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February 23. 2013 2:47PM
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SCRANTON — High Fives all around for Scranton Prep.

But for Pittston Area, the high of reaching the second round of districts came to a crashing halt.

James Fives scored a game-high 19 points Friday – more than Pittston Area produced through three quarters – as Scranton Prep delivered a swift and mighty knockout punch to the Patriots, 57-24 in a District 2 Class 3A quarterfinal boys basketball game at Scranton High School.

Yet, even the smooth-shooting Fives acknowledged the Cavaliers cruised behind a defense that limited Pittston Area to just two baskets through the first 17 minutes of the second half and 10 made shots from the floor for the entire game.

“We came out motivated,” Fives said, “got our transition game from our defense.

“That was the key tonight.”

Nobody was arguing.

Especially not a Pittston Area team that went from trailing 8-6 late in the first quarter to falling in an insurmountable 36-15 hole by the end of the third quarter.

The Patriots – who never cracked double digits in scoring during any of the game’s four quarters – were limited to just two points over the first eight minutes of the second half as their hopes of advancing the next week’s semifinals quickly slipped away.

“They’re a good defensive team,” said Pittston Area coach Alan Kiesinger, whose team finished the season at 13-11. “And we knew that coming in. They do a great job, they watch film, they know your sets. And they do a good job defensively.”

Scranton Prep’s offense wasn’t bad, either.

“The kids did a great job being aware of what we were trying to do and executing our gameplan,” said Prep coach Joe Ferguson, whose 17-7 team will meet 23-2 Abington Heights in the district semifinals.

And there wasn’t much Pittston Area could do to stem the tide, as hard as the Patriots tried.

“They started pressing,” Kiesinger said of the mindset of his players. “Just mentally, it’s taking a toll on you. When you don’t make a basket, you try harder. Trying harder’s not always the answer when it comes to shooting.”

: Hassan Maxwell 1 0-2 2, Michael Schwab 0 2-4 2, Jayson Crawford 1 0-0 2, James Tobisch 3 0-5 6, Mason Gross 3 1-2 7, James Emmett 0 0-0 0, Tyler McGarry 0 0-0 0, Michael Delaney 2 0-0 5. Totals 10 3-13 24.

: Tim Rose 1 0-0 2, Mac Temples 0 0-0 0, Matt Knowles 6 0-0 14, James Fives 6 5-6 19, Noah Beh 4 1-2 9, Kevin Bannon 0 0-0 0, Cory Kopicki 0 0-0 0, Zach Brandt 1 4-5 6, Gary Walsh 0 0-1 0, John O’Boyle 1 0-0 3, Bobby Englehart 0 2-2 2, Cory Welsh 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 12-16 57.

— SP 5 (Knowles 2, Fives 2, O’Boyle); PA 1 (Delaney).

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