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Blue Devils suffocated by Prep defense

Old Forge falls in District 2 title game

photos by BILL TARUTIS

Above left, Old Forge’s Jorden Sekol (32) shoots as Scranton Prep’s Kevin Bannon goes for the block in the District 2 freshmen basketball championship game Monday night at Pittston Area High School. Above right, Jimmy Aversa (20) puts up a shot in traffic against the Cavaliers.

After winning its first District 2 playoff game ever in such thrilling fashion, the Old Forge boys’ freshman basketball team was ready to strike gold. But two-time defending District 2 Junior High champion Scranton Prep had something to say about that.

The undefeated Cavaliers used a suffocating defense to hold the Blue Devils to just nine total points in the second and third quarters on its way to a 53-22 victory in the Thomas R. Kelly Gymnasium at Pittston Area on Monday night in Yatesville.

Prep jumped out to an early 5-3 lead before Old Forge guard Jimmy Aversa nailed a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Blue Devils its only lead of the game, 6-5, with 3:37 left in the opening stanza. The Cavaliers regained the lead with less than a minute left at 9-7, and opened its advantage to 13-7 at the end of the quarter on two steals, including one that led to a layup at the buzzer by Avoca resident Jack Joyce.

Robert Donovan scored inside for the Blue Devils to start the quarter, but Prep answered with a 12-4 run to take a 25-13 lead at intermission.

Old Forge got the deficit to nine to open the third quarter on a three-pointer by Brandon Yescavage, but again the Cavs defense dug in and held the Blue Devils without a point for the next 7:06 as they ran off 15 unanswered points to put the game away with a 40-16 lead.

Jordan Ohler led Old Forge (18-5) with six points, and Yescavage added five. Donovan and Jorden Sekol split eight points and combined for 13 rebounds. Aversa chipped in with three assists.

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