Lancaster Catholic 58 McCaskey 47
What happened? Where does one start? ..With so many key plays and a team attitude that was much different than the last 2 championships, the Crusaders of LCHS took it to McCaskey in the finals of the LL. One player mentioned that it was not so much if we could play with McCaskey, we wanted them to have to play with us....Well said...Coach Powell of McCaskey said last week that each year is different, and this year certainly was different compared to the last 2 yrs anyway.
The Start....LCHS started out quickly as it took a 6-0 lead and never, never trailed throughout this game. One key. Ryan Purvis took it to the hole from the post position and Greg Testa, that's with one "g" for all you media guys and gals and web editors out there, hit a jay, then another and then a triple to set the tone as LCHS raced out to a 11-2 lead at the 4:40 mark. Both teams played man for most of the game, and both teams went full court man with some trapping for the entire game. On the other side, Dustin Salisbery started taking the ball to the rack. He scored 5 in the quarter and Akeem Washington scored 4. The balanced scoring from earlier in the week would not happen tonight. Another key. LCHS 16-9 after one.
The Second....A 7-0 run by the Tornado pulled them to within 2 at 18-16 with 5:00 on the clock. Catholic went cold from the perimeter and could not get into its press. McCaskey tried to make up ground but had 10 turnovers in the first half. Purvis scored 6 points for LCHS in the last 4 minutes as the quarter ended 26-22.
The 3rd...LCHS took a long time in the locker room at the break. they must have talked about pressure defense as they came out strong. The Crusaders forced 3 turn overs in the early part of the quarter. Zac Shedlesksi popped a three, Testa stole the ball for a layup as LCHS stretched its lead to 31-24. Salisbery kept taking the ball to the rack. LCHS rotated at least 3 different players on him to stretch their fouls and to keep people fresh. A drive by Dustin made it 33-30 but then Testa came up big. A sweet behind the back dribble pull up followed by a three ball extended the lead to 38-30 at the 2:25 mark. Purvis hit a layin with an assist from Greg, one "g" please, Testa with the clock running out. 40-34 LCHS..
The final period...Not much in the way of scoring but a huge charge taken by LCHS on a break kept McCaskey at arms length and then some. The first bucket in the quarter was a jumper by Purvis. Keith Keller scores on a drive and Purvis again as LCHS again breaks out to a 46-34 lead with 4:20 to go. The sense that McCaskey was just hanging around and would take over at any time, was starting to go away. Salibery kept taking the ball to the hole. He got to the line but McCaskey could not turn over LCHS. In fact, McCaskey had close to 20 turnovers while LCHS had 7 for the game. Another key. Shedlesksi hits fouls down the stretch. Catholic stretched the floor and made Washington come out and play on the perimeter to take away the shot block. The big guy did have 4 in the quarter, but it seemed that the blocks came back to LCHS most of the time. The foul game was played out as LCHS made its share, and there was not much McCaskey could do at the end...58-47 final.
Final thoughts:... McCaskey could not score enough to keep constant pressure on LCHS. Players get better from year to year. Testa scored more in the first quarter than he did in last years finals. LCHS had more offensive weapons than McCaskey. Testa made huge baskets when it appeared that McCaskey was poised to make a def. run. LCHS forced more turnovers than McCaskey.
Quotable Quotes: Bill Southward of LCHS.." We felt we could play with them...Our players worked very hard over the summer and that makes a big difference...The third time is a charm,,...It feels real good...I think we'll come out strong in districts..We don't' get too high or too low...We held them to 47 points and that's our def. avg...Greg is a special". That's Greg with one "g":) and he sure is.
Dustin Salisbery 23
Greg Testa 22
Ryan Purvis 16
Zac Shedleski 14
Sidelines: the game was played in the spacious Giant Center...Well lit..Easy to get in and out...Still have to sit in traffic out of Hershey:)...LCHS becomes the first section 3 team to win the LL using 8 team format.....All defensive team was announced at halftime (see LLHoops.com main page)...The first points scored at the new Giant center was by Hempfield - girls. a picture was taken later with the ball, the GM of the Giant Center and LL president, but no player?...It was good to see some different officials in LL finals...Lancaster Cath remains unbeaten...McCaskey opens district 3 play against LL section one foe, Penn Manor. ...LCHS opens with Eastern York as they have their first game as 3A team under the 4 classifications format.
2nd round of LL.
McCaskey 54 CV 47
McCaskey did their part...Lancaster Cath. did their part. For the third year in a row, the LL final will be between Lancaster Cath and McCaskey. LLHoops.com covered the "other" game.
The newspaper urged the CV fans to come up with some new material. They did. The team pulled out the 1-3-1 and stiff led the scoring power of All League Dustin Salisbery, but he had numerous assists and played a huge roll in keeping McCaskey on the winning side.
