GAR boys basketball escapes with a win over Wyoming Seminary


Wyoming Seminary’s Dimitri Gnall drives the lane against GAR’s Anthony Hawk.


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GAR’s Keyshawn Palmer makes a move on Wyoming Seminary’s Nicholas Ganter.


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Wyoming Seminary’s Jeremy Callahan tries to get past GAR’s Kahlil White.


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GAR’s Herman Suazo drives the lane in traffic against Wyoming Seminary.


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GAR’s Will Johnson saves the ball from going out of bounds against Wyoming Seminary.


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    WILKES-BARRE — GAR’s Keyshawn Palmer tried to give his team an emphatic ending to a 44-39 victory over Wyoming Seminary on Thursday night.

    The 6-foot-6 senior’s dunk attempt, though, was thwarted by a grab of the jersey and maybe from some weary legs due to an illness. Perhaps it was fitting because the Grenadiers didn’t exactly slam home that they are in a first-place tie in Division 2 of Wyoming Valley Conference boys basketball.

    GAR improved to 4-0 in Division 2 and 6-3 overall. Berwick, Meyers and Wyoming Area are also 4-0 in the division.

    Missed dunk aside, Palmer did his job. He finished with team highs in points with 13 and rebounds with 12. Ten of his boards came in the second half as he and 6-5 junior Herman Suazo did a better job on the glass. Suazo finished with nine rebounds and 10 points. Point guard Will Johnson tossed in 12.

    “I don’t know. I woke up and my throat was sore and stuff,” Palmer said. “And I was catching a cramp. You’d see me limping at times when I was running. But I didn’t want to go out because it was too close of a game.”

    Closer than expected the way the third quarter started. Seminary (0-4 Div. 3, 4-6) led 21-19 at halftime as sophomore Dimitri Gnall led a 6-1 run to close out the first half. GAR, though, busted out to start the third with a 12-0 run that included an inbound catch-and-shoot three by Andrew Campbell.

    Instead of building on the 31-21 advantage, GAR had to hold off a Seminary rally. The Blue Knights finally broke their third-quarter drought on a drive by Johnny Kehl at 3:33. Jeremy Callahan beat the buzzer with a long 3-pointer, cutting GAR’s lead to 33-28.

    Seminary wasn’t done. The Blue Knights continued to chip away, and another three by Callahan at 4:44 of the fourth gave them a 39-37 lead. The offense stalled at that point and GAR eventually regained the lead, 41-39, on a rebound basket by Palmer with with three minutes remaining.

    “I don’t think we executed very well tonight defensively or offensively,” GAR coach Jerry Altavilla said. “We missed a lot of easy shots around the basket. And I think we gave up a lot of easy shots around the basket, to be honest with you.”

    Gnall paced Seminary with 17 points. The Blue Knights have lost four in a row and five of their last six, but except for a 17-point setback against Wyoming Area, all of the games have been close.

    “One thing this team has shown is we’re going to compete for the entire 32 minutes,” Seminary coach C.J. Kersey said. “We had a similar game against Berwick where we got down a couple times and kept fighting back and made it interesting toward the end.

    “We just have to keep emphasizing the positives and hopefully the next time we’re in this situation, we’ll be able to get a W.”

    Berwick 55,

    Holy Redeemer 50

    The Bulldogs trailed heading into the fourth quarter before outscoring the Royals 13-6 in the final frame.

    Jude Goddard led four Berwick players in double figures with 14 points, followed by Alec Markle (11), Damon Beckhorn (11) and Ken Marshman (10). Joey Judge topped Redeemer with 12 points.

    Tunkhannock 55,

    Northwest 32

    Sean Harder scored 10 of his game-high 15 points in the second half as the Tigers won at home. Tyler Faux and Avery Newhart hit three 3-pointers apiece.

    The Rangers were paced by Sam Saxe’s 10 points.

    Meyers 70,

    MMI Prep 21

    Jawane Buckner and Levaugn Soules each paced Meyers with 12 points a piece. Robbie Formola and Matt Dessome each added eight points in a winning effort as well.

    MMI Prep was led by Kyle Williams, who made a pair of 3-pointers.

    Nanticoke 71,

    Lake-Lehman 50

    Trahjan Krupski scored a game-high 18 points to lead Nanticoke to a 21-point win. Luke Butczynski added 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Trojans.

    Lake-Lehman had a trio of double-digit scorers, led by Cole Spencer’s 16-point effort. Tyler Scharff added 12 points and Mike Sikora finished with 10.

