BERKS CATHOLIC OUTLASTS WILSON WL 32-31

Technically it is a non-league game but when Wilson and Berks Catholic get together in any sport there are fire-works.  Each team trying to gain more momentum going into next weeks Berks County Tournament.  Both teams came out playing as if it was a post season game.  Tough, physical defense was played by both teams well away from the basket.  It came down to a steal on the final possession for Berks Catholic to sew up a 32-31 barnburner with Wilson WL Thursday Night at BC.

Berks Catholic’s Keba Mitchell proved to be a matchup problem for Wilson all night long.  Keba was working inside on the offensive an defensive ends.  The Senior was able to manage a game high 14 points.  Keba  hit key free throws down the stretch for BC  to bring home the victory  Freshman Stevie Mitchell was solid all night long and led Wilson with 13 points.

BC and Wilson settled into deliberate offensive sets right from the start.  Neither team shot well at all in the first quarter and there were very few second chance opportunities.  It was six all after one.  Both teams tied to get the ball inside in quarter two  Tough interior defense coupled with good rebounding translated to a very low scoring half.  Wilson was on top 12-11 at the break.

The third quarter saw Wilson out in front by only as much as three points  A layup near the end of the quarter by Jack Hargelbarger sent it to the fourth tied at 22.  BC gained some momentum in the fourth  The Saints were able to maintain a three point lead for mostly by making opportunities from the charity strip.  Wilson had a chance to win by forcing a turnover after a missed free throw with 16.3 left.  Great team D by BC had the game end when the Saints stole the ball and time ran out.  The final was Berks Catholic 32 Wilson 31.

BC moves to 16-2.  The Saints are clearly one of the favorites to win the county title.  Wilson drops to 13-7 but will certainly make the field in the Berks Tourney and the District Three race.

 

 

 

WILSON WL NO TROUBLE WITH GOVERNOR MIFFLIN 52-37

Wilson and Governor Mifflin opened Berks I league play against one another in early January.  In the first matchup at Wilson,  the Bulldogs controlled most of the game  and prevailed 54-39.  Tuesday in almost a mirror image performance in Shillington, the Bulldogs jumped out early and came out on top over Governor Mifflin 52-37.

Freshman Stevie Mitchell led a balanced Wilson attack with 13.  Logan Horst had another solid game.  Horst had key rebounds and blocks inside and another good performance beyond the arc.  Bryce Black had 9 to lead a hard luck Mifflin offensive effort.

It was a slow starting affair with Wilson up 4-2 at the 3:28 mark of quarter one.  The first quarter ended with Wilson on top 11-6.  The second quarter was almost exactly like the first.  Wilson had deliberate, productive offensive sets, Mifflin seemed to struggle getting into any offensive rhythm.  We went to half Wilson ahead 24-12.

Wilson never let Mifflin in this game.  The Bulldogs played lights out D all night long and rarely let Mifflin have any second chances on the offensive end.  After three Wilson stretched the lead to 38-21.  The final was Wilson 52 Governor Mifflin 37.

Wilson (13-6) has a cross town showdown with Berks Catholic on Thursday. Governor Mifflin (8-11) hosts Reading High Thursday.

 

Crespo Hits Career Milestone As Manheim Township Regains Its Mojo In Saturday Afternoon Victory Over Governor Mifflin

The last time that the Manheim Township Blue Streaks and Governor Mifflin Mustangs hooked up on the basketball court, the result had seismic-like repercussions. On the late Saturday afternoon of January 28th last year, the Blue Streaks trekked northward to tangle with the then #1 ranked team in District 3 6A. It was a game that would turn out to be a signature moment in Township’s 2016-17 campaign as the Streaks lead for 31 of 32 minutes en route to a dramatic 65-63 victory over the hard-charging Mustangs on Mifflin’s home floor.

