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Coyle 17U boys win division title

Justice Shoats scored the winning points in both Sunday games to help the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys team win the 17U Gold Division of The Origin, a Marquee Sports event at the United Sports Complex in Downingtown.

Shoats was named Most Valuable Player of the division after scoring 19 points, including the game-winning, three-point play with 33 seconds left in overtime of a 54-51 win over Team Final Red in the championship game.

Christian Fermin was named to the all-tournament team after posting a double-double in the final.

Earlier in the day, Shoats had the game’s last eight points to complete a comeback in a 52-45 victory over Athletes Plus, a team featuring players from New Jersey Prep school power St. Benedict’s of Newark.

NEPA Elite needed that win in order to reach the final.

Once in the final, Shoats had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 2 blocked shots.

The rising junior guard from Holy Redeemer drove the left side of the lane for a three-point play that broke a tie and completed the scoring.

Jagger Dressler had opened overtime by scoring in a putback before Team Final Red tied the game.

Fermin, a junior forward from Pocono Mountain West, scored 12 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

Michael Rickert, a senior guard from Riverside, went 3-for-4 on 3-pointers while adding 11 points.

Scranton Prep’s Gavin Bednarz had five points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The teams traded runs throughout.

Shoats scored on two drives, Rickert and Bednarz made 3-pointers and Fermin turned an offensive rebound into a dunk for a 12-point streak to a 26-17 lead.

A Shoats 3-pointer from the top of the key with a second left gave NEPA Elite a 29-20 halftime lead.

Team Final Red held NEPA Elite without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the second half. It scored the first nine points for a tie and extended that to a 12-1 run to a 32-30 lead.

Rickert broke the drought with a 3-pointer for a 33-32 lead and it remained a one-possession game for the final 14 minutes of regulation, then overtime.

Team Final Red forced overtime with two free throws with 5.9 seconds left in regulation.

Fermin’s 32-footer at the regulation buzzer went off the back iron.

Athletes Plus led, 45-42, in the first game of the day, but Shoats, Cole Walker, Michael Skoff and Ryan Harder all came up with steals down the stretch.

Skoff was fouled while going for a defensive rebound and made both ends of the one-and-one to bring NEPA Elite within a point with 1:45 left.

Walker’s steal led to a Shoats drive for the go-ahead basket.

Shoats scored six points in the final 34 seconds, going 4-for-4 from the line and scoring off a Skoff steal and assist.

Dressler is from Danville, Walker from Wilkes-Barre Area, Skoff from Scranton Prep and Harder from Tunkhannock.


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