ed note: PA Guru of HS Hoops, Jerry Shenk, ranks District 3 boys. Enjoy.



February 20, 2017

By Middle Atlantic Sports News/LLHoops.com



February 19, 2017

1. Reading (23-2) (6A)

2. Harrisburg (16-6) (6A)

3. York Northeastern (23-2) (5A)

4. Carlisle (15-7) (6A) Defeated Waynesboro 74-73

5. Trinity (20-3) (3A)

6. Central Dauphin East (13-9) (6A)

7. York Catholic (21-2) (3A)

8. Berks Catholic (19-6) (4A)

9. Lebanon (20-5) (6A)

10. Lancaster Mennonite (21-3) (3A)

11. Palmyra (19-3) (5A)

12. Middletown (18-4) (4A)

13. Mechancsburg 19-5) (5A)

14. Lancaster Catholic (20-5) (4A)

15. Milton Hershey (17-4) (5A)

16. Central York (17-8) (6A)

17. Spring Grove (18-6) (5A)

18. Governor Mifflin (19-5) (6A)

19. Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt (16-6) (4A)

20. Lampeter-Strasburg (16-8) (5A)



Quarterfinals -

Reading 90 Kutztown 35 - Tyrone Nesby IV scored 17 points, Lonnie Walker IV had 15 points and Wesley Butler scored 10 for Reading. Lorencz Jean-Baptiste led the Cougars (13-10) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Brayden Eck scored 10 points.


Governor Mifflin 43 Wilson 40 - Bubba Peters scored 27 points as Mifflin came from behind to beat Wilson. The Bulldogs (12-10) lost to Gov. Mifflin for the third time and saw their season end. Dominique Diaz-Cruz led Wilson with 10. Four other's had 7.


Berks Catholic 46 Twin Valley 33 - Luis Garcia scored 16 points and Berks Catholic used its strong defense to keep Twin Valley at bay. The Saints, ranked No. 1 in Berks in scoring defense, allowed just three field goals in the first half in taking a 24-10 lead over the Raiders (13-10). Berks Catholic used an 11-0 run in the third quarter to push its lead to 19. Casey Jack had 10 points and six rebounds and Marcus Wilson had eight points and six rebounds for the Saints. Trevor Greenly led the Raiders with 16 points, all in the second half.


Exeter 72 Schuylkill Valley 55 - Devon Jackson scored a game-high 30 points as Exeter breezed past Schuylkill Valley. Jackson scored 14 points in the third quarter as Exeter extended its 14-point halftime lead. Ryan Worrell scored a team-high 18 for the Berks III champion Panthers (14-9). Cody Mish had 14. Riley Dobraniecki had 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Exeter.


Semifinals -

Berks Catholic 52 Exeter 36 - Bryce Calloway and Keba Mitchell each scored 12 points and Casey Jack had 11 points and five assists as Berks Catholic defeated Exeter. The second-seeded Saints (19-5) head to the Berks title game for the sixth time in their six-year history. The Saints won again with their top-rated defense, limiting the sixth seeded Eagles (12-12) to just 12 first-half points and 19 through three quarters. Devon Jackson scored a game-high 13 for Exeter but had just five at half, when the Saints led 22-12.


Reading 68 Governor Mifflin 49 - Lonnie Walker IV had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Reading to victory over Governor Mifflin tonight in the Berks Conference semifinals at Santander Arena. The top-seeded Red Knights (21-2) return to Santander Friday against Berks Catholic in pursuit of their third straight league championship. The Red Knights led by just four points midway through the second quarter before turning up their fullcourt, pressure defense. They forced the Mustangs (19-5) into seven third-quarter turnovers and used a 16-2 finishing run to lead 52-29. Tyrone Nesby IV had 13 points and R.J. Dixon supplied 10 points off the bench for Reading. Bubba Peters had a team-high 16 points for Mifflin and finished the night with 998 career points.


Championship -

Reading 61 Berks Catholic 39 - Tyrone Nesby IV scored a game-high 17 points, including a pair of huge 3s early in the fourth quarter, to lead Reading High to its third straight Berks Conference championship win over Berks Catholic at sold-out Santander Arena. The game was stopped for one hour, 44 minutes midway through the second quarter due to a power outage. The Saints (19-6) led by a point briefly in the third quarter before the Red Knights (23-2) used their press to force turnovers and ignite a 10-0 run to lead 44-33 after three periods. Wesley Butler scored 13 points for Reading, all in the second half. Bryce Calloway led the Saints with 12 points. The Red Knights forced 26 turnovers, using their defense as a key to their 20th straight victory.



