Meteors top Mt. View in OT

Mountain View and Blue Ridge Basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches gather for a picture to commemorate Coaches versus Cancer week. The week-long venture focusing on efforts to raise money and awareness for cancer research was held throughout boys and girls basketball games in the Lackawanna League and District II. PHOTO COURTESY JAN BIESECKER

Mother nature dropped a bomb on the basketball schedule pushing many of the games and the Coaches versus Cancer game activities to Friday and Saturday. 

Montrose knocked Mountain View from the undefeated ranks with a 49-39 overtime victory and earned the Meteors’ second win in division play.

Both teams struggled to gain a rhythm in the first half. Brennan Gilhool and Andrew Rapisardi combined for 10 points as the Meteors took a 17-15 halftime lead. Mike Fanelli and Mikey Schermerhorn combined for 9 to keep the Eagles in the hunt.

The offense began to flow in the third quarter as the teams traded buckets. Mountain View cut the lead to one as the Eagles got hot behind the arc with Fanelli, Wyatt Brozonis, Preston Petts, and Ryan Henke each knocking down a three.

Rapisardi helped the Meteors keep the lead with 8 more points in the stanza.

The baskets were sealed again in the fourth quarter as Montrose stayed ahead, despite shooting 1-8 at the charity stripe. The Meteors led 35-32 until Schermerhorn buried a three with four seconds left to send the game into overtime.

In the extra session, Gilhool converted on all four of his free throw attempts and Jacob Weaver was 3-4 as the Meteors prevailed 49-39.

Gilhool and Rapisardi paced Montrose with 14 points each. Schermerhorn led Mountain View with 13 and Fanelli added 10.

Holy Cross used a big third quarter to put Susquehanna away in Lackawanna League Division III/IV crossover game,  57-43.

Holy Cross opened the game with 15-8 first quarter advantage.

Mason Deakin and Canyon Stone combined for 7 points in the second stanza as the Sabers played even with Holy Cross and trailed at halftime 26-19.

After halftime the Crusaders took control of the game outscoring Susquehanna 22-13 to take a 48-32 lead into the fourth quarter. Adam Rockwell scored 8 points in the quarter trying to keep the Sabers within striking distance.

Deakin and Gavin Baker combined for 9 points in the fourth but the Sabers could’nt surmount a challenge. Deakin finished with a team-high 13 points and Rockwell finished with 12 to pace Susquehanna.

The Sabers kept pace with Mountain View in the division race with a 58-42 victory over Forest City.

After an opening quarter where Forest City trailed Susquehanna 17-13, the Sabers tightened down the defense in the second quarter holding the Foresters scoreless while scoring 18 of their own to take a 35-13 lead into the half.

Bryce Baldwin took over in the second quarter scoring 12 of his 14 points in the quarter.

Corey Daniels and Tyler Clift combined for 12 points in the third quarter in attempt to get the Foresters back in the game, but Stone and Baker combined for 10 points as Susquehanna extended its advantage.

Baldwin’s 14 paced Susquehanna while Stone and Deakin chipped in with 12 and 10 respectively. Baker and Rockwell added 8 each.  Daniels led Forest City with 12 and Eric Paulin chipped in with 11.

Mountain View stayed on top of the division with a 56-41 win over Blue Ridge on Saturday.

The host Eagles jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter advantage. Blue Ridge found their rhythm going in the second quarter and slowly chipped away at the Mountain View advantage. The Raiders outscored the Eagles 35-26 over the middle quarters to cut the lead to 38-35 heading into the fourth quarter.

But Mountain View pulled away in the final stanza. Fanelli scored 11 points on 7-10 shooting from the charity stripe.

Fanelli finished with 25 points and Schermerhorn added 13 to lead Mountain View. Sam Cosmello led Blue Ridge with 14 and Kaleb Folk added 9.

Montrose earned its first division win with a 60-38 win over Forest City earlier in the week, avenging a loss in the first half of the season to the Foresters.

Prospects of getting the win looked grim at the outset as Forest City raced ahead 9-2 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Meteor offense came alive. Montrose outscored the Foresters 16-11 bring the game to within two points at the half, 20-18.

Montrose seized control of the game in the third as Rapisardi and Gilhool combined for 13 points.

Montrose used the foul line to put the game away in the fourth period, converting 12-14 from the stripe led by Evan Snyder who was 5-6.

Rapisardi led the way with 16 and Snyder finished with 12 to pace the Meteors. Gilhool chipped in with 9 and Tyler Rebello added 8. Paulin led Forest City with 13 and Daniels added 11.

Lackawanna Trail used strong middle quarters to down Elk Lake for a second time this season. The Lions dumped the Warriors 48-39.

Elk Lake jumped out to a 13-11 lead but then scored only 14 points over the next two quarters to fall behind 39-27.  Adam Anderson and Hunter Bomboy each scored 10 to lead the Warriors.

Elk Lake got back on the winning track the following afternoon in an exhibition with Towanda, prevailing over the Black Knights 56-46.

Up 24-21 at the half, the Warriors seized control. Anderson was again hot from behind the arc nailing 4 treys on his way to a game-high 17.

Bomboy chipped in with 16 and Nate Preston and Kevin Valvano added 8 and 7 respectively.

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