Arvel Chandler recorded a double-double while Joseph Walsh and Ryan Doherty shared team scoring honors Saturday when the NEPA Elite 16U boys won the first of their two Summer Shootout games, defeating the Wilkes-Barre Warriors, 70-59.
Chandler, a rising junior at Scranton High, finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. He was 5-for-9 from the floor, helping the team shoot 50 percent, including 18-for-31 (58.1 percent) by the starting lineup.
Walsh and Doherty each scored 14 points. Doherty was 6-for-9 coming off the bench.
Brendan Reed joined them in double figures with 10 points and shared the team assist lead with six.
Walsh and Matthew Cobb helped NEPA Elite build a 40-30 halftime lead in its home debut.
Cobb had six points, three rebounds and two assists in less than five minutes to open the game before leaving with a lower leg injury.
Walsh made his first five shots and was 6-for-7 in the first half.
Wilkes-Barre closed within 50-48 with 6:50 left, but Nico Paoli hit a 3-pointer, then Reed had seven of the points in an 8-0 run to a 61-50 lead with 3:16 remaining.
Doherty scored the game’s last five points and his team’s last seven.
All of the players on the team, coached by Enrico Mastroianni, are going into their junior years.
Walsh is also from Scranton.
Doherty is from Delaware Valley. Reed is from Allentown Central Catholic. Cobb and Paoli are from Scranton Prep.
The team dropped its second game of the day, 57-37, to the Philly Pride 16U Gold.
Both games were part of the 10th/11th Grade Boys Division.