When it comes to the opportunity for a District 2 boys basketball title, it’s better late than never for Crestwood and GAR.
Those two schools will join the GAR girls and Holy Redeemer girls in quests for district championships today.
All six boys games, four of which included Wyoming Valley Conference teams, were postponed Friday due to inclement weather and reset for today. There are also six girls games today.
The top-seeded Crestwood boys (23-4) will go for their fifth consecutive D2-3A title when the Comets play third-seeded Scranton Prep (20-7) at 7 p.m. The team scrimmaged prior to the season, but Crestwood coach Mark Atherton believed not much could be gleaned from the encounter.
“It was as even as you can get,” Crestwood coach Mark Atherton said. “It was so long ago and our football guys were coming off football and so were theirs, so it’s hard to say.”
Crestwood defeated Valley View 43-24 in the semifinals, holding the Cougars to their lowest point total in their last 105 games. Prep has won eight of its last nine games and has been stingy on defense as well.
The GAR boys (17-9) go for the D2-2A championship at 3 p.m. at Scranton High School when they play second-seeded Holy Cross (22-3).
The Grenadiers have proven their ninth seed was a fluke of seeding system, knocking off top-seeded Wyoming Seminary and fourth-seeded Northwest. Holy Cross’ only losses came to teams vying for district championships – Abington Heights, Old Forge and Prep.
“The team we had coming in, we had very high expectations, looking to win a championship,” GAR coach Paul Brown said. “And things didn’t work out for us in the league, but I think right now we’re playing our best basketball and hopefully we’ll have one of our better games (today).”
In other boys games involving WVC teams:
Dallas (17-8) plays Valley View (21-7) at 3 p.m. at Carbondale High School for third place in the D2-3A tournament. The winner will advance to the state playoffs along with Crestwood and Prep.
Northwest (14-11) plays Dunmore (18-9) at 2:30 p.m. at Wyoming Valley West High School for third place in Class 2A. The winner moves to States as do GAR and Holy Cross.
The GAR girls (14-13) have been the surprise of the D2-2A tournament. They needed to win a play-in game to just make the field as the 16th seed and have proceeded to bump off top-seeded Carbondale and fourth-seeded Montrose along the way. Their task will be difficult at 1 p.m. today at Scranton High School when they play second-seeded and defending champion Dunmore, a program steep in tradition and talent, for the D2-2A title.
Redeemer (20-3) came into the D2-3A girls’ tournament as the top seed and has disposed of two opponents by an average of 17.5 points. The first-year Royals will be seeking the school’s first district banner to hang in the gym when they play sixth-seeded North Pocono at 2:30 p.m. at Pittston Area High School.
In other girls games involving WVC teams:
Meyers plays Montrose at 1 p.m. at Pittston Area for third place in the D2-2A tournament. The winner, GAR and Dunmore will play in the state tournament.
In a match up of WVC teams, Coughlin and Nanticoke play at 1 p.m. at Wyoming Valley West for third place in 3A. The winner advances to states with Redeemer and North Pocono.
Class 4A: Championship, Abington Heights vs. Williamsport, 1 p.m. Berwick H.S.
Class 3A: Championship, Crestwood vs. Scranton Prep, 7 p.m. King’s College; Third-place game, Dallas vs. Valley View, 3 p.m. Carbondale H.S.
Class 2A: Championship, GAR vs. Holy Cross, 3 p.m. Scranton H.S; Third-place game, Northwest vs. Dunmore, 2:30 p.m. Wyoming Valley West H.S.
Class A: Championship, Old Forge vs. Susquehanna, 3 p.m. Valley View H.S.
Class 4A: Championship, Abington Heights vs. Scranton, 1 p.m. Carbondale H.S.
Class 3A: Championship, Holy Redeemer vs. North Pocono, 2:30 p.m. Pittston Area H.S.; Third-place game, Coughlin vs. Nanticoke, 1 p.m. Wyoming Valley West H.S.
Class 2A: Championship, GAR vs. Dunmore, 1 p.m. Scranton H.S.; Third-place game, Meyers vs. Montrose, 1 p.m. Pittston Area H.S.
Class A: Old Forge vs. Forest City, 1 p.m. Valley View H.S.