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Tinsley leads four boys all-state selections

Abington Heights senior George Tinsley repeated as a Class 5A first-team selection, leading four recent graduates of the JB Hoops AAU program who were named to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Boys Basketball team that was released today.

The four District 2 players who were named to the first or second team in their classifications were all JB Hoops players.

Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle and Nanticoke’s Nate Kreitzer, in Class 4A, and Wyoming Seminary’s Dimitri Gnall, in Class 3A, were all second-team choices.

All four players are on the all-state team for the second straight season.

O’Boyle also made the second team last season. Kreitzer and Gnall move up after being third-teamers a year ago.

The four players have more in common. They each again led their teams to championships. Kreitzer, Gnall and O’Boyle all joined Tinsley in the 1,000-point club this season. They concluded their AAU careers as teammates with the JB Hoops Callahan team last summer.

A year after winning the school’s first state title ever, Tinsley led Abington Heights to Lackawanna League Division 1 and District 2 Class 5A championships as well as a return to the state semifinals.

O’Boyle led Scranton Prep to a District 2 Class 4A championship game victory over Kreitzer’s Nanticoke team, which captured the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 title.

Gnall led Wyoming Seminary to Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 and overall championships as well as a District 2 Class 3A title.

Tinsley, who is headed to play National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball at Binghamton University, averaged 19.4 points.

O’Boyle is also headed to the Division I level to play at Lafayette College. He overcame a foot injury that kept him out of the lineup, then limited his time early in the season to average 17.5 points per game.

Kreitzer, who committed to Misericordia University, set the Nanticoke school record for career 3-pointers on the way to averaging 18.8 points.

Gnall averaged 17.5 at Wyoming Seminary.

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