No. 1 Scranton overcomes slow start to race past No. 4 Honesdale

Scranton didn't have one of its stars, but didn't miss a beat.

Tyvon Moore came off the bench and scored 25 points, had eight steals and five assists to lead the top-ranked Knights, who were without Karlon Quiller, in a 67-46 win over No. 4 Honesdale on Friday in a Lackawanna Division I-II opener.

"We came out sluggish in the game, but we came back," Moore said. "I just did what I could, by driving and getting by my defender and either shooting or dishing the ball off.

"The most important thing was to come away with a win."

With Quiller out of town, it took Scranton some time to find its rhythm.

And previously undefeated Honesdale took advantage, racing to an impressive 22-13 first-quarter lead. Chris Nagel fueled the Hornets with three 3-pointers and 13 points and as a team they made nine of their first 10 shots.

Still, Honesdale coach Tim Wood had concerns.

"We were scoring points, but we weren't really cutting hard to the basket and running our offense," Wood said. "We were making one pass and shooting. They were going in, but I knew that type of pace wasn't going to last the whole game."

Scranton (8-1) turned up its defensive pressure. The Knights forced 11 turnovers, limited Honesdale to 11 of 45 shooting and held a 37-23 advantage in rebounding over the final three quarters of play.

"We really needed to play a lot harder on defense and in rebounding the basketball," said Matt Redetzky, who had 10 rebounds and contributed six points in the paint. "We need to play hard right from the start.

"They were running and we had to be tough defensively."

With Moore picking Honesdale's pocket three times, while scoring eight points in the second quarter, the Knights seized a 38-31 lead at the half.

"I just tried to stay in front of the guard and anticipate where the ball was going," Moore said.

Scranton bolted to a 22-5 run in the first six minutes of the second quarter as Andrew Moran scored eight of his 16 points.

"They made shots in the first quarter and coach (Tony) Battaglia called a timeout and we just knew that we had to play harder," said Moran, who also contributed seven rebounds. "We really picked up our intensity and I was proud of that."

In the second half, Moore had seven more points and two assists, and Jake McCarthy scored five of his eight points as Scranton's balance began to wear on the Hornets.

"We were kind of sleepwalking in the beginning, but we stayed together as a team," McCarthy said. "Early we were really missing Karlon, but we started to play defense and we rebounded. They tried to run the floor against us and we just ran with them."

Scranton's lead ballooned to 60-39 with 3:45 remaining in the game. McCarthy and Redetzky each scored and Moore knocked down two more shots before the reserves finished the game and the Knights limited their seventh opponent to fewer than 50 points this season.

"This Scranton team plays very hard," Wood said. "You can see that they have made a commitment to defense. They are not going to give you a lot of easy shots or second shots and they can run the court in transition.

"They are tough."

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