The Binghamton men’s basketball team relies on J.C. Show and the 6-foot-3 junior is up to the challenge.
Show (Abington Heights) hit a 3-point basket with 1:36 left in the game and had a game-high 21 points as the Bearcats rallied to defeat Sacred Heart, 51-48, last Sunday in Fairfield, Conn. He had 14 of his total in the second half after Sacred Heart held a 10-point lead in the first half. It was Binghamton’s seventh straight victory and moved the team to 8-4 on the season, all in non-league action.
Show leads the team in scoring with a 16.0 average. He’s hit 35 of 86 from outside the arc (.407). He’s also averaging 3.3 rebounds a game, is second in assists with 26 and leads in steals with 17.
“J.C. is the heart and soul of this team,” coach Tommy Dempsey said. “Everyone on the team trusts him because he leads his life every single day and they have trust in him. And, that’s important. He’s a great leader and his teammates buy into him. And, he’s so unselfish – a team-first type of guy. And, they know he puts in the work.”
Show started the first 12 games for the Bearcats as a sophomore but an injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. He played in all 34 games for Bucknell as a freshman before transferring to Binghamton.
The Bearcats open America East Conference play Saturday, Jan. 6 against Maine in a home game in Vestal, N.Y.
Mary Kate Caucci (Scranton Prep)
The versatile sophomore from South Abington Township opened her indoor track season with the Fordham women’s team by finishing seventh in the long jump (16 feet, 9 ¾ inches) at the Fordham Season Opener Dec. 1 in the Bronx. She also finished 12th in the 60-meter dash (8.42) and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4×400 relay (4:05.22). In the Red Storm Invitational Dec. 7 in Huntington, N.Y., she finished third in the long jump (16 feet, 4 ½ inches), 12th in the 60 (8.48) and 15th in the 200 meter dash (28.06).
Nico Lastauskas (Scranton Prep)
The sophomore from Clarks Summit had a solid effort as the Lehigh men’s swim team wrapped up the first half of the season with a convincing 219-80 Patriot League victory over rival Lafayette Nov. 17 in Bethlehem. Lastauskas captured the 200 breaststroke in 2:07.46 and finished second in the 200 butterfly in 1:54.88. He also swam a leg on the Mountain Hawks 200 medley ‘B’ squad that finished second to the ‘A’ squad in 1:36.73 and the 800 free relay ‘B’ squad which finished third in 7:02.76.
Tony Harding (Lakeland)
The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward from Scott Township is averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Misericordia men’s basketball team. The Cougars are 5-5 on the season. He also has 10 assists and four blocked shots. Harding had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, both season highs, in a 75-62 loss to Susquehanna Nov. 29. He had 15 points in a 90-86 victory over Valley Forge Dec. 1 and 15 points in an 80-68 triumph over Rutgers-Newark Dec. 4.
Tim Toro (Abington Heights)
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore center continues to start for the unbeaten West Chester men’s basketball team, the Golden Rams are 9-0 overall and leading the PSAC East Division with a 5-0 record after a 94-85 non-league victory over Bowie State Dec. 11 in Bowie, Md. Toro had six points and four rebounds in that game, playing just 21 minutes before fouling out. On the season, he’s averaging 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds with eight assists, 10 steals and two blocked shots.
Courtney Petrilak (Lackawanna Trail)
The freshman sprinter made her collegiate debut with the King’s women’s indoor track team at Franklin & Marshall’s Diplomat Open Dec. 2 in Lancaster. Petrilak competed in two events but failed to score in either of them. She posted a time of 9.89 in the 60 meter dash, fifth best on the Lady Monarch’s team, and a 12.10 time in the 60 meter hurdles, which was fourth best on the team.
Mark Arzie (Lakeland)
The junior from Scott Township, fresh from a solid cross country season, kicked off his indoor track season with the Keystone men’s team with an impressive showing at Army’s Crowell Open Dec. 2 in West Point, N.Y. Arzie finished fifth in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 2:48.44. He trailed four Cadets to the finish line.
Catie Nealon (Abington Heights)
The 5-foot-6 senior guard is averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds with 20 assists and seven steals starting for the Marywood women’s basketball team. The Pacers are 2-6 overall after a 79-66 non-league victory over Susquehanna last Saturday in Scranton. Nealon had eight points, seven rebounds and seven assists in that game. Earlier, she had 11 points in a 76-53 loss to Scranton Nov. 21 and 11 points, four assists and two steals in a 75-49 triumph over Cairn Dec. 2.
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