Semifinals -

State College 71 Trinity 63 - State College's Drew Friberg lit up the scoreboard, per usual — but the Mid Penn semifinals weren't a one-man show Tuesday night. Friberg, aided by his brother Tommy, guard Keaton Ellis, and senior Tommy Sekunda (13pts), ousted Trinity at Central Dauphin High School. Drew Friberg left Little Lion fans, and a few Trinity supporters, in shock and awe, recording 33 points and 11 rebounds in a signature performance. The 6-foot-5 go-to scorer had 22 at halftime alone and, with the help of his teammates, closed out the Shamrocks late at the free-throw line. Trinity was led by Austin Gilbertson's 24 and Timmy Edwards' 19 and Sean Good's 11.


Mechanicsburg 66 Greencastle-Antrim 61 - Cade Alioth 28, Kyle Scheib 17, and Nathan Mayernick 12 all scored in double-figures to lead the Wildcats past the Blue Devils and into the finals. G-A was led by Iab Gelsinger with 21, Casey Hoover with 13 and Brandon Stuhler with 12.


Championship -

Trinity 77 Mechanicsburg 68 - State College senior Tommy Sekunda couldn't help but smile and hug his teammates Thursday night after the Little Lions collected their first-ever Mid Penn championship. This is what he hoped for before the season. It's what his teammates talked about. It's what they aimed for. So when his coach draped a championship medal around his neck — shortly after beating Mechanicsburg at Hershey's Spartan Center — Sekunda's smile turned into a laugh. He had plenty of reason to celebrate, after all, following a game-high 28 points. Early in the fourth quarter, Mechanicsburg trailed by just one possession. With less than four minutes to go, State College led by just four. But that's when the Little Lions broke the game wide open. For good. Sophomore Tommy Friberg nailed a pair of free throws, and Sekunda hit a pair of open 3-pointers as State College went on a critical 8-1 run in that span. That increased the Little Lions' lead to 11 in the waning minutes of the game. During a key 9-2 run early in the second half, when State College broke a 30-30 tie and never trailed afterward, five Little Lions produced points — and in just about every imaginable way. Free throws, points in the paint, a trey: State College just wouldn't quit. Mechanicsburg opened the contest on an 8-0 run, but Sekunda then hit 10 straight points in about two minutes to give State College the lead. Drew Friberg had 18 points for SC and Keaton Ellis added 12. The Wildcats put four starters in double-figures led by Shane Homick 18, Cade Alioth 16, Kyle Scheib 15 and Shane Mayernick 14.


Quarterfinals -


York Northeastern 79 Littlestown 41 -

York Catholic 62 Eastern York 51 -

Spring Grove 64 Delone Catholic 42 -

Central York 69 Dover 52 -


Semifinals -

York Northeastern 69 York Catholic 66 - The Bobcats put four players in double-figures in Brandon Coleman 17, Austn Greene 15, Fred Mulbah 15 and Antonio Rizzuto 14 and held off a very strong York Catholic team. The Fighting Irish were led by D'Andre Davis with 23 points and Melik Martin with 20 points.


Central York 53 Spring Grove 45 - Eli Brook's 30 points weren't enough as the Rockets had to go with out Drew Gordon (pneumonia). Courtney Batts' 14 points led Central to their second consecutive championship game.


Championship -

York Northeastern 62 Central York 51 - Northeastern won their first ever York-Adams League championship with the win over Central. For a while it looked very dim for the Bobcats as they trailed 18-11 after the first quarter and then 21-11 early in the second. But then it all turned around as they outscored Central 51-30 the rest of the game, including a 32-17 run in the middle two quarters. All five starters scored at least 8 points for the winners led by Fred Mulba with 17, Brandon Coleman with 14, Antonio Coleman with 14, Antonio Rizzuto with 11, Nate Wilson with 10 and Austin Greene with 9. Central got 16 from Courtney Batts and 10 from Garrett Markey.




Playin Game -

Ephrata 43 Columbia 39 -


Quarterfinals -

Lebanon 52 Ephrata 50 -

The Cedars had to overcome a 24-15 halftime deficit to beat an unheralded Ephrata team. Camyrn Shaak led the way with 20 points and Shaq Ortiz added nine. Ephrata got 17 points from Bradley DaBella.