6'5" Jn center, Peter Bennett, played a major part in the upset bid by CV. The big guy scored 7 of CV's 11 first quarter points. It was obvious that he was to try to pull McCaskey's shot blocker, Akeem Washington, away from the basket and try to get him in foul trouble.....and he did. Washington picked up his 2nd foul early in the second period and then drew his third with 4:50 on the clock before half. McCaskey's Patrick Mendez hit a three with :33 seconds on the clock to give the Tornado a 14-9 lead....Bennett answered with a lay in at the buzzer...14-11 McCaskey...
McCaskey switched to a full court trap in the second period. A 7-0 run in the middle of the quarter by McCaskey propelled them to a 21-17 lead at 2:50 on the clock.CV never seemed to go away. A follow by Bennett closed the gap to 2 but Salisbery hit Mendez for a lay up at the buzzer ..McCaskey 15-21.
The Tornado came out strong in the third. 2 quick buckets by Carlos Martinez and Mendez caused CV to call an early time out. Another 6-0 run stretched the lead to 35-23, but CV would not go away...6'2" soph, Jeff Hillen scored 6 points in the quarter as the Bucks were within 7 at 40-33. Jordan Steffy stepped up for CV. He missed a few games due to injuries, but he took the ball to the rack. His foul shots at 5:37 cut McCaskey's lead to 2 at 42-40. The Bucks switch their def from zone to man and back to zone. Some McCaskey turn overs and a block shot or three by CV, set the game up for a tight finish. Dustin time...Dustin feeds Washington for a dunk at the 3:20 mark. 46-42...Dustin rebounds and feeds Washington for a lay in.. . 48-24.... A huge block by Washington and a few shots that just rolled out for CV hurt the upset bid. Dustin gets an off rebound, scores and gets fouled.... 51-44 under a minute and just like that its over.
Sidelines...the game was played at Spot. A big gym with the bleachers way off the court. I was told that this was the first LL playoff game played there....Spot is used often in the states....Nice crowd....Rider U. was there watching Dustin S....
Peter Bennett - 27
Patrick Mendez - 18
Dustin Salisbery - 11
Quotable quotes: Coach Powell of McCaskey..."we'll take it..the kids worked hard to get here..." On the rematch with LCHS, " We've had 3 different line-ups and 3 different teams. We'll show up and I'm sure they will too...."..."When Akeem is on the floor he makes a difference...Against CV's 1-3-1 we wanted more penetration...Dustin looked to pass and get everyone involved...He could see the floor better from out front of the zone." Finally, "I hope we both play well on Friday."
1st round of LL
Lancaster Cath. 70 Solanco 49
And the beat goes on, the beat goes on...Unbeaten Lancaster Cath. moved on in the first round of the LL.
The sizable crowd at CV was ready for a rumble :)...The Crusader Crazies had their shirts on and voices warmed up from the girls game as a part of the girl/boy double header.... The Solanco faithful had their gold "Mule Mania" shirts as they prepared for the first playoff game since 1994.....In the end, Lancaster Cath. rolled.....
It was a game - for about a quarter. The Mules started strong with a 3 ball from Trevor Lam and a follow by Zac Bauermaster. However, all everything, Greg Testa, spelled with one "g" I am told, got the Crusaders going with 2 foul shots and and layup to give LCHS a 6-5 lead. Catholic was cold from the perimeter as was Solanco. LCHS was 0-5 in threes for the quarter... Hart Heiden scored a bucket at the 30 second mark to give the Crusaders a 10-9 lead. A lead they would never give up.
A 5 zip run by LCHS...1 point by Solanco..another mini run of 4-0. ..1 point for the Mules...5 more for LCHS...2 points Mules another 4 for LCHS..1 for Solanco...A big bucket by Testa gave LCHS the momentum going into half at 29-16. Solanco was a frigid 5-25 in the first half..The LCHS press did not turn over the Mules so much as disrupt the rhythm of the Mules. The Crusaders went back and forth from a 2-2-1 full court to a solid man with some trapping. Testa came up big and made 4 steals in the half.
Solanco started the third as they did the first by getting the first bucket of the quarter, but then an 8-0 run with Testa, Ryan Purvis, and Keith Keller scoring put the Mules on their heals...Catholic got it up to 20 and coasted to the end of the quarter 47-26. The fourth quarter saw Solanco pressing and Lancaster Cath working for good shots. Coach Southward got a chance to play his top guys for most of 4 quarters as he gets ready for a match up with number one seeded Lancaster Mennonite, a 45-44 winner over ELCO.
Greg Testa 25
Ryan Purvis 13
Zac Shedleski 11
Zac Bauermaster 13
Trevor Lam 10
Sidelines...Overheard that the Lancaster Cath./ LMHS game will be played at CV Wed....Three refs were used during the playoffs....Section 3 put on a good show as LCHS rolled and ELCO gave LMHS a major scare. ..ELCO is done...The District 3 voted down having all .500 teams in the districts....Maybe next yr. they will reconsider....Solanco plays CD East next week in district play.
~ Dell Jackson