-2 11, Z. Walsh 2 0-0 6, M. Domanish 2 0-0 5, R. Ruddy 0 3-4 3, N. Posluszny 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 5-8 47.

Delaware Valley 12 15 19 19 — 65

North Pocono 13 16 10 8 — 47

3-point goals: B. Gearhart (DV) 4, T. Raniero (DV) 4, G. Berrios (DV), J. Shafer (DV), A. Oliver (DV), D. Maglio (NP) 3, Z. Walsh (NP) 2, R. VanBrunt (NP) 2, M. Domanish (NP). JV: North Pocono, 53-49 (NP: Olenchak 21; DV: Cavallaro 22).

Montrose 48, Lackawanna Trail 46

At Lackawanna Trail, Jacob Weaver hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left as Montrose rallied for a Division IV win.

Andrew Rapisardi and Brennan Gilhool each scored 11 points for the Meteors.

Zac Cost had 11 points for Lackawanna Trail and Josh Rzucidlo added 10.

Montrose (6-12, 3-7) — A. Rapisardi 3 5-8 11, B. Gilhool 5 1-1 11, E. Snyder 4 1-1 10, T. Rebello 3 1-2 8, J. Weaver 2 0-0 6, E. Cina 1 0-0 2, E. Hitchcock 0 0-0 0, C. Watkins 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 8-12 48.

Lackawanna Trail (8-11, 6-4) — Z. Cost 5 0-0 11, J. Rzucidlo 4 0-1 10, R. Helbing 3 2-5 8, Z. Stec 3 1-3 7, N. Berrios 2 1-2 6, J. Gilroy 1 0-0 3, L. Walker 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 5-13 46.

Montrose 12 4 11 21 — 48

Lackawanna Trail 8 17 16 5 — 46

3-point goals: J. Weaver (MON) 2, E. Snyder (MON), T. Rebello (MON), J. Rzucidlo (LT) 2, N. Berrios (LT), Z. Cost (LT), J. Gilroy (LT). JV: Lackawanna Trail, 33-23 (LT: Sharpe 11; MON: Watkins 7).

Susquehanna 57, Blue Ridge 40

At Susquehanna, Bryce Baldwin scored 18 of his 21 points in the first half when the Sabers built a 17-point lead.

C.J. Stone added 16 points for Susquehanna and Adam Rockwell had 11.

Kaleb Folk scored 11 points for Blue Ridge.

Blue Ridge (5-14, 3-7) — K. Folk 5 1-2 11, B. Bleck 3 3-4 9, C. Scheideler 3 1-2 7, C. Koehler 2 2-2 6, G. Rosa 1 0-0 3, A. Stilloe 1 0-0 2, B. Gumaer 1 0-0 2, T. Hillard 0 0-0 0, G. Waldowski 0 0-0 0, C. McCain 0 0-0 0, H. Thomas 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 7-10 40.

Susquehanna (14-6, 8-1) — B. Baldwin 10 1-2 21, C. Stone 6 0-0 16, A. Rockwell 3 2-3 11, M. Deakin 1 1-2 4, D. Dubanowitz 1 0-0 3, G. Baker 1 0-0 2, C. Towner 0 0-0 0, E. Hall 0 0-0 0, G. Decker 0 0-0 0, J. Tomczyk 0 0-0 0, A. Dolfini 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 4-7 57.

Blue Ridge 10 10 8 12 — 40

Susquehanna 19 18 3 17 — 57

3-point goals: G. Rosa (BR), C. Stone (SUS) 4, A. Rockwell (SUS) 3, M. Deakin (SUS), D. Dubanowitz (SUS). JV: Susquehanna, 40-21 (SUS: Baker 13; BR: Waldowski 9).

Mountain View 51, Elk Lake 35

At Elk Lake, Mikey Schermerhorn scored 21 points to lead Mountain View.

Mike Fanelli added 11 points for the Eagles.

Nate Preston and Hunter Bomboy each had 12 points for Elk Lake.

