Lancaster-Lebanon Championship Game –
Feb. 18, 2012
Lancaster McCaskey 71 Lancaster Catholic 57
The game started off with Catholic guards 5-11 Jr Eric Goldback and 5-8 Sr Brian Rivera scoring 12 of their teams first 14 points, including five in the last 30 seconds by Rivera to give the Crusaders a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. McCaskey then started the second period on a 10-0 run, four points from5-9 Jr Aaron Swinton and 6-3 Sr Blaise Glover and a two from 5-8 Jr Luis Fuentes to take a 21-14 lead. But LC went on a run of their own outscoring the Tornado 9-1 to pull ahead 23-22. The quarter ended with McCaskey ahead 29-23. McCaskey tightened up the defense in the third quarter holding Catholic to only two field goals while expanding the lead to 47-34. Only 7 for 9 shooting from the foul line by Godlback kept the Crusaders from falling more behind. Catholic would make a run in the final quarter getting the lead to single digits but ran out of gas in the end and took a 71-57 loss. Aaron Swinton led McCaskey with 15pts, 6-6 Jr Devonne Pinkard scored 12pts and 6-4 Sr Brian Newsome added 10pts as 10 Tornado’s scored at least 2 points. Catholic got 49 of their 55 points from their three guards in Brian Rivera 25pts, Eric Goldback 17pts and 5-10 Sr Robbie Rowe 7pts
- Jerry Shenk
Manheim TWP vs. Lancaster Cath. @ Penn Manor
Feb. 16. 2012
LCHS 60 TWP 56
14-12 after the first quarter. The guards for both teams, Bryan Rivera, 5'8".... sparkplug for LCHS, and Cory Stoltz, 6'2".... point/swing for TWP, put their stamps on the game. LCHS spread out the taller Streak and used penetration and kick passes to score. Rivera did the most damage with 8 points in the quarter. Stoltz, on the other hand, hit 2 three balls late in the quarter to keep the game close. Guerrerro scored TWP first 6 points on lay-up and follows. LCHS packed in the paint to limit TWP's big guy, Billy Vaughn-Geib.
TWP finally took the lead at 20- 18 with 3 minutes to go on a follow by Vaughn- Geib. LCHS countered with two beautiful back doors by Rivera. ....Setting up a close game for the second half. 24-22 LCHS.
LCHS started the third slowly as they turned it over 2 straight times. Niki Veronis hit 2 fouls to make the contest close at 29-27 with 6:00 showing on the clock. LCHS would go on a desicive 8-0 as they used the three ball- one by Robby Rowe and one by Erik Goldbach to stretch the lead to 10 at 37-27. The quarter ended at 39-31.
TWP cut the lead to 4 at 39-35 but LCHS popped another three ball- this one by Rivera to right the ship. TWP started pounding the glass and finally tied it at 48 on traditional three- point play by Guerrerro at the 3:26 mark. LCHS would not score another basket but made the most of their foul shooting opportunities as they made 12 out 15 down the stretch to secure the win.
Brian Rivera- 29
Erik Goldbach -10
Robby Rowe – 11
Cory Stoltz -11
Niki Veronis -15
Jomar Guerrero - 15
TWP 28 LCHS 23
TWP 5 LCHS 7
TWP 4 LCHS 0
Insights? ....LCHS used its speed to spread out the Streaks. ..LCHS hit 6 three balls for the game....Both teams played mostly man defense, with TWP going to some full court traps when they were down at the end of the game....Key stat for the game: LCHS zero turnovers in the 4th quarter.
Sidelines: LCHS will play McCaskey at TWP on Sat. in the LL finals..... TWP plays Dover Feb. 22nd at TWP in the AAAA District 3 tournament.....Lanc Cath plays Bishop McDevitt Feb. 21st at LCHS in AAA.... A good crowd at Penn Manor. ....LCHS has the BEST fan base in the LL (sorry Warwick TeePee). ....Jeff Reinhart was blogging at the game......ESPN radio 1600 am will carry the LL finals on Sat., partially sponsored by LLhoops.com.....Pa Basketball Guru, Jerry Shenk, was present at the game. ..Albright and LVC were recruiting the talented players on both sides of the court....Check Dave Porter's site for great LL final picts!
