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Good start for NEPA Flames Reno

MANHEIM – NEPA Flames Reno fought off a rally in one game and produced a comeback of its own in the other Friday to get off to a 2-0 start at the Blue Chip Pre-Season Challenge, powered by Under Armour, at Spooky Nook Sports.

The Flames, a high school team from Backcourt Hoops in Scranton, defeated The Machine D’Anna, 54-44, before beating the Rhode Island Breakers, 52-50, in overtime.

“We jumped out,” coach Joe Reno said of the opener. “We came out with a lot of energy early.”

The Flames opened a 27-17 halftime lead on Machine D’Anna. The entire lead was wiped out in the second half.

Machine D’Anna tied the game at 30-30 before Faith Kendricks hit a 3-pointer with four minutes left to break the final tie and put the Flames ahead to stay.

Rhode Island stretched a 4-point lead to 10 during the second half before the Flames came back.

Mia Rudalavage’s fastbreak basket beat the final buzzer and sent the game into overtime tied at 47-47.

Rudalavage led the team in scoring in both games. She had 13 in the first win and 11 in the second.

Britney Charles scored 12 points in first win.

The Flames have three games left, two Saturday and one Sunday. Their next game is Saturday at 2:50 p.m. against Triple Threat Institute of Fulton, one of the other two 2-0 teams in the eight-team Pool DD.

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