Men's Basketball is getting ready for their first-round playoff matchup against Penn State Hazelton on Tuesday February 19th at 8 pm. Wilkes Barre swept Hazelton in the 2 regular season games this season winning both games by double digits. The first game Wilkes Barre beat Hazelton at Hazelton 73-53. Wilkes was led by strong performance from Kevin Silverberg who scored a game high 23 points on 8-13 shooting and 7-11 from 3.
Wilkes Barre beat Hazelton again at home 87-69. This time Wilkes Barre's leading scorer was Khalil White who scored 33 points off the bench on 11-15 shooting from the field and 6-10 from 3. Wilkes Barre forced 17 turnovers that game and scored 21 points off those turnovers. Ameer Biddle led the defensive charge with a game high 5 steals.
This season Wilkes Barre's leading scorer has been Khalil White who is averaging 15.2 points coming off the bench. White has been a real spark plug for Wilkes Barre with his sharpshooting. White has the ability to go off for 20+ points on any given night. Levaugn Knight-Soules has led Wilkes Barre in rebounds this season with 7.0 a game. Defensively Ameer Biddle is averaging 2.4 steals per game and .9 blocker per game.
Penn State Hazelton has been having a decent season this year themselves. They are 11-12 overall and 9-10 in conference. Their leading scorer this season is Andy Kwaitkowski who is averaging 17.8 points on 47.3 shooting from the field as well as a team high 44.3% from 3. He is averaging 22 points in the previous 2 meetings against Wilkes Barre so he could play a big factor in deciding this one. Another player to watch out for on Hazelton is Brandon Mohammed. He is averaging 11.9 points per game on a team high 56.3% shooting as well as a team high 8.5 rebounds per game. In the previous 2 matchups against Wilkes Barre Mohammed is averaging 8 rebounds per game so he could be a factor on the glass.
Come out and cheer on your Penn State Wilkes Barre Men's Basketball as they look to beat Hazelton and continue their hunt for a National Championship.