North Pocono boys varsity basketball team returns to the hardwood

Working around school closings due to recent rash of wintry weather, the North Pocono varsity boys basketball team completed two of their first four divisional match-ups gaining one win and suffering one loss.

On the road for two nights, they suffered a loss at Delaware Valley on Jan. 3 but forged a solid win at Wallenpaupack on Jan. 6.

“We had a good first half against DV,” said Trojans Head Coach Pat Shields.

“The second half wasn’t so good. We had a hard time making shots but we came back with a great win at Wallenpaupack.”

Warrior Woes

The Trojans put up 13 points in their Lackawanna League opener against the Warriors, who took an early lead with 21.

In the second period, NP outscored their hosts 12-9 and closed the gap to just 30-25 by halftime.

Unfortunately, North Pocono met with stiff resistance in the third quarter. They managed just five points to Delaware Valley’s 11.

Down 41-30 heading into the last chapter, the Trojans problems with the hoop continued. They garnered only two points while DelVal shook the silk for 16 to claim a 57-32 victory.

Junior Ryan Deom led the way for the Trojans by posting three field goals and going 1-1 at the line for a total of seven.

Classmate Anthony Kosiba sent three 2-pointers into the basket for a total of six points.

Bouncing Back

Since middle school hoops, Kosiba has been something of a menace to Wallenpaupack.

“He likes to light it up against us,” said Buckhorn Head Coach Chris Strong.

As expected, the junior knocked down a trio of deuces, a pair of treys, and went 2-for-5 at the stripe.

Matching Kosiba’s 14 points was senior Alec Ciaglia with five 2-pointers, a three, and one free throw to help propel the Trojans to a 57-32 win.

Also high in points was senior Chris McLafferty. The NP point guard ruthlessly attacked from the outside by landing three from beyond the arc, one closer in, and going 2-for-2 on foul shots.

North Pocono went up 19-6 in the first quarter and then added 13 in the second period while holding their hosts to just eight.

Up 32-14, NP marched forward with 14 more in the third while keeping Paupack’s scoring limited to just a half-a-dozen.

Secure in a 46-20 lead moving into the fourth quarter, the Trojans eased back a bit only netting six points while allowing seven before the final buzzer.

That’s All Folks

“We still need to shoot the ball better,” said Coach Shields. But our execution is getting better and we’re doing well with sharing the ball.”

Defensively, the Trojans have been doing well at preventing shots and players such as Joe Thiel, Kyle Betti, and Ryan Deom have done a good job with grabbing rebounds and putting up a fight in the paint.

The Trojans are away at Western Wayne on Jan. 12 then home versus Scranton Prep on Jan. 16.

They remain on their own court to take on West Scranton on Jan. 19 before taking to the road to square off against Scranton on Jan. 23.

Tip-off times for these contests is slated for 7 p.m.