WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Abington Heights used an explosive first quarter to build a large lead and the Comets cruised to a 77-41 win over West Scranton in the District 2 Class 5A boys basketball championship game March 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The victory marks Abington Heights’ sixth-consecutive District 2 championship. The Comets also won three titles in Class 3A and two in Class 4A during that span, and will make their 11th consecutive trip to the state playoffs against the eighth-place team from District 3 Friday, March 10 at a site and time to be determined.
“It means that we have a great program,” Abington Heights junior guard Jackson Danzig said of the district streak. “There were so many great players here before us and we’re just happy to keep the tradition going.”
Abington Heights’ Trey Koehler scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half. The sophomore guard also knocked down four 3-pointers in the half and had four assists and three steals in the game.
The Comets made 10 of 15 shots in the first quarter to take a 30-11 lead.
“It built great confidence and helped us become comfortable in the big arena,” Koehler said. “I try to have a lot of fun and bring a lot of intensity in every game.”
Danzig scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half and hit a 3-pointer.
Abington Heights knocked down eight of 10 shots in the second quarter as the Comets stretched their lead to 52-28 at the half.
“We came out great and were making every single shot,” Danzig said. “It helped us keep our momentum going and build the lead.”
Tommy Rothenberger scored 13, including 11 in the first half, and George Tinsley scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half for Abington Heights (22-3).
“We knew they would come out tough, so we wanted to get a lead on them early,” Rothenberger said. “Luckily, we started hitting our shots and kept going from there. Every team knows we have a great inside game, so when we can add an outside game we’re hard to stop. It was great that everyone was knocking down their shots today.”
Jack Nealon, Drew Nealon, Brad Bauman and Alex Derry each scored three points for Abington Heights. Seth Maxwell contributed two points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Comets and Lucas Goodman had one point and three rebounds.
Cole Stetzar led West Scranton (14-11) with 13 points and Josh Hart added eight points for the Invaders.
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