Quarterfinals – Games Played Last Week
Reading 51 Brandywine Heights 38
Berks Catholic 59 Governor Mifflin 49
Exeter 51 Wilson 45
Conrad Weiser 62 Kutztown 50

Semifinals –
Reading 54 Exeter 26 At Santander Arena, Ricki Lopez had 12 points and eight rebounds as the top-seeded Red Knights routed the fifth-seeded Eagles (15-9) in a Berks Conference semifinal Monday night. Wesley Butler had 10 points for Reading High, which will face second-seeded Berks Catholic for the title Wednesday night at 8. Alex Javier had eight points for Exeter, which committed 37 turnovers. FROM: Berks Game Day

Berks Catholic 53 Conrad Weiser 33 – At Santander Arena, Luis Garcia had 16 points and Keba Mitchell had 12 points and eight rebounds as second-seeded Berks Catholic breezed past six-seeded Conrad Weiser. The Saints started fast, scoring the first seven points of the game and led 21-5 two minutes into the second quarter. They were up by 22 at halftime and ahead by 31 three minutes into the third quarter in winning their 17th straight game. Casey Jack had eight points, all in the first half, six rebounds and four assists for the Saints. The Scouts shot just 3-of-18 from the field in the first half against the league’s top-rated defensive team. FROM: Berks Game Day.

Championship –
Berks Catholic 51 Reading 46 – Tre Dabney scored a game-high 18 points and fronted a tremendous defensive effort by Berks Catholic as it knocked off three-time defending champ Reading High 51-46 in the Berks Conference championship game at Santander Arena. The victory gave Berks Catholic coach Snip Esterly his 700th victory and third over the Red Knights in the county title game.
The Berks II champion Saints (23-2) jumped ahead 13-2 and led the entire way, though the Berks I champion Red Knights (21-4) closed the gap to two points in the final minutes. Xavier Starks led the Red Knights with 14 points but the Saints, employing both man and zone defenses, were able to hold Reading scoring leader Wesley Butler to eight points. The Saints got a scare when rim protector Keba Mitchell fouled out with 2:24 left and his team leading just 43-41 but Kyran Mitchell and Luke Painton each forced turnovers before Painton scored on a critical inbounds pass from Kyran Mitchell for a 47-41 lead with 1:07 left. The Saints put it away with free throws from Luis Garcia and Dabney in the final seconds. The championship is the third for Berks Catholic and first since back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2012. Garcia scored 10 points and Casey Jack and Keba Mitchell nine each for BC. FROM Berks Game Day.

Quarterfinals –
Lancaster Catholic 55 Garden Spot 45 The Crusaders had a defensive victory vs. Spot as they held the Spartans to 2 4th quarter points. Top scorers for LC were Dwayne Caine 13 (and a great dunk), RJ VanTash 12. The Crusaders feature the most balanced scoring team in the LL. Lancaster Catholic won Section 3, and they are currently a top seed in 4A for the districts. FROM: Dell Jackson, editor LLHoops.com

Ephrata 84 Cedar Crest 69 – The Mounts are the second place team out of Section 2. They have won their last 7 games. Ephrata hit on 14 (yep 14) threes vs. Crest. Top scorers in that game: Zac McGillan 30, Brad DaBella 22, Dilyn Becker 13, Xavian Rodriguez 12. The Mounts defeated LS a few weeks ago. FROM: Dell Jackson, editor LLHoops.com

Hempfield 58 Northern Lebanon 41 – The Knights won Section 1 with a 13-1 record (only loss to Crest by a score of 41-39) The Knights were led by Ryan Moffatt 16, Anthony Alston 15, Eli Washington 11, David Martin- Robinson 10 Hempfield features a veteran bunch, as most played key roles on the PIAA/District 3 run last season. FROM: Dell Jackson, editor LLHoops.com

Lampeter-Strasburg 70 Lancaster Mennonite 60 – Ryan Smith 39, Isaac Beers 15 led the Pioneers. The Pioneers are top seeded in 5A for the upcoming District 3 tournament. LS rolled thru Section 2 play, losing only close games to Elizabethtown and Ephrata. LS has the LL’s biggest and most dominant big man, Ryan Smith, although he has a lot of scoring help from LS’ perimeter game. FROM: Dell Jackson, editor LLHoops.com

Semifinals –
Lampeter-Strasburg 47 Hempfield 45 – Pioneers defeated Hempfield 47-45 in the semifinals. LS got off to a 19-2 start. Hempfield clawed all the way back, using a trapping defense in the 4th quarter got the lead down to 42-41 and 46-45, but LS hung on with some defensive stops and a foul shot down the stretch. Isaac Beers (22pts) provided some scoring punch, along with Ryan Smith (16 pts), to lead the Pioneers into their first ever LL title game. Hempfield was led by Ryan Moffatt with 17 points. FROM: Dell Jackson LLHooos.com

Lancaster Catholic 44 Ephrata 42 – Lancaster Catholic took on the hot shooting Ephrata Mounts at Penn Manor and won to reach the final. The game was close throughout. Each team putting together mini runs but neither team could pull away from the other. Ephrata was up early 14-7, but LC continued to play tough defense to inch their way back in the game. Catholic would take a 4-point lead early in the fourth only to see Ephrata come back on a 3 ball by Brad DaBella. RJ Van Tash would hit a jumper at the 3:29 mark to even the game. Catholic would take the lead on a a steal and a super sweet drive and layup by David Kamwanga. Ephrata ties on the next possession a bucket by Dilyn Becker. The Crusaders milked the clock for the last minute plus. After a timeout, LC worked the ball inside to Kamwanga in the post. He missed but Ephrata was called for a foul (lots of controversy on this one)—Kamwanga sank both to propel the Crusaders to the finals. David Kamwanga 10 and Miles McCaskey and Johnny Besecker both had 9 points to lead LC. Brad DaBella, Zachary McGillan, Xavian Rodriguez all scored 9 points for Ephrata. FROM: Dell Jackson LLHoops.com

Championship –                                                                                           Lampeter-Strasburg 50 Lancaster Catholic 40 – This one was special to me. Way back in the early 1950’s there was no Lampeter-Strasburg. There was a West Lampeter HS, a Strasburg HS, that burned down in 1942 and was never rebuilt. I lived in Strasburg Township and all we had were 10 one room school houses that only went to eighth grade if you wanted to go farther their were three high schools that bordered Strasburg, including West Lampeter. In 1953 the three school district’s merged to become Lampeter-Strasburg. When I was in fifth grade at Walnut Run I started to read the AP story every Monday in the paper that would give a rundown of the whole state and started to follow high school basketball thoughout the state three years before I ever knew I would be going to Lampeter-Strasburg. In September of 1956 the doors of L-S were to open but it was not ready so they put us all in West Lampeter High until L-S was ready in October. The new high school was to be 7th to 12th grade but West Lampeter did not have enough room so for that month and a half, some of us went to school from 8 to noon and the other half went from noon to 4 pm. That was nice.

L-S had their share of good basketball teams one of the best was 1959 my junior year when we lost to mighty Columbia 46-45 at Penn Manor the first to have what people now call the old glass backboards. That was the old Lancaster County League, so the Pioneers never won a county title let alone a LL title until this night when they hung one on Lancaster Catholic for their first ever championship. Even West Lampeter never won a County title. They won several Section titles but never a County title. Enough to the history on to the game.
The first quarter was tight with L-S up 11-10 after one. They actually trailed 5-0 but used a 21-5 run to take a 21-10 lead late in the second and led at the half 28-17. LC scored the last 7 points of the third quarter to pull within 38-31 and got as close as 46-40 with 1:04 left but did not score again. Beers led L-S with 22 points and Smith had 12pts, 8rebs and 5blks. RJ VanTash 16, and David Kamwanga 13 led Lancaster Catholic


Semifinals –
State College 95 Greencastle-Antrim 62 – The State College boys’ basketball team rolled to a 95-62 win over Greencastle-Antrim in the Mid Penn semifinals at Cumberland Valley High School. Drew Friberg scored 27 points to lead the Little Lions. Max Benner finished with 17 points for State College, Tommy Friberg added 15 and Brandon Clark had 11. State College led Greencastle-Antrim 39-29 at halftime and 70-50 going into the fourth quarter. FROM: Centre Daily Times

Milton Hershey 77 Hershey 68 – In a game of fierce runs between fierce rivals, Milton Hershey earned another gold star Tuesday for pressing its agenda. Point guard Donyae Baylor-Carroll scored 23 points and forward Pedro Rodriguez netted 20 as Milton Hershey outlasted crosstown Hershey in a Mid-Penn Conference tournament semifinal. This one did not come as easily as last week’s 80-64 rip over the Trojans. But another signature sprint, a hallmark of Mark Zerbe’s Spartans, finally gained separation from Hershey in the final eight minutes. The Capital Division champs owned the fourth, 27-17, with Rodriguez and Treyvon Ferguson connecting for eight points apiece in the final eight minutes. Joshua Parra added 11 points, and Ferguson 9, for the Spartans. Sean Coller (16 points), Nick Hines (15) and Chase Wallace (13) were busy keeping Keystone rep Hershey on track in the opening half. Coller had 12 of his total in that stretch and couple of Griffin Jackson 3-pointers helped set up a dramatic finish. The Trojans (19-3) even took a 51-50 advantage into the fourth. As the Spartans’ pressure increased, however, Zerbe’s crew quickened its pace. Jaiden Young added 11 points for Milton Hershey. The final five minutes belonged to the Spartans, who collected every loose ball and forced the Trojans into a handful of empty possessions. It helped that the Spartans converted 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth. FROM: Penn Live.

