Naseem Guillaume scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half Thursday night to lead Pittston Area past visiting Wyoming Valley West, 65-55, in a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 boys basketball finale.
The win gave the Patriots a boost in District 2 Class 5A seeding. The Patriots entered the night in danger of falling as low as the eighth seed for the eight-team tournament, but wound up beating out Wyoming Valley West for sixth place.
Pittston Area finished the regular season 5-11 in the WVC for fourth place in the six-team Division 1 and 6-16 overall. Wyoming Valley West finished 3-13 and 5-17.
The Patriots recovered from a three-point deficit after one quarter to take a 23-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Guillaume had 10 points in each of the final two quarters, going 6-for-8 from the line in the process.
The Patriots outscored Wyoming Valley West 22-11 in the third quarter. Brian Miller had eight of his 18 points in the quarter.
Matt McGlynn added 10 points.
After Pittston Area held conference scoring leader Draig Ruff without a field goal while outscoring the Spartans 32-17 in the middle two quarters, Ruff had 14 of his 22 points in the fourth.
Wyoming Area 37
Nanticoke doubled its lead during the fourth quarter Thursday while wrapping up its WVC Division 2 championship season.
Sam Greenfield scored 17 points to lead Wyoming Area, which finished in a three-way tie for second in the division with a 10-7 record, four games behind the Trojans. The Warriors were 14-8 overall in the regular season.
Hazleton Area 91
Pittston Area 61
Jeff Planutis did not miss a shot while scoring 23 points for Hazleton Area Tuesday night.
The Cougars, who won the Division 1 title, were the only team to go unbeaten in WVC play.
Hazleton Area scored 32 points in the third quarter for a 73-41 lead.
Matt McGlynn scored 15 points and Logan Booth added 14 for Pittston Area.
Wyoming Area 56
Will Johnson scored 33 points to lead GAR to the victory Tuesday.
Sam Greenfield led Wyoming Area with 27 points.
Pittston Area 47
Wyoming Valley West 42
Alexa Noone scored 20 points Wednesday night when Pittston Area climbed into a second-place tie in the final WVC Division 1 standings with its fifth straight win.
Leah Hodick added 14 points for the Lady Patriots, who went 9-7 in the WVC and are 13-9 overall entering the postseason. Pittston Area could have slipped as low as sixth out of eight teams in the District 2 Class 5A seedings, but landed the fourth spot with the win.
Defending champion Wyoming Valley West wound up 8-8 and 11-11.
Pittston Area 58
Hazleton Area 45
Alexa Noone continued to add to her school-record 3-pointers total Monday night when the Lady Patriots helped Crestwood clinch the WVC Division 1 title by knocking off second-place Hazleton Area.
Noone hit six more 3-pointers, pushing her season total to 77. The senior guard had four of her 3-pointers and 14 of her 27 points in the first half.
Pittston Area took an 18-12 lead after one quarter with help from eight points by Noone. Portia Weidlich had six of her eight points in the fast start.
Hazleton Area closed to within 28-26 at halftime.
Leah Hodick scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half, including seven in the third when Pittston Area took control, 42-34.
Maddie Mrochko and Virginia Yurchak had 14 points each for Hazleton Area.
Holy Redeemer 61
Wyoming Area 35
Sam Yencha scored 14 of her 23 points in the first half Monday to lead Holy Redeemer to the WVC Division 2 win on Wyoming Area’s Senior Night.
Yencha helped the Lady Royals take leads of 14-5 after one quarter and 32-13 at halftime.
Addison Orzel led Wyoming Area with 11 points.
Pittston Area 41
Ryan Lombardo (132) and A.J. Gordo (170) had first-period pins Thursday when Pittston Area posted its third win of the season.
Keith Romanczuk won by technical fall at 120.
The Patriots, in their first year under coach Dave Krantz, improved from just a single win a year ago.
Wyoming Area 59
Mountain View 9
Alex Pierce (150), Jaryn Polit-Moran (170) and Damon Barhight (285) had pins during Wyoming Area’s win Thursday.
Corey Mruk won by technical fall at 160.
Wyoming Valley West 40
Wyoming Area 38
Host Wyoming Valley West overcame a 22-point deficit in the last four bouts with two pins and two forfeits to win the non-league match.
Charlie Banashefski had a pin at 145, Damon Barhight won by injury default at 285 and Robin Wrobleski won by technical fall at 138 when the Warriors were turning a 6-0 deficit into a 38-16 lead.
Corey Mruk won a decision at 170.
Wyoming Area also won three bouts by forfeit.
Pittston Area 101
Juliet Lawler and Kaitlyn Connors each were part of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team and had another win for Pittston Area in Tuesday’s WVC meet.
Lawler won the 100 backstroke. Connors was on the winning 200 freestyle relay team.
Holy Redeemer 120
Wyoming Area 23
Kayla Kruk, Emily Blaum and Corinne Smith won four events each for Holy Redeemer Tuesday.
Holy Redeemer 103
Wyoming Area 29
Holy Redeemer downed Wyoming Area Tuesday.
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