The Hornets will have to wait one more day to officially punch their ticket to the District Two dance. Due to inclement weather, Tuesday's Class AAA battle with Wyoming Area has been postponed until Thursday night. Opening tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Exeter.
Honesdale’s District Two play-in game at Wyoming Area has been postponed until Wednesday night.
The winner of this contest receives the final berth for the 2009-’10 Class AAA tournament, which is set to begin Thursday.
Holy Redeemer is the #1 seed and would host that showdown against either the Hornets (6-13) or the Warriors (1-21).
Opening tip for Wednesday’s play-in game is set for 7:00 p.m. in Exeter.
Breakin’ It Down
First year Coach Tim Wood is “full-blown optimistic” about his team’s chances in this particular encounter.
The Hornets struggled mightily in the Lackawanna League’s rugged Division One. However, the Warriors are a low-scoring squad that had even more trouble in the Wyoming Valley Conference.
“We scouted them when they played Berwick,” Coach Wood told TWI Sports. “They used a 3-2 zone on defense and ran a very deliberate offense.”
Wyoming Area’s top scoring threat is senior guard Matt McDermott (6.8 ppg). He is aided & abetted by backcourt mate Ryan Carey, who leads the War-riors with 26 treys on the season.
Cody Gates controls the middle. A 6’7” junior center, Gates leads the team in both rebounds and blocks.
Wyoming Area’s lone win came all the way back on January 5th. In that one, the Warriors rallied to beat the Dawgs by a score of 54-53.
Carey was the high scorer, tallying 18 points in leading his team to a stunning overtime victory.
Coach Wood believes that Honesdale’s best chance for victory is to push the tempo and run at every opportunity.
“I think our post players are more athletic than theirs,” he said. “And, if our guards can limit their perimeter shooting, we should be in good shape.”
Nick Joyal and Wade West lead the Red & Black attack.
Joyal is a 6’5” senior who plays equally well in the post and on the perimeter. He finished up the regular season campaign averaging 10.4 ppg.
West can play either guard or forward and is one of the most versatile players in the league. Wade ended the year as a Top 10 Division One scorer (11.6 ppg).
Ben Krempasky, Jordan Meyer and Adam Rogers also contributed key plays for the Hornets.
Honesdale’s victories this season came against Wallenpaupack Area (57-49), East Stroudsburg South (55-51), Lakeland (70-61), Blue Ridge (47-36), Forest City (59-38) and Valley View (64-52).
The Hornets posted a 1-6 record in first half Lackawanna League action and went 0-7 in the second half.
The Warriors were 1-5 in the WVC’s first half and 0-7 down the stretch.