Championship –
State College 90 Milton Hershey 84 – In a wild Mid-Penn Conference finale that featured a little bit of everything – brilliant runs, dynamic assists and lots of flash – State College claimed its second consecutive. Drew Friberg netted a team-high, yes, team-high 39 points and the Commonwealth-champion Little Lions edged a game Milton Hershey at Central Dauphin. The back-and-forth affair saw State College command a 25-12 lead after one period before Donyae Baylor-Carroll and the Spartans decided to sprint uphill. Baylor-Carroll posted 41 points, including 16 in the second period that guaranteed a nail-biting second half. It ended with Maxwell Bennett’s three-point play with 2:50 to play, tilting the Lions ahead 84-78, and enough hits from the free-throw line to keep Milton Hershey at bay. Tommy Friberg added 17 points, and Brandon Clark 10 for the Lions (22-1). Baylor-Carroll hit 7 triples for the Spartans (19-4), hoping to couple the 2016 MPC crown with this one. FROM: Penn Live


Quarterfinals – Games Played Last Week
Kennard-Dale 61 York Catholic 45
York Northeastern 65 York Tech 26
Central York 71 Littlestown 55
New Oxford 59 Dover 51

Semifinals –
York Northeastern 58 Kennard-Dale 44 – The Bobcats got out to a 20-13 first quarter lead after the first quarter. Kennard-Dale played even the middle two quarters as both teams scored 25 points. Northeastern added on to their lead with a 13-6 forth quarter to reach the finals. Fred Mulbah led the way with 25 points. Kennard-Dale was led by Adam Freese with 15 points.

Central York 56 New Oxford 42 – Central advanced to their fourth consecutive league title game with the win over New Oxford. They led 14-8 after the first quarter and advanced the lead every period. Cade Pribula 16,, Landyn Ray 13, and Saa’hir Cornelius 10 led the winners, while New Oxford was led by Abdul Janneh with 13.

Championship –
York Northeastern 65 Central York 62 – Seniors Fred Mulbah (20) and Antonio Rizzuto (28) led the Bobcats to victory over rival Central York to win their second consecutive York-Adams League tournament title. Northeastern didn’t take its first lead until 1:53 remaining in the third quarter when Rizzuto hit a 3-point bucket from deep in the right corner. Subsequent baskets by Quay Mulbah and Fred Mulbah in the final 1:09 of the third quarter gave the Bobcats a 45-39 advantage heading into the final eight minutes. Garrett Markey led the losing Panthers with 13 points.


Play in Game –
Lancaster Country Day 56 Millersburg 40 – A 19-5 2nd quarter by Lancaster Country propelled them to a win over Millersburg in the TVL play in game. LCD got off to 13-5 lead over the Indians after 1 quarter but cold shooting all night long by Millersburg didn’t help matters and kept them from making any kind of run. Bradley Fry led the Cougars and led all scorers with 13 points while Sam Duncan added 12 and Andrew Williams added 11 for the victors. Lance Hoover led the Indians with 12 all by the 3 ball and Aiden Harman added 10 points. FROM Penn Live.

Semifinals –
Halifax 48 Lancaster Country Day 29 – Nothing avaiable

Juniata 44 Greenwood 33 – Ben Lauver and Bryson Clark led Juniata in the defeat of Greenwood, in a Tri-Valley League boys basketball playoff semifinal. Lauver had himself a night to remember, finishing with a game-high 22 points for the Indians, but no points were more meaningful than his second to last field goal of the contest. It was an ordinary two-point shot that came in the midst of a much-needed run for the Indians, but it was a far from the ordinary basket as it put him in Juniata’s history book with his 1,000th career point. Greenwood closed to within a point on four separate occasions but just couldn’t get the field goal or free throw that would tie or give the Wildcats the lead. In fact, Greenwood never had a share of the lead at any point in the game thanks in large to Juniata’s 11-0 run to open the contest. The Indians could thank Clark for such a great start, scoring 12 first-half points — nine from beyond the arc. He finished with 17 points. The Wildcats biggest contributors were Austin Bower and Aaron Morder, who dominated the boards for much of the middle quarters and combined to score 25 points.

Championship –
Halifax 48 Juniata 46 (OT) – They say the ‘best offense is a good defense’ and ‘defense wins championships. Well, Halifax gave credence to both of those proclamations in its overtime defeat of Juniata in the Tri-Valley League boys Championship game. With time winding down and the Indians trying to protect a lead, the Wildcats generated a pair of steals and fast break baskets to pull back to even force the extra frame. Broc Grosser (9 points, 5 rebounds) and Nate Blasick (11, 8) generated the quick steals and buckets which kept the ‘Cats ninth life from running out. The back-to-back breakaways tied the game at 39 after the Indians had built a 39-32 lead on the strength of seven Ben Lauver (14 points, 10 rebounds) fourth quarter free throws. Remington Paul then nailed a big 3-pointer to put Halifax up 42-39, but Deaven Nealman (13 points) had the answer on the other end. Following an empty Halifax possession, Juniata had one last chance to win in regulation coming out of timeout with 5.5 seconds left, but Bryce Leonard’s (eight points) contested 3 at the buzzer was off the mark. Halifax only had two field goal attempts in the overtime, but they made them count as both went through and coupled with a pair of from the line it was enough for the win. Luke Blasick (11 rebounds) was a major disruptive force inside who helped the Wildcats dominate the glass 37-24. Dylan Wells was also an Indian killer delivering 11 points and four steals. A Leonard 3 at the first quarter buzzer gave Juniata a 12-10 lead after one, but the ‘Cats rallied back to claim a 22-17 at the break and maintained it at 29-25 through three setting up the exciting fourth quarter and overtime. FROM Juniata Sentinel.


Berks Christian 51 West Shore Christian 43 – Berks Christian jumped out fast and led the whole way to advance to the finals. Jarred Jermacans led with 15pts, Matt Henderson had 10, while both Daylon Boston-Williams and Isaiah Egziabher scored 9 points. The Bobcats were led by Brian Glen with 13,

High Point Baptist 42 Lancaster County Christian 33 – Chad Evans with 13 points and Zach Kauffman 12 in the win over Lancaster County Christian. LCC’s top scorer was Justin Peifer with eight points.

Championship –
Berks Christian vs. High Point Christian – Was to have been played Saturday. Snowed out.


February 11, 2018

1. Reading (20-3) (AAAAAA) Larry Wingo scored 15 fourth-quarter points as Reading High pulled away for a 59-44 victory over visiting Wilson, completing a perfect run through Division I of the Berks Conference. Wingo finished with 17 points. Wesley Butler scored a game-high 19. Opened Berks Conference Tournament with win over Brandywine Heights. See Berks Conference below.

2. York Northeastern (21-2) (AAAAA) Defeated Spring Grove 77-37. Antonio Rizzuto led four players in double-figures with 28 points., Fred Mulbah had 13 while Nate Wilson and DJ Hamilton both scored 11. Opened York/Adams Tournament with win over York Tech. See below.

3. Berks Catholic (21-2) (AAAA) Tre Dabney finished with 22 points, shot five-of-five from beyond the arc in the first quarter to pace the Saints to a 67-39 victory over Wyomissing for their 16th straight victory. Casey Jack had 13 points. Opened Berks Conference Tournamenty with win over Governor Mifflin. See below.

