Western Wayne's 8th grade boys basketball team staged a wild fourth quarter rally, coming from behind to deal North Pocono a shocking loss Saturday morning in Varden.
Things looked a bit bleak for Western Wayne’s eighth grade boys basketball team.
The Wildcats trailed by four points heading into the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Lackawanna League game...and all the momentum seemed to be riding with North Pocono.
Suddenly, however, the ‘Cats came to life. Western Wayne put together a 9-0 run to start the final stanza, then held on for a wild 28-23 victory.
“That’s definitely one of our best wins in the 13 years I’ve been doing this,” Coach Matt Fitzsimmons told TWI Sports. “North Pocono beat us up pretty badly last year and the kids rememeber. They are really excited.”
With this win, Western Wayne’s eighth grade squad upped its record to 3-7.
Next up is a Wednesday afternoon showdown with archrival Honesdale. That contest is slated for a 5:00 p.m. opening tip at Lakeside Elementary.
Back & Forth
The Wildcats and Trojans traded baskets in the early stages of Saturday’a game at the Varden Garden.
Matt Lees led the way for North Pocono. A versatile young cager who can play on the perimeter or in the paint, Lees tallied a team-best eight points.
Matt drained an early trey, hit an acrobatic bucket in transition and went 3-for-5 at the foul line.
Broderick Dial also contributed key baskets for the Trojans. A hard-charging young forward, Dial powered his way to six points...all in the first quarter.
Western Wayne trailed by one point at intermission and by four after three.
That’s when Coach Fitzsimmons decided to shake things up just a bit. North Pocono had hammered his team by 30 points last year and he sensed a chance to erase those memories.
Coach Fitzsimmons went “small” for the final eight minutes. He sent Mike Valvano into the game, essentially putting three guards on the floor simultaneously.
In addition, he sent Kolyn Schane down low on defense. Both moves paid immediate dividends.
Schane erupted for a team-best eight points...including a pair of treys.
Matt Lombardi chipped in with six points, while Josh Miller and Tyler Bergsma added five each.
Billy Schumacher and Joe Clauss rounded out the Wildcat scoring with a bas-ket apiece.
Score by Quarters...
WW (3-7) 7 4 3 14 - 28
NP (5-5) 8 4 6 5 - 23