YATESVILLE – Tunkhannock needed less than 11 minutes to make it all the way back from a 15-point, first-quarter deficit Jan. 26 only to fall short after a second surge carried host Pittston Area to a 51-49 Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball crossover victory.
The third straight loss – and second in as many nights – damaged the playoff hopes of a Tunkhannock team that had started the season 5-2. Even after a bounce-back win Tuesday, the Tigers (8-7) were 10th in a competitive 12-team race to land the eight berths in the District 2 Class 4A tournament.
Pittston Area came into the game with just two wins, but overwhelmed Tunkhannock early.
With 6-foot-5 senior center Brian Miller consistently getting into position for easy inside baskets, the Patriots took a 20-5 lead in the last minute of the first quarter. Miller hit six of his first seven shots while scoring 13 points in the opening run.
“Our guards did a nice job of finding him,” Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger said after Miller scored 22, all but one of them in the first half.
Sean Harder scored while moving through the lane to cut the deficit to 20-7 after one quarter and start a Tunkhannock comeback.
Harder went 5-for-6 while scoring all 10 of his points in a five-minute stretch to get the Tigers within 26-20.
Matt Goodwin’s 3-pointer with a second left cut it to 28-23 at halftime.
Evan Turner set up Avery Billings inside, then powered in for his own basket before Tyler Faux completed a 10-point streak with a 3-pointer for a 30-28 lead with 5:58 left in the third quarter.
Faux, who finished with 19 points, hit a 3-pointer and scored on a three-point play 19 seconds apart in the final minute of the third quarter for Tunkhannock’s biggest lead, 38-34.
Pittston Area answered with the game’s next 12 points and even late 3-pointers by Goodwin and Faux could not bring the Tigers back again.
Faux finished 4-for-7 on 3-pointers.
Turner had eight rebounds before fouling out, Harder had four assists and three steals and Billings blocked three shots.
Dallas 62, Berwick 40
Joey Parsons scored 22 points Tuesday night in a 62-40 WVC win over Berwick.
Parsons hit three 3-pointers for the Mountaineers, who outscored the Bulldogs 32-17 over the middle quarters for a 51-31 lead.
Dallas improved to 8-1 in the WVC, 1 ½ games behind Hazleton Area in the Division 1 race. The Mountaineers are 13-2 overall and second out of nine teams in District 2’s power rating system for seeding in the eight-team Class 5A playoffs.
Holy Redeemer 59
Collin Cook’s 24 points led Holy Redeemer in Tuesday’s WVC Division 3 game.
Max Paczewski led Lake-Lehman with 19 points.
Tunkhannock opened leads of 19-5 after one quarter and 30-12 at halftime Tuesday while breaking a three-game WVC losing streak.
Tyler Faux finished with 24 points and Sean Harder had 11 of his 16 in the first half to lead the Tigers.
GAR defeated Lake-Lehman in Monday’s WVC crossover game.
Alex Charlton scored 18 points to lead the way as Dallas overcame a halftime deficit and a 30-point effort by Jawane Buckner to defeat Meyers in the WVC crossover game Jan. 26.
Jay Bittner added 14 points for the Mountaineers.
Wyoming Seminary 56
Wyoming Seminary ran out to a 23-4 lead after one quarter of the Jan. 25 WVC Division 3 game.
C.J. Cercone led Lake-Lehman with nine points.
Hanover Area 58
Hanover Area outlasted Tunkhannock in double overtime in the Jan. 25 WVC game.
Tyler Faux led the Tigers with 14 points.
Amiah Lukowski had three of Nanticoke’s five third-quarter, 3-pointers Wednesday night to keep the Trojanettes unbeaten in WVC play and help them take sole possession of the Division 2 lead with the win.
Lukowski finished with 17 points.
Nanticoke stretched its lead from 22-20 to 39-29 during the third quarter.
Gianna Centrella led Dallas with nine.
Savannah Purdy hit four 3-pointers while scoring 22 points and Sarah Salus connected on three while finishing 19 in Lake-Lehman’s WVC crossover win Wednesday.
Hazleton Area 58
Maddie Mrochko scored 21 points to help Hazleton Area avenge a season-opening loss with Monday’s WVC win.
Sarah Salus and Savannah Purdy led Lake-Lehman with 12 points each. Corinna Scoblick had 11 points and Madison Borum 10.
Reese Mensinger scored 20 points to lead Berwick past Dallas in Monday’s WVC crossover.
Samantha Kern and Gianna Centrella each had 10 points for Dallas.
The Lady Mountaineers outscored the Lady Bulldogs 20-4 in the third quarter to get within 35-34, but were hurt by scoring just two points in the second quarter and four in the fourth.
Ultimate Warrior Tournament
Lake-Lehman finished 20th out of 31 teams in the Jan. 26-27 tournament at West Branch High School.
Robert Long finished fourth at 126 pounds to lead the Black Knights.
Kaleb Konigus, at 285, and Hunter Burke, at 138, each placed sixth. T.J. Meehan was eighth at 195.
Coughlin opened up a 38-6 lead January 26 on the way to win in the first-place battle that decided the tile on the final day of the WVC Division 1 season.
Tommy Traver (138), Connor Munley (195) and Jake Stephens (220) had pins for the Tigers.
Hazleton Area 42
Kade Kravits, John Betzko and Steven Newell had pins in three of the final four bouts for Dallas January 25 when the Mountaineers lost in the regular-season finale.
Dallas finished 3-3 for fourth place out of seven teams in WVC Division 1.
Wyoming Valley West 49
Mikail Krochta won four events Wednesday to help Dallas improve to 6-0 and tied for first in the WVC with Tunkhannock.
The Mountaineers are at Tunkhannock Feb. 14 in the meet that is likely to decide the conference title.
Krochta won the 100-yard backstroke by almost 13 seconds in 58.28, won the 200 individual medley by more than 20 seconds in 2:08.69, led off the opening 200 medley relay win and anchored the closing 400 freestyle win.
Ryan Spears won the 100 breaststroke, Tony Caravaggio won the 500 freestyle and both were on two winning relays.
Shane Szczecinski was part of two winning relays. Kevin Allen, Zach Minarik, Evan Sebecky and Dennis Dukinas made up the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Ray Wills Invitational
Alex Bushre won the 50 and 100 freestyles and was part of two winning relays to help Tunkhannock take the team title in the Jan. 26-27 meet at Wyoming Valley West.
The Tigers outscored second-place Hazleton Area, 351-286.
Holy Redeemer 104
Logan Kuhar won the 200 individual medley for Lake-Lehman in the Jan. 26 meet.
Wyoming Valley West 40
Abby Zolner won the 100-yard butterfly and was part of all three relay wins when Dallas improved to 8-1 in the WVC with Wednesday’s rout.
Zolner won the butterfly by almost 10 seconds in 1:02.36.
Annalise Cheshire won both the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and was part of one relay win.
Missy Leonard, Jennifer Leonard and Gabby Krochta each won an individual event and were part of two relay wins.
Sydney Bittner and Emma Thomas each won an individual event and a relay.
Gianna Leo won the diving.
Ray Wills Invitational
Camryn Rogers won the 100 and 200 freestyles and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay to help Tunkhannock to a second-place finish in the Jan. 26-27 meet at Wyoming Valley West.
Holy Redeemer 65
Holy Redeemer won the Jan. 26 WVC meet.
Pittston Area 45
Annalise Cheshire won the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle while also contributing to two winning relays in the Jan. 26 WVC road win.