4. Hempfield (20-2) (AAAAAA) Black Knights end regular season with smashing 90-74 win over Lancaster McCaskey after scoring 30 points in the first quarter. Anthony Alston led with 23 points, David Martin Robinson had 21, Eli Washington 13 and Ryan Moffatt 11.

5. Lampeter-Strasburg (20-2) (AAAAA) Pioneers end regular season with 56-32 win over Cocalico. Ryan Smith scored 15 and Isaac Beers added 14.

6. Chambersburg (17-4) (AAAAAA) Blew out Central Dauphin East 63-34 in last schedule game of regular season. Could pick up a 22nd game this week. On senior night all 11 players played and all 11 scored led by Joel Torres with 11 points.

7. Harrisburg (15-7) (AAAAAA) The Cougars 22-game regular season ended last week.

8. Greencastle-Antrim (20-2) (AAAAA) Blue Devils end regular season with wins over James Buchanan 61-39 and Spring Grove 80-50.

9. Hershey (19-3) (AAAAA) The Trojans lost for the second time in last four games, 80-64 to Milton Hershey. Chase Wallace led Hershey with 14 points, Drew Painter had 10, and Jake Wilson and Sean Coller each had 9.

10. Cedar Crest (18-4) (AAAAAA) The Falcons end regular season with 61-53 win over Lebanon as Blake Thompson and Dylan Miller both scored 13, Cole Laney had 12 and Logan Horn scored 11.

11. Lancaster Catholic (20-2) (AAAA) The Crusaders defeated their biggest Section 3 rival, 62-55 to close out their regular season. RJ VanTash led the way with 13 points and David Kamwanga scored11 points.

12. Lower Dauphin (17-5) (AAAAA) Falcons close their regular season losing a shoot-out with Middletown 86-81. Guard Casey Caruso hit five 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 23 points for the Falcons. Josh Saufley netted another 18 points, and Jackson Becher banked 15, in the setback.

13. Milton Hershey (16-4) (AAAAA) Defeated Hershey 80-64 and Cedar Cliff 88-67 and then lost to Philadelphia Girard College 89-76. DonYae Baylor-Carroll had 16, 22 and 24 points in the three games, Pedro Rodriguez had 16 and 22 in the two wins, He did not play in the loss. Josha Parra had 19, 12 and 2 in the three games and Treyvon Ferguson had 13, 6, and 12 in three games.

14. Steelton-Highspire (15-7) (AAA) The Rollers loss to Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 68-61. They got double-figure scoring from Jelani Isom with 14, Jayshun Ramsey 12, while Tim Kater and Jarvai Flowers both scored 11. Ended regular season with 72-62 win over Central Dauphin East. Flowers threw down 33 points and Amiq Jackson had 12.

15. Middletown (15-6) (AAAA) Defeated Boiling Springs 81-68 as Chris Plummer scored 21 points, Ryan Hughes 19 and Kyle Truesdale 12. Closed regular season with an 86-81 victory over Lower Dauphin. Three players scored 78 of the 86 points. Tre Leach had 30, Hughes 28 and Plummer scored 20.

16. Trinity (16-5) (AAA) Sean Good (20) and Patrick Walker (13) scored 33 of Trinity’s 44 points in a regular season closing 44-41 win over Wilkes-Barre Holy Reedemer. Earlier the Shamrocks defeated Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 68-57. Walker led with 24, Good had 17 and Jack Bucher added 15.
Quarterfinals –
Reading 51 Brandywine Heights 38 – Wesley Butler, Daniel Colter and Xavier Starks all scored 8 points, while Ricki Lopez, Larry Wingo and Kahari Whitfield all had 7 points to lead a balanced attack for the Red Knights. Sr Alex Flicker and Sr Drew Miller both scored a game-high 9 points to lead Brandywine Heights.

Berks Catholic 59 Governor Mifflin 49 – Kyran Mitchell scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Saints. Casey Jack added 13 and Tre Dabney had 11 for BC. The Mustangs got a career-high 24 points from 6-2 Sr Casey Klahr. Jr Bryce Black added 10 points.

Exeter 51 Wilson 45 – 6-1 Soph Alex Javier scored 16 points, including the go-ahead basket midway through the fourth quarter, as the fifth-seeded Eagles defeated the fourth-seeded Bulldogs. Stevie Mitchell had 11 points and Sean McAndrew had 10 for Wilson.

Conrad Weiser 62 Kutztown 50 – 6-2 Jr Alex MacKenzie led a balanced scoring effort with 16 points as Conrad Weiser held off Kutztown. Shakim Davis came off the bench to score 10 for the Scouts, hitting a big 3-pointer with 2:02 left for a 56-50 lead. 6-7 Sr Nathan Dobb finished with 15 points and eight rebounds and 6-3 Sr Alex Druckenmiller had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Scouts. Jr Lorencz Jean-Baptisted had a game-high 21 points for the Cougars (19-3), who led 15-8 after one period.

Quarterfinals –
Kennard-Dale 61 York Catholic 45 – 6-4 Sr Adam Freese 16 and 6-0 Sr Joey Thomas 10 led Kennard-Dale. York Catholic was led by 6-0 Sr D’Andre Davis with a game-high 21 points.

York Northeastern 65 York Tech 26 – The Bobcats were led by 6-2 Soph Nate Wilson’s 19 points and 6-3 Sr Antonio Rizzuto’s 16. York Tech got 12 points from Terence Romey.

Central York 71 Littlestown 55 – 6-0 Jr Saa’hir Cornelius 16, Jr Cade Pribula 14, 6-3 Jr Braden Richard 11 and 6-2 Sr Markley 10 were all in double-figures for Central. Littlestown was led by a game-high 24 points from 6-4 Jr Logan Collins and 6-0 Jr Jakob Lane with 12.

New Oxford 59 Dover 51 – Abdul Jennah 20 points and Jaren Rex 10 led the winners while Dover got 22 points from Jr Keith Davis and 12 from Jr Elijah Sutton.

Two Rainy Nights In Georgia

I wouldn’t usually post these here, but they were 7A Region Championship games and they both ended with the winning team hitting an unbelievable buzzer beater shot to come from behind.

First off the first game was Friday night between Norcross and Meadowbrook, the second on Saturday night between Pebblebrook and Marietta Wheeler. Not sure about Saturday night but on Friday the real feel temperature was 70 outside and in a jam packed gym it was 93 at game time.
Two of the most unbelievable game ending shots I ever saw and then on back to back nights, both streamed live in Georgia. Neither video is long but you have to go full screen to see appreciate these endings. Both winners were losing and the buzzer ending shots gave them the wins. In the first game Kyle Sturdivant had done the exact same thing against the same team to win a regular season game two weeks ago.



February 04, 2018

1. Reading (18-3) (AAAAAA) Defeated Exeter 80-49 Governor Mifflin 60-36, then lost to Pennridge 55-50 in double-overtime.

2. York Northeastern (18-2) (AAAAA) Lost to York High 72-64 in double-overtime.

3. Berks Catholic (19-2) (AAAA) Went 5-0 in five days defeating Conrad Weiser 58-43, Hamburg 61-37, Conrad Weiser 57-43, Wilson 32-31 and Fleetwood 80-44.

4. Hempfield (19-2) (AAAAAA) Black Knights defeat Cedar Crest 72-55, Lebanon 61-53 and Governor Mifflin 61-43.

5. Lampeter-Strasburg (19-2) (AAAAA) Pioneers crush Manheim Central 51-17 then get upset by Ephrata 47-46.

6. Chambersburg (16-4) (AAAAAA) Defeated Cumberland Valley 49-44 and Harrisburg 55-54.

7. Harrisburg (15-7) (AAAAAA) The Cougars defeated Central Dauphin East 77-49 then were edged by Chambersburg 55-54.

8. Hershey (19-2) (AAAAA) The Trojans lost first league game of season, 74-56 to Lower Dauphin, but bounced back with wins over Palmyra 64-48 and Red Land 92-47.

9. Greencastle-Antrim (18-2) (AAAAA) Blue Devils defeated Red Lion 71-41, Shippensburg 59-58 and Waynesboro 60-37.

10. Cedar Crest (17-4) (AAAAAA) The Falcons lost to Hempfield 72-55 then came back and beat Penn Manor 62-51.

11. Lancaster Catholic (19-2) (AAAA) The Crusaders defeated Northern Lebanon 55-54 and Lebanon Catholic 68-32.

12. Wilson (14-7) (AAAAAA) Wilson defeated Governor Mifflin 52-37, lost to Berks Catholic 32-31 and came back to defeat Daniel Boone 55-35.

