EPC league finals are set
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.
But, Will Melson’s three-pointer with just 2.8 second left helped the Hawks to survive after they trailed for the first time in the game 58-57.
Melson finished with a game-high 16 points. Ryan Young added 15 and Justin Paz had 13 for the Hawks. Eastburg was led by Darin Belinger’s 19 points. Marquis Mouttrie had 12 and Adisa Wilkins added 10.
The Canaries are coming off an emotional, high-scoring, 84-80 victory over Pocono Mountain West. Allen was sparked by an 20-8 run in the fourth quarter and was led by Talek Williams’ 22 points. Tyrese Martin added 17, Carlos Gutierrez 13 and Jvon Winslow had 11.
For West, Jalen Vaughns had 25, Lance Singh 23 and Isaiah Wiggins 17.
It should be an interesting boys final as the Hawks and Canaries split their season series this year. On Jan. 3, Allen won a tight, 53-52 contest, while on Feb. 8, Becahi defeated Allen 68-56.
In the girls tournament, Bethlehem Catholic defeated Parkland 47-39 and will face Easton which got by Nazareth, 49-31, after a huge second half. That game takes place at 6 p.m. at Freedom.
The Hawks got off to a quick start and led 12-5 after one quarter, but that lead went away as Becahi took just a 21-20 lead into the half. After three quarters, the Hawks maintained a one-point lead, 32-31, before pulling away in the fourth quarter, keeping their perfect record against league teams in tact, at least for now.
Neila Luma led the way with 13 points while Natalie Rhine added 10 points. Taliyah Medina added eight in the win.
Parkland was led by Emily Piston who scored 12 while Julia Buchman added nine.
In the other EPC girls semifinal, Nazareth actually led 13-11 after the first quarter against Easton before the teams were tied at 19-19 heading into the half.
But from there, the Rovers took over in the second half and outscored the Eagles 15-4 in the third quarter and then 15-8 in the fourth quarter. Easton was led by Shelby Stocker’s 19 points while Gabby Bloshuk added 10. Jessica Durnin had nine for Nazareth.
Becahi handled Easton twice this year in their matchups. The Hawks won 65-47 back on Dec. 22 and then won again 56-37 on Feb. 3.