DV beats West Scranton in Junior Varsity and Varsity games

JV team prevails in seesaw battle, Varsity game begins and ends at lightning pace

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  • Jackson Shafer (Photo by Ken Hubeny)

  • Mark Cavallaro (Photo by Ken Hubeny)

  • Tom Raniero (Photo by Ken Hubeny)

How many know that our own Jackson Shafer won the Junior NBA Skills Challenge National Championship? How many people can claim the title of national champion?

By Kenneth Hubeny

— Last Friday night, West Scranton came to town to play basketball. Delaware Valley was ready for the challenge.

First up was the Junior Varsity game.

West could not put up a score until there were only 2.03 left in the first period. Shooting was poor and the defense solid for both teams. The period ended with DV up 5-2.

Second period West finally got another score at 5.36 on 2 foul shots. They eventually pulled ahead to lead with the score of 7-5 by way of a basket and a foul shot. DV took the lead again and closed the half up, 18-13. Both teams were getting inside and shooting better.

In the third period West improved in rebounding. It became a seesaw battle but DV held the lead at 28-23.

In the fourth period DV started to pull away at 37-28 and later at 41-31.

West didn't quit and got within 7 with a minute left, then closed to within 5 with 30 seconds left. Then, with the score at 41-38 and DV holding a 4-point lead and 17.9 to play, it was getting tense. DV scored the final 2 points to put it away, 43-38.

Mark Cavallaro for DV was shooting the lights out from the field and from the foul line. Nice game, Mark.

VarsityThe Varsity game started at a very fast pace. DV jumped in front on a Jackson Shafer rebound and put in, followed by a Blake Gearhart 3-pointer. West took a brief lead only to see Jackson Shafer put in three straight 3-pointers. The period sees DV up 26-12.

The second period was still fast paced and saw poor shooting from DV, which scored no points at all in the period. West scores 8 unanswered points and goes up 16-12.

In the third period DV ties it up at 24. It started to get a little rough toward the end of the period as both teams wanted the win very badly. But DV was asserting itself. To close out the period, Jackson Shafer stole the ball and put in a driving layup. DV is up 30-26.

The fourth period became a bit of a desperation game and played tight, fast, and tense. With DV up 37-30, a technical foul is called on West, and Jackson Shafer puts in both shots of a 1+1 foul opportunity.

Grant Berios then makes a breakaway layup and is fouled. He sinks the foul shot, pretty much sealing the victory.

With one minute left, DV is up 45-35. They held the ball and made no attempt to score, showing very good sportsmanship. DV won, 45-35.

Tom Raniero had his usual steady game. He draws the toughest assignment every game, covering the other team's best guard. He does a stellar job, and he did again that night, guarding a very good player from West who had #1 on his uniform.

How many know that our own Jackson Shafer won the Junior NBA Skills Challenge National Championship? Some may say that it is old news since he won this several years ago. But to put it in perspective, he had to win on the local level. Then he went to Washington, D.C., to win there, then finally on to New York City to take the national title at Madison Square Garden.

Now, how many people can claim the title of national champion? Jackson can. So it is worth mentioning here. Great job young man.

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