Elk Lake’s Caden Ramey knocked down a jumpshot with four second left in overtime to give Elk Lake a 46-45 victory over Carbondale in the annual Mike “Red” Wallace game.
After trailing 14-9 after one quarter, the Warriors surged ahead to take a 23-22 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the third quarter to 33-28 before Carbondale rallied and sent the game into overtime on Jaheim Brooker’s layup at the buzzer.
Elk Lake game-MVP Matt Mowry led the way with 19 points while Trevir Graham chipped in with eight points in a balanced Elk Lake attack.
The game which celebrates the legendary Wallace who resided in Fell Township and led Elk Lake to State Championships in 1969 and 1977, also recognizes an outstanding cheerleader for each team. Elk Lake’s Andrea Nieto was recognized this year.
Susquehanna and host Blue Ridge found their season openers spoiled by two strong Bradford County teams at the Cross County Challenge.
Friday night Susquehanna alum Brent Keyes’ Wyalusing Rams secured a 43-33 win over their coach’s alma mater.
Trailing 15-7 after the first quarter Susquehanna stymied the Wyalusing offense in the second to cut the lead to 20-14 at halftime.
The Sabers who graduated their starting five from last season and return only two players with significant varsity experience are acclimating to that level of basketball.
“We have a roster that, leading into the weekend, had no individuals on it who had ever started a varsity basketball game, and only two with any significant varsity minutes” said Susquehanna Coach Lawrence Tompkins in an email.
“Our most immediate need to address right now is experience,” added Tompkins. “Experience in the situations that present themselves in varsity basketball games and getting comfortable executing within those situations.”
Trailing 31-22 heading into the fourth quarter the Susquehanna offense came alive in the fourth quarter as the Sabers put up 21 points, but Wyalusing matched them with 22 points of their own.
Garrett Decker led the Sabers 15 points while Matt Phillips added 10.
Offenses rolled early for both Blue Ridge and Sayre in the other varsity contest Friday.
Sayre led 32-31 at halftime and combined for nine threes in the night to claim the 67-59 win.
Blue Ridge was hampered by poor free throw shooting converting only 9 of 26 attempts. Carson Koehler led the Raiders with 16 points while Gavin Rosa added 14 and Ben Bleck chipped in with 12.
The following night Blue Ridge’s offense cooled as Wyalusing won their second game with 49-36 victory.
The Rams jumped out 18-6 on Blue Ridge but the Raiders countered with a 14-6 second quarter to trail by four at halftime.
Wyalusing took control of the game with a 20-11 third quarter before both offenses stuttered in the final stanza.
Bleck led the way with 16 points for Blue Ridge and Gabe Waldowski added 10.
Susquehanna got off to faster start against Sayre leading 16-15 after the first quarter. However, Sayre was able to take the lead before halftime and prevailed 61-53.
Gavin Baker led Susquehanna with 16 points and Phillips had 13 while Jakub Tomczyk chipped in with nine.
Despite the losses Tompkins was pleased with how his team competed.
“I feel we played two highly experienced and well-coached teams that stand a good chance of not only competing for their division championships but potentially state playoff berths in District IV,” noted Tompkins.
Holy Cross jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back in their 51-26 win over Mountain View.
The Crusaders who opened the season ranked number two in the Scranton Times Boys Basketball Poll were aggressive against a Mountain View squad looking to replace the scoring capabilities of last year’s Lackawanna Division IV Player of the Year, Michael Schermerhorn.
Mike Fanelli and Jalique Gillyard each scored eight points to lead the Eagles.
Mid Valley broke the game open in the second quarter to spoil Montrose Coach Reggie Hawkins’ debut as the Meteors fell 61-22.
Montrose trailed 12-6 after the first stanza but Mid Valley turned up the pressure and outscored the Meteors 19-2 in the second to take control of the game.
Connor Watkins led Montrose with 11 points and Trent Leonard added eight