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Lynett titles for Rose, Collins, Burrier

Three JB Hoops AAU players were prominent in deciding the titles of the Lynett Memorial Tournament Sunday at Lackawanna College Student Union, all receiving honors for their contributions.

Rachael Rose from Scranton Prep followed up reaching her 1,000th career point Friday by earning Most Valuable Player honors when the girls tournament concluded.

Then, the boys championship game went down to the final second before Kieran Burrier scored the winning point for Holy Cross.

Burrier and Scranton Prep’s Cecelia Collins were each all-tournament selections.

Both the Scranton Prep girls and Holy Cross boys ended title streaks by their opponents.

Scranton Prep’s 44-28 victory in the girls final ended Dunmore’s streak of four straight championships. The two teams have combined to win the last seven Lynett girls titles.

When Burrier made the first of two free throws with 7/10 of a second remaining, it lifted Holy Cross to a 55-54 victory and ended Scranton Prep’s streak of six straight boys titles.

Rose finished with 45 points and Collins had 33 in the two-game tournament.

In the final, Rose had her scoring opportunities limited by the Dunmore defense, but still finishing as the game’s leading scorer by going 4-for-7 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the line to score 16 points. She also made three steals.

Both Rose and Collins shot better than 60 percent for the tournament.

Collins had 11 points, a game-high 6 assists and 2 steals in the title game.

They were part of a defensive effort that limited Dunmore to seven second-half points while handing the Lady Bucks their first regular-season defeat in almost two years.

Burrier found himself at the foul line in the final second after hustling to track down the defensive rebound that prevented Scranton Prep from getting another chance to break the tie.

The rebound was Burrier’s sixth, making him the game’s leading in that category. He also led all players with 7 assists and shared the lead with 2 steals while scoring 13 points.


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