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Koehler, Maxwell power Comets past Holy Redeemer

Abington Heights starting lineup combine for 55 of team’s 62 points.

- BY MATT BUFANO

WILKES-BARRE — Even with a 20-point lead at halftime, Abington Heights saved its best basketball for the second half.

The Comets used an 11-0 run to cruise past Holy Redeemer, 62-29, on Monday night in a nonconfere­nce boys basketball game.

“We were moving the ball around, running our plays through and making sure that everyone touched the ball,” said Abington Heights sophomore Trey Koehler, who scored a gamehigh 18 points.

Koehler scored the first five points of the second half and, in the same rally, saw 7-foot center Seth Maxwell penetrate a screen en route to the hoop. From the behind the 3-point line in the left corner, Koehler noticed and wisely tossed an alley-oop to Maxwell, who capped the play with a dunk.

“We practice that every day,” Koehler said.

Holy Redeemer (2-1) head coach Paul Guido said he was disappoint­ed in the approach of some of his players, saying he felt “that my guys feared them a little bit,” playing into the defending District 2 Class 4A champion Comets’ (4-1) intimidati­on factor.

“Overall, it will help us in the long run, a tough test like that. They’re a bigger school. We’re not going to see them anymore,” Guido said. “(Abington Heights) is

something for us to look at as a goal for the future. It’s something to strive for and say, ‘We want to try to get to where they’re at.’ ”

From the moment Koehler connected for a jumper on the game’s first field goal attempt, Abington Heights seized control and never trailed.

Despite a 36-16 halftime lead, Abington Heights head coach Ken Bianchi said his team could have executed better in the first half. He said the Comets were, at times, too quick to shoot the ball.

The big lead allowed for Bianchi’s team to try some plays it recently added to its repetoire, but didn’t previously have a chance to run in games.

“I liked some of the things that I saw,” Bianchi said. “There’s some work to be done on the other areas. That’s what exhibition season is for; to try things out that you wouldn’t try during the league. And then you make your adjustment­s from there.”

Abington Heights’ starting-five — Koehler (18 points), Maxwell (11), George Tinsley (10), Tom Rothenberg­er (nine) and Jackson Danzig (seven) — scored 55 of the team’s 62 points.

Maxwell had a doubledoub­le with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

James Kosik led Holy Redeemer with 10 points.

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