Koehler, Maxwell power Comets past Holy Redeemer

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

The Times-Tribune - - Sports - 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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