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BOYS TOURNAMENTS: Royals claim first W-B Area Tip-Off title

Zach Perta hit five 3-pointers, scored 25 points and pinned down tournament Most Valuable Player honors Saturday night when Holy Redeemer fought past Bethlehem Freedom, 61-56, to take the first Wilkes-Barre Area Tip-Off Tournament title.

Perta received the John Quinn award as MVP. Quinn, the former Coughlin coach and Wilkes-Barre Area School Board member, died earlier this year.

Jacob Hunter added 12 points and all-tournament selection Darryl Wright had 10.

Perta hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter, but the Patriots took a 21-16 lead. He hit 2 more while scoring 10 points in the second quarter when the Royals moved in front, 32-31.

George Sabatini had all seven of his points in the third quarter as Holy Redeemer built the lead to 48-43.

Hunter was 6-for-6 from the line, including making four in the last minute when Perta made both his attempts.

Holy Redeemer finished 10-for-14 from the line while Freedom was just 2-for-11.

Jaden Tillett led Freedom with 19 points and also received all-tournament honors.

In Saturday’s other tournament game results:

Mid Valley 58, Wilkes-Barre Area 27

Mid Valley pounded host Wilkes-Barre Area in the third-place game.

The Spartans ran away, taking leads of 19-8 after one quarter, 33-14 at halftime and 50-18 going into the fourth quarter.

Ricky Vinansky made the all-tournament team from Mid Valley while Kaprie Cottle represented Wilkes-Barre Area.

Nazareth Area 40, Wallenpaupack 34

Nazareth Area defeated the host Buckhorns in the championship game of the Lake Region Tip-Off Tournament.

Justin Blanding led Wallenpaupack with 17 points.

Berwick 50, Bloomsburg 48

Host Berwick got 14 points each from Jace Degroat and Matt Lonczynski while pulling out a win in the third-place game of the Joe Nespoli Tournament.

Sean Murphy added 11 points in the win.


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