Lancaster Mennonite 77 Manheim Township 70 - In the highest scoring game of the playoffs, the Blazers slowely pulled away from a 33-33 halftime lead for the win over Manheim Township. Mennonite put four players in double-digits with John Gillespie and Isaac Beers both scoring 19, Timmy Stefanosky 18 and Roman Ali 11. Tyler Crespo had a game-high 31 to lead the Blue Streaks, while Brendan Mellott added 18 and Nick Vicidomini scored 14.


Lancaster Catholic 66 Lampeter-Strasburg 59 (OT) - The Crusaders lead reached double-figures in the first, second and third quarters , but L-S would come back and take a one-point lead after three. It appeared they would walk away to an easy victory but while leading by five points near the end of the game there were two very bad ill-advised shots and each time Catholic went down the floor and scored to send the game to overtime which should have never happened. Catholic put four players in double-figures led by Danny Bomberger 19, Sean Landis 14, Chad Wenger 12 and Jon Ware 10. Ryan Smith 19, Ben Sandberg 17 and Jordan Swegar 12 led the Pioneers.


Hempfield 40 Manheim Central 35 - Hempfield held Manheim Central to single digit scoring in the first three quarters in the low scoring game. Hempfield was led by Ryan Moffatt with 12 points but three others scored between seven and nine points. The Barons got 27 from Taylor Funk 27 who had all but eight of their points.


Semifinals -

Lebanon 59 Lancaster Mennonite 48 - Thanks to five three's and a 24-point night by Dante Vargas, Lebanon got off to a faster start then they did in the quarterfinals and were able to stay on top in their win over Lancaster Mennonite. Luis Aquino-Rios backed up Vargas with 13 points for the Cedars. Mennonite was led by Javan Terry with 10 and Richard Rosas with 9 points.


Lancaster Catholic 35 Hempfield 19 - Second lowest scoring game in history of LL Tournament. Catholic led at the half 9-2. Danny Bomberger (12 points, four rebounds) was the lone scorer in double-digits, hitting a pair of clutch back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter that took Lancaster Catholic's lead from 20-12 to 26-14 with 5:15 left. Ryan Moffatt led Hempfield with 9 points.

Championship -

Lancaster Catholic 49 Lebanon 47 - Down six points with a little over two minutes remaining, Lebanon scored the next seven points to go in front with 33 seconds left in Friday's Lancaster-Lebanon League boys basketball championship game. The Cedars had the momentum and the lead. Like it has been all season, though, the Lancaster Catholic offense remained patient. With time running down and Lancaster Catholic in need of a bucket, the ball eventually made it to senior Sean Landis in the corner. His defender looked away for just a split second. And it gave the 6-foot, 5-inch Landis just enough room to drive baseline, squeeze in between two Cedars' defenders and lay the ball off the glass with 12 seconds left on the clock, putting the Crusaders up one. Seconds later, teammate Chad Wenger came up with a crucial steal that resulted in a loose ball that eventually found the hands of Landis, who was fouled and went to the line and hit one of two free-throws. It sealed the nail-biter victory to claim the L-L League tournament title. Catholic was led by Sean Landis with 13 points and Chad Wenger with 12 points. Khalique Washington with 15 points and Shaq Ortiz with 11 points led the Cedars.



Quarterfinals -

High Point Baptist 72 Harrisburg Christian 59 - Nick Rumer scored 27 points and Zach Kauffman had 24 to lead the Eagles (15-6) to victory in a quarterfinal playoff. Kauffman made five of his six attempts from 3-point range for High Point, which held a 20-point lead at halftime. Harrisburg was led by Will Wiley with 21, Caleb Puleo with 13 and Perry Pressley with 10.


Berks Christian 54 West Shore Christian 51 - Berks was led by Julius Jordan with 18 and Isaiah Egziabher with 17. Brian Glen 17 and Anthony Dominick 14 led West Shore.


Semifinals -

Mount Calvary 72 High Point Baptist 58 - At Elizabethtown, Chad Evans and Zach Kauffman had 15 points each for High Point, which was unable to keep up with Mount Calvary Thursday during a CCAC semifinal loss. The Eagles (15-7) were within striking distance after trailing by six at halftime, but Mount Calvary bolstered its advantage by outscoring High Point 24-14 in the third quarter. Mount Calvary was led by Jack Lachance with 20 points, Jared Landis with 18 points, Brandon Taylor with 13 points and Tyler Masters with 11 points.


