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NEPA Elite guard Nick Nocito (Tim Drewes Photo)

Basalyga 17U boys team completes 4-0 weekend

GAME DAY: Sunday, 8/23


The NEPA Flames McHugh team added one more win to finish 3-0 in the 5th/6th Grade Girls Division.

Three more teams from the younger clubs out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton went 2-0 Sunday.

Those teams were JB Hoops Hopkins in 7th Grade Boys, NEPA Flames Genco in 7th Grade Girls and Backcourt Hoops Bulldogs Kettel in 6th Grade Boys.


UPDATED: 9:06 p.m.

The NEPA Elite AAU basketball club out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton has completed its most successful weekend to date.

The club, which made its competitive debut in July, added a ninth team in time for this weekend’s Summer Showdown on its home courts.

Eight of the nine teams played at home where they went a combined 18-2, including 10-0 by the four girls teams. The NEPA Elite Genco 17U girls squad was the team that made its debut and it won all three games.

The NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys team went to Allentown to play in Get Live 2020 and won twice.

Overall, the club’s teams combined to go 20-2.

The only team to play four games was the NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U boys, who won all their games.


MORE TO COME: Return to this website in the days ahead for more stories recapping this weekend’s action and taking a look at some of the leaders of the club’s success.


UPDATED: 8:55 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 16U boys split their two games on the day.

They were awarded a 39-37 victory over Interstate when the opponent chose not to come out for the second overtime.

The teams remained tied at 37-37 through an overtime period. The losing coach had hoped for a foul call on the last play of overtime and chose not to have his team continue.

NEPA Elite lost its earlier game, 67-60, to Ithaca Elite 16U.


UPDATED: 6:43 p.m.

Kallie Booth made six steals to lead a defensive effort that allowed the NEPA Elite 16U girls to overcome a poor shooting performance and still win comfortably, 39-25, over Delhi Elite.

NEPA Elite finished the weekend 3-0 by taking control while giving up just five points in the final 10:15 of the first half.

Nadia Evanosky made four steals while Anna Williams and Gianna Dickson each had three of the team’s 21.

Julia Glowacki controlled the boards, grabbing seven of her nine on the defensive end.

NEPA Elite started the game with three straight turnovers, then made only one of its first 14 shots. It went scoreless for more than five minutes at the end, missing the final 11 shots.

In between, however, NEPA Elite dominated by a 36-15 margin.

Booth and Katherine Shepherd scored eight points each. Dickson added seven.

Evanosky had a team-high five assists.

Williams got the offense started, scoring on a putback to start a 20-4 run to a 23-10 halftime lead. She followed it up with a 3-pointer to put NEPA Elite ahead to stay, 8-6.

Evanosky then made a steal and midcourt and took it in for a layup to complete a 7-0 run in less than a minute.

Dickson hit consecutive 3-pointers and Cadie Lewis scored the other three points in a nine-point streak to a 19-8 lead.

Booth scored the last four points of the half.

Delhi closed within 24-17 early in the second half before Shepherd scored all eight of her points during a 13-2 run to pull away for good.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page for more coverage from the Summer Showdown.


UPDATED: 2:54 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 16U girls allowed just 10 first-half points while finishing up an unbeaten weekend with a 39-25 victory over Delhi Elite.

The 16U girls, coached by Morgan Birmelin, won a game in each of the three days of the Summer Showdown on their home courts at Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

NEPA Elite teams are now 19-1 for the weekend. The club’s girls teams finished a combined 10-0.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more scores and details on games involving NEPA Elite teams.


UPDATED: 11:59 a.m.

SCRANTON – The NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U boys finished off a busy and successful weekend by displaying offensive balance in a 79-48 victory over Academy Hoops in an 11th Grade Boys Division game in the Summer Showdown at Riverfront Sports.

Four players scored in double figures, five more scored at least five points and the balance carried over into other areas beyond scoring.

Johnny Rose and Austin Finarelli scored 13 points each. Nick Nocito added 11 and Brandon Roche had 10 to lead the way as the team completed a 4-0 stretch on its home courts in a span of less than 28 hours.

The four double-figures scorers combined to shoot 20-for-29 while leading the team to a 54.6 percent overall shooting performance.

Roche made all five of his attempts.

Rose hit three 3s from the left corner while going 3-for-4 from long range in the second half. Finarelli went 5-for-6 in the first half while scoring 10 of his points.

Nocito joined Rose in finishing 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Justin Smith, Jajuan Nicholls and Andrew Ferguson all added seven points. Doug Walsh maximized his shots, hitting 3-pointers on his only two attempts to score six points. Jacob Anderson added five.

“Everyone scored,” coach Clay Basalyga said. “Everyone contributed.

“That’s what we’re looking for. That was probably our best game as far as including everyone and I think that’s when we play our best basketball.”

Roche grabbed six rebounds and Anderson added five.

Nocito had four assists while Smith had three.

Smith and Finarelli each made four steals while Rose added three.

NEPA Elite had 9 steals while forcing 12 turnovers in the first half on the way to building a 44-26 halftime lead.

Finarelli got to the basket for six points during a 17-2 run to a 36-16 lead with 4:10 left in the half.

Rose hit back-to-back 3-pointers, Nocito hit one and Nicholls converted his own rebound into a three-point play during a 17-4 burst to turn a 13-point game early in the second half into a 62-36 blowout with 9:15 left.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more scores and details on games involving NEPA Elite teams.


POSTED: 10:05 a.m.

SCRANTON – The third and final day of the Summer Showdown at Riverfront Sports is underway.

For recaps of games on the first two days of the event, follow the available links to the right.

Teams from the host NEPA Elite AAU program are a combined 15-1 for the event and, with two wins by the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys in Allentown, are 17-1 overall for the weekend.

The club will try to continue that success with the NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U boys trying to complete a 4-0 weekend in a game coming up at 10:25 against Academy Hoops 11 in the 11th Grade Boys Division.


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

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