Ha­zle­ton Area to face Comets

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To get to the four-team Wy­oming Val­ley Con­fer­ence boys’ bas­ket­ball play­offs, Ha­zle­ton Area will need to win a play­off.

Against ri­val Crest­wood.

The Cougars (15-6 over­all) and Comets will re­new their ri­valry on Tues­day at 8 p.m. at King’s Col­lege, WilkesBarre. At stake will be the WVC Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­onship and an au­to­matic berth in the con­fer­ence’s first post­sea­son tour­na­ment.

While Ha­zle­ton Area must win to ad­vance, Crest­wood (18-4) may be able to move on even if the Comets lose be­cause their Dis­trict 2 rat­ing points may be high enough for them to qual­ify.

The Comets and Cougars split their two reg­u­lar-sea­son meets; each win­ning on its home floor. Both teams also lost home con­fer­ence games to Dal­las.

Nan­ti­coke (17-5) and GAR (15-7) will battle for the Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle Tues­day at 6:30 p.m. at King’s. That win­ner also will punch its ticket to the con­fer­ence tour­na­ment; while the loser must wait un­til the Dis­trict 2 tour­na­ment to play again.

Di­vi­sion 3 cham­pi­onWy­oming Sem­i­nary (202) al­ready is guar­an­teed the top seed for the WVC tour­na­ment. D3 run­nerup Holy Redeemer also may qual­ify based on its dis­trict rat­ing points pend­ing the out­come of Tues­day’s games.

If the Ha­zle­ton AreaCrest­wood game is post­poned Tues­day, it will be a sin­gle game Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. at Ber­wick A Nan­ti­coke-GAR post­pone­ment would switch that game to Wed­nes­day at 7 p.m. at Pittston Area.

The con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals, are sched­uled for Fri­day at 6 and 7:30 p.m. at Dal­las High School and the cham­pi­onship game will be Satur­day at 7:30 p.m. at Ha­zle­ton Area’s Hughie McGeehan Gym­na­sium.

Mean­while, the WVC girls’ semi­fi­nals are all but set. Di­vi­sion 1 champ-Ha­zle­ton Area will face Ber­wick, the Di­vi­sion 2 run­ner-up and wild card in the opener of dou­ble­header on Thurs­day at 6 p.m. at Holy Redeemer High School, Wilkes-Barre. Holy Redeemer and Wy­oming Sem­i­nary will meet in the 7:30 night­cap.

Thurs­day’s win­ners will play for the over­all ti­tle on Satur­day at 6 p.m. at McGeehan Gym­na­sium.

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