On Saturday afternoon, the two squads would renew acquaintances once more with a win being arguably just as valuable for Township again this season as the Streaks. Why? Well first and foremost, the Saturday matinée provided the Streaks with the opportunity to make good on reversing the disappointment of their last two outings. Games in which MT saw fourth quarter leads evaporate before ultimately ending in bitter defeats in back to back fashion. And while Manheim Township was looking to regain some momentum heading into what they hope is another postseason run in Neffsville, Saturday’s game would also offer up some historical business to take care of. That of course being getting one of the better players in program history, junior guard Tyler Crespo, over the 1,000 career point plateau. And just as fate would have it, the Streaks would make it an afternoon to remember as MT was able to accomplish both objectives once the final buzzer sounded.

Once the game got underway, it became very clear that Township had arrived with the intention to quickly wipe away the sting from Friday evening’s setback against Cedar Crest as the Streaks jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead following a pair of free throws from Tyler Crespo at the 5:30 mark of the opening quarter.

Although Mifflin would finally be able to erase the goose egg on their side of the scoreboard after a nice flip inside by junior forward Bryce Black, Township would proceed to double-up their guests from Shillington as a powerful move inside by sophomore forward Zach Oldac put the Streaks in the driver’s seat at 8-4 midway through the opening period. But Governor Mifflin had other intentions as opposed to being just being a sideshow to the Township festivities on Saturday.

Never was that more apparent than with Mifflin’s ensuing response as the Mustangs proceeded to rip off the game’s next five points, a run which was capped off with a trifecta dialed up by senior forward Casey Khlar to give Mifflin their first lead of the ballgame at 9-8 inside the three minute mark of the opening quarter. In fact, Mifflin would be able to continue on their march as a steal and lay in by Bryce Black put the ‘Stangs up 11-8 before a nice up and under counter move by Township’s Cameron Mulcavage put the Streaks back within one at 11-10 as the senior forward closed the book on the game’s opening stanza.

As the second quarter began to take shape, one thing quickly became apparent. Neither team would be able to gain much in terms of separation on the scoreboard. And while Mifflin was able to produce a six point lead at 22-16 following a trey popped in by senior guard Darius Copeland in the early portion of the second quarter, the Streaks were able to reel the Mustangs back in as a triple put home by MT junior guard Will Greiner got the Streaks back within three at 22-19 with the game now under the four minute mark of the second period. But Township wasn’t done there.

With all eyes on Mr. Crespo in terms of when he would finally be able to accomplish his historic achievement, the smooth junior guard showed off his all around game as he later rifled a sweet dish through traffic into the waiting hands of fellow junior Tyler Vicidomini who was able to lay it up and in to get the Streaks within a point at 22-21 with 2:45 left to go in the second.

Once the second quarter clock did finally expire, it showed things all square between these two solid 6A programs with the Blue Streaks and Mustangs all knotted up at the intermission, 26-26.

For a first half that was defined by tight play with neither being able to run away and hide, the game was certainly there for the taking once the second half got underway. And when it did, it would be the hometown Blue Streaks that would land the first punch.

Aided by a strong bucket inside by Vicidomini, the Streaks had gone on to reclaim the lead at 28-26 before eventually seeing their lead swell to five following a triple pumped in by Zach Oldac which gave the Streaks the 35-30 advantage at the 3:40 mark of the third quarter. From there, Township would be able to go up by a touchdown after another tough bucket inside by Oldac to put Township in front 39-32. On the afternoon, Oldac would prove to be a critical piece of the Township puzzle as the 6’3” sophomore forward would go on to finish with an impressive 14 point outing.

But once again, Mifflin would refuse to go away quietly. Case in point, the Mustangs rallying to cut the deficit down to just a deuce following an old fashioned three point play put home by junior forward Niggel Brown which made it a 41-39 contest in Township’s favor at the conclusion of the third frame.

But now the stage was set for history. With the Streaks trailing 42-40 and the game now inside the early fourth quarter, Tyler Crespo saw his opportunity to pounce. And pounce he did as the courageous and battle-tested 5’9” do-everything MT guard drove along the baseline before finishing with an acrobatic reverse to put the game into a 42-42 tie but more importantly, joining an exclusive list of Blue Streaks who have a career point total where a comma was needed.

And with Governor Mifflin now having gone cold from the field, the Blue Streaks as a whole saw their opportunity to strike.

Following the historic Crespo bucket, the Streaks went on to post a critical 7-1 run over the next several minutes as a pair of free throws from the master of ceremonies himself put the Streaks on top and firmly in charge at 49-43 with just 2:30 left to go.

