Honesdale dropped a 73-59 decision to Abington Heights back in December. However, Coach Tim Wood's squad gained a measure of revenge in Thursday's second half opener. The Hornets traveled to Clarks Summit and dealt the Comets a 54-52 Division One loss.
In the wake of Honesdale's 73-59 loss to Abington Heights back on December 22nd, Coach Tim Wood appeared surprisingly upbeat and positive.
"There won’t be any easy games in this league,” he told TWI Sports. "But, I firmly believe that we can compete with anybody. If we work hard and keep improving, I see good things in our future."
Those words have proven prophetic. While the Hornets went just 2-5 in first half Divison One action, they opened the second half with a huge road win.
The Red & Black traveled to Clarks Summit Thursday and gained a measure of revenge against Abington.
Honesdale raced out to a big early lead, then held off a late Comets rally en route to a wild 54-52 victory.
"The key to this win was our defensive intensity," said Coach Wood. "We played outstanding halfcourt defense all game."
The Hornets won't have long to savor this win. The local lads return to action Monday night versus West Scranton.
That Lackawanna League contest is slated for a 7:15 p.m. start in the Electric City.
Wade West wasn't available for Honesdale's first meeting with Abington...a game the Hornets lost by 14 points.
On Thursday night, West was the focus of a resurgent offense. Wade poured in 13 of his team-best 19 points in the first quarter.
West also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
Coach Wood's lads outscored Abington by a margin of 19-11 after one period. They extended that advantage to 30-20 at intermission.
The Comets began chipping away at Honesdale's lead after the break.
Justin Klingman led the comeback bid. The senior sharpshooter drained four long-distance treys en route to a game-high 20 points.
Klingman received support from JC Snow. Another gifted perimeter marksman, Snow hammered home two treys of his own. He also went 4-for-4 at the foul line and finished with 18 points.
Down the Stretch
For Honesdale, Jesse O'Connell and Kevin Miller provided late-game heroics.
O'Connell slashed his way to a dozen points, including a crucial trifecta.
Miller ran the Hornet offense and calmly swished four key free throws. Kevin also contributed four assists to the cause.
Jordan Meyer (eight pts) and Cody Dirlam (six pts) also chipped in with big plays along the way.
"To be honest, this game really wasn’t as close as the final score indicates" said Coach Wood. "We had it pretty well in hand. I’m proud of the kids. They worked very hard for this and it paid off.”
Score by Quarters...
HON (3-5) 19 11 10 14 - 54
AH (4-4) 11 9 12 20 - 52