Mountain View (9-10, 7-2) — M. Schermerhorn 8 4-4 21, M. Fanelli 3 4-4 11, T. Henke 3 1-3 8, J. Andzulis 0 4-8 4, W. Brozonis 2 0-0 4, R. Henke 1 0-0 3, B. O’Brien 0 0-2 0, N. Wells 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 13-21 51.

Elk Lake (7-12, 3-6) — N. Preston 5 1-4 12, H. Bomboy 5 2-7 12, A. Anderson 2 0-0 4, K. Valvano 1 0-2 3, K. Vanderfeltz 1 0-0 2, M. Mowry 1 0-0 2, J. Gustin 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 3-13 35.

Mountain View 10 10 15 16 — 51

Elk Lake 8 4 6 17 — 35

3-point goals: M. Schermerhorn (MV), T. Henke (MV), M. Fanelli (MV), R. Henke (MV), K. Valvano (EL), N. Preston (EL). JV: Elk Lake, 41-11 (EL: Mowry 13; MV: Gillyard 10).

Dunmore 75, Forest City 36

At Forest City, Dom Temperino scored 24 points to lead Dunmore in a Division III-IV crossover.

Frank Ruggiero added 12 points for the Bucks.

Justin D’Antuono scored eight points for Forest City.

Dunmore (9-10) — D. Temperino 9 6-7 24, F. Ruggiero 4 2-2 12, D. Walsh 4 1-1 9, T. Dougherty 3 0-0 9, . Sload 2 0-0 6, O. Haggerty 2 0-0 5, K. Walsh 2 0-0 4, I. Cowder 1 0-0 3, T. Maciejewski 1 1-1 3, A. Waters 0 0-0 0, S. Borgia 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 10-11 75.

Forest City (3-15) — J. D’Antuono 3 0-0 8, C. Hartman 3 0-0 7, G. Zukosky 2 0-0 4, T. Clift 1 2-2 4, E. Paulin 2 0-0 4, D. Congdon 1 0-0 3, J. Helt 1 0-0 2, C. Daniels 1 0-0 2, R. Sassani 1 0-0 2, J. Lipko 0 0-0 0, J. Wiley 0 0-0 0, T. Britton 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 2-2 36.

Dunmore 23 23 10 19 — 75

Forest City 8 11 10 7 — 36

3-point goals: T. Dougherty (DUN) 3, Sload (DUN) 2, F. Ruggiero (DUN) 2, O. Haggerty (DUN), I. Cowder (DUN), J. D’Antuono (FC) 2, D. Congdon (FC), C. Hartman (FC). JV: Dunmore, 67-23 (DUN: Haggerty, Maciejewski, 15; FC: Zukosky 6).

North Rome 53, Triboro 37

At Rome, Nick Beers scored 13 points to lead North Rome Christian School.

Malachi Williams had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Triboro Christian Academy and Jeremiah Estevez had eight steals.

Triboro — J. Camacho 2 1-6 5, S. Lisowski 0 0-2 0, D. Morgan 1 2-2 5, G. Camacho 3 0-0 6, M. Williams 5 2-3 16, B. Joyce 0 0-0 0, Dr. Stiekes 0 0-0 0, J. Estevez 2 1-4 5, P. Carey 0 0-0 0, Da. Stiekes 0 0-0 0, J. Charles 0 0-0 0, J. Sandy 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6-17 37.

North Rome — J. Beers 4 2-2 10, C. Cubbedge 3 0-2 8, T. Roberts 4 0-0 9, J. Gray 4 1-1 9, N. Beers 5 3-8 13, N. Bennett 0 0-2 0, A. Rosenberger 1 0-0 2, A. Gorsline 0 0-1 0, J. Stanton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 6-16 53.

Triboro 10 10 11 6 — 37

North Rome 11 18 12 12 — 53

3-point goals: M. Williams (T) 4, D. Morgan (T), C. Cubbedge (NR) 2, T. Roberts (NR). JV: Triboro, 29-22 (T: Carey 10; NR: Stanton 11).

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