Boken, Doolan Combine For 44 Points As Royals Down Monarchs, 86-83, In Overtime Friday Evening

Junior forward Brendan Boken scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Royals to an 86-83 victory over King's College in overtime Friday evening at the fourth annual Cross County Challenge in Wilkes-Barre.
Junior forward Brendan Boken scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Royals to an 86-83 victory over King's College in overtime Friday evening at the fourth annual Cross County Challenge in Wilkes-Barre.
Brendan Boken Kevin Doolan
Justin Klingman Ross Danzig

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa.—Junior forward Brendan Boken (South Pasadena, Calif./Loyola) scored 24 points and freshman point-guard Kevin Doolan (Basking Ridge, NJ/Ridge) added 20 to lead The University of Scranton to an 86-83 victory over King’s College in overtime Friday evening at the fourth annual Cross County Challenge at Scandlon Gymnasium.

The Royals, now 8-2, also received a combined 23 points from senior guards Justin Klingman (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) and Ross Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights/Blair Academy-NJ).  Scranton will meet Wilkes University, which lost to Marywood University, 64-58, tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

The Monarchs, no2 6-4, were led by freshman forward Chris Fazzini (Drums, Pa./Crestwood) with 23 points and sophomore forward Dan Rutecki (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  King’s, which overcame a 17-point second-half deficit, also received 15 points and 6 rebounds from junior forward/center Tom Heston (Feasterville, Pa./Holy Ghost Preparatory) and 14 points and 6 rebounds from freshman forward Dan Borner (Belmare, NJ/St. Rose).

Rutecki capped off a furious rally by draining a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining as the Monarchs erased a 72-63 deficit with 3:03 left to tie it at the end of regulation, 76-76.  In the overtime period, Monarch freshman guard Tyler Burns (Wilmington, Del./Archmere Academy) connected on jump shot and a 3-pointer to give King’s its first lead since the first half, 81-76.   Doolan and Boken then scored four points apiece as the Royals ended the game on a 10-2 run to pull out the victory.

Doolan has now scored in double figures in each of his last four games, including 20-point efforts in his last two games.

Boken, who averaged 20.3 points in four previous Cross County Challenge games, connected on 8 of 13 shots from the field and finished with 7 rebounds, 3 steals and a block.  He scored 13 points in the first half as the Royals shook off a slow start to take a 36-27 by intermission. 

The Royals opened up two 17-point leads in the second half, the last of which came on 3-pointer by freshman guard Ethan Danzig (Clarks Green, Pa./Abington Heights) with 11:14 remaining. 

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