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Delaware Valley Warriors meet West Scranton Invaders in 'Court Battle'

DV mounts furious midgame comeback but doesn't stop West Scranton's win




  • Delaware Valley’s Dylan Kelly in the midst of a shot. Kelly scored two points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • Delaware Valley’s Blake Gearhart scored 12 points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • Delaware Valley’s Shane Acoveno (35) launches the ball from long distance. Acoveno scored seven points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • Delaware Valley’s Tyler Smith and West Scranton’s Austin Lipowitch reach for the ball during a rebound. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • Delaware Valley’s Dylan Kelly in the midst of a shot in traffic. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • A Delaware Valley shooter attempts a shot against tight West Scranton coverage. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • West Scranton’s Matt Williams tosses the ball towards the basket. Williams scored 15 points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • Delaware Valley’s Dylan Kelly tries to dribble the ball past West Scranton’s Blake Carlton. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • West Scranton’s DaShawn Minnick grabs a rebound. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • Delaware Valley’s Blake Gearhart glides with the ball towards the basket. Gearhart scored 12 points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • During a shot attempt Delaware Valley’s Tyler Smith collides with West Scranton’s Austin Lipowitch. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • West Scranton defenders converge on Delaware Valley’s Dylan Kelly during a shot attempt. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • West Scranton’s Cole Stetzar dribbles the ball while Delaware Valley’s Dylan Kelly keeps pace. Stetzar scored 11 points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)




  • West Scranton’s Cole Stetzar dribbles the ball while Delaware Valley’s Tyler Magee keeps pace. Stetzar scored 11 points. (Photo by George Leroy Hunter)



By George Leroy Hunter

— West Scranton High School defeated Delaware Valley High School in boys varsity basketball on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The final score was 49-46.

The Delaware Valley Warriors got off to a slow start and trailed the West Scranton Invaders throughout the contest. West Scranton led Delaware Valley 29-20 at 6:15 in the third period.

But from that point on Delaware Valley mounted a furious comeback. Intensified defensive play and a series of three-pointers, hitting nothing but net, allowed Delaware Valley to pull within striking distance of pulling off an improbable win.

Delaware Valley managed to creep up on West Scranton and tighten the score 46-40 at 1:28 in the fourth period. Both teams got into foul trouble as regulation time wound down. Missed free throws hurt Delaware Valley and West Scranton. But the final buzzer helped the West Scranton Invaders hold off the Delaware Valley Warriors surge and walk away winners.

Trevor Smith led Delaware Valley in scoring, contributing 14 points. Blake Gearhart scored 12 points for Delaware Valley. Tyler Smith contributed nine points for Delaware Valley. Shane Acoveno scored seven points. Dylan Kelly and Tyler Magee contributed two points.

Matt Williams led West Scranton in scoring by contributing 15 points. Cole Stetzar and Shaun Fanning scored 11 points apiece for West Scranton. Blake Carlton and Austin Lipowitch each scored six points for West Scranton.

The game took place at Delaware Valley High School.






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