13. Lower Dauphin (17-4) (AAAAA) Falcons make big jump with wins over Hershey 74-56, Mechanicsburg 55-47, Palmyra 66-40 and Dallastown 61-30.

14. Milton Hershey (15-3) (AAAAA) Defeated Steelton-Highspire 67-52 and Trinity 75-53.

15. Steelton-Highspire (14-6) (AAA) The Rollers lose to Milton Hershey 67-52 come back to defeat East Pennsboro 65-31 and Camp HILL 71-50.

16. Middletown (13-6) (AAAA) Lost to Trinity 70-58, then defeated West Perry 57-41.

17. Manheim Township (15-5) (AAAAAA) Blue Streaks defeated Penn Manor 54-50 and Lancaster McCaskey 81-60.

18. Trinity (14-5) (AAA) Defeated Middletown 70-58, then lost to Milton Hershey 75-53.




January 28, 2018

1. Reading (16-2) (AAAAAA) For the second straight Saturday, Reading would face an undefeated team ranked #3 in in 6A. Like last week they fell behind early, trailing State College 15-3 early but went on 15-2 run to take their first lead at 18-17 and went on to defeat the Little Lions 75-66 using relentless man-to-man defense to wear State College down in the Trinity SPBP Classic. Xavier Starks led five Knights in double-figures with 20 points, RJ Dixon had 17, Larry Wingo scored 13, Rick Lopez had 12 and Wesley Butler had 10 points. Earlier Reading defeated Muhlenberg 101-63 and Daniel Boone 66-30. Against Muhlenberg Wingo 20pts, Dixon 17pts, Starks and Butler 13pts apiece and Lopez 12pts all scored in double-figures…..Wingo scored 17 and Lopez 10 in the win over Daniel Boone. www.cityofbashttp://ketballlove.com/news_article/show/880550?referrer_id=1566508


2. York Northeastern (18-0) (AAAAA) Bobcats defeated Central York 67-64, Antonio Rizzuto poured in 33 points and Fred Mulbah had 21…..Also crushed York Southwestern 65-21. York Daily Record may let you look at one or two box scores a week. But one was the limit this week.

3. Berks Catholic (14-2) (AAAA) Tre Dabney hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 14 points to lead the Saints over Twin Valley 50-30. the Raiders. Casey Jack scored 10 points to go with four steals and 10 assists, and Keba Mitchell had eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Saints….. Jack had 21 points and five assists and Dabney recorded a double-double as Berks Catholic won 58-43 at Conrad Weiser, snapping a first-place tie in Division II of the Berks Conference. The Saints took over sole possession of first place and extended their league winning streak to 35 games. They haven’t lost a league game since early in the 2014-15 season, at Conrad Weiser. Dabney had 11 points, a game-high 12 rebounded and played a big part in a defensive effort that limited the Scouts to five points in the first quarter and 17 by halftime.

4. Hempfield (16-2) (AAAAAA) Black Knights get out of the funk they’ve been in for a couple weeks, by leading from start to finish in a 51-31 win over Conestoga Valley. Anthony Alston led the way with 14 points and David Martin Robinson had 11…..Then had to scored 35 fourth quarter points to overcome a 42-29 deficit with little over six minutes left in game. Ryan Moffatt had 20 in this one to lead and Robinson backed him up with 16 more…..As if that comeback wasn’t enough, the Knights next found themselves in a 24-9 hole with Warwick. Again they had enough to fight their way out and used a 34-14 middle-two quarters run to take a 42-38 lead into the final quarter to come away with 64-54 win. Four players scored in double-figures led b Alston with 19, Moffatt with 16. Robinson with 12 and Eli Washington with 10.

5. Lampeter-Strasburg (18-1) (AAAAA) Pioneers go 4-0 this week defeating Donegal 73-44, Solanco 53-34, Garden Spot 80-31 and Oxford 71-25. In the win over Donegal, Ryan Smith again led with another 30 point game. Chase Broderick added 12. Against Solanco Jordan Sweger was high with 11 and Zach Knigsley added 11. Smith scored 16, Isaac Beers 14, Patrick Holmes 11 and Kingsley 10 against Garden Spot. The Pioneers than shut out Oxford 27-0 in the first quarter in their big win. Isaac Beers led 12-players into the scoring column with 21 points and Cam Niemeyer added 10.

6. Chambersburg (14-4) (AAAAAA) The Trojans pushed State College to the limit before losing to the little Lions 51-46. Chambersburg got as close as 45-44 and had the ball but a missed layup gave it back and State held on of the win. Joel Torres who missed over half the game with sickness still led in scoring with 19 points. Terrell Williams added 10…..Then had to go overtime to defeat Central Dauphin 54-44. Torres missed the game with an injury and there is no know timetable for his return. Seth Brouse scored a career-high 19 points, Cade Brindle added 14 points and 6-8 junior Tyler Collier had 11.

7. Harrisburg (14-3) (AAAAAA) The Cougars played five games this week, losing to State College 78-52 (Nareece Glen 13pts, John McNeil 10pts), then defeating Carlisle 69-63 (Glenn 19pts, Tony James 13), Williamsport 82-47 (13-players scored led by James with 20 and Ky’Aire Sumpter 11), Mifflin County 87-67 (James 29, Deoin Patterson and Nyzier Brannon 13pts apiece) and Parkland 62-52 (James 24 points) in the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase.

8. Hershey (17-1) (AAAAA) The Trojans held off Cedar Cliff 55 -52. Four players scored in double-figures. Sean Collier led with 14pts. Jake Wilson and Griffin Jackson added 11 apiece and , Nick Hines scored 10 points……Defeated Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 57-47 as Chase Wallace led with 14pts. Wilson had 13 and Collier and Drew Painter both had 10…..Then defeated Lebanon 56-48, with Wilson scoring 16 and Wallace and Collier both chipping in with 10 points.

9. Greencastle-Antrim (15-2) (AAAAA) Blue Devils had all five starters reach double figures with a 59-43 win over Boiling Springs at Greencastle on Tuesday night. It was a balanced effort for the Blue Devils. Brandon Stuhler scored 15 to lead the way and the other four Greencastle starters Jason Freeman, Ben Freeman, Ian Gelsinger and Bryan Gembe each had 11…..Also defeated Big Spring 73-50 and Red Lion 71-41.

10. Cedar Crest (16-3) (AAAAAA) The Falcons were got a big 40-point, 81-41 win over Conestoga Valley. Blake Thompson had a big 33-point game in the win. Cole Laney added 11 points…..Then got an important big win at Manheim Township, scoring 31 in the final quarter for a 76-73 win over the Blue Streaks. Thompson led again with 23pts, while Laney had 17 and Logan Horn added 15.

11. Lancaster Catholic (17-2) (AAAA) The Crusaders defeated Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 61-49 behind 14 points from RJ VanTash, 12 from Dwayne Caine and 10 from David Kamwanga…..Turned back Annville-Cleona 69-42. Kamwanga had 14 and VanTash 11…..Blasted old arch-rival Columbia 66-36 behind 17 points from Johnny Besecker and 10 points from Denzel Kabasele.

12. Wilson (12-6) (AAAAAA) Wilson scored the last nine points, over the final 90 seconds, to beat Exeter 47-43. The Bulldogs trailed 43-38 with 1:45 remaining but saw Stevie Mitchell score four points in four seconds and Logan Horst hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. Horst finished with a game-high 16 points, 11 in the fourth quarter….. freshman Stevie Mitchell scored 17 points, Horst had 14 and Josh Figura 10 as the Bulldogs broke from a third-quarter tie to knock off Muhlenberg 59-50…..Wilson lost a non-district game to Pottsville 48-43. The Bulldogs led 24-20 at the half but scored just one field goal in the third quarter. Freshman Stevie Mitchell led Wilson with 12 points.

13. Steelton-Highspire (12-5) (AAA) The Rollers defeated West Perry 44-33 as Tim Kater scored 18 points and went over the 1,000 point mark for his career…..Jarvai Flowers and Amiq Jenkins both scored 14pts and Kater 13 in a 63-37 win over Helen Thackston Charter…..Third win this week came in an 86-68 victory over York Country Day. Flowers had 24 and Kater 13.