From there, a Brendan Mellott knockdown jumper would push the Streaks over the 50 point mark as the junior guard’s bucket made it a 51-44 Township lead with time now running out on the Mustangs.

And in a game that was defined by Township’s young talent, it seemed only appropriate that a sophomore would have the final say in this one as Zach Oldac went on to knock down two more freebies from the free throw stripe before an emphatic rejection down on the defensive end which effectively put a bow on Township’s big afternoon as the Streaks went on to close things out from there by posting a 53-46 victory over the upset-minded Mustangs from Governor Mifflin.

As mentioned, Township came into Saturday afternoon looking for some much-needed momentum here down the final stretch with the Streaks angling for a definite District 3 playoff appearance and in all likelihood, a spot in the league playoffs as well. An accomplishment that Manheim Township head coach Matt Johns knew was of the upmost importance. “It certainly wasn’t pretty but after struggling in the fourth quarter in two consecutive games, it gave us an opportunity to go out and not just practice what we’ve been talking about, but to perform in some tight situations,” Johns said after the game on Saturday. “I thought our guys put a nice little blur on in the fourth where we got some stops in a row when we needed them and some scores in a row when we needed them.” And after two straight games in which that largely had been MT’s Achilles’ heel, Saturday afternoon appeared to have been exactly what the doctor ordered for Township both in the short and long term for a core of young Blue Streaks who are eager to make a splash on this year’s postseason scene. A task in which they are more than capable of accomplishing.

NEXT UP: As far as the short term is concerned, Township will look to get back to their winning ways within Section 1 as the Streaks will go back into the lab to tinker and fine-tune some things heading into their Tuesday night contest against Penn Manor. And while the Streaks will find themselves dancing in the postseason in just a few weeks, Coach Johns knows that there is still plenty left to improve upon before that time comes. “Defense, defense, defense,” Johns said stressing what is at the top of MT’s To Do list. “The other part of is, we have to recognize when is it time to score and when is it time to play the clock game more. I thought at the 2:00 minute mark we did a little bit better job at that. That’s the biggest thing we need to work on. Our defense on penetration and then making good decisions when we’re ahead.”

The road doesn’t exactly get any easier for Governor Mifflin following Saturday’s setback to Manheim Township. From here, the Mustangs will look to regroup and fast as a grueling end of season slate is about to commence. A final stretch run that includes bitter rival Wilson, defending state champion Reading, and up and coming Muhlenberg as the proverbial cherry on top. A run that is exactly is not exactly for the faint of heart, but one that the Mustangs are likely up to the challenge for.

BERKS CATHOLIC WINS BERKS II SHOWDOWN WITH CONRAD WEISER 58-43

Streaks collided Friday as Berks Catholic visited Conrad Weiser.  The Scouts came in to the matchup winners of seven in a row and were undefeated in League play.  The Saints had won nine straight and were undefeated in League play as well.  Something had to give.  Berks Catholic jumped out to a quick lead and finished strong to defeat Conrad Weiser 58-43.

“Mr. In and Out” Casey Jack led the way for Berks Catholic with 21 points.  Casey had two three pointers and several nice post up moves in the contest.  Keba Mitchells 14 points don’t tell the whole story of how his presence inside changes a game.  Tre Dabney chipped in 11.  Conrad Weiser’s Nathan Dobb is a hidden gem.  Nathan had 24 points from everywhere on the floor. Dobb had some really nice jump shots off the dribble and was solid from charity stripe.

A fast start by Tre Dabney got Berks Catholic out quickly.  A nice put back by Keba Mitchell to finish the quarter had the Saints up 19-5 after one.  Berks Catholic maintained a 14-17 point cushion throughout quarter two and at half led 32-17 over the Scouts.

Nathan Dobbs single handedly kept Conrad Weiser in the game.  His three pointer with 5:29 left in quarter three closed the gap to 12.  But some great interior D by the Saints and key blocked shots by Keba Mitchell allowed BC to move out to a 47-30 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Saints played keep away in quarter four and came away with a 58-43 win.

