WILKES-BARRE – The starting frontcourt of George Tinsley, Seth Maxwell and Leo O’Boyle led the way Wednesday night when JB Hoops Callahan defeated Valley Thunder, 63-45, in the boys opener to an AAU basketball doubleheader at the Wilkes University Marts Center.
The game was part of consecutive doubleheader sweeps in which four different JB Hoops squads posted wins over the Valley Thunder in preparation for weekend tournament appearances.
JB Hoops director John Bucci had described the pair of doubleheaders as “a good workout” for the teams getting ready for another weekend of high-level tournament competition. JB Hoops Callahan and JB Hoops Reagan are among the boys teams going to the Big Shots DC Spring Live tournament in Washington. JB Hoops Plisko and JB Hoops Valvano will be part of the contingent from Backcourt Hoops that will play in the Blue Chip Challenge at Spooky Nook in Lancaster County.
All four of those teams hit the road fresh off wins over Valley Thunder, a Wilkes-Barre AAU program getting its teams ready for their own tournament challenges.
Tinsley, Maxwell and O’Boyle were JB Hoops Callahan’s three double-figures scorers Wednesday and also were the team’s top three rebounders.
They joined Trey Koehler in breaking the game open early in the second half.
Tinsley hit 7 straight shots at one point while scoring 16 of his 20 points in the first half. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Maxwell, a teammate of Tinsley and Koehler on Abington Heights’ state semifinal team, had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.
O’Boyle had 11 points and a game-high 9 rebounds.
Koehler scored all eight of his points in the first 4:04 of the second half.
Maxwell also had two baskets, including joining O’Boyle for consecutive scores off offensive rebounds, while JB Hoops was using a 16-5 start to the second half to extend a two-point halftime lead to 45-32.
Valley Thunder never got closer than nine the rest of the way.
Brian Boland had five assists for JB Hoops, which hit more than half its shots from inside the 3-point arc and finished 24-for-52 (46.2 percent) from the floor.
Both O’Boyle and Boland are sophomores at Scranton Prep.
Noah Jackson had eight points and eight rebounds for Valley Thunder, which did not have a double-figures scorer.