WILKES-BARRE – Sam Greenfield was pleasantly surprised when his Wyoming Valley Conference all-star teammates found him early and often Monday night.
“I was very surprised,” the Wyoming Area senior said after emerging as the early offensive leader when the WVC routed the Lackawanna League, 115-91, in the first Battle of the Valley All-Star Classic at Wilkes University’s Marts Center. “I knew there were great players on our team, so I didn’t really expect to get my shot.
“They were very generous passing the ball. It was a very unselfish team.”
Greenfield scored eight points in the first 3:48 to help the WVC take a 12-4 lead in a game. The WVC never trailed.
The WVC wound up with seven players scoring in double figures.
“We knew we had a good group of guys,” Greenfield said. “We didn’t want to get cocky, but we dominated this game, pretty much.”
Greenfield was the second-leading scorer with 17. He was also the only player on the team and one of two in the game with a double-double after grabbing 10 rebounds.
The WVC led, 49-41, at halftime with Greenfield as the game’s top scorer to that point with 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting.
Greenfield finished 7-for-10 from the floor, making all three of his 3-point attempts, including two in the opening flurry. He also had two assists and two steals.
“It was great,” said Greenfield, who played for the team coached by Berwick’s Jason Kingery. “We didn’t really have set-up plays, maybe just one or two. Our coach told us, ‘just go out, have fun and play’.
“I felt real loose playing, so the shots were going down.”
Greenfield said the Lackawanna League was hurt by playing the Battle of the Valley without Jackson Danzig, who could not participate because Abington Heights was still in the state tournament.
Abington Heights ended District 2’s state championship drought in basketball, taking the first title since the 2005 Bishop O’Reilly team when it defeated Mars, 67-55, Tuesday night behind 29 points by George Tinsley.
District 2 had three boys state semifinalists.
Three of Greenfield’s teammates Monday had played for Hazleton Area in the state Class 6A tournament semifinal overtime loss two days earlier.
Holy Cross, with Tyler Mozeleski, a junior from Yatesville, in a prominent role, made the semifinals in Class 2A.
Mozeleski had 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in a 69-64 loss to Constitution High from Philadelphia March 21. He helped Holy Cross win the rebounding battle, 36-34, despite not having a player taller than 6-foot while going against an opponent with two 6-5 starters.
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