    Wyoming Area 65,

    Hanover Area 32

    Wyoming Area outpaced Hanover Area 35-18 to cruise to a 33-point victory. Tony Saitta led the way with a 15-point effort, including three triples.

    Tyler Diggs scored nine points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to lead Hanover Area.

    GAR 44, Wyoming Seminary 39

    WYOMING SEMINARY (39) — Noah Munley 0 0-0 0, Dimitri Gnall 7 1-2 17, Todd Phillips 1 0-0 2, Jeremy Callahan 3 0-0 8, Johnny Kehl 1 0-0 2, Tyler Maddock 2 1-1 6, Nicholas Ganter 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 2-3 39.

    GAR (44) — Keyshawn Palmer 4 5-8 13, Will Johnson 5 1-1 12, Andrew Campbell 2 1-2 7, Herman Suazo 5 0-0 10, Anthony Hawk 1 0-0 2, Kahlil White 0 0-0 0, Eli Ruiz 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 7-11 44.

    WS`11`10`7`11 — 39

    GAR`11`8`14`11 — 44

    Three-point goals — WS 5 (Gnall 2, Callahan 2, Maddock). GAR 3 (Johnson, Campbell 2).

    Berwick 55, Holy Redeemer 50

    HOLY REDEEMER (50) — Jason Stachokus 1 6-6 9, Joey Judge 4 3-6 12, Joe Layaou 0 2-4 2, James Kosik 0 0-0 0, Nick Prociak 5 0-0 10, Bryce Yencha 3 0-0 6, J.D. Turosky 2 0-1 4, Colin Cook 2 2-2 7, Luke Nealon 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 13-19 50.

    BERWICK (55) — Ken Marshman 3 2-2 10, Matt Champ 4 0-1 9, Alec Markle 4 1-2 11, Damon Beckhorn 3 5-10 11, Kyle Pierce 0 1-2 1, Justin Groshek 0 2-2 2, Jude Goddard 3 5-6 14, Joe Norce 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 16-25 55.

    Redeemer`7`25`12`6 — 50

    Berwick`12`16`14`13 — 55

    Three-point goals — HR 3 (Stachokus, Judge, Cook); BER 5 (Marshman 2, Champ, Markle, Goddard).

    Tunkhannock 55, Northwest 32

    NORTHWEST (32) — Sam Saxe 3 1-1 10, Tyler Stevens 1 1-2 3, Jaxson Yaple 1 4-5 7, Nick Levandowski 0 0-1 0, Mitchell Mazonkey 4 0-2 9, Walker Yaple 1 0-0 3, Bryce Kosler 0 0-0 0, Ethan Harvey 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 7 -11 32.

    TUNKHANNOCK (55) — Avery Newhart 3 0-0 9, Sean Harder 6 2-4 15, Ethan Hoefert 1 2-2 4, Tyler Faux 3 1-2 10, Evan Turner 3 1-1 7, Paul DeMarco 0 0-0 0, Nick Reposa 0 0-0 0, C.J. Brennan 1 0-0 2, C.J. Wright 0 0-0 0, Matt Goodwin 2 0-0 5, Zach Rogers 0 0-0 0, Avery Billings 1 1-2 3. Totals 20 7-11 55.

    Northwest`6`12`5`9 — 32

    Tunkhannock`16`8`20`11 — 55

    Three-point goals — NW 6 (Saxe 3, J. Yaple, Mazonkey, W. Yaple); TUN 8 (Newhart 3, Faux 3, Harder, Goodwin).

    Meyers 70, MMI Prep 21

    MMI PREP (21) — Kyle Williams 2 0-0 6, Marcus Kassick 1 3-8 5, Phillip Byriel 2 0-0 4, George Palermo 1 0-0 2, Nick Young 1 0-0 2, Matt Marchetti 1 0-0 2, Mike Badamo 0 0-0 0, Zack Young 0 0-0 0, Kisan Patel 0 0-0 0, Tyler Degenhart 0 0-0 0, John DeBellis 0 0-0 0, David Antolick 0 0-0 0, Lucas Smith 0 0- 0, Kiefer Hoover 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 3-8 21.

    MEYERS (70) — Jawane Buckner 6 0-1 12, Levaugn Soules 6 0-0 12, Robbie Formola 4 0-0 8, Matt Dessoye 4 0-0 8, Steve Morel 3 0-0 7, Omar Kelly 1 1-2 4, Willie Wallace 2 0-0 4, Najese Hood 2 0-0 4, Ryan Gilgallon 2 0-0 4, Yuri Covington 1 1-2 3, Kendell Brewster 1 0-0 2, Keegan Brewster 1 0-0 2, Matt Mafre 0 0-0 0, Gabriel Springer 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Shaffer 0 0-0 0. Totals 33 2-5 70.