14. Middletown (12-5) (AAAA)                                                                              ALL WINS: Steelton-Highspire 47-46, East Pennsboro 71-56, Susquehannock 64-49, Trinity 65-64, Annville-Cleona 68-48, West Perry 56-44, Northern Lebanon 71-61, Milton Hershey 81-55, East Pennsboro 62-52, Eastern Lebanon 72-62, Camp Hill 81-52, Mifflin County 80-62.                                                                              ALL LOSSES: Milton Hershey 71-83, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 46-50, Lampeter-Strasburg 51-75, Camp Hill 65-67, Steelton-Highspire 45-61.                      LEADING SCORERS: Ryan Hughes 6-4 Sr, 20.7, Chris Plummer 6-3 Sr, 14.7, Tre Leach 6-0 Sr, 12.9.

15. Lower Dauphin (13-4) (AAAAA)                                                                     ALL WINS: Mifflin County 71-35, Red Land 83-46, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 64-63, Susquehanna Township 58-56, Pottstown 79-45, York County Vo-Tech 84-54, Mechanicsburg 55-24, Palmyra 52-29, Red Land 79-32, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 75-61, Milton Hershey 73-61, Cedar Cliff 65-59.                                                    ALL LOSSES: Hershey 60-68, Cedar Cliff 56-62, Cedar Crest 68-71, Susquehanna Township 56-59.                                                                                            LEADING SCORERS: Casey Caruso 13.6, Will Bowen 6-6 Jr, 12.8, 6-5 Jr Brian Swist 9.6, Luke Hedrick 5-10, 9.5.

16. Milton Hershey (12-3) (AAAAA) Blown out by Middletown 81-55. DonYae Baylor-Carroll’s 12 points led the way and Pedro Rodriguez added 10…..Lost second game in a row 73-61 to Lower Dauphin. Rodriguez led with 26 and Carroll added 14…..Bounced back to defeat East Pennsboro 88-51. Carroll had 29 points and Rodriguez had 23 in the win…..Battled back from an 18-point halftime deficit and defeated Philadelphia John Bartram 78-67 in the Trinity SPBP Showcase. Carroll gunned in 34 points in the win.

17. Manheim Township (13-5) (AAAAAA) Blue Streaks drop down after losing to Hempfield and Cedar Crest both by three points. Bounced back with a 53-56 victory over Governor Mifflin. Tyler Vicidomini led the way with 15 points, Zack Oldac added 14 and Tyler Crespo scored 10.

18. Trinity (13-4) (AAA) Lost to Camp Hill 58-51. Sean Good scored 13 in the loss and Kalen Veres added 11…..Defeated West Perry 55-32 as Veres had 13, Good 11 and Patrick Walker 10….. Conestoga 63-57 at the Trinity SPBP Showcase. Good and Matt Long both scored 15 points and Walker added 13.


January 21, 2018

1. Reading (13-2) (AAAAAA) Xavier Starks had a career-high 18 points, Wesley Butler had 12 points and six assists, and Pottstown transfer, Larry Wingo scored 14 in his Reading High debut as the Red Knights ripped Governor Mifflin the Mustangs 78-29. Starks then scored 15 points and Butler had 14 to front a balanced attack (four others scored between 7 and 9 points) as Reading upset unbeaten Hazleton 65-56 tonight in the final game of the Geigle Classic. The Cougars (10-1) are ranked No. 3 in the state in Class 6A by cityofbasketballlove.com. The Red Knights are not ranked.

2. York Northeastern (16-0) (AAAAA) Bobcats defeated Steelton-Highspire 74-67, Red Lion 55-43, Dallastown 80-50, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 52-46. DJ Hamilton had 20, while Antonio Rizzuto and Fred Mulbah had 19 each in the win over Steelton-Highspire. Rizzuto 17, Fred Mulbah and Nate Wilson 15 each in the win over Red Lion. Against Dallastown Rizzuto 20, Fred Mulbah 18, Wilson 16, Quay Mulbah 11 all scored in double-figures. Rizzuto 24, Fred Mulbah 13 were high against McDevitt.

3. Berks Catholic (12-2) (AAAA) Casey Jack had 18 points and five rebounds to lead the Saints to a 64-28 win over Fleetwood. Tre Dabney had 11 points and Luis Garcia added nine points and four steals. Garcia scored a career-high 18 points and Keba Mitchell had a double-double as Berks Catholic used a big third quarter to roll past Octorara 69-50 in the opening game of the Geigle Classic. Mitchell finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, all in the first three quarters. Casey Jack had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Saints.

4. Hempfield (13-2) (AAAAAA) Black Knights defeat Penn Manor 49-43, leading by only two after three quarters. Ryan Moffatt had 18 to lead and David Martin Robinson had 11. Then for the third time in four games, Hempfield faced a double-digit deficit after three quarters. They could not overcome it this time and lost to Dallastown 52-48. Moffatt had a game-high 21pts and Robinson had 12.

5. Lampeter-Strasburg (14-1) (AAAAA) Pioneers avenged their only loss of the season with a 58-42 victory over Elizabethtown. Ryan Smith again led with another 30 point game. Came back and defeated Conestoga Valley 61-51 in a game not that close. Smith led with 18 points and Isaac Beers had 14.

6. Chambersburg (13-3) (AAAAAA) Joel Torres had a monster game on offense in the first half and his teammates picked him up when he got into foul trouble as the Trojans earned a 55-40 Mid Penn Commonwealth victory over Carlisle. The win avenged a 41-40 loss to the Herd in December. Torres scored 13 of his team’s 16 points in the first quarter and had 18 at the half. He hit three more buckets early in the third quarter, but then was saddled with foul trouble and wasn’t much of a factor before fouling out.

7. Harrisburg (10-5) (AAAAAA) The Cougars put 12 players in the scoring column led by Tony James with 16 in a 68-45 win over Central Dauphin. Then lost at Chester 56-50 despite 20 points from James

8. Hershey (14-1) (AAAAA) The Trojans defeated Mechanicsburg 56-27. Jake Wilson , Chase Wallace and Nick Hines all scored 10 points. Then used an 18-9 fourth quarter comeback to overtake Elizabethtown 58-54. Wilson led with 17 points, Drew Painter had 11 and Griffin Jackson added 10.

9. Milton Hershey (11-1) (AAAAA) DonYae Baylor-Carroll’s 32 point performance powers Milton Hershey to a 72-62 win over Camp Hill in their only game of the week. Pedro Rodriguez pitched in with 17.

10. Greencastle-Antrim (12-2) (AAAAA) It was a battle for first place in the Colonial Division and Greencastle took charge early jumping out to a 15-0 lead to start the game and defeated the Shippensburg Greyhounds 61-35. Greencastle was lead by Bryon Gembe with 17 points, also in double figures for the Blue Devils were Jason Freeman with 14 and Ian Gelsinger with 12. Beat Northern York 81-59. Gembe led with 25 points, Brandon Stuler 22, Gelsinger 14.

11. Cedar Crest (14-3) (AAAAAA) The Falcons were upset by Lancaster McCaskey 55-54. Blake Thompson led with 15 and Cole Laney added 13 points, Came back the next night and got a come from behind 54-50 victory over Warwick. Thompson had 19, Laney and Dylan Miller both scored 10. Then defeated Williamsport 59-55 in the Reading Geigle Classic. Thompson led with 15pts, while Laney and Logan Horn each added 13.

12. Manheim Township (12-3) (AAAAAA) Blue Streaks were upset by Conestoga Valley 59-56, despite 27 points from Tyler Crespo. Came back and pounded Exeter 58-34. Crespo led again with 17 points. Tyler Vicidomini had 14 points Will Greiner scored 10.

13. Lancaster Catholic (14-2) (AAAA) The Crusaders defeated Eastern Lebanon 63-40 and Pequea Valley 68-28 this week. Against Eastern Lebanon Johnny Besecker led with 16pts, David Kamwanga had 15pts and Miles McCaskey 12. Kamwanga 12, Besecker 11 and McCaskey 10 were high in the win over Pequea Valley.

14. Wilson (10-5) (AAAAAA) Bulldogs led by 15 at halftime and went on to win 45-33 against Daniel Boone. Bryce Calloway scored 12 points and Stevie Mitchell had 10 for Wilson. Had five game winning streak snapped in 47-38 loss at Downingtown West. Calloway had a game-high 17 points. Figura scored 15 points and Bryce Calloway added 13 to lift the Bulldogs over Garden Spot. Figura scored seven points in the third quarter as Wilson opened up an eight point lead after being tied at the half and defeated Garden Spot 57-52.

15. Steelton-Highspire (9-5) (AAA) The Rollers played #2 Northeastern tough, before losing 74-67. Jalen Flowers scored 29 in the loss and Tim Kater added 16. Then belted Middletown 61-45 behind 18 points from both Flowers and Kater. Malachi Young tossed in 11.


