Wallenpaupack Area's boys varsity basketball team experiences ups and downs
Lackawanna League action hasn’t been easy for Wallenpaupack Area’s varsity boys basketball team this season.
Following first week hits at the hands of Honesdale and North Pocono, the Buckhorns voyaged to Valley View on Jan. 9 and then welcomed Delaware Valley on Dec. 12.
Neither their clash with the Cougars nor their scrap with the Warriors produced a much-needed win for the Bucks. However, in both contests, Paupack played with a new vigor that hopefully is a sign of better things to come.
Both the Buckhorns and the Cougars kept each other in relative check through the first period of their encounter.
After the first quarter, Valley View held a 9-6 lead but the opened the margin to 26-19 come halftime.
In the third, Paupack roared back and outscored their hosts 19-14, closing the gap to 40-38. They, then tied things up by putting up 17 to Valley View’s 15 in the fourth quarter.
At the buzzer, it was 55-all.
Unfortunately for local fans, the Cougars ended up edging out the Buckhorns 7-5 in the OT session to take a 62-60 victory.
Encouragingly, though, Paupack’s offensive output was the highest the team has managed since early season exhibition wins.
Junior Derrick Vosburg set the pace for the Bucks by chalking up a trio of threes and an equal number of twos to close at 15 on the night.
Sophomore Elijah Rosenthal contributed 14 via a pair from downtown, three 2-pointers, and two from the line.
Senior MacBrennan Peet also knocked down three treys as a part of his dozen points while sophomores Gabe Springer and Izaiah Santiago brought in nine and eight, respectively.
Senior Mike Burk added a two for the Bucks.
Delaware Valley’s only league loss prior to coming into the night at Paupack last Friday was to Division I foe Abington.
Already they’d cleaved their way through North Pocono and Western Wayne … and the Bucks were determined to keep their Division II record perfect.
No matter what their records are, when DV and Paupack tangle, each squad puts in extra effort to outdo each other.
“We always expect Paupack to up their game when they play us whether it’s at our place or theirs, or in a playoff somewhere else,” said Warriors Head Coach Kris Holtzer earlier in the season.
“We know it’s going to be a rough game.”
The DV skipper couldn’t have been more correct. Paupack out of the gate kept DV down to three points while posting a dozen of their own.
The Warriors made gains in the second period, outscoring their hosts 10-6, but at the half, the Bucks still held on to an 18-13 lead.
Both squads kept it tight during the third with the Warriors making slim headway by closing the gap to 27-23.
Ultimately though, DelVal rallied in the fourth.
They mounted a giant comeback by tacking up 21 points to the Bucks' 12.
Even though they put up a solid effort through the night, Paupack fell 44-39 to Delaware Valley.
Vosburg again led the way for the Bucks with 11 that included a 3-pointer and four twos.
Springer went 2-for-2 at the stripe and sent in four from the paint for 10 in total while Rosenthal and Santiago each hit for six; junior Alex Pillar put in five; and Peet got one.
Senior Zach Klapak sank 6-of-7 from the line for DV and added a pair of field goals for a total of 10.
Classmate Hassan Keys also scored 10 courtesy of a lone free throw, a trey, and three 2-pointers.
Senior Dylan Kelly and junior Blake Gearhart each drained nine while sophomores Grant Berrios and Jackson Shaffer checked in with three apiece.
The Bucks are home on Jan.23 versus Honesdale and again on Jan.26 when Abington Heights visits.
They hit the road on Jan.30 when they go to Scranton and then head to Delaware Valley on Feb.2.
All league games are slated for a 7:15 p.m. tip-off, weather pending.