Look at what the teams and the basketball Gods have done!
If you love high school basketball — and if you are reading this I am guessing you do — Tuesday is a day when you wish you could be in more than one place at a time.
I know that’s how I feel.
There are three outstanding games between top teams in their respective divisions. It’s like having three Games of the Week for the price of one.
So let’s take a look. …
DIVISION I SHOWDOWN
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.
Xavier Center at Scranton Preparatory School
Records: Abington Heights 17-1; Scranton Prep 17-1.
Last meeting: Abington Heights, 58-52, overtime.
- Abington Heights — J.C. Show (6-3, Sr.); Joe Carroll (6-1, Sr.); Ethan Danzig (6-4, Sr.); Tim Toro (6-7, So.); Evan Maxwell (6-10, Sr.).
- Scranton Prep — Tim Rose (6-0, Jr,); Bobby Casey (6-0, Jr,); Kevin Bannon (6-0, Sr.); John O’Boyle (6-2, Sr.); Noah Beh (6-6, Sr.).
Remember: J.C. Show overcame a tough shooting game to score 22 points. Joe Carroll hit a pair of free throws in overtime to give the Comets enough of a cushion and grab the early advantage in this season series. Scranton Prep’s Noah Beh hit a pair of free throws late that sent the game to overtime and Tim Rose finished with a team-high 16 points.
Noteworthy: This rivalry has really been something. Last year, in a memorable District 2 Class AAA semifinal game, Abington Heights snapped a win away from the upset-minded Cavaliers in double-overtime when Show hit a dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer. … That carried over to football season as the two teams played the best games of the season with Scranton Prep winning the first one and Abington Heights winning in the District 2 Class AAA playoffs. … Both teams are ranked in the state in Class AAA by Pennlive.com.
Scranton at Valley View
Honesdale at Western Wayne: If Honesdale wins it claims division title.
Delaware Valley at North Pocono
West Scranton at Wallenpaupack
DIVISION III CLASH
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.
Holy Cross High School
Records: Mid Valley 15-2; Holy Cross 13-4.
Last meeting: Holy Cross 59, Mid Valley 56.
- Mid Valley — Alex Prislupsky (6-3, Sr.); A.J. Gangemi (5-10, Sr.); Jason Kenny (6-3, Jr,); Tyler Collins (5-10, Sr,); Martin Walsh (6-4, Sr.).
- Holy Cross — Connor Callejas (5-8, Sr.); Rob Torre (6-0, Jr.); Billy Trainor (6-3, So.); Erik Nelson (5-9, Sr,); Connor Jones (6-4, Sr.).
Remember: Mid Valley jumped out to a big early lead, only to see Holy Cross’ Connor Callejas rally his team to within striking distance. Late in the game, Mid Valley’s A.J. Gangemi gave his team the lead, 56-55. As the clock ticked away, Callejas got fouled and hit his first free throw. The second missed, but hte rebound got batted out of bounds by Mid Valley near half court. It gave Holy Cross one final play with 1 second remaining and Connor Jones drilled a 3-pointer at the buzzer that set off a frantic celebration.
Noteworthy: Holy Cross has won four of the last five against Mid Valley in the last two seasons. … Both teams are considered among the top teams in Class AA in the state by Pennlive,com. … Mid Valley recovered from its loss to Holy Cross to win the first-half title in Division III with a playoff win over Dunmore. The Spartans are behind the 8-ball in the second half after losing to Dunmore last week. … Holy Cross is 2-0 in the second half and trail Dunmore (3-0) by one-half game in the standings and will play the Bucks at home Friday night.
Old Forge at Dunmore
Riverside at Carbondale Area
Lakeland at Blue Ridge
DIVISION IV BATTLE
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.
Montrose High School
Records: Elk Lake 17-0; Montrose 9-8.
Last meetings: Elk Lake 59-48; Elk Lake 51-48.
- Elk Lake — Tanner Reyan (6-1, Sr.); Tyler Arnold (5-10, Sr.); Nick Dudock (6-2, Sr.); Matt Woolcock (6-1, Sr.); Pete McGee (6-4, Sr.).
- Montrose — Erik Burgh (5-11, Sr.); Troy Ely (6-3, Jr.); Jack Fruehan (6-5, Sr.); Brenton Warner (6-3, Sr.); Cameron Dean (6-7, Sr.).
Remember: Tanner Reyan scored 22 points and Matt Woolcock added 17 to lead Elk Lake in the Susquehanna Holiday Tournament. Cameron Dean scored 19 for Montrose. In the rematch, Montrose gave Elk Lake its closest game of the Division IV first-half. Again, Reyan had the big game for Elk Lake, scoring 25 points. Woolcock contributed 12 for the winners. Montrose got 19 from Dean.
Noteworthy: Elk Lake is the only undefeated team left in the Lackawanna League and is the defending Division IV champions. … The Warriors have beaten Montrose by an average of 7 points per game, while are beating the other Division IV opponents by an average of 32 points per game. … The game will feature two 1,000-point scorers for their careers, Elk Lake’s Tanner Reyan and Montrose’s Cameron Dean.
Susquehanna at Mountain View
Lackawanna Trail at Forest City: Lackawanna Trail has won three straight games.