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Rivas, Ortiz win in coaching debuts

Wyoming Seminary’s Carlos Rivas and Montrose’s Bernardo Cruz each picked up victories in their boys basketball head coaching debuts Friday night.

Isaiah Stull hit four 3-pointers while scoring all 20 of his points in the first half as Wyoming Seminary rolled over host Lackawanna Trail, 60-36.

Alex Warriner scored 13 points and Sam Stashko went 5-for-6 from the line in the fourth quarter to lead Montrose past visiting Lake-Lehman, 47-38.

Rivas, a former Hazleton Area varsity assistant and junior high head coach, took over in the summer after Pete Moses resigned.

Cruz moved up from varsity assistant and JV coach at Montrose where he was appointed shortly after the end of last season, replacing Reggie Hawkins.

Jack Novelli added 10 points for Wyoming Seminary. Jack Leahy and Chief Montalvo chipped in eight each.

Stull had 10 points in each of the first two quarters to help the Blue Knights take leads of 20-9 after one quarter and 46-18 at halftime.

Braden Savage had 11 points and Jake Antolick 10 for Lackawanna Trail.

Montrose was tied with Lake-Lehman after one quarter and led by two at halftime before using a 15-9 third quarter to open a 30-22 lead.

Stashko scored 9 of his 10 points in the second half.

The Meteors closed out the win by going 7-for-10 from the line in the fourth, including Dylan Schopperth making both his attempts.

Joe Shishkowski had 11 points Gavin Paraschak 10 for Lake-Lehman.

Wyoming Seminary went 4-19 last season, which ended in a 61-20 loss to Dunmore in the District 2 Class 3A playoffs.

Montrose finished 3-16, declining to participate in the same tournament.

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