NEPA Sports Nation

Host Chargers claim Finan title

Jaymire Allen and the Carbondale Chargers made it 2-for-2.

Allen landed his second Most Valuable Player award of the first five days of the season and the Chargers added wins on their home court Monday and Tuesday to claim the Jerry Finan Memorial Tournament title and improve to 3-0 in boys basketball.

Earlier, the Chargers had won at Elk Lake Friday night in the 47th annual Michael “Red” Wallace Memorial Game.

Allen has led the fast start, including scoring 24 points in Tuesday night’s 60-39 championship game victory over West Scranton.

Tyler Donato and all-tournament selection Preston Casey added 14 points each.

The Chargers trailed by seven after one quarter, but used a 24-4 second quarter to take control, 30-19, at halftime.

Tristan Lee had 16 points for West Scranton in the loss.

The Invaders placed John Keeler and Chris Ogden on the all-tournament team.

Forest City, behind all-tourney pick Dylan Bezek, defeated Honesdale, 53-48, in the third-place game Tuesday.

Bezek scored 24 points for the Foresters, who were down 15 in the first half and trailed at the end of each of the first three quarters.

The tournament opened with semifinal games Monday when West Scranton defeated Honesdale, 46-35, and Carbondale downed Forest City, 54-45.

Carbondale got started toward its title by taking a 17-9 lead after one quarter.

Allen and Donato scored 19 points each.

D.J. Heath led the Foresters with 20 points.

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