Evan Maxwell set the tone for the game from the Comets’ opening possession.
The Abington Heights senior center sparked a 9-0 run to start the game with a slam dunk, his first of three in the game. The Comets never trailed and rolled to a 61-44 win over West Scranton in a Lackawanna League Division 1 contest Jan. 17.
“I think it definitely brings some energy to the crowd and the team,” Maxwell said of his early dunk.
Maxwell, who led three Comets players in double figures with 14 points, scored 12 in the first quarter when Abington Heights took a 21-11 lead. He also contributed eight rebounds, including five in the second half.
“We knew we were a bigger (team),” Maxwell said. “We just wanted to try to pound the ball inside to score points and draw fouls.”
Comets guard J.C. Show scored six of his 12 points in the second quarter and Abington Heights held a 33-19 advantage at the half.
Despite having a lead, Abington Heights Head Coach Ken Bianchi was impressed with West Scranton’s defense.
“They play great man-to-man defense and they are scrappy,” Bianchi said of the Invaders. “When you play them, coach (Jack) Lyons is going to have them ready and they’re going to be diving for loose balls. You know you’re not going to have an easy time.”
Abington Heights (12-1 overall, 5-0 in league play) began the second half on a 12-2 run and stretched its lead to 49-24 at the end of the third quarter.
Comets forward Tim Toro scored seven of his 13 points during the quarter. He added seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
West Scranton freshman Cole Stetzar, who scored the Invaders’ first nine points, finished with a game-high 24 points.
Bianchi was pleased with his team’s effort, but not their movement on defense.
“We let one shooter (Stetzar) get open too many times,” Bianchi said. “We weren’t getting to our spots quickly enough.”
Jordan McCloe added five points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals for West Scranton (9-5, 3-2)