WILKES-BARRE – Mark Belenski extended his first season back as a head high school basketball coach just a little longer.
After completing his first season as Dallas coach, Belenski returned to Holy Redeemer, where he had previously coached, for the 47th annual Dr. George P. Moses Wyoming Valley Conference All-Star Classic.
Belenski was the head coach and Tunkhannock’s Tony Maloney was in the starting lineup for the Division I all-stars when they defeated the Division II-III all-stars, 95-82, in the boys game that completed the April 1 doubleheader.
Maloney scored all five of his points in the first half, hitting an early 3-pointer and adding a field goal while Division I was battling to stay in the game. It trailed by as many as 10 points before closing the gap to 36-34 at halftime, then rallying with a 61-point second half.
The Division I stars finished with nine 3-pointers in the second half and a dozen for the game. Hazleton Area’s Bobby Planutis led the way 17 points and was named team Most Valuable Player.
Tanner Gattuso from Dallas was also a member of the winning team, but did not score.
Jake Corey had originally been selected to for the Division II-III team, but did not play.
Dajon Rush from GAR scored 10 points and was named MVP for Division II-III.
Belenski, a Dallas resident, won two state titles as coach at Bishop O’Reilly High School. In his first season with the Mountaineers, they doubled their win total from four in 2014-15 to eight this season.
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