Feb 27, 2009
Giant Center, Hershey
Trinity 60 Pequea Valley 42
Pequea Valley was the new kid on the block. Trinity has been here
before (9 AA champioships coming in and 10 going out). The PV Braves
were the 6th seed coming into the tournament. Trinity was number
one. Trinity lost in its conference final- Midd Penn. PV did not
qualify for the LL. On paper it appeared that PV would have to play
the perfect game to upset the highly ranked Trinity Shamrocks. The
Braves would do what they could, but in the end, it was the talented
Rocks owning the trophy, and the neophytes taking home the silver.
PV would try to control the tempo from the offensive end. The Braves
ran the flex offense- looking for good shots along the way. Strangely
enough, Trinity was also running a variation of the flex. Both teams
were in man-to-man defense to start the game. Trinity would run
out to a quick 7-3 leading to a quick timeout by Coach Mike Shatzmann.
Kyle Neff, 6’3” center for the Braves, scored 5 points
in a row for the Braves to cut the lead, and then a drive by Matt
Shatzmann at the end of the quarter tied it at 10 a piece after
one. The Red and White fan base for the Braves was going crazy.
The second quarter was another slow affair. Trinity took a 12-10
lead with 6:20 showing on the clock. PV would take the lead at 13-12
on a lay-up by Zach Neff with 3:00 left. Trinity would get a run
going. 5’11” sn guard, Matt Donahue would score 10 points
in a row (three balls, lay-ups, fouls) to, in essence, take control
of the game. Trinity was up, 22-15 at the half.
The tempo increased in the third period. Trinity would put together
a few mini runs but neither team could pull away. Trinity’s
big guy, Eric Kindler, would hit some threes to loosen up the def.
In fact, Trinity went deep 5 times in the period to hold serve at
Donahue would dominate the early part of the 4th period as he hit
a three, followed by 2 jumpers to put the Rocks out in front 51-32
early in the fourth. To PV’s credit, they kept battling. Matt
Shatzmann would score 6 in a row, one off a dunk, to cut the lead
to 53-38. Trinity called a timeout, settled the troops, put the
delay game in effect and ran out the clock. Both teams subbed in
the final minutes as the game was not in doubt.
Stats, unofficial of course
PV15 Trinity 27
PV 11 Trinity 7
PV 2 Trinity 3
Matt Shatzmann 16
Kyle Neff 11
Dylan Carney 11
Matt Donahue 25
Steve Bruening 21
Quotables..Mike Shatzmann sn, PV..”I think
their guard play was better than ours..Our offense was bit slow
in developing tonight..My hats off to Trinity…We gave up some
wide open threes ..our strength is our transition. Trinity took
that away from us…#11 got hot..We knew he was a good shooter
but he was hot tonight. ..Trinity is a lot deeper than we are…We’ve
had a great run. No one expected us to be here.”
LLHoops.com player of the game.. Matt
Donahue of Trinity..Hot, hot, hot ..6 three balls in the
game. Killer buckets at key times in the game.
LLHoops.com unsung hero..PV’s
Kyle Neff. Playing on a bad leg, the forward/center battled
inside vs. the taller Trinity players and made some nice up and
Sidelines…It’s neat to see a new team
and its fired up fans at the Giant Center…PV posed for picts
AFTER the loss in front of its fans. Really neat to see…Mike
Shatzmann sn will be retiring from PV coaching at the end of PV’s
season. He is a classy guy and will be missed next season on the
LL hardwoods.…The Braves should play close to home this weekend
as the number 2 seed from D3…Thanks to Bob Wildisin for keeping
stats…Question..If a shot ball bounces once and goes in at
the end of the half does it count?..answer ..depends. If the clock
went off, no..If there was time on the clock the answer is yes!
Thanks to Bob Newbury for interpretation on that one!