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Wednesday’s District 2 basketball playoff predictions

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since this story was originally posted, all Wednesday games were postponed and rescheduled for Thursday. The change in date has no impact on the predictions, which remain the same.

The District 2 basketball tournament season is scheduled to continue with 16 more quarterfinal games Wednesday.

There are four boys games in Class 4A and two in 2A, plus a pair of Class 6A subregional games between district teams. On the girls side, there are four games each in Cass 5A and 3A. editor Tom Robinson, who covers and writes about District 2 basketball for the website, is once again predicting the outcomes of games throughout the district and subregional playoffs.

After correctly predicting the winners of more than 90 percent of the games in last year’s tournament, Robinson was above 90 percent again Tuesday when the district tournament opened, hitting 11 of 12 games. After handling the predictions throughout the early rounds, he will once again be joined by a panel of prognosticators for the championship games at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.


By Tom Robinson

(Home teams in CAPS)


DELAWARE VALLEY by 1 over Wilkes-Barre Area

SCRANTON by 14 over Wyoming Valley West


VALLEY VIEW by 23 over Berwick

TUNKHANNOCK by 15 over Hanover Area

SCRANTON PREP by 14 over Honesdale

NANTICOKE by 10 over Wyoming Area


MOUNTAIN VIEW by 3 over Montrose

ELK LAKE by 32 over Lackawanna Trail


PITTSTON AREA by 15 over Crestwood

SCRANTON by 2 over North Pocono

WALLENPAUPACK by 11 over Honesdale

ABINGTON HEIGHTS by 9 over Dallas


DUNMORE by 22 over Wyoming Seminary

RIVERSIDE by 5 over Mid Valley

LAKE-LEHMAN by 25 over Western Wayne

HOLY REDEEMER by 16 over Elk Lake


Three of Tuesday’s games were won by lower seeds on the road and even though there are more games Wednesday – 16, rather than 12 – we don’t see that happening again.

Tuesday’s scheduled gave us the three wins by lower seeds and several games that were interesting for quite a while, but in the end, 11 of 12 were decided by double-figures margins.

There may be more close games from the Wednesday set of quarterfinals, but we are predicting the higher-seeded team as the likely winner in each case.

Our prediction of a home-team sweep, however, is not a case of simply taking all clear favorites. For the sweep to happen, four teams will need to avenge losses from earlier this season.

Mid Valley swept the home-and-home series from Riverside and had a better record in the Lackawanna League Division 3 girls standings, but the Lady Vikes wound up the higher seed with a better performance in non-league play. The Spartanettes won by seven at Riverside less than two weeks ago, but we’re expecting a reversal there.

Just 15 days ago, Honesdale upset the Scranton Prep boys on their home court. The North Pocono girls won by seven at Scranton in January in their Lackawanna Division 1-2 crossover game. The Montrose boys had the larger margin of victory in their split, but Mountain View is at home for the playoff meeting.

Don’t expect the Honesdale-Scranton Prep boys game to be as close this time. The other three games join Wilkes-Barre Area’s boys trip to Delaware Valley as the games we anticipate giving Wednesday’s schedule more close finishes than what occurred Tuesday.

There are other rematches. The Wallenpaupack girls are seeking a fourth win of the season over Honesdale; the Elk Lake and Nanticoke boys swept their opponents, Lackawanna Trail and Nanticoke during league play; the Pittston Area girls beat Crestwood twice; and the Scranton boys defeated Wyoming Valley West.


As predicted, the North Pocono boys won at Crestwood while the Holy Cross girls won at Blue Ridge. There was one more road win, West Scranton over Pittston Area in what we anticipated being the second-closest boys game of the night, but did not correctly predict. Tuesday’s openers included an exact margin of victory with the prediction that the Valley View girls would beat Berwick by 13.

Tuesday’s boys picks: 6-1 (85.7 percent)

Tuesday’s girls picks: 5-0 (100.0 percent) with 1 exact margin.

Tuesday’s total picks: 11-1 (90.9 percent) with 1 exact margin.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: The District 2 tournament pairings and schedule. District 2 sets basketball pairings – NEPA Sports Nation

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