TOUGH KNIGHT Moran leads Scranton past Invaders

 Andrew Moran’s first experience with the physicality in the Scranton-west Scranton rivalry left him with a sore jaw early in the game.

It took some time, but after shaking off the effects of a strong elbow, Moran found his shooting touch in the second half for top-ranked Scranton in a brutally rough, 45-20, win over No. 6 West Scranton on Tuesday in a Lackawanna League Division I boys basketball game.

“I thought my jaw was broken,” said Moran, a transfer from Holy Cross, who finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. “I knew it was going to be a tough game. The guys were telling me how important this rivalry is, and I just wanted to get a feel for it. “I loved it.” Scranton, which is still forging its identity as a defensive-minded team, limited West Scranton to 6 of 37 shooting, and forced 18 turnovers.

During the second and third quarters, West Scranton managed only six total points, as the Knights blew open the game thanks to Terry Turner’s offensive surge and Moran’s key sharp-shooting.

Leading 8-6 after the first quarter, Turner scored eight of his 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting during the second quarter as Scranton built an 18-9 advantage.

“I definitely tried to get a feel for the game and just work inside out because our shots weren’t falling,” said Turner, who now has 1,506 points in his career. “I just tried to get to the basket and make some highpercentage shots.”

Starting the second half by continuing to stymie the West Scranton attack, the Knights broke free as Moran hit two 3-pointers and the lead increased to 26-9 with 5:02 remaining in the third.

“In the locker room at halftime, coach told us that we had to be 10 points better than them in the third,” Moran said. “We had to come out fired up and start making our shots.

“We knew that if we played good defense that we would eventually have s o me offense.”

Malik Draper, who misfired on his first six shots of the game, followed with four points, Moran added another two and Karlon Quiller hit two free throws and drained a buzzer-beater in the lane to make it 36-12.

In the fourth, Draper carried the hot hand, scoring six of his 12 points during a 10-1 run in the first five minutes to make it 45- 13 as the reserves entered the game.

Scranton also controlled the glass for much of the game as Turner had 10 rebounds, Draper had eight and Joe Mccarthy had seven. Quiller had four steals and three assists and Draper had three assists.

West Scranton’s first basket in the second quarter came with 2:50 left, its first in the third quarter came with 2:52 remaining and first in the fourth came with 3:06 left.

Lou Dibileo and Lamont Wright each had four points to pace the Invaders.

“Scranton is so talented and Mccarthy did a great job defensively, he stayed in there and trapped,” West Scranton coach Jack Lyons said. “They played really well defensively and they are big at all positions.

“Once you fall behind them, it’s tough, because their talent takes over.” 

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