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Clark girls, Coyle boys post wins

GAME DAY: Saturday, 8/15


The Backcourt Hoops Bulldogs won the Boys 6th Grade Division, taking their two games by a total of 53 points.

The NEPA Flames McHugh allowed just 10 points while winning their two Girls 5th Grade Division games by a total of 58 points.


UPDATED: 11:05 p.m.

Moriah Murray scored 14 points and was prominent in the biggest run of each half when the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls defeated New Jersey Morris Magic, 50-35, in the Summer Shootout at Riverfront Sports.

Murray missed her first three 3-point attempts, but then went 4-for-6 the rest of the way. She also led the team in rebounds (four), steals (two) and blocked shot (one).

Rachael Rose added nine points, a team-leading six rebounds and three assists.

Kaeli Romanowski scored seven points. Maria Belardi, who made two steals, and Clair Marion scored five points each.

New Jersey led 9-2 and 11-4 before Murray had nine points, two assists and a steal in a 16-point streak that put NEPA Elite ahead to stay 5 ½ minutes into the game. Rose added four points and Marion three during the streak.

A 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer and a 5-2 start to the second half allowed the Magic to get as close as 29-26.

Murray then scored five points in a 10-0 run to break the game open. Romanowski hit a 3-pointer and Skylar Bianchi added a basket during the streak.

Murray is from Dunmore, Rose and Belardi from Scranton Prep, Romanowski from Western Wayne, Marion from Abington Heights and Bianchi from Valley View.


UPDATED: 8:18 p.m.

Moriah Murray keyed the first-half surge that put the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls in control on their way to a 50-35 victory over New Jersey Morris Magic.

New Jersey took leads of 9-2 and 11-4 before Murray hit back-to-back, 3-pointers to start a 16-point streak.

Clair Marion followed with a 3-pointer, off a Murray assist, to put NEPA Elite ahead to stay, 12-11.

Murray made a steal and assisted the first of two straight Rachael Rose baskets, then hit another 3-pointer to cap the run and give NEPA Elite a 20-11 lead midway through the first half.

The rising junior from Dunmore had nine points, two assists and a steal in the streak.

Rose, from Scranton Prep, and Marion, from Abington Heights, are both heading into their senior year of high school.


UPDATED: 7:07 p.m.

Among the teams that went 2-0 in today’s Summer Shootout games are:

Philly Pride Gold 15U in the 9th Grade Boys Division.

JB Hoops Gallagher, which won twice in the 7th Grade Boys Division.

JB Hoops Rotell, which beat two other JB Hoops by a total of 42 points in the 5th Grade Boys Division.


UPDATED: 4:32 p.m.

SCRANTON – Justice Shoats and Gavin Bednarz led a second-half comeback and Christian Fermin had a strong all-around game on the inside to lead the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys to a 66-63 victory over Philly Pride Gold 17U.

The Pride opened a 50-35 lead with 11:59 remaining by scoring the first eight points of the second half.

Shoats had 13 of his 18 points and Bednarz had 11 of his 13 in the game’s final 12 minutes to lead the comeback.

Fermin had 14 points, a team-high 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots.

Ethan Meuser added seven points.

Philly started 4-for-5 from the 3-point range and finished the first half 8-for-13, including four by Jake Koretz, a guard from Wyoming Seminary.

Even with the Pride hitting from long range, NEPA Elite managed to create four ties between the 10- and 6-minute marks in the half.

Fermin, a junior forward from Pocono Mountain West, finished the half with 12 points.

Bednarz hit two free throws off a steal in the backcourt, but NEPA Elite trailed by 15 one more time before a three-point play by Meuser started a streak of seven straight points.

Scranton Prep’s Bednarz and Holy Redeemer’s Shoats each scored off steals to complete that streak.

Bednarz had five straight points, including a three-point play off an offensive rebound, to get NEPA Elite within 56-51 with 6:35 left.

Shoats gave NEPA Elite its first lead with a personal, eight-point streak off four drives, one of them made easier by a steal that set him free, for a 61-60 lead with 2:46 left.

Another Koretz 3-pointer gave Philly its last lead, 63-61.

Meuser, who plays with Koretz at Wyoming Seminary, tied the game on an inside move with 1:30 left.

Shoats hit one of two free throws for the lead with 33.1 to play after Meuser contested a shot and Fermin controlled the rebound.

Bednarz made both ends of a one-and-one with 16.5 left for the game’s final points.


MORE TO COME: More scores and game details on the way. Return to this page throughout the day.


UPDATED: 3:52 p.m.

Big games from Danny Nemitz and Nico Bossi were not enough for NEPA Elite 15U, which dropped a 73-65 decision to the Philly Pride Gold 15 boys.

The Pride shot 8-for-15 (53.3) from 3-point range.

NEPA Elite led, 46-43, with 1:25 left when Philly started a 19-5 run that included two 3-pointers and a pair of three-point plays off steals.

Nemitz led the way with 28 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots.

Bossi had 16 points and 8 rebounds.

Rykeese Cenord shared the team lead of four assists.


MORE TO COME: More scores and game details on the way. Return to this page throughout the day.


UPDATED: 3:45 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 16U boys won their opener and dropped their second game today in the Summer Shootout at Riverfront.

The team, coached by Enrico Mastroianni, finished strong in its first outing to defeat the Wilkes-Barre Warriors, 70-59.

Philly Pride Gold 16U downed NEPA Elite, 57-37, in the second game.


MORE TO COME: More scores and game details on the way. Return to this page throughout the day.


UPDATED: 2:14 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 17U boys teams split their games with the Philly Pride Gold 17U boys.

In the opener, the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys rallied from 15 down in the final 12 minutes to pull out a 66-63 victory.

Justice Shoats had 13 points in the second half with Gavin Bednarz had 11.

Austin Finarelli scored 16 points in the final 12 minutes, but it was not enough for the NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U boys, who fell, 65-61, after trailing by 12 points in each half.


MORE TO COME: More scores and game details on the way. Return to this page throughout the day.


UPDATED: 1:55 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 17U girls teams split with the New Jersey Morris Magic in 11th Grade Division games of the Summer Shootout at Riverfront Sports.

The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls won their seventh straight, taking the opener, 50-35, in their first appearance on their home court.

New Jersey defeated NEPA Elite Carra/Lewis 17U girls, 51-49, by turning back a late comeback attempt.

Anna Scoblick hit a 3-pointer in the last minute to cut the deficit to two and NEPA Elite had the game’s last shot, but could not convert.


MORE TO COME: More scores and game details on the way. Return to this page throughout the day.


POSTED: 9:18 a.m.

The eight NEPA Elite AAU basketball teams are playing at home for the first time this weekend, with seven of them in action today.

Backcourt Hoops and NEPA Elite are hosting the Summer Shootout, which is already underway this morning at Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

The younger teams that play out of Riverfront Sports – the JB Hoops boys and girls, Backcourt Hoops Bulldogs boys and NEPA Flames girls – will make their debuts during the event.

Return to this page throughout the day for detailed reports on NEPA Elite teams and scores from games involving the younger teams.

Full scores and schedules can be followed by downloading the Backcourt Hoops & NEPA Flames app.

Attendance at the event is limited to one parent per player for their game(s) only, as part of COVID-19 Safety Protocol.

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