Wallenpaupack Area’s sixth grade boys basketball team is off to a stellar start in its 2007-‘08 season.


Wallenpaupack Area’s sixth grade boys basketball team is off to a stellar start in its 2007-‘08 season.


Under the direction of coaches Joe Ambrose and Greg Guerrieri, Paupack has won five of its first six contests. Most recently, the Bucks recorded back-to-back wins over Our Lady of Snows (27-19) and North Pocono (40-32).


The Bucks return from their holiday hiatus on January 3rd. This year’s edition of the team is being sponsored by the Lake Region/Hawley Market.


Down to the Wire


On the last night of play before the holiday break, Paupack traveled to the Electric City and posted a pair of close wins.


In the opener, the local lads built an early lead, then played stifling second half defense in an eight-point victory over Our Lady of Snows.


Paupack led by three at intermission, then held the Clarks Summit cagers to seven points in the entire second half.


Anthony Guerrieri and Jacob LaFave paced a balanced Buckhorn attack. Guerrieri ripped the cords for a game-high 10 points, while LaFave netted seven (in-cluding a trey).


Rounding out the scoring for Paupack were: Danny Skibber (six pts) and Anthony Bousselli (four pts).


The nightcap started slowly, but picked up in intensity after the halftime break.
In this one, Paupack led by a margin of just 14-11 after two quarters. However, all seven Bucks eventually found their way into the scoring column in an eight-point decision over North Pocono.


Guerrieri once again led the way, this time with a 12-point outburst. Bousselli, who is also Paupack’s leading rebounder, contributed 10 to the cause.


Jamel Blanding chipped in with eight markers, while Dan Skibber added four.
Shayne McCormack, Billy Reese and LaFave each tallied a basket in the win.


Split Decision


Back on Thursday, December 20th, Paupack split a pair of contests at Scranton’s Riverfront Sports Complex.


The Bucks opened their e-ening with an impressive 39-25 victory over South Scranton. Unfortunately for local hoops fans, Paupack suffered a prolonged scoring drought in the nightcap and dropped a 41-17 decision to West Scranton.


The young Buckhorns traded baskets with Southside early and clung to a razor-thin 15-12 lead at halftime. After the break, though, Paupack went on an offensive rampage. The local lads outscored Southside by a margin of 24-13 and coasted to a 14-point victory.


Once again, each player on the roster contributed at least one point. Connor Jones led the way with 11. Guerrieri tallied six, while Rocco Scartelli, Skibber, LaFave and Bousselli netted four apiece.


David Ortiz turned in a solid all-round game, scoring a bucket and handing out a team-best seven assists.


Reese and McCormack also found their way into the scorebook for Paupack.
The nightcap was an entirely different story. In this one, West Scranton broke open what had been a close game with an 8-0 run to start the third period.


Jones muscled his way to a team-best seven points in a losing effort. Skibber and McCormack tallied three each.