The boys’ basketball team has had a strong start to their season, starting with a #-# record and keeping games close against tough teams like Wilkes Barre G.A.R. and Pocono Mountain East.
On Dec. 11, the Warriors defeated the Crestwood Comets in an exciting fashion, with sophomore Jackson Schafer scoring the winning putback with 3.9 seconds left in the game.
Junior Blake Gearhart fueled the Warriors offense in the first half by scoring 13 points and frequently challenging the Comets defense.
Also contributing to the 22-14 Warriors lead at halftime were seniors Matt Campbell, Dylan Kelly and Schafer each scoring two points and senior Hassan Keys adding three.
“Our guys did a good job, responded and did everything we wanted them to do. Crestwood is a good team, so it was a good win for us,” said head coach Kris Holtzer.
In the third quarter, the Comets started to chip away at the Warriors lead, only trailing by eight points at the end of the quarter. Gearhart added another 10 points, senior Zach Klapak contributed three, Keys scored two and Campbell added one foul shot.
Going into the fourth quarter with a score of 38-30, Crestwood began to battle back, keeping a close score.
Gearhart contributed another five points, while Keys, Campbell and Schafer added a combined total of nine.
“Crestwood came back and made it a tough game. We battled back and it was a good team victory,” said Schafer, who scored the final two points of the game.
On the defensive side, Campbell had a game-high 15 rebounds, which was crucial in taking away scoring opportunities from the Comets.