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Scran­ton bas­ket­ball ju­nior had 12 points in a loss to Scran­ton Prep; 16 points and 13 re­bounds in a win over Val­ley View; and a ca­reer-best 31 points with 15 re­bounds in a win over West­ern Wayne.

Fam­ily: Mother, Me­lanie Depi­etro; father, Jeff Mulderig; step­fa­ther, Scott Depi­etro; brothers, Nicky Mulderig. Max and Scotty Depi­etro; step­sis­ter Ariel Depi­etro, and step­brother Dimitri Depi­etro. Talk about the ca­reer-best 31 against West­ern Wayne. It was ex­cit­ing. I just feel like when I score a lot, it’s not re­ally a lot, if that makes sense. I don’t re­ally think about it. I just play my game, go out there and do the best I can.

So, you didn’t have any inkling that you were closing in on a ca­reer-best game? I def­i­nitely knew I was scor­ing a lot be­cause Sophia (Gl­o­gowski) and I were run­ning this play on the one side that coach (P.J.) Hughes was call­ing a lot. What’s the big­gest im­prove­ment in your game this sea­son?

Def­i­nitely my con­fi­dence. I was al­ways scared of get­ting yelled at. I don’t know why, but it hap­pens. And I knew I had to step up this year be­cause we lost Ci­aira (Loyd), Shelby (Funchess), and it was not all on me, but I was a big part of the scor­ing this year.

The team has won three of its last four. How has that given you guys a boost of con­fi­dence go­ing to­ward dis­tricts? Our team is not young but we have three starters that haven’t re­ally been in­tro­duced to var­sity un­til this year. So we weren’t re­ally click­ing, but the past few games I feel like we’ve been re­ally com­ing to­gether and play­ing a lot bet­ter. Even with Prep (a 47-33 loss), the first time we played them, I think we got beat by 40. The last time we were up at a point so that was ex­cit­ing, although we lost.

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