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Ethan Meuser (Tim Drewes Photo)

Coyle team pulls out two victories

BOYS GAME DAY: Saturday, 9/12

UPDATED: 10:55 p.m.

A 23-point, second-half lead evaporated, but the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys recovered in time for Cole Walker to pull out a victory.

Walker’s steal under the basket set up him up for a layup with 10 seconds left to give NEPA Elite a 58-57 victory over PK Flash in a meeting of Hoop Group Showcase League teams in the Fall Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

Trailing by three, NEPA Elite went just 2-for-5 from the line in the final 30 seconds, but it kept PK Flash pinned in its own end and made 2 steals in the final 20 seconds.

Justice Shoats made one steal that led to Walker making one of two free throws.

Caleb Vigil and Walker trapped a PK Flash player right under the basket on the in-bounds play. Vigil helped poke the ball free and Walker came away with it, leaving him in position to score easily.

Shoats then contested the final 3-point shot, which came up short as time expired.

NEPA Elite won both of its game. Both times it let a double-figures lead slip away before rallying for a victory.

Shoats and Christian Fermin fueled a fast start that helped NEPA Elite to leads of 29-11 with 2:18 left in the half, 32-15 at halftime and 38-15 with 13:15 remaining.

The game then changed dramatically.

After committing just 5 turnovers in 21 minutes to begin the game, NEPA Elite coughed the ball up 9 times in the next 8 minutes as PK Flash was gaining momentum.

PK Flash had missed eight straight 3-point attempts before going 6-for-9, beginning with the shot that launched the comeback with 13:02 remaining.

Shoats led the win with 19 points and 3 assists.

Ethan Meuser added 10 points. Fermin had 9 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocked shots, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Gavin Bednarz had five assists.

Shoats, a junior guard from Holy Redeemer, scored eight points in the first 4:40.

Two putbacks by Fermin and a three-point play by Shoats keyed a 9-2 run to a 14-7 lead.

With Fermin swatting away five shots in the first half, NEPA Elite held PK Flash to a single field goal for a span of 11:17. That paved the way for a 15-2 run to the 29-11 lead.

Fermin, a junior from Pocono Mountain West, grabbed six rebounds – five of them offensive – and blocked two shots in the first 6:18.

PK Flash, however, did not go away.

A streak of 15 straight points set up the first of the team’s 3 leads during the final 4 minutes.

Execution of in-bounds plays under the same basket helped bring NEPA Elite back.

In the same area where the two late-game steals were made, Justice Shoats worked free along the baseline to score off of offensive in-bounds plays under the basket in the last eight minutes.

Walker is a senior from Wilkes-Barre Area. Vigil is from Lakeland, Meuser is from Wyoming Seminary, Shoats is from Holy Redeemer.


UPDATED: 9:08 p.m.

The NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys started the Hoop Group’s Fall Jam Fest by scoring the first 11 points of their opener.

NEPA Elite, however, needed two more runs to work itself out of trouble in the second half of a 59-52 victory over Crown Basketball at Spooky Nook in Manheim Township.

Ethan Meuser posted a double-double and played a big role in the two second-half runs that keyed a comeback from nine points behind.

Meuser scored 11 of his 17 points in the final 10 minutes after grabbing 7 of his 11 rebounds in the first half.

Crown Basketball climbed out of the 11-0 hole to open a 37-28 lead by putting together its own 11-point streak spanning the end of the first half and start of the second half, then scoring 10 more in a row.

Meuser’s 12-footer from the left baseline started the recovery from the nine-point deficit. He had six points in a 13-2 run to a 43-39 lead. The senior from Wyoming Seminary scored the basket that put NEPA Elite ahead to stay.

Gavin Bednarz, a senior guard from Scranton Prep, scored 11 of his 13 points in the last 7:20, beginning the with a drive to force a 39-39 tie.

Crown Basketball got within one at 43-42 and 50-49.

Meuser then drove for a three-point play with 1:28 left to start a seven-point streak that just about sealed the win. Justice Shoats hit two free throws and Bednarz converted an offensive rebound to complete that streak.

Crown Basketball hit a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left.

Shoats broke the press to set up Meuser’s layup with 14 seconds left to clinch the win.

Michael Skoff made all four of his shots, including a 3-pointer, while supplying nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

Jagger Dressler grabbed seven defensive rebounds and had three assists.

Christian Fermin blocked three shots.