January 14, 2018

FRIENDS: Most of you probably know because of reasons I’ve stated before I don’t get out to many games anymore. But there is so much on the internet to see I actually see three to four tines as many games than I used to. I watched about five District 3 games this week but have been watching Nationally also in the last three year. I watch a lot of National Tournaments and Showcases. There are many boarding schools now that recruit Internationally but they are what I try to stay away from and rarely watch there games. This being MLK Weekend there were two I had fun watching over this weekend. The Hoophall Invitational in Springfield, Mass, home of the Hall of Fame and Flyin’ To The Hoops in Dayton, Ohio. Hoophall had 35 games in five days and Flyin’ To The Hoops 20 games in four days. Here is what I saw on Saturday and Sunday.

Hoophall Classic – Saturday
9:00AM Burlington Rice Memorial, Vermont 62 Rochester McQuaid Jesuit, NY 58
10:30AM Long Island Lutheran High School, NY 76 Lawrence Central Catholic, MA 54
12 NOON Arlington Bishop O’Connell, Virginia 81 Albany Academy, NY 69
1:30PM Philadelphia Imhotep Charter, PA 64 New Haven Hillhouse, CT 35
3:00PM Washington Gonzaga, DC 66 Waterbury Sacred Heart, CT 38
4:30PM Orlando Oak Ridge, Florida 80 Roselle Catholic, New Jersey 68
6:00PM Montverde Academy, Florida 64 Chicago Simeon Career, Illinois 62
8:00PM Chino Hills, California 70 Spartanburg Day, South Carolina 64

Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop High School Basketball Invitational – Saturday
Game #6: 4:45 pm Pickerington North, Ohio 51 Cincinnati Princeton, Ohio 38
Game #7: 6:30 pm McEachern, Georgia 87 Trotwood Madison, Ohio 77
Best game of the ten for sure. Georgia’s #1 against Ohio’s Division 2’s #1. McEachern trailed from 3 to seven points a lot of the third and part of the fourth, but McEarchern’s 10 man rotation was just two much in the last two minutes

Hoophall Classic – Sunday
DeMatha Catholic, Maryland 86 Queens Archbishop Molloy, New York 56
Baltimore Mount St. Joseph, Maryland 71 Ranney School, New Jersey 48

Premier Health Flyin’ to the Hoop High School Basketball Invitational – Sunday
11:30 Miamisburg, Ohio (8-3) 65 Mountain Mission, Virginia 54
1:15 Versailles, Ohio (11-1) 65 Sidney, Ohio (7-4) 50
3:00 Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Ohio (7-5) 81 Fairland, Ohio (9-3) 79
6:30 Prolific Prep, California (16-6) 71 Garfield Heights, Ohio (9-2) 43
8:15 Springfield, Ohio (10-0) 73 Cleveland Heights, Ohio (6-3) 67 (OT)
1. Reading (8-2) (AAAAAA) Red Knights went 3-0 with wins over Exeter 60-45, Daniel Boone 60-39 and Wilson 34-32. Wesley Butler, had 21 13 and 18. Daniel Colter had 16 and Ricki Lopez against Daniel Boone.

2. Hempfield (12-1) (AAAAAA) Black Knights outscore Lebanon 30-17 in fourth quarter to overcome double-digit fourth quarter deficit for second game in a row in 61-60 in over the Cedars. Eli Washington was high man with 23 points and Ryan Moffatt had 11. Came back and held off Lancaster McCaskey 58-48. Moffatt led with 20 points, David Martin Robinson had 17 and Washington added 12.

3. York Northeastern (12-0) (AAAAA) Bobcats won three times this week, 75-53 over York, 56-46 over New Oxford and 61-43 over Cocalico. I did not see all their complete box scores but do know that Antonio Rizzuto scored 77 points in the tree games to keep his average near 28 points per game.

4. Harrisburg (9-4) (AAAAAA) The Cougars dropped a 63-61 home game to Chambersburg despite putting three players in double-figures led by Tony James with 16, Nareefce Glenn with 12 and Rynell Gantt 11. Came right back to defeat Cumberland Valley 57-52, James 17, Gantt and Nyzier Brannon 12 apiece. Then crushed York 100-67 getting 48 points from Glenn (25) and James (23).

5. Berks Catholic (10-2) (AAAA) The Saints defeated Hamburg 58-21 and Wyomissing 58-30. Keba Mitchell had 12 in the win over Hamburg. Against Wyomissing, Trey Dabney had 13, Mitchell 12 and Casey Jack had 10.

6. Lampeter-Strasburg (12-1) (AAAAA) Pioneers go 3-0 for the week with wins over Ephrata 54-41, Manheim Central 48-23 and Cocalico 49-31. 6-10 sr Ryan Smith scored 56 points in the three wins and Isaac Beers backed up Smith with 40 points in the three wins.

7. Chambersburg (12-3) (AAAAAA) The Trojans defeated Harrisburg 63-61 (Joel Torres 34), Mifflin County 70-45 (Cade Brendle 17, Terell Williams 16). Then lost to Greencastle-Antrim 44-43. Collier scored 13, Joel Torres had 11 and Brindle put up 10.

8. Hershey (12-1) (AAAAA) The Trojans defeated East Pennsboro 77-39, Red Land 54-26 and Susquehanna Township 68-57. Jake Wilson had 17 points, Griffin Jackson 15 and Sean Coller scored 10 in the win over East Pennsboro. Against Red Land Collier was high with 10 points. Nick Hines had 17, Chase Wallace 16 and Wilson and Collier 12 apiece in the win over Susquehanna Township.

9. Milton Hershey (7-0) (AAAAA) The Spartans lost their first game of the year to Triniity 73-64 but came back with wins over East Pennsboro 90-69, West Perry 76-41 and Northern York 90-76. Pedro Rodriguez averaged 27 points in the four games and DonYae Baylor Carroll averaged 23.

10. Greencastle-Antrim (11-2) (AAAAA) The Blue Devils were led by Ben Freeman (12 points), Ian Gelsinger (11) and Bryan Gembe (9). Earlier they defeated Waynesboro 68-56 with four starters in double-figures led Gembe 18, Ben Freeman 16, Brandon Stuhler 16 and Gelsinger 11.

11. Cedar Crest (12-2) (AAAAAA) The Falcons destroyed Penn Manor 66-35 with Cole Laney scoring 21 points and Blake Thompson adding 15. Then went double-overtime to defeat Lebanon 64-62. Thompson led with 23, Laney had 17 and Dylan Miller added 12.

12. Manheim Township (11-2) (AAAAAA) Blue Streaks stay in three way tie with Hempfield and Cedar Crest with wins over McCaskey 70-60, Penn Manor 59-56, Warwick 89-85 in four overtimes and Manheim Central 53-40. Against McCaskey , Brendan Mellott had 22 and Tyler Crespo 20. In the win over Penn Manor, Mellott had 16, Cameron Mulcavage 12 and Crespo 10. Will Greiner, Mellott and Hilton Ridley all had 18 in the four-overtime win with Warwick and Tyler Vicidomini and Mulcavage both score 10 points. Against Manheim Central, Mellott had 16 and Crespo 15.

13. Lancaster Catholic (12-2) (AAAA) The Crusaders also won four times this week, defeating Lebanon Catholic (12-players in scoring column-none over 8) 52-27, Northern Lebanon (11 scored, led by Johnny Besecker with 13) 61-38, Lancaster Mennonite (Besecker 17. Connor Engle 13, Miles McCaskey 11, Dwayne Caine, RJ VanTash and Denzel Kabasele all 9 each) 72-66 in overtime and Eastern York (Van Tash and Besecker 14 apiece) 67-43.

14. Wilson (8-4) (AAAAAA) Josh Figura had 10 points in the Bulldogs loss to Reading. Earlier they had defeated Governor Mifflin 54-39 and Muhlenberg 55-48. Bryce Calloway led with 19 against Mifflin. Kyle Coldren had 13 and Logan Horst 12 points. freshman Stevie Mitchell scored a career-high 18 points to help the Bulldogs avoid an upset against the Muhlenburg.

15. Steelton-Highspire (8-4) (AAA) ALL WINS: Trinity 43-40, East Pennsboro 50-47, West Perry 46-35, Downingtown East 47-43, Susquehanna Township 49-44, Camp Hill 51-49, Susquehanna Township 59-58, Trinity 58-49.
LOSSES: Middletown 46-47, Milton Hershey 51-66, Reading 35-65, Wilson 41-46.
TOP PLAYERS: Tim Kater, Amiq Jenkins, Jelani Isom, Malachi Young,

DROPPED OUT: Trinity (9-3) (AAA) Despite big win over Milton Hershey, the Shamrocks drop out after second loss of season to Steelton-Highspire.


