SCRANTON — Abington Heights limited Dallas to 13 first-half points and rolled to a 61-42 win over the Mountaineers in a District 2 Class 5A boys basketball semifinal game Feb. 24 at Scranton High School.
Abington Heights (21-3), the top seed, will play third-seeded West Scranton (14-10) for the district title at 8 p.m. March 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Comets will seek to win their sixth consecutive district championship. Abington Heights won the last five and clinched an 11th consecutive state playoff berth with the win over Dallas.
George Tinsley, who finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, scored six in the first quarter to help Abington Heights take a 17-7 lead.
Comets center Seth Maxwell scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half to help Abington Heights build a 16-point lead.
“I knew we had to get the ball in the post first, then kick it outside,” Maxwell said. “I was focused on getting points in the paint.”
Maxwell was also a force on the defensive end with eight blocks.
“I knew I had to help a lot on defense and I tried to do my best there,” he said.
Abington Heights’ Jackson Danzig scored six of his 12 points in the third quarter when the Comets stretched their lead to 21 points. Danzig also contributed seven assists and seven rebounds in the game.
Trey Koehler chipped in with 14 points and four assists for Abington Heights.
Dallas (12-12), the fifth seed, battled back in the fourth by opening the quarter on a 7-1 run.
Matt Mathers scored all eight of his points in the fourth for the Mountaineers. Nick Kocher, who led Dallas with 10 points, also knocked down two 3-pointers in the quarter.
“We fell behind early and we didn’t make free throws or shoot the basketball well,” Dallas coach Mark Belenski said. “I thought our defense was decent; we just dug a hole for ourselves early. I thought we played well and we didn’t quit. I’m happy with where we are as a program.”