    MMI`7`10`2`2 — 21

    Meyers`22`10`23`15 — 70

    Three-point goals — MEY 2 (Williams 2); MEY 2 (Kelly, Morel).

    Nanticoke 71, Lake-Lehman 50

    LAKE-LEHMAN (50) — Cole Spencer 8 0-0 16, Tyler Scharff 5 0-0 12, Mike Sikora 3 2-2 10, Adam Motovidlak 3 2-2 8, Garrett Weston 2 0-0 4, Walkker Shaw 0 0-0 0, John Pelton 0 0-0 0, Mahmoud Dabsheh 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 4-4 50.

    NANTICOKE (71) — Trahjan Krupski 8 2-2 18, Luke Butczynski 4 2-2 10, Tyler Thomas 3 2-2 8, Matt Piontkowski 3 1-4 7, Nate Kreitzer 2 1-2 6, Alec Divers 3 0-0 6, Rich Wiaterowski 2 0-0 4, Justin Casey 2 0-0 4, Cody Piestrak 1 0-0 3, Terrel Telesford 1 0-0 3, Zach Cardone 1 0-1 2, Patrick Caeser 0 0-0 0, Colby Butczynski 0 0-0 0, Jared Piontkowski 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 8-13 71.

    Lehman`10`9`17`14 — 50

    Nanticoke`17`18`23`13 — 71

    Three-point goals — LL 3 (Kreitzer, Piestrak, Telesford); NAN 4 (Scharff 2, Sikora 2).

    Wyoming Area 65, Hanover Area 32

    HANOVER AREA (32) — Tyler Diggs 3 1-1 9, Evan Materna 3 0-0 6, Mike Piscotty 2 1-2 5, Desmond McCance 1 0-2 3, Devin Senk 1 0-0 3, Luis Rivera 1 0-0 2, Abaad Hamlet 1 0-0 2, Manny Adams 0 2-2 2, Dan Marcincavage 0 0-0 0, Joel Amador 0 0-0 0, Kyle Bohlin 0 0-0 0, Sihiam Wright 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 4-7 32.

    WYOMING AREA (65) — Tony Saitta 6 0-0 15, Anthony Nardell 4 0-0 9, Sam Greenfield 3 1-2 7, Ryan Shuleski 3 0-0 7, Kyre Zeilinski 3 0-0 6, Matt Wright 3 0-0 6, Kyle Musto 1 0-0 3, Cole Keating 0 3-4 3, John Angelella 1 0-0 3, Mikey Bonita 1 0-0 2, PJ Angelli 1 0-0 2, Aaron Zezza 1 0-0 2, Steve Yordy 0 0-0 0, Jon Horozoglu 0 0-0 0, Dylan Melberger 0 0-0 0, Nick Rubino 0 0-0 0, Justin Adler. Totals 27 4-6 65.

    Han. Area`5`9`11`7 — 32

    Wyo. Area`14`16`21`14 — 65

    Three-point goals — HAN 4 (Diggs 2, McCance, Senk); WA 7 (Saitta 3, Nardell, Musto, Shuleski, Angelella).

    Wyoming Seminary’s Dimitri Gnall drives the lane against GAR’s Anthony Hawk.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_TTL011317HSBB-Seminary-GAR_spt_2.jpgWyoming Seminary’s Dimitri Gnall drives the lane against GAR’s Anthony Hawk. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
    GAR’s Keyshawn Palmer makes a move on Wyoming Seminary’s Nicholas Ganter.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_TTL011317HSBB-Seminary-GAR_spt_3.jpgGAR’s Keyshawn Palmer makes a move on Wyoming Seminary’s Nicholas Ganter. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
    Wyoming Seminary’s Jeremy Callahan tries to get past GAR’s Kahlil White.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_TTL011317HSBB-Seminary-GAR_spt_4.jpgWyoming Seminary’s Jeremy Callahan tries to get past GAR’s Kahlil White. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
    GAR’s Herman Suazo drives the lane in traffic against Wyoming Seminary.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_TTL011317HSBB-Seminary-GAR_spt_5.jpgGAR’s Herman Suazo drives the lane in traffic against Wyoming Seminary. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader
    GAR’s Will Johnson saves the ball from going out of bounds against Wyoming Seminary.
    http://timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/web1_TTL011317HSBB-Seminary-GAR_spt_1.jpgGAR’s Will Johnson saves the ball from going out of bounds against Wyoming Seminary. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leader

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