January 7, 2018

1. Reading (8-2) (AAAAAA) Red Knights get 21 and 23 points from Wesley Butler, 18 and 15 from R.J. Dixon and 10 and 10 from Ricki Lopez in wins over Muhlenberg 75-44 and Lancaster McCaskey 77-66. They also take over #1 after a Hempfield loss to Cedar Crest.

2. Hempfield (10-1) (AAAAAA) Black Knights drop to #2 after losing first game of the year at Cedar Crest 41-39. Ryan Moffatt led with 17 and David Martin Robinson added 11. Then overcame a 13-point third quarter deficit to defeat Central York 57-51 in a War of Roses Showcase @ West York High School. Moffatt again led with 21 points and Anthony Alston had 13.

3. York Northeastern (9-0) (AAAAA) Bobcats pounded Spring Grove 78-28. Antonio Rizzuto led the way with 36 points. Fred Mulbah had 19 and Nat Wilson added 13. Rizzuto then hit 10 treys on his was to a career-high 47 points in a 75-63 win over Greencastle-Antrim. Fred Mulbah backed up Rizzito with 12…..Watched this game on Mid-Penn Broadcasting last night. My 359th game of the year. Yes I watch all over the nation.

4. Harrisburg (7-3) (AAAAAA) The Cougars crushed Mifflin County 81-32 with four players in double-figures led Nareefce Glenn with 16, Rynell Gantt 14, Tony James 13 and Deion Patterson with 11, James then had a career-high 39, Nicari Williams 14 and Ky’Aire Sumpter 10 in an 80-68 win over Central Dauphin East.

5. Berks Catholic (8-2) (AAAA) The Saints jumped out to an 18-0 after the first quarter in a 50-34 win over Twin Valley. Casey Jack led the way with a game-high 16 points Keba Mitchell had 10. Then led from start to finish in a 56-41 win over Exeter as Trey Dabney had 19 points and Luis Garcia had 11. Exeter had been coming off wins over both Wilson and Governor Mifflin this week.

6. Milton Hershey (7-0) (AAAAA) The Spartans did not play this week due to their long holiday break.

7. Lampeter-Strasburg (9-1) (AAAAA) 6-10 sr Ryan Smith scored 64 points in two Pioneers wins this week. He had 34 in a 60-49 win over arch-rival Lancaster Mennonite on the Blazers home floor. He came back with 30 in a 65-51 win over Dover in the War of Roses Showcase @ Manheim Central. Isaac Beers backed up Smith with 20 points in the Showcase win.

8. Hershey (9-1) (AAAAA) The Trojans edged Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt 53-51 and defeated Palmyra 60-35 this week. Sean Coller scored 13 points in the narrow win over McDevitt and Nick Hines led nine players into the scoring column with 18 against Palmyra.

9. Chambersburg (10-2) (AAAAAA) The Trojans defeated Central Dauphin 51-45 (Terell Williams and Seth Brouse 10 points apiece) Cumberland Valley 57-46 (Joel Torres 19) and Donegal 63-37. Torres 19 and Collier 11 led Chambersburg.

10. Greencastle-Antrim (8-2) (AAAAA) The Blue Devils routed Big Spring 79-45 behind Bryan Gembe with 19pts, Ian Gelsinger 14, Jason Freeman 11 and Ben Freeman 10. Then came to 73-63 loss to York Northeastern. Brandon Stuhler scored 20 in the loss. Ben Freeman had 13 and Gelsinger 10.

11. Cedar Crest (10-2) (AAAAAA) The Falcons got a big home win when they held off previously undefeated Hempfield 41-39 behind 12 points apiece from Cole Laney and Dylan Miller. Blake Thompson added 11. Then went double-overtime to defeat Lower Dauphin 73-68 in the Rhoades Classic @ Lebanon Valley College. Casey Caruso led the way with 23 points and Luke Hedrick scored 19 more.

12. Manheim Township (8-2) (AAAAAA)
ALL WINS: Elizabethtown 76-66, Holy Ghost Prep 48-36, Central Dauphin 59-42, Lebanon 75-40, Conestoga Valley 58-41, Cedar Crest 77-71, Red Lion 57-50.
ALL LOSES: Hempfield 36-67, Dallastown 59-64.
TOP SCORERS: 5-9 jr Tyler Crespo 16-1, 6-1 jr Brendan Mellott 11.6          
TEAM SCHEDULE & ROSTER: http://llhoops.com/manheim-township/ 

13. Lancaster Catholic (8-2) (AAAA) The Crusaders drop down some after 61-58 loss to York Catholic in the War of Roses Showcase @ West York. Jonny Besecker led with 15, RJ VanTash had 14, Denzel Kaabasele 10 and Dwayne Caine added 9 points.

14. Trinity (8-2) (AAA) The Shamrocks defeated West Perry 74-31 led by Sean Good with 13 and Kalen Veres with 12. Lost to Middletown 65-64 in overtime. Mike Scarpelli led with 16 and Anthony DeFrank scored 12.

15. Wilson (6-3) (AAAAAA) The Bulldogs stay at #15 despite a one-point loss to Exeter, 38-37 in ovetime, because they have been playing without some starters. Stevie Mitchell had 13 points in the los. They bounced back and overcame a 12-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Steelton-Highspire 46-41. Logan Horst led with 17 points and Kyle Coldren had 12.

DROPPED OUT: York (6-4) (AAAAA) Bearcats fall out after big loss to unranked Red Lion.

DISTRICT 3 RATINGS: Jan 2nd 2018

January 2, 2018

1. Hempfield (9-0) (AAAAAA) Black Knights started the season winning the Carlisle Tip-Off with wins over over Mechanicsburg 62-42 and Carlisle 62-46. They reeled off seven more defeating Conestoga Valley 65-44, Spring-Ford 67-55, Penn Manor 54-40, Manheim Township 67-36 and Warwick 38-36. Then won their own Holiday Tournament with wins over West Philadelphia 73-37 and Wilson 57-31. Players averaging in double-figures for the Black Knights are 6-5 sr Ryan Moffatt 19.3, 6-4 Sr David Martin Robinson 10.5 and 6-1 Sr Anthony Alston 10.3.
Here is a link to their schedule and roster: http://llhoops.com/hempfield/

2. Reading (6-2) (AAAAAA) The defending 6A state champion, Red Knights have lost to Philadelphia LaSalle 68-45 in the Reading Hoop Group Showcase and Baltimore Dunbar, Maryland 56-54 in the finals of their own Holiday Tournament. They opened the season winning the York Bearcat Tip-Off Tournament with wins over Philadelphia Franklin Learning Center 100-41 and York 75-59. Then defeated Coatesville 64-58, Chester 65-48, Carlisle 74-51 and in the opener of their Holiday Tournament, Steelton-Highspire 65-35. Leading scorers are 5-11 jr Wesley Butler 20.1, 5-10 sr R.J. Dixon 10.5, and 6-5 sr Ricki Lopez 8.3.
Link to Reading roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/reading-red-knights-(reading,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

3. York Northeastern (7-0) (AAAAA)  Bobcats returned three of its five starters from last year’s club that won Y-A League Division I, captured the league tournament and took the District 3 5-A crown. 6-3 sr Antonio Rizzuto and 5-11 sr Fred Mulbah along with 6-2 soph Nat Wilson. Add to that the return of 5-10 sr D.J. Hamilton who played the last two years at York Country Day, and it’s easy to see why this team is undefeated through December with wins over Delone Catholic 80-40 and Northern York 60-52 to win their own Bobcat Tip-Off Classic. They followed those wins up by defeating Red Lion 56-42, York Suburban 69-44, Central York 59-42, Dallastown 79-60 and York Southwestern 78-41.
Link to their roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/northeastern-bobcats-(manchester,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

