District 2 Boys Game Wrap (Holy Redeemer vs. Tunkhannock)

Written by: on Friday, January 31st, 2020



January 31, 2020


Piontkowki SLAMS Door Shut on Upset Bid


Holy Redeemer Royals 52, Tunkhannock Tigers 47


WILKES-BARRE – Who knew that the two crowd-pleasing slam dunks that Jared Piontkowski sprinkled into the middle periods were just a warm-up to his main event?  He added three more in the final stanza – one to trim the lead to a single point, another to tie the game, and the final one got the Red Sea jumping out of their seats as it put the Royals into the lead, 43-41, with under four minutes remaining in the game.  Tunkhannock, who played extremely well through three quarters (leading 38-31), quickly found themselves on the short end of a 12-3 run.  The Tigers, however, did not panic as Ben Chilson calmly sank a triple to put his team back in front 44-43.  Holy Redeemer then took a 48-44 lead via a triple by Alex Rhymar and a smooth reverse layup by Matthew Prociak (and had possession with time approaching the 1:00 mark).  Tunkhannock was able to create a turnover, but their trey was off target.  The Royals would convert their free throws and get the impressive come-from-behind 52-47 victory.

Tunkhannock started the evening with terrific ball movement, getting a great mix of short jump shots and open triples.  They grabbed a 15-7 lead before Holy Redeemer connected on a triple to make it 15-10 end the end of the period.  The Royals got a pair of free throws from Prociak and a slam by Piontkowski to trim the gap to 16-14.  The Tigers then got a pair of treys by Ben Chilson wrapped around a layup by Ryan Harder to take their largest lead, 24-16.  A Piontkowski basket made it a 24-18 score at the break.

Tunkhannock was able to maintain their advantage throughout the third period as Jake Frisco led the way with seven points.  His strong, driving layup and foul shot gave the Tigers another 8-point cushion, 34-26, with 2:17 left in the period.  Both teams traded points with Tunk going into the final stanza holding a 38-31 lead. 

The final quarter began with Justice Shoats hitting back-to-back baskets to bring the Royals within three points, 38-35, setting up the slamfest that shifted momentum over to Holy Redeemer.

Holy Redeemer was led by Jared Piontkowksi with 16 points, Matthew Prociak added 14, and Justice Shoats contributed a dozen points.  Alex Rymar only hit 6 points, but 3 of them could not have come at a better time as his corner triple gave HR a 46-44 lead. 

Tunkhannock got a superb effort from Ben Chilson with 14 points while Jack Chilson added 13.  While Ryan Harder was mostly held in check, Jake Frisco had a breakout game with 10 points.  On the night, the Tigers connected on 7 triples. 

This was a fun game to watch and looking forward to seeing how both these teams do in the district playoffs.                      


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