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BOYS BASKETBALL: Bauman Powers Scranton

December 14, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — Scranton senior Marcus Bauman spent the offseason working on his mid-range game.

It made a difference Thursday night.

Bauman was nearly unstoppable for two-and-a-half quarters as the Knights defeated GAR, 76-65, in a nonleague boys basketball game.

The 6-foot-4 center scored 25 points and had nine rebounds, impressive numbers he mostly compiled before running into foul trouble in a game where 44 fouls were called and 56 free throws attempted.

“He was tough. Very physical,” GAR coach Jerry Altavilla said. “He hits 15-footers. He can go to the basket. He can bring it outside and shoot. He’s just a tough matchup all-around.”

GAR started strong, taking a 14-8 lead in the first quarter.

However, Scranton (2-1) took control with an 11-0 run that bridged the first and second quarters.

The Knights went ahead by double-digits when Bauman knocked down a pair of free throws for a 35-24 lead, and they went into halftime up, 37-26.

“We’re on a roll. We’re going to be on a roll for a long time,” said Bauman, whose Knights defeated Riverside, 63-44, earlier this week. “No team can stop us when we’re playing with energy and we keep the defense up.”

Scranton led, 50-33, when Will Johnson got GAR back into the game. The senior guard made back-to-back 3-pointers from the left wing to cut the deficit to 50-39. Johnson scored 22 of his game-high 28 points in the second half.

GAR’s comeback attempt reached its peak with 1:35 to play, when Tyler Young knocked down a 3 to make it 70-63.

“It’s tough to get a silver lining out of a loss, but I like the way our kids competed,” Altavilla said. “Scranton is going to be a good team. They’re going to win a lot of games this year. I thought we had our opportunities. We need to finish around the basket. I think our shot selection needs to improve. But, you know, we’ve got some stuff to work on.”

R.J. Overton added 19 points for the Knights, while Patrick McCormack scored nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers and Noah Leety scored eight points off the bench.

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Scranton 76, GAR 65

Scranton (2-1) — M. Bauman 7 11-13 25, R. Overton 7 4-8 19, P. McCormack 2 3-4 9, N. Leety 2 4-4 8, T. Jones 2 3-6 7, D. White 2 1-2 5, J. Wainwright 1 1-2 3, A. Keys 0 0-0 0, J. Rose 0 0-0 0, J. Shields 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 27-39 67.

GAR (1-1) — W. Johnson 10 4-5 28, T. Young 5 3-5 15, J. O’Day 4 0-0 8, C. Smith 2 3-4 7, C. Smith 2 1-2 5, G. Placecio 1 0-1 2, J. Gonzalez 0 0-0 0, S. Adamson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 11-17 65.

Scranton 17 20 17 22 — 76

GAR 14 12 17 22 — 65

3-point goals: P. McCormack (SCR) 2, R. Overton (SCR), W. Johnson (GAR) 4, T. Young (GAR) 2.

Honesdale 51, Dunmore 36

At Honesdale, Chris Cespedes and Will Howell each scored 11 points in the second half as the Hornets erased a seven-point halftime deficit.

Cespedes finished with 15 points and Howell hit four 3-pointers and had 14 points.

Tommy Dougherty and Jared Argust each scored nine points for No. 8 Dunmore.

Dunmore (2-1) — T. Dougherty 3 0-0 9, J. Argust 2 4-4 9, F. Ruggiero 3 0-0 8, I. Cowder 2 0-0 5, T. Lewis 1 0-0 3, D. Temperino 1 0-0 2, K. Walsh 0 0-0 0, S. Borgia 0 0-0 0, R. Cordaro 0 0-0 0, T. Maciejewski 0 0-0 0, O. Haggerty 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 4-4 36.

Honesdale (2-1) — C. Cespedes 7 1-2 15, W. Howell 5 0-0 14, C. Rickard 3 2-3 9, J. Scarfalloto 4 0-0 8, A. Atcavage 1 3-4 5, B. Williams 0 0-0 0, L. Bancroft 0 0-1 0, R. Campen 0 0-0 0, J. Rodda 0 0-0 0, J. Lyle 0 0-0 0, C. Coar 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 6-10 51.

Dunmore 9 13 9 5 — 36

Honesdale 7 8 17 19 — 51

3-point goals: T. Dougherty (DUN) 3, F. Ruggiero (DUN) 2, I. Cowder (DUN), T. Lewis (DUN), J. Argust (DUN), W. Howell (HON) 4, C. Rickard (HON). JV: Honesdale, 48-39 (HON: Campen 15; DUN: Sload 14).

Old Forge 63, S. Williamsport 49

At South Williamsport, Michael DiGregorio scored a career-high 23 points to lead Old Forge.

Robell Dease and Dante Lucarelli each had 15 points for the Blue Devils.

Old Forge (2-1) — M. DiGregorio 9 3-7 23, R. Dease 5 4-4 15, D. Lucarelli 7 0-0 15, A. Rios 4 0-0 8, M. Mucciolo 1 0-0 2, S. Donovan 0 0-0 0, M. Samony 0 0-0 0. Totals: 26 7-11 63.

South Williamsport — P. Sinibaldi 9 1-2 21, Ev. Laudenslager 3 2-4 8, Et. Laudenslager 3 0-0 6, A. Flick 3 0-0 6, C. Lentz 2 1-2 6, S. Karasek 1 0-0 2, N. Persun 0 0-0 0, R. Weinhoffer 0 0-1 0, T. Trojan 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 4-9 49.

Old Forge 11 13 18 21 — 63

South Williamsport 5 21 19 4 — 49

3-point goals: M. DiGregorio (OF) 2, R. Dease (OF), D. Lucarelli (OF), P. Sinibaldi (SW) 2, C. Lentz (SW). JV: Old Forge, 41-37, OT (OF: Donovan 13).

Delaware Valley 53

Warwick, N.Y. 52

At Delaware Valley, Blake Gearhart hit the game-winner with 3.5 seconds left to give the sixth-ranked Warriors a win.

Gearhart finished with 20 points and Jackson Shafer had 16 for Delaware Valley.

Warwick (1-3) — Z. Goldstein 9 1-1 23, J. Bevacaqua 8 0-1 16, J. Joseph 4 0-0 8, J. Dunn 2 1-1 5, J. Tucker 0 0-0 0, F. Helmen 0 0-0 0, A. Aragonas 0 0-0 0, K. Dalhouse 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 2-3 52.

Delaware Valley (1-3) — B. Gearhart 8 2-2 20, J. Shafer 4 6-10 16, T. Raniero 2 1-2 7, G. Berrios 2 1-2 6, M. Leonardo 1 0-0 3, A. Oliver 0 1-4 1, L. Sheldon 0 0-0 0, J. Melnick 0 0-0 0, P. Robertson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 17 11-20 53.

Warwick 15 10 17 10 — 52

Delaware Valley 13 12 11 17 — 53

3-point goals: Z. Goldstein (W) 4, B. Gearhart (DV) 2, T. Raniero (DV) 2, J. Shafer (DV) 2, M. Leonardo (DV), G. Berrios (DV).

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