BC now (14-2) has a tough five game week ahead.  A re-match with the Scouts and a clash with Wilson to finish a back to back to back stretch awaits the Saints.  Weiser (11-7) looks to regroup at an improving Twin Valley on Tuesday.

WYOMISSING WINS OT BATTLE OVER KUTZTOWN 54-47

The Kutztown Cougars came into Wednesday nights matchup with the Wyomissing Spartans riding high.  15 straight wins and number one in the District Three AAA power rating.  Wyomissing entered with only five wins and was still searching for team chemistry.  So I guess the writing was on the wall for this one, or was it.  Wyomissing fought the Cougars tough all night long.  The Spartans forced OT and then let Dom Wise take over.  Wyomissing upset Kutztown 54-47 Wednesday night.

Dominic Wise was a one man wrecking crew for the Spartans and got better as the game wore on.  12 of Wise’s game high 26 points came in the overtime.  Wise also had 15 rebounds. Dominic was tasked to guard Cougar standout Lorencz Jean-Baptiste  LJP ended with only two field goals, but did tally 15 points.

After a very slow start both teams finally settled in.  Kutztown picked up the pace toward the end for the quarter and held an 11-7 advantage after one.  Things turned around in the Spartans favor in quarter two.  Some deliberate offensive sets and key free throws vaulted the Spartans to a 21-17 halftime lead.

Kutztown made a run to start the second half.  LJP and Brayden Eck made some nice moves to the basket and the Cougars were solid from the charity stripe.  At the end of three it was Kutztown 32 Wyomissing 26.  Wyo got back in the game early in the final quarter and it went back and forth the rest of the way. Both teams had a shot to win in regulation but failed.  It was extra basketball time and time to shine for Dom Wise.  Wise controlled the defensive end and the Spartan offensive flowed through him the entire extra period.  The Cougars had no answer for Mr. Wise and the Spartans pulled away for the 54-47win.

Kutztown (15-2) now needs to regroup against Oley Valley on Friday.  Wyomissing (6-10) meets up with a much improved Twin Valley on Friday as well.

WILSON’S CLUTCH FOURTH QUARTER SENDS EXETER DOWN 47-43

Tuesday night it was “Grudge Match II” between Wilson WL and the Exeter Twp.  hoops squads.  Exeter took a hard fought tight game earlier in the year at Wilson.  Now it was Wilson’s turn to try and spoil the party at Exeter.  Wilson controlled the first half.  Fell behind in the third quarter and roared back late in the fourth to beat Exeter Twp. 47-43

Mr. Clutch down the stretch for the Bulldogs tonight was Logan Horst.  Logan led Wilson in scoring with 16 points,  Horst also hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter to propel the Bulldogs to the win.  Josh Figura chipped in 10.  Alex Javier’s 11 of his team high 15 points were put up in quarter three in quarter three for Exeter.

Exeter was down  Senior big man Riley Dobraniecki and it showed early.  Wilson drove the ball repeatedly down the lane to start.  Exeter had trouble getting any offensive rhythm early.  After one Wilson was up comfortably 15-8.  The Bulldogs let Exeter hang around despite a bigger, more physical and experienced squad.  Wilson was up 22-15 at the break.

Right from the start of the third quarter it became the Alex Javier club for Exeter.  NIce jump shots and drives turned “big mo” back to the Eagles in quarter three.  Wilson had a dreadful shooting third quarter and  yada, yada, yada, after three Exeter was up 32-28.  Exeter kept Wilson at bay most of quarter four.  Late in the fourth, you guessed it  that dredded foul line showed up, The Eagles “missed” there chance to close this one out while Wilson got hot from behind the arc.  Logan Horst hit the game a game winning three with :13 on the clock.  Then Horst’s two free throw’s and the Bulldogs  iced it for the Bulldogs 47-43

The 11-5 Bulldogs face conference foe Muhlenberg on Friday.  It is re-group time for the Eagles(10-7).  Exeter is very much in a must win, post season situation vs Governor Mifflin on Friday

 

 

 

 

Wilson Powers Past Garden Spot As Bulldogs Knock Off Red Hot Spartans In Key Nonconference Battle

The old adage is that you want to be playing your best brand of basketball heading into the home stretch. Well in the case of the Garden Spot Spartans, that phrase was more than just wishful thinking. It had become a stone cold fact.