4. Harrisburg (5-3) (AAAAAA) The Cougars have defeated Mid-Penn Commonwealth foes, Cumberland Valley 84-62, Central Dauphin 88-59 and Carlisle 68-55 and own wins over Lancaster McCaskey 81-54 and Downingtown West 56-52. They lost to defending Mid-Penn Champion, State College 89-83 in overtime, Abington Heights 66-63 in the Berks Catholic Holiday SPBP Classic and 79-64 to Newark St. Benedicts, New Jersey in the Big Game Hoops Holiday Showcase. Top scorers for the Cougars are 6-0 sr Tony James 15.0, Nareefce Glenn 11.0, Ky’Aire Sumpter 10.7. 6-4 sr Micah Parsons is averaging 10.0 but he is leaving to enroll at Penn State this week and will not play another game for the Cougars. Here is the Cougars roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/harrisburg-cougars-(harrisburg,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

5. Berks Catholic (6-2) (AAAA) The Saints have wins over Pottsville 42-38, Philadelphia Conwell Egan 63-46, York Catholic 50-49, Antietam 73-33 and in the Trinity Showcase Wilkes-Barre Meyers 57-46 and Alexandria Thomas Edison, Virginia. 51-49. They lost to Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep 48-25 in the Reading Hoop Group Showcase and to Philadelphia Girard College 52-48. The Saints have five players averaging between 7.5 and 10.1ppg. Keba Mitchell 6-4 Sr 10.1, Casey Jack 6-4 Jr 8.9, Luis Garcia 5-9 Jr 8.3, Kyran Mitchell Jr 7.9 and Trey Dabney 6-1 Sr 7.5.  Here is the Saints roster:     http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/berks-catholic-saints-(reading,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

6. Milton Hershey (7-0) (AAAAA) The Spartans hold wins over West York 89-55 and Downingtown West 64-48 in the Spartan Tip-Off Tournament, West Perry 73-31, Middletown 83-71, Palmyra 82-59, Camp Hill 87-48 and Steelton-Highspire 66-51. DonYae Baylor-Carroll 23.5, Pedro Rodriguez 13.0.                                     Link to roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/milton-hershey-spartans-(hershey,pa)/b

7. Lampeter-Strasburg (7-1) (AAAAA) The Pioneers have the one bad loss to Elizabethtown 41-39 but have breezed in most other games defeating a one-loss Lancaster Catholic 53-41, Donegal 73-52, Octorara 88-55, Solanco 58-26, Garden Spot 69-45, and then to win the Middletown Holiday Tournament, Northern York 69-53 and Middletown 75-51. Top scorers are 6-10 sr Ryan Smith 21.5, 6-2 sr Isaac Beers 12.3 and 6-1 jr Chase Broderick 9.1.                                                       Team roster and schedule: http://llhoops.com/lampeter-strasburg/

8. Hershey (7-1) (AAAAA) The Trojans started the season with seven straight wins, 45-35 over Cocalico, 59-50 over Cumberland Valley, 70-62 over Susquehanna Township, 58-50 over Lower Dauphin, 60-50 over Mechanicsburg, 65-55 over Cedar Cliff, and 64-39 over Bermudian Springs before losing their final game of 2017 to New Oxford 53-46. Hershey has five players averaging over 7.8 points per game led by 6-3 sr Jake Wilson 13.8, 6-3 sr Sean Coller 10.3, 6-1 sr Chase Wallace 8.3, 6-4 sr Drew Painter 8.0, and 6-7 sr Nick Hines 7.8.                                                    Link to roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/hershey-trojans-(hershey,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

9. Chambersburg (7-2) (AAAAAA) The Trojans started the season with victories over Waynesboro 59-27 and Greencastle-Antrim 51-46 to win the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament. They followed that with consecutive wins over Mifflin County 45-43, Central Dauphin East 45-39 and Cedar Cliff 59-41. Then lost a nice lead and lost to Carlisle 41-40 and went to State College and lost to the defending Mid-Penn Conference champs, 57-49 in a game they led at the half. They finished off 2017 winning the Gettysburg Holiday Tournament with wins over York Southwestern 48-27 and Solanco 67-37. Top players: 5-11 sr Noah Beidel, 6-2 sr Cade Brindle, 6-5 jr Tyler Collier, 5-11 sr Evan Shreffler, 6-2 sr Tyron Williams, 6-1 soph Terell Williams, 6-6 sr Joel Torres.                                                                              Trojan roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/chambersburg-trojans-(chambersburg,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

10. Lancaster Catholic (8-1) (AAAA) The Crusaders opened the season winning their own Tip-Off Tournament defeating Spring Grove 69-31 and Central York 58-48. They then lost their only game of the season at Lampeter-Strasburg 53-41. Finished 2017 with six more wins, 60-55 over Eastern Lebanon, Pequea Valley 70-48, Annville-Cleona 51-43, Columbia 68-51, Garden Spot 58-56 and Conrad Weiser 57-38, the last two to win the Warwick Holiday Tournament. The Crusaders do not call player stats to MaxPreps and LNP had their stats so screwed up it would take hours to figure out. Team schedule and roster: http://llhoops.com/lancaster-catholic/

11. Trinity (7-1 AAA) The Shamrocks opened the season with a 56-42 win over West York, then lost to Steelton-Highspire 43-40. Since that loss they have reeled off six wins starting with a 59-46 win over Lancaster Mennonite followed by wins over St. Joseph’s Catholic Academy 68-51, East Pennsboro 58-33, Camp Hill 81-48 and then in the Shamrock Holiday Showcase they defeated Alexandria Thomas Edision, Virginia 69-55 and Wilkes-Barre Meyers 45-42 in overtime. Top Scorers are: 6-10 sr Sean Good 13.4, 6-5 sr Jack Bucher 9.7, 6-6 Jr Kalen Veres 9.7, 6-0 sr Mike Scarpelli 7.9.         Team roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/trinity-shamrocks-(camp-hill,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

12. Greencastle-Antrim (7-1) (AAAAA) The Blue Devils started the season in the Franklin County Tip-Off Tournament winning the first night, 75-47 over James Buchanan and then losing their only game, 51-46 to Chambersburg in the final. Then came wins over James Buchanan again, 66-40, Northern York 56-53, Boiling Springs 59-51, Central Dauphin 75-42. Ended 2017 winning the East Pennsboro Holiday Tournament 63-45 over Donegal and 48-46 over Cedar Cliff.                    Top Players: 6-0 sr Brandon Stuhler, 5-11 jr Jason Freeman, 6-3 sr Ben Freemn, 6-2 sr Ian Gelsinger, 6-3 sr Bryan Gembe.
Team roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/greencastle-antrim-blue-devils-(greencastle,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

13. York (6-3) (AAAAA) Bearcats started the season in their Bearcat Tip-Off by defeating Williamsport 63-55 and losing in the championship to Reading 75-59. They then defeated New Oxford 51-37, Spring Grove 74-67, Cedar Crest 55-48 and Dallastown 64-63 in overtime. Then came a triple-overtime loss to Central York 81-77 and a 57-42 loss to Oxon Hill, Maryland in the first round of the Lancaster Tornado Holiday Tournament. Ended 2017 with a 79-62 win over Lancaster McCaskey in the consolation game. Top scorers are: 6-1 sr Kyree Generett 18.2, 6-3 jr Marquise McClean 12.9 and 6-4 jr Clovis Gallon Jr. 10.7.                       Team roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/william-penn-bearcats-(york,pa)/basketball/roster.htm

14. Cedar Crest (8-2) (AAAAAA) The Falcons started the season with wins over Eastern Lebanon 68-44 and Lebanon 49-46 to win the Lebanon Tip-Off Tournament. Then came wins over Manheim Central 57-39 and Lancaster McCaskey 61-46. They then took their first loss, 55-48 to York. Came back and beat Warwick 52-40 and Conestoga Valley 73-39. Suffered their second loss, this time to Manheim Township 77-71. Came back and won their own Holiday Tournament with wins over Camp Hill 70-49 and Lebanon 50-38. Leading scorers are 6-6 sr Cole Laney 14.9, 6-1 sr Blake Thompson 13.5, and 6-0 jr Logan Horn 10.6.
Team schedule and roster: http://llhoops.com/cedar-crest/

15. Wilson (5-2) (AAAAAA) The Bulldogs had wins over Easton 52-37, Cocalico 56-44, Avon Grove 41-39 and Cedar Cliff 56-50 and a 65-52 loss to Nazareth, before ending 2017 in the Hempfield Black Knight Holiday Tournament where they defeated Central York 50-42 before losing to the #1 Black Knights 57-31 in the championship game. Top scorers for Wilson have been 6-2 jr Bryce Calloway 11.0, 6-1 sr Logan Horst 9.1 and 6-1 freshman Stevie Mitchell 8.7.
Link to team roster: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/wilson-bulldogs-(west-lawn,pa)/basketball/roster.htm