WILKES-BARRE – Up to and through halftime, the boys game of the 49th annual Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic was going well for the Greater Pittston contingent in the game.
Sam Greenfield from Wyoming Area scored all eight of his points in the first half. Matt McGlynn from Pittston Area did all his scoring in the game with six points in the first half, then won the finals of the 3-Point Contest during the break.
Three players from Hazleton Area’s state Class 6A semifinals then took over in the second half to win the game away from the team co-coached by Wyoming Area’s Pete Moses.
Jeff Planutis finished with 30 points and combined with Cougars teammates Josh Samec and Joey Grula to produce 32 of their 51 points in the second half while leading Team Gray/Guido (Black) to a 116-103 victory over Team Toole/Moses (White).
Greenfield and McGlynn helped the team coached by Moses and Pat Toole of Meyers take a 61-51 halftime lead.
The Black had its biggest lead at 11 points before Greenfield scored to start a 26-7 run to close the half.
McGlynn added a 3-pointer less than a minute later to cut the deficit to 44-40 as part of a 12-point streak to the first lead by the White.
“I was just having fun,” McGlynn said. “It was my last high school game.”
McGlynn, who plans to play in college and is considering Misericordia, Alvernia and Penn State-Hazleton, scored eight of a possible 18 points in two rounds of the 3-Point Shootout at practice to advance to the final, which was held at halftime.
Players take five shots from each corner and the top of the key with a bonus for making the last shot from any spot. McGlynn hit six of his first nine shots to account for all of his points and that was enough to edge Hazleton Area’s Josh Samec, 6-5, for the title.
Greenfield was playing in his second all-star game after teaming with Planutis to lead the Wyoming Valley Conference past the Lackawanna League in the first Battle of the Valley. He got off to another good start.
As part of the starting lineup, Greenfield scored the first points for the White and had half of the team’s 12 points in the first three minutes.
Greenfield also grabbed two rebounds while shooting 4-for-9, including missing both 3-point attempts.
McGlynn was 2-for-6, all from 3-point range. He also had two assists and a rebound.
The three Wyoming Area baseball players selected for the basketball all-star game did not play.
Pittston Area’s Naseem Guillaume missed the game for personal reasons.
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