Coming into their Saturday afternoon game against perennial District 3 stalwart Wilson, the Spartans were on a tear to say the least. Winners of their last four, the Spartans entered Saturday afternoon’s tussle coming off back to back monster wins within the Section 2 standings, including a victory over Ephrata on Friday night to the tune of a 64-48, which brought out the brooms to signify Garden Spot’s sweep of a very, very good Mountaineer squad this year.

In many ways, Garden Spot’s three day bonanza of games were monumental to the two postseason tournaments the Spartans were still alive and kicking for. On Thursday and Friday, the Spartans’ two triumphs over Cocalico and Ephrata were monumental for their chances of securing a bid to this year’s L-L League tournament. Saturday on the other hand offered the Spartans the opportunity to bolster their District 3 playoff resume with what would be a monumental victory on the homecourt of the current #6 team in 6A, the Wilson Bulldogs, who appear to be angling towards yet another postseason run of their own.

Right from the outset on Saturday, it was apparent that Garden Spot was up for the fight. Although Wilson would score the initial bucket of the contest, the Spartans retaliated with an answer as a 4-0 run authored by the visitors from New Holland gave GS their first lead of the game at 4-2 following a Keontae Nunn reverse finish at the cup just two minutes in. From there, Garden Spot would go on to see their lead swell to four later on in the first quarter following a 5-0 blitz courtesy of star senior guard Jordan Shewbridge which made it 9-5 Spartan lead at the 4:45 mark of the opening quarter.

Despite the fact that Garden Spot was able to garner the first initial separation between the two teams on Saturday afternoon, Wilson was right there to prove why their program is one of the most-established and respected amongst all of District 3. Right on cue, the Bulldogs recognized their early hole and came back with a vengeance as beautiful two man hi-lo game between Bryce Calloway and Sean McAndrew shrunk the Spartan lead down to just a deuce at 11-9 at the one minute mark before a Stevie Mitchell trifecta sliced Garden Spot’s advantage down to just a point at 13-12 with the quarter winding down before the opening period eventually came to a close with Garden Spot in front, leading 15-12 thanks to Jonathan Morales floater right before the buzzer was put home for the Spartans.

Once the second stanza got underway, the game quickly turned into the Jordan Shewbridge Show. Getting it done on both ends, the diminutive but courageous Spartan senior guard showed off his talent and heart by first taking a charge on the defensive end before finding teammate Andrew Zenter slip inside for the easy Garden Spot deuce which put the Spartans up 18-14.

Back and forth theme became the theme that encapsulated the first half. And never was that put on display more than over the next several minutes as Wilson steadily caught up to their guests before eventually surpassing them on the scoreboard to regain the lead at 21-20 following a Sean McAndrew flip in the paint midway through the second quarter.

And although Mr. Shewbridge would have the immediate answer for Garden Spot which put the Spartans back in front, Wilson too would have an answer for that as a pair of Bryce Calloway freebies from the charity stripe put Wilson back on top 26-24 before both teams later went into the locker room deadlocked at 26 apiece going into the intermission.

Once again, back and forth was the name of the game once the second half got underway. Only this time it would be Wilson who would have the first say of things in the third quarter as an offensive board and stick back put home by Bulldog senior forward Josh Figura made it a two point Wilson cushion only to see a 3 ball popped by you guessed right, Jordan Shewbridge, gave the lead back to Garden Spot 32-30 at the 5:45 mark of the third period. But that also just so happened to be the point where Wilson would make their move.

Sometimes in basketball it’s the not always the flashy plays that make the difference in winning and losing. In fact, more often than not, it is the down and dirty type hustle plays that give teams the secret sauce to help come out on top. For Wilson on Saturday afternoon, look no further than Connor Uhrig’s hustle play midway through the third quarter.

