Via games conclude season
The high school basketball season concluded last Saturday in the annual Via All-Star Classic held at Northampton Area Community College.
With the first two games between the Lehigh Valley West and Colonial League boys and girls each being decided by two points, it was up to the Lehigh Valley East and Mountain Valley Conference boys and girls in the afternoon portion to keep the exciting games going. And they did not disappoint the fans.
After a break in the action from the opening two games for the Special Olympics shootout, the girls took the court in what would be their final action as high school players.
It looked as if the LVC was going to run away with this one. They took a 39-28 lead into halftime, and held a double digit lead for a majority of the second half.
Kayla Csencsits (Northampton) and Leandra Sterner (Northampton) led the LVC with eight and five first half points respectively.
But thanks to big a couple of 3-pointers from Angelica Bertola (Notre Dame East Stroudsburg) and Lisa Steakin (East Stroudsburg South), the MVC was able to come all the way back, and even had a shot at the buzzer to win it in regulation, but the game would go to overtime.
Ashley Husser (Freedom) connected on a three-point play with just a little over a minute left that gave the LVC an 81-80 lead in the extra period, and they were able to hold on for an 85-83 win.
"It was a lot of fun playing against some good competition," Sterner said. "I was also able to play with some new people that I played against all year. It got pretty intense at the end so that was a lot of fun."
Sterner and Csencsits both finished in double figures, with Sterner recording a team-high 21 points, and Csencsits ending with 11.
In the final game of the day, the first half again was misleading to what would be the final outcome of a game. The MVC boys came out firing with dunks and 3-pointers. They had a 58-45 advantage at the half thanks to sharp-shooting from Jacob Battle (Stroudsburg) and Joe Wiggins (PM West), each with ten first half points.
Like a typical all-star game, there was a lot of offense on display, and not much defensively. The LVC began hitting 3-pointers to climb back into the game.
Big men Deshawn Oyeniyi (Liberty) and David Williams (Freedom) were able to throw down some crowd pleasing dunks.
With the teams trading baskets toward the end of regulation, the MVC was up three with just two seconds left. Williams took the inbounds pass and his shot from just inside half court hit off the rim, and the MVC took this one 125-122.
Piefka Stonewall (Northampton) was an invitee to the game, but did not participate.