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WILKES-BARRE – An easy exhibition schedule would make for a pretty record heading into the New Year.


A tough one – like Holy Redeemer has embarked upon – brings a sense of reality. A measuring stick of sorts to determine what needs fixing.


The distance between the Royals and defending District 2 Class 3A champion Abington Heights was quite evident Monday night. The Comets, behind standout junior J.C. Show, were able to impose the rare basketball mercy rule as they dominated Redeemer 76-36.


They're a good team, and we knew coming in they were a good team, Redeemer coach Mark Belenski said. They came out on all cylinders and I don't even know if we came out on a cylinder.


The performance sent Redeemer to 0-5 in the exhibition season. While obviously not the start the Royals had hoped for, those first five opponents were a combined 107-30 during last season.


Aside from the three-point shooting of Shachael Wallace, the offense was sporadic at best. The defense was carved up inside, especially in the beginning of a 17-2 Abington run in the second quarter.


It didn't take Belenski long to run down what needed improvement.


Everything. Everything, Belenski said. But we'll be back. It's the exhibition schedule and we play a very tough exhibition schedule. We do it for a reason. We'll see what happens.


The Royals won't likely run into a player like Show any time soon. The junior point guard, who is also a star football player, was playing in front of a scout from Princeton University. He turned in an incredible performance, hitting nine three-pointers on the way to a 33-point night.


Show's last trey came at 3:28 of the third quarter, giving the Comets (4-0) a 62-23 lead. He headed to the bench for the rest of the game after the basket. The Comets hit the 40-point mercy rule with 41 seconds left in the quarter.


Abington coach Ken Bianchi said colleges began to show interest in Show late last season during a run through the PIAA Class 3A state bracket. They took notice in a game against Berks Catholic where Show impressed against two Division I recruits, including the son of former NBA player Donyell Marshall.


Four other Abington players chipped in at lead six points. The Comets have won their four games against quality opponents by an average of 34.3 points, but Bianchi isn't ready to compare this squad to last season's team.


They're all right, Bianchi said. They're getting there. We're not too consistent inside yet. But what I was impressed with was the ball movement. They moved the ball well, they were unselfish and we got a lot of inside layups big man to big man.



ABINGTON HEIGHTS (76): J.C. Show 11 2-2 33, Kevin Elwell 1 2-2 4, Jamie Egan 3 0-0 7, Jason Bamford 3 0-0 6, T.J. Murray 4 0-2 8, Evan Maxwell 3 1-2 7, Nate Hollander 2 0-0 4, Ethan Danzig 0 0-0 0, Jamie Henzes 1 0-0 2, Joe Carroll 0 0-0 0, Clay Basalyga 2 0-0 5, Tim Toro 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 5-8 76.



HOLY REDEEMER (36): Shachael Wallace 5 1-2 15, Mike Boutanos 0 0-0 0, John Kane 3 2-3 9, Brian Banas 1 0-2 2, Mike Prociak 1 0-0 2, Chase Makowski 0 2-2 2, Justin Renfer 0 0-0 0, Kyle Gainard 0 0-0 0, Mike Conlon 1 0-0 3, Lenny Radziak 1 0-0 3, Jerry Busch 0 0-0 0, Mike Morrison 0 0-0 0, Jim Slavinski 0 0-0 0. Totlas 12 5-6 36.























Abington Heights22222111—76
Holy Redeemer106911—36


3-Point Field Goals— AH 11 (Show 9, Egan, Basalyga), HR 7 (Wallace 4, Conlon, Radziak, Kane).


Honesdale 71, Dallas 41

Dallas fell behind big after the first quarter and never recovered in a loss at home.


Matt Ross scored nine to lead the Mountaineers, while Allen Fell added seven.



HONESDALE (71): Kevin Miller 7 1-2 15, Pat Hart 2 4-6 8, Pete Kelly 1 0-0 2, Mike Gombita 0 0-0 0, Nick Casazza 4 0-2 8, Chris Nagel 5 1-3 12, Ian Langeondoerfer 6 3-4 18, Cole McConnell 1 0-0 2, Johnny Gillow 2 2-2 6. Totals 28 11-19 71



DALLAS (41): Chad DeBona 2 0-0 6, Matt Saba 3 2-2 8, Stephen Wempa 0 0-0 0, Tanner Gattuso 0 0-0 0, Rami Kazimi 0 0-0 0, Gurmail Mathon 0 0-0 0, Brian Drouse 0 0-0 0, Suk Mathon 2 0-2 4, Matt Ross 3 2-2 9, Omar Nijmeh 2 0-2 5, Allex Fell 1 5-14 7, Spencer Bowanro 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 9-22 41























Honesdale29131217—71
Dallas1210127—41


3-Point Field Goals— HON 4 (Langeondoerfer 3, Nagel 1); DAL 4 (DeBona 2, Ross, Nijmeh)


Scranton Prep 52, Pittston Area 23

Scranton Prep raced out to a 13-2 lead after one quarter and didn't let up in a victory over the Patriots.