Only being able to trade body blows with Garden Spot up until that point in the contest and not being able to gain much in the way of separation, the Bulldogs needed a spark to give them some extra juice and added momentum. Trailing 34-32, a loose ball went bounding towards the sidelines in front of the Wilson bench that appeared to mark the end of another Bulldog offensive possession. Not so fast. Like a bolt of lightning, Connor Uhrig dashed after the loose pill, flipping the ball behind his back in order to help save the offensive possession which the basketball gods looked upon with favor as a Logan Horst bucket inside capped off the Wilson offensive trip which knotted things up at 34-34, but clearly gave Wilson an extra bounce in their step that did not yet display up until that point in the contest.

And from there, Wilson went on to close the third quarter with a 10-2 salvo to send the game into the final eight minutes with Wilson in command, leading 44-36.

The eight point margin that Wilson was able to enjoy at the conclusion of the third frame would see itself morph into a ten point gap to start the final quarter as a pretty spot up jumper from the foul line knocked in by Bulldog junior forward Bryce Calloway made it a 46-36 Wilson advantage in the opening stages of the fourth.

Staring at a now double digit deficit with just a few minutes to go, time was of the essence for Garden Spot to answer back if their dreams of returning home late Saturday afternoon with a big win in their pocket were to come to fruition. Just right then, Garden Spot senior guard Cam Roth checked into the ballgame and delivered with a timely 3 ball in the corner which cut the Bulldog lead down to just a touchdown at 48-41 with 6:16 left to play. From there, the Bulldog lead would rapidly shrink down to five following a strong take to the rack by senior guard Jacob Arndt before the Spartans later closed the gap down to just three at 48-45 following a pair of Shewbridge freebies from the charity stripe coming on the heels of the his second charge of the contest.

Although Garden Spot would be able to get within three, Wilson would be push the Spartans back with a 4-0 run from there with all their points coming at the foul line following 2-2 trips from Bryce Calloway and Connor Uhrig respectively to make it a 52-45 Bulldog advantage with just 1:32 left to go.

But Wilson wouldn’t exactly be able exhale the rest of the way. No, the Spartans would continue to keep hanging around as a 2-2 trip from the line by Jacob Arndt followed up by a trifecta rained down by junior guard Matthew Sharp cut Wilson’s lead down to 53-50 with 51.1 remaining.

After Connor Uhrig was able to knock down one at the line following the ensuing Garden Spot foul, the Spartans would close the gap down to just two at 54-52 following a sweet turnaround jumper by junior dynamo Keontae Nunn with 30 seconds now left to tick off the clock.

From there on out, foul shooting proved to be the difference between who would prevail victorious. After Kyle Coldren was able to knock home a freebie which made it a three point Bulldog advantage at 55-52, Garden Spot would not be able to get off one of their trademark triples on their next offensive possession as the Spartans were fouled just across the timeline which sent GS to line with a 1-1 opportunity upcoming.

Unfortunately for those who made the trip up to Berks County from the Lancaster countryside, the front end of the 1-1 danced off the rim with a host of Bulldogs being able to sky and snatch the critical defensive rebound before subsequently being fouled which sent Bryce Calloway to line with aspirations of closing things out. And sure enough the junior forward showed off his moxie by calmly knocking both down the pair, giving Wilson the hard-fought 57-52 triumph over a very game Garden Spot bunch in a crucial late season nonleague affair.

NEXT UP: Although Garden Spot came up short on Saturday, it’s vital to remember that all the Spartans’ goals still remain very much on the table. It surely won’t be easy though as the Spartans will look to close things out regarding a possible spot in the L-L playoff field as the Spartans look at the calendar and see two critical games next week against Donegal and L-S before finishing off the regular season with E-Town, Manheim Central, and Solanco. If the Spartans are able to handle their business within league down the home stretch, Garden Spot will all but be assured of securing a District 3 playoff spot. And with the crop of guards at their disposal that have the ability to slice and dice you coupled with their ability to step out from behind the arc and knock down a triple or two, teams will likely have many restless nights while having to prepare for the Spartans in a one and done type scenario.

For Wilson, the road to the postseason doesn’t exactly get any easier for the Bulldogs either. Faced with an upcoming week that sees familiar faces Exeter and Muhlenberg on the schedule, Wilson will have an even bigger week after that with a roadtrip to long-time rival Governor Mifflin before another boarding of the bus to Berks Catholic, with the Saints being anything but a cherry on top.