Skoff is a Scranton Prep teammate of Bednarz. Shoats is from Holy Redeemer, Dressler from Danville and Fermin from Pocono Mountain West.


MORE TO COME: The games are over for the day, but the coverage is not. Return to this page for more details on today’s action.


UPDATED: 5:15 p.m.

Cole Walker made a steal in the backcourt and turned it into the game-winning layup with 10 seconds left, lifting the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys to a 58-57 victory over PK Flash this afternoon.

The win allowed the Coyle boys to finish the first day of the Hoop Group’s Fall Jam Fest at Spooky Nook with a 2-0 record.

NEPA Elite used a 13-2, second-half run to overcome a seven-point deficit and defeat Crown Basketball, 59-52, in its first game of the day.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page this evening for additional details on the Coyle team’s victories.


UPDATED: 1:37 p.m.

The NEPA Elite 14U (Joyce) boys team finished strong for a 54-49 victory over the York Ballers in the Hoop Group’s Fall Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

The 14U and 15U (McGoff) boys teams each finished the day with 1-1 records.

Pure Basketball defeated NEPA Elite 15U, 48-45, in the latest set of games.

NEPA Elite again finished the simultaneous games with a 1-2 record.

LA Elite overpowered NEPA Elite 16U (Mastroianni), 64-29 in the other 12:20 game.

The 16U team lost its first game in overtime and finished the day 0-2. The Basalyga 17U team also went 0-2.

The NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys are up next with back-to-back games.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more results and game details.


UPDATED: 12:24 p.m.

NEPA Elite boys teams went 1-2 during the 11:10 games of the Hoop Group’s Fall Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

The NEPA Elite 15U (McGoff) team defeated Team Richmond Elite, 57-53.

Team PUSH-Bowman edged NEPA Elite 16U (Mastroianni), 58-57, in overtime despite the late game efforts of Scranton’s Arvel Chandler.

Chandler scored his team’s last nine points, all on 3-pointers. He hit twice in the last two minutes of regulation to rally NEPA Elite from five down, then hit a deep 3-pointer after Team PUSH scored the first four points of overtime.

Future Stars defeated NEPA Elite 14U (Joyce), 48-37.

All three teams are heading back onto the courts for their second games of the day.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more results and game details.


UPDATED: 11:01 a.m.

The NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U boys team dropped both of its morning games in the Hoop Group’s Fall Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

Competing in Pool A of the Open Division, NEPA Elite lost to BWSL Marsh, 65-57, and York Ballers HGSL, 53-47.

NEPA Elite struggled down the stretch in both games.

BWSL Marsh broke away from a 44-44 tie with an 11-2 run.

York Ballers outscored NEPA Elite, 11-3, after Justin Smith’s two free throws with 3:59 left created a 44-42 lead.

Austin Finarelli had a team-high 12 points and Jason Shields added 11.


MORE TO COME: Return to this page throughout the day for more results and game details.


POSTED: 8:27 a.m.

All five NEPA Elite boys teams play today and Sunday in the Hoop Group’s Fall Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.

The club’s two 17U teams – coached by Brian Coyle and Clay Basalyga – try to continue their recent success while the 16U (Enrico Mastroianni), 15U (Ryan McGoff) and 14U (Corey Joyce) teams return to action after a two-week layoff.

Each team will play twice today and at least once Sunday, with the chance to advance to an additional game, based on results.

Return to this page throughout the day for coverage of the games.

Check out the Recent Posts listing on the right for links to coverage of all the NEPA Elite teams in recent games.

Today’s schedule for NEPA Elite boys teams at Spooky Nook is below:

Time Team Coach Division/Pool Opponent Court
8:30 a.m. Basalyga Open (2021) Pool A BWSL Marsh   9
9:40 a.m. Basalyga Open (2021) Pool A York Ballers HGSL   7
11:10 a.m. Mastroianni 2022 Pool E Team Push-Bowman 13
11:10 a.m. McGoff 2023 Pool A Team Richmond Elite 25
11:10 a.m. Joyce 2024 Pool A Future Stars 23
12:20 p.m. Mastroianni 2022 Pool E LA Elite 14
12:20 p.m. McGoff 2023 Pool A Pure Basketball 27
12:20 p.m. Joyce 2024 Pool A York Ballers 24
1:50 p.m. Coyle Open (2021) Pool D Crown Basketball HGSL   7
3:00 p.m. Coyle Open (2021) Pool D PK Flash HGSL   9


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