Michael Schwab led Pittston Area with seven points while Mason Gross and Michael Delaney each added five.



SCRANTON PREP (52): Kevin Bannon 4 0-0 8, Bob Casey 0 0-0 0, James Fives 1 0-0 2, Matt Temples 5 0-0 12, Matt Knowles 2 0-1 4, Tim Role 4 0-0 8, Carey Kopicki 2 0-0 4, Jerry Walsh 2 0-0 4, Zach Brandt 0 0-0 0, Jordan Pauls 0 0-1 0, John O'Boyle 0 0-0 0, Noah Beh 4 0-2 8, Justin Bernardi 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 0-2 52



PITTSTON AREA (23): Michael Schwab 2 2-2 7, Jason Crawford 0 0-0 0, James Emmett 0 2-2 2, James Tobisch 0 1-2 1, Mason Gross 2 1-2 5, Michael Delaney 1 3-4 5, Kyle Gattuso 0 0-0 0, Tyler McGarry 0 0-0 0, Ryan Hannon 1 0-0 3, Bernie Kurtinitus 0 0-0 0, Carmen Lobrutto 0 0-0 0, Justin Peterson 0 0-0 0, Hassan Maxwell 0 0-0 0, Brandon Wynn 0 0-0 0, John Fagotti 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 9-12 23























Scranton Prep1316176—52
Pittston Area2597—23


3-Point Field Goals— SP 2 (Temples); PA 2 (Schwab, Hannon)


Pocono Mountain West 74, Hazleton Area 61

Hazleton Area couldn't hold on to a halftime lead and came away with a loss on the road to Pocono Mountain West.


The Cougars Sal Biasi led all scorers with 32 points while Kyle Karmonick netted 13.


Belfry 80, Berwick 68

Berwick couldn't hold on to its hot start and fell to Belfry, a school from Kentucky, in a tournament held in West Virginia over the weekend.


Zach Ladonis led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Eric May netted 16 of his own.



BERWICK (68): Joshua Edwards 1 0-0 3, Jeremy Clausen 2 0-0 5, Eric May 5 4-9 16, Will Morales 2 3-7 8, Zach Ladonis 8 4-6 20, Matthew Dalo 2 0-0 5, Will Updegrove 2 0-0 4, Brian Bridge 0 2-4 2, C.J. Curry 2 0-0 5. Totals 24 13-26 68



BELFRY (80): Charles 10 5-8 26, Robinson 2 5-7 9, Hurley 2 0-1 5, Messer 13 7-13 33, Johnson 2 0-02 4, Copley 0 0-2 0, Fannin 1 0-0 2, Edwards 0 1-2 1. Totals 30 18-35 80























Berwick22171712—68
Belfry13242419—80


3-Point Field Goals— BER 7 (May 2, Clausen, Edwards, Morales, Dalo, Curry); BF 2 (Charles, Hurley)


H.S. WRESTLING


Tunkhannock 43, Valley View 27

Tunkhannock opened the match with five straight wins to down Valley View for a win on the road.


Dakota Quick (126), Dalton Ray (152), Ben Siegel (160) and Alex Berlew (220) all won by fall for the Tigers.



106 – Tom Backman (TUN) won by fft.; 113 – Jake Richards (TUN) won by fft.; 120 – Gill Manley (TUN) dec. Dylan Catapone 7-4; 126 – Dakota Quick (TUN) pinned Troy Catapone, 2:13; 132 – Mike Manley (TUN) dec. Hubey Babcock 15-2; 138 – No Contest145 – Matt Judge (VV) dec. Zach Applebee 6-3; 152 – Dalton Ray (TUN) pinned M. Sipuluski, 5:30; 160 – Ben Siegel (TUN) pinned Frank Swaha, 2:35; 170 – Mike Putuk (VV) pinned Colton Coolbaugh, 1:47; 182 – Kevin Koslowski won by fft.; 195 – Troy Uhrin (VV) pinned Andrew Mucken, 2:11; 220 – Alex Berlew (TUN) pinned Matt Seceric, 2:24; 285 – Justin Roe (VV) pinned Stephan Lawson, 2:33;



Note: Match started at 132 pounds.


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