Lancaster County Christian 63 Berks Christian 33 - Berks Christian was held to single-digit scoring in three of four quarters in the loss to Lancaster Christian. The Lions (12-10) were led by Tate Moll's 13 points. Eli Cosme scored a game-high 15 and Caleb Heck and Andy Rorbaugh had 11 each for the Knights and Will Sloyer 10, who led by 22 points after three periods.


Championship -

Lancaster County Christian 62 Mount Calvary 39 - Lancaster County Christian (20-4) had five players score at least nine points led by Andy Rohrbaugh 15, Kyle Heck 14, Will Sloyer 12, Caleb Heck 10 and Eli Cosme 9. Leading 13-11 early in the second, the Lions scored seven straight points to open a nine-point lead with 3:54 left in the half. Rohrbaugh, Eli Cosme and Kyle Heck all hit 3-pointers in the final 1:44 of the half and the Lion lead grew to 29-19 at the break. The Lions were never threatened after intermission. They outscored the Chargers 17-10 in the third quarter, extending their lead to 46-29 heading into the final quarter. Jack Lachance scored 13 and Jared Landis had 10 to pace the losing Chargers.



Play in Game

Millersburg 52 Lancaster Country Day 49 -

The winners were led by Christian Wingard with 25 points and Matt Snyder with 14 points. Lancaster Country Day got 15 points from Tayler Eynon with 15 points and 10 apiece from Luke Walling and David Izzo.


Semifinals -

Halifax 48 Newport 32 - Score is right. No stats. PENN DEAD does not always cover teams playoffs in their coverage area, but the do cover Philadelphia games.


Juniata 54 Millersburg 40 - Ben Lauver led the winners with 19 points while four others scored between seven and nine points. Christian Wingard had a game-high 24 points to lead Millersburg.


Championship -

Juniata 40 Halifax 29 -

It has been awhile since the Juniata boys' basketball team has been on top of the Tri-Valley League. The Indians (18-5, 12-2 Tri-Valley League) had not won a Tri-Valley League title since 1992, until the Indians used a strong first half to blow by Halifax (15-9, 12-3 Tri-Valley League), to claim the league championship. The win also avenged Juniata's loss to Halifax earlier in the season. Juniata was led by Tyler Clark who scored 16 points — including his 1,000th career point in the victory. Ben Lauver was also fantastic, grabbing 11 rebounds and 10 points for a double-double. Joshua Parson had seven points in the win. The Indians suffocated Halifax in the first half, limiting the Wildcats to just six points by halftime. Clark was red-hot in the first quarter scoring eight points in the opening frame, to outscored Halifax in the opening half. The Indians held a 21-6 lead at halftime. Juniata's momentum carried over into the second half, as Juniata hit a 3-pointer from Ben Lauver and a free-throw from Clark put the Indians up 25-6, prompting Halifax to take a timeout.



Semifinals -

St. Joseph's Catholic 52 Belleville Mennonite 9 -

RJ Marsh led the Wolves with nine points, followed by Lance Hamilton and Jack Mangene's eight apiece. SJCA led 50-0 at halftime in the blowout. The Wolves (11-11) face Carson Long in the Mid-State Conference finals on Saturday.


Carson Long 71 Harrisburg Academy 43 - The Warriors used a 40-18 advantage in the middle two quarters to easily defeat the Spartans and advance to the finals. Brandon Osafa 20, Davon Rullford 17 and AJ Migliano 13 led the winners. Ben Weber with 14 and Liam Douglas with 13 were high for Harrisburg Academy.


Championship -

Carson Long 61 St. Joseph's Catholic 49 - St. Joseph's Jack Mangene poured in a game-high 15 points during Saturday's Mid-State Athletic Conference Championship, but the Wolves took too long to adjust to Carson Long's tight zone defense in the loss at Greenwood High School. Luckily for the Wolves, the loss had no effect on next week's postseason. St. Joseph's Catholic Academy will still next take on Juniata Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the District 6 Class A playoffs. St. Joseph's fell behind early in Saturday's contest, 17-10, and couldn't recover. Ethan Khoza finished with 12 points — from four 3-pointers — and Rocky Chirieleison added 10 points in the effort against Carson Long.






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