Scranton Surges Past Valley West
SCRANTON — Valley West, regardless of the deficits it faced, didn’t surrender without a fight.
But, Scranton had too many scoring options and eventually put the Spartans away.
Marcus Bauman scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds, and Derome White scored 14 points, including eight in the fourth quarter to help Scranton stave off Valley West, 62-50, Friday night in a nonleague boys basketball game.
It was the second win in as many days for Scranton, which handled GAR on Thursday night.
Tyler Gillespie led Valley West with 13 points, while Joseph Lombardo added 12, Roland Hamad had 11 and Justus Simpson had 10.
“I was very happy with our intensity and us not giving up,” Valley West coach Rich Jones said. “They played through their mistakes, even though we did have 17 turnovers. We finished some shots in the first half, but we got a little lackadaisical in the second half, and that may have been a product of us getting tired because we had only a seven-play rotation.”
Valley West came out sluggish and fell behind 8-0 in the first eight minutes. It was a margin Scranton maintained through the end of the quarter.
But, sparked by Gillespie, who controlled the lane and scored six point in the first and ignited a second-quarter run with a two-handed dunk, the Spartans closed to within 23-21 at the half.
Lombardo had six of his 12 points and Simpson knocked down a 3-pointer to highlight the 11-5 advantage by Valley West in the second quarter.
“I thought we upped our defense,” Jones said. “We were pounding the ball inside to Tyler and that was really working. In the second half, they were double and triple teaming him, so we needed some outside shooting, but we weren’t able to make the shots.
“I think when we were pounding the ball inside, though, we were successful.”
Scranton came out in the second half and picked up its defensive intensity.
Led by Bauman’s nine points, the Knights established a 38-28 lead with 1:20 to play in the third. John Rose had a key 3-pointer and short jumper in the quarter and Scranton pushed the lead to 49-36 on a 3-pointer by White with 5 minutes to play in the game.
But, again, Valley West stormed back.
Hamad converted a three-point play, Gillespie scored inside and the Spartans hit four free throws on a sequence where Scranton made a steal but got called for a technical foul, and Gillespie, who finished with 13 points, made another free throw to close to within 49-46.
Scranton responded with Bauman and Tahg Jones both scoring, and White scoring three points to re-establish a 56-48 lead with less than a minute remaining.
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Wyoming Valley West (0-3) — T. Gillespie 5 3-4 13, J. Lombardo 6 0-2 12, R. Hamad 3 5-5 11, J. Simpson 4 0-0 10, D. Gibbons 1 0-0 2, S. Portee 1 0-0 2, T. Federici 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 8-11 50.
Scranton (3-1) — M. Bauman 6 5-6 17, D. White 6 1-2 14, J. Rose 3 3-4 11, R. Overton 2 2-4 6, J. Shields 2 0-0 6, T. Jones 1 2-2 4, N. Leety 1 0-0 2, A. Keys 1 0-0 2, P. McCormack 0 0-0 0, J. Wainwright 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 13-18 62.
Wyoming Valley West 10 11 11 18 — 50
Scranton 18 5 19 20 — 62
3-point goals: J. Simpson (WVW) 2, J. Rose (SCR) 2, J. Shields (SCR) 2, D. White (SCR). JV: Scranton, 60-32 (SCR: Shields 18, WVW: Patterson 9).