Scranton Prep boys roll past Hanover Area

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The search for a fifth straight District 2 championship obtained off to a rocky begin.

Michael Skoff and Gavin Bednarz rapidly modified that.

Trailing by seven after 1 / 4, Skoff ignited Prep’s offense with a pair of 3-pointers within the opening minute of the second, and Bednarz added 10 of his 14 factors in an enormous run because the top-seeded Cavaliers raced previous No. Eight Hanover Space, 80-51, in Saturday afternoon’s Class 4A quarterfinal on the Xavier Heart.

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“That was one in every of our greatest quarters of the 12 months and we wanted it,” Bednarz mentioned of the Cavaliers’ 31-6 spurt that included the ultimate 15 factors of the half. “Our protection was forcing numerous turnovers. We obtained numerous open layups. We saved working. It was simply enjoyable within the second quarter.”

Not a lot within the opening eight minutes when Hanover Space performed extra like a workforce that was 15-2, not 2-15.

“We got here out firing and I believed the power and depth, the children simply rode with it,” Hawkeyes coach Tony Marcincavage mentioned. “They performed their guts off. You possibly can’t ask for rather more popping out like that.”

Todd Kolbicka hit a Three to set off a nine-point spurt, and his second 3, a 25-footer on the buzzer, gave Hanover Space a 21-14 lead.

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“Our rotations weren’t what they had been purported to be and we had been enjoying with our palms down,” Prep coach Andrew Kettel mentioned. “We did not have lively palms, which we at all times preach.

“As soon as the children adjusted, the deflections got here, the steals got here and the tempo got here to our benefit.”

For the primary eight minutes, the deflections and simple buckets belonged to Hanover, which took benefit of a chilly capturing begin by Prep (10-5), which missed its first 5 3s and went Zero for Four on the foul line.

Skoff modified that when Ryan McAndrew discovered him in the best nook for a 3, then it was Nick Cafarella’s flip to arrange Skoff from the identical spot.

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“We simply grew to become extra affected person on offense and took the most effective seems to be we may get,” Skoff mentioned. “As soon as one fell, it simply felt in movement, the whole lot was going good, so I simply saved capturing and so they went in.”

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Bednarz hit a pair of buckets in a 10-2 spurt, however Hanover Space’s Matt Barber, who led his workforce with 11 factors, scored off one in every of Andrew Flemming’s 4 assists for a 25-24 edge, the final Hawkeyes’ lead.

Hanover Space (51)

M. Barber Three 5-5 11, T. Kolbicka Three 0-Zero 8, J. Curcio Three 1-2 8, C. Hummer Three 0-Zero 6, E. Noe 2 0-Zero 5, A. Flemming 2 0-Zero 4, M. Gonzales 2 0-Zero 4, M. Merth 1 0-Zero 3, S. Florek 1 0-Zero 2, J. Vigorito Zero 0-Zero 0, R. Bohlin Zero 0-Zero 0, X. Ankner Zero 0-Zero 0, A. Kelsall Zero 0-Zero 0, Totals 20 6-7 51.

Scranton Prep (80)

G. Bednarz 5 4-4 14, R. Rossi 7 0-2 14, M. Skoff 5 0-2 13, A. Ferguson Three 0-Zero 6, B. Roche 1 4-Four 6, W. Aldrich 2 0-Zero 6, M. Cobb Three 0-2 6, R. McAndrew 2 0-Zero 5, N. Sorensen 2 0-Zero 4, M. Watkins 2 0-Zero 4, D. Williams 1 0-Zero 2, C. Kohut Zero 0-Zero 0, L. Montgomery Zero 0-Zero 0, R. Valvano Zero 0-Zero 0, Ok. Pritchyk Zero 0-Zero 0, N. Cafarella Zero 0-Zero 0, N. Paoli Zero 0-Zero 0, J. Johnson Zero 0-Zero 0, Totals 33 8-14 80.

Hanover Space 21 6 12 12—51

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Scranton Prep 14 31 24 11—80

3-point objectives: T. Kolbicka (HA) 2, J. Curcio (HA) 1, M. Merth (HA) 1, E. Noe (HA) 1, M. Skoff (SP) 3, W. Aldrich (SP) 2, R. McAndrew (SP) 1.