~ Dell Jackson
Feb. 14 LL Semis
Lancaster McCaskey 55 Lampeter-Strasburg 48 @ LS
Lampeter-Strasburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead and played good defense in the first quarter except letting 6-3 Sr Brian Newsome loose for three buckets in the first quarter. But the Pioneers missed at least three open three balls and three layups and found themselves down 8-7 at quarters end. In the second quarter 6-3 Sr Josh Miller did what he does and hit two threes and 6-2 Jr JD Achille had two nice drives to the bucket for scores, while McCaskey had four players score at least two points and LS led 25-21 at the half. In the third McCaskey got balanced scoring from 5-9 Jr Diante Cherry, 6-3 Sr Calvert Gantz and 6-6 Jr Devonne Pinkard who scored his only five points of the game in the quarter to outscore LS 15-7 in the quarter and take a 36-32 lead into the final quarter. There were 11 lead changes up till McCaskey took the lead 31-30 on a dunk by Gantz with 2:50 left in the third. In the fourth LS again played good defense except for letting 5-8 Sr guard Luis Fuentes all alone under the basket three times for easy layups. McCaskey got some steals to take an eight point lead but LS would cut it to 2 and 3 points twice in the final minutes but Cherry went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the final minutes and McCaskey would move on to the next round. Cherry led the Tornado with 15pts and Newsome added 13pts. The Pioneers were led by Miller with 17pts on 5 treys and Achille with 10pts and a game-high 9 rebounds.
~ Jerry Shenk
Donegal @ TWP: First round of LL.
Feb. 14, 2012
TWP 68 Donegal 58
The first quarter was very slow and ugly after the first few minutes. TWP got off to a quick start with an 8-0 run.TWP scored on lay-ups by Cory Stoltz, Niki Veronis, Jordon Ness, and Jomar Guerrero. However, Donegal called timeout and settled things down on the def. end. Donegal answered by scoring a lay-up by Martin Dietrich at the 4:45 mark. The quarter ended at 12-3. Twp had many opportunities extend the lead but committed multiple turnovers.
With the Streaks scoring the first 5 points of the second quarter, it looked as though it could be a long evening for the Indians. Donegal came alive as Martin Dietrich drove, shot jumpers and hit a three ball. Donegal closed on a 13-6 run to end the quarter at 28-19. Both the Indians and the Streaks committed 8 turnovers each during the first half. TWP limited the Indians inside game by blocking 5 shots.
The third quarter produced a basket for a basket during the first 4 minutes of quarter three, but then the Streaks produced an 8-0 towards the end of the quarter to stretch the lead to 46-29. TWP had multiple run outs which led to points for the Streaks and fouls for the Indians. In the end, this stretch proved fatal for Donegal's upset bid. Stoltz ended the quarter as he slowly weaved his way into the lane and hit a short jumper with 3 ticks left on the clock.
TWP pushed the lead to 20 early in the fourth. One would think it was all over but the fat lady singing(sorry), but Donegal hung tough. Donegal started driving the ball to the basket, and TWP committed multiple turnovers(5 for the quarter) down the stretch. With a little under 2 minutes to go, the Indians were at the line to cut it to 6 but missed the one and one. TWP made enough free throws to win and advance.
Cory Stoltz 13
Niki Veronis 13
Jordon Ness 10
Billy Vaughn Geib 14
Jason Dietrich 16
Martin Dietrich 11
TWP 19 Donegal 16
TWP 7 Donegal 2
TWP 15 Donegal 11
Insights?.....Glad to be back writing about games instead of just watching them. ....Donegal needed a lot to go right for a chance to knock off the Section 1 champs.....Section 3 is not as physical as Section 1 in general although Donegal held its own on the boards after a slow start.....TWP had the Indians on the ropes at least 2 times and could not quite put them away.....Donegal will gain some necessary experience as they head into District 3 play next week.....Cory Stoltz, 6'2" point/swing is a very smooth operator. Unflappable? .....Niki Veronis 6'1" point had a BUNCH of assists. .....Twp will need to improve on both ends of the floor in order to advance in LL's and District 3 tournaments....Donegal showed lots of heart....The Dietrich twins (Jason and Martin) should probably change their numbers (20 and 21) as there appeared to be much confusion on who fouled on any given play. ....After a slow start the Indians showed that they could hang with the big boys.....With a solid core of players who are juniors, the Indians could make some major noise next year in the LL....The LL needs to consider having 3 man crews for ALL games. It just does not seem fair to the players, coaches and refs to adjust from 2 man mechanics to 3 man crews that have little to no experience working as a team.
Sidelines: Usually TWP has massive parking problems but tonight there were few problems parking. There was a sparse crowd before the game started and actually the Indian Nation out numbered the Streaks fan base.....Very, very quiet crowd and not a lot of folks at TWP.....3 man crew for the refs....All LL home teams won except for LS which gave McCaskey everything it could handle.....Thursday games at PM (TWP vs LCHS)and Hempfield (Etown vs McCaskey). ..Donegal plays the winner of Palmyra/Milton Hershey at home on Feb. 21st:.TWP plays LCHS at PM on Thursday......TWP will play Dover on Feb. 22nd at TWP.
~ Dell Jackson