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Two free throws by Bednarz put Prep in entrance to remain, Robert Rossi slashed to the bucket for 2 of his 14 factors, and Skoff’s putback for 2 of his 13 put Prep in command, 30-25.half of/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}”We knew we could not allow them to hold going at that tempo so we simply locked down and compelled some turnovers,” Bednarz mentioned.half of/span}

Fleming’s layup at 3:25 could be Hanover’s final basket for greater than 6 half of minutes as Prep went on a frenetic 15-Zero run over the ultimate Three minutes of the half, totaling 19 second-quarter factors off turnovers, together with the ultimate 9.

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}”They turned up the depth defensively,” Marcincavage mentioned. “They began urgent extra and began stepping into the zone entice and our children simply did not react fast sufficient. The turnovers changed into fast-break simple buckets for them.half of/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}”The depth and us getting extra lazy with our passes, I feel that basically obtained their run going.”{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Matt Cobb took a nifty dish from Bednarz to begin the decisive roll, and 5 gamers chimed in earlier than Ferguson discovered Skoff within the left nook for a backbreaking Three on the buzzer.half of/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}”That is what seniors do within the postseason,” Kettle mentioned of Skoff. “We discovered him immediately and he performed terrific.”{/span}

{p dir=”ltr”}{span}Rossi scored on a pair of offensive putbacks to begin the third quarter and Prep coasted from there, advancing to Tuesday’s semifinals the place the Cavaliers will host fourth-seeded Lake-Lehman, a 40-33 winner over Nanticoke, at 7 p.m.half of/span}

Scranton Prep 80, Hanover Space 51

Scranton Prep 80

Hanover Space 51

Hanover Space (2-15) — M. Barber Three 5-5 11, T. Kolbicka Three 0-Zero 8, J. Curcio Three 1-2 8, C. Hummer Three 0-Zero 6, E. Noe 2 0-Zero 5, A. Flemming 2 0-Zero 4, M. Gonzales 2 0-Zero 4, M. Merth 1 0-Zero 3, S. Florek 1 0-Zero 2, J. Vigorito Zero 0-Zero 0, R. Bohlin Zero 0-Zero 0, X. Ankner Zero 0-Zero 0, A. Kelsall Zero 0-Zero 0. Totals: 20 6-7 51.

Scranton Prep (10-5) — G. Bednarz 5 4-4 14, R. Rossi 7 0-2 14, M. Skoff 5 0-2 13, A. Ferguson Three 0-Zero 6, B. Roche 1 4-Four 6, W. Aldrich 2 0-Zero 6, M. Cobb Three 0-2 6, R. McAndrew 2 0-Zero 5, N. Sorensen 2 0-Zero 4, M. Watkins 2 0-Zero 4, D. Williams 1 0-Zero 2, C. Kohut Zero 0-Zero 0, L. Montgomery Zero 0-Zero 0, R. Valvano Zero 0-Zero 0, Ok. Pritchyk Zero 0-Zero 0, N. Cafarella Zero 0-Zero 0, N. Paoli Zero 0-Zero 0, J. Johnson Zero 0-Zero 0. Totals: 33 8-14 80.

Hanover Space 21 6 12 12—51

Scranton Prep 14 31 24 11—80

3-point capturing: HA 5-14 (Kolbicka 2-4, Merth 1-2, Curcio 1-2, Noe 1-2, Barber 0-2, Gonzales 0-2), SP 6-17 (Skoff 3-5, Aldrich 2-3, McAndrew 1-1, Valvano 0-1, Paoli 0-1, Rossi 0-1, Ferguson 0-2, Bednarz 0-3). Rebounds: HA 22 (Curcio 4), SP 41 (Rossi 7). Assists: HA 13 (Flemming 4), SP 19 (Bednarz 3, Ferguson 3, Sorensen 3). Steals: HA 9 (Flemming 4), SP 12 (Ferguson 3, Bednarz 3, Rossi 3). Turnovers: HA 20, SP 14. Blocks: HA 2 (Barber, Hummer), SP 4 (Rossi 2).

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