READING HIGH RUNS ALL OVER GOVERNOR MIFFLIN 78-29

The Reading High basketball program and Head Coach Rick Perez have very high expectations.  Coming off a PA 6A state title, having key players leave for the next level, some fans may have lowered the expectation.  It is clear that Coach Perez and this Red Knights squad have not lowered expectations at all.  Reading High has come out each game this year to prove a point. Thursday night against Governor Mifflin was no different.  The Red Knights skill, intensity and athleticism was on display for all to see. Reading moved its record to 12-2 with a  78-29 Berks I league win over the Mustangs.

Xavier Starks led a balanced Red Knight attack with 18 points.  It took a half to get comfortable but Larry Wingo took charge in the second half with 14 points.  Wesley Butler was again solid with 12.  Darius Copeland led the way for Mifflin 9.

Reading High never trailed in the game.  The Red Knights overcame a sluggish first quarter to lead 16-7. The intensity and the mismatch became evident in quarter two when the Red Knights made it a 94 foot game.  Halfway through the second Reading had pushed the lead to 12, and a 10-1 run to finish the half made it 32-13 at the break.

The Reading pressure created havoc on Governor Mifflin in quarter three.  The Red Knights accelerated to a 55-26 advantage after three.  Mifflin failed to score a point for the first five minutes of the fourth and the fans whipped the gym into a feeding frenzy of steals and turnovers for Reading.  The final was Reading 78 Mifflin 29.

A tough test awaits the Knights Saturday against a top ranked Hazelton club  Mifflin goes on the road to face Dallastown.

 

 

 

BERKS CATHOLIC ROLLS PAST WYOMISSING 58-30

It is called the “Backyard Brawl” in football, I call it the “Basketbrawl” when Berks Catholic and Wyomissing get together on the basketball court.  BC and Wyo are just blocks apart. Any time the Saints and Spartans match up against one another, the intensity gets ratcheted way,way up.  Lots of pre game emotion and excitement in Wyo Friday night.  But Berks Catholic silenced the crowd with its performance almost immediately.  The Saints jumped out quickly and never looked back.  BC took care of Wyomissing 58-30 Friday night in Wyomissing.

The Saints balanced attack was led in scoring by Tre Dabney’s 13.  Keba Mitchell had 12 points and continued to rule the paint.  Casey Jack had a great night on the inside and chipped in with 10.  Dominic Wise led the way for the Spartans with 10.

Berks Catholic’s formula for success this year has been to jump all over an opponent early.  That was no different against Wyomissing.  Three minutes into the gme and the Saints suffocating D had not allowed a point..  The D forced several turnovers throughout the quarter which led to easy fast break points.  After one it was  BC 22 Wyo 4. The BC defensive intensity never waned in quarter two.  The D was the catalyst  for more easy fast break baskets and shots.  We went to halftime with Berks Catholic on top 33-8.

BC poured it on its rival as the second half began.  Midway through quarter three the Saints were up 35-10.  BC had all but put this one away after three 47-20.  Both teams emptied their benches in quarter four.  The final was Berks Catholic 58 Wyomissing 30

The (10-2) Saints have a big test this week.  Tuesday BC hosts Wilson WL who fell Friday to Reading High by 2.  Wyomissing now (3-8) moves to face Tulpehocken.

 

 

WILSON NEEDS BIG 4TH QUARTER TO BEAT MUHLENBERG 55-48

Weather is such a big part of a basketball teams success each year.  The result of re-schedules means some teams are playing on back to back nights, or even mornings.  I have seen the big difference in energy and intensity levels between the rested teams and the teams playing on consecutive nights. Wilson was coming off an emotional hard fought win with Governor Mifflin the night before.  Laying in wait, a rested Muhlenberg squad looking for a statement league win this season.  The result was a tight battle that in the end Wilson got a second wind and pulled away with a 55-48 victory at Muhlenberg Wednesday night.

Wilson’s second wind came in the form of Freshman Stevie Mitchell.  Mitchell came off the bench and sparked the victory with 18 points.  Connor Uhrig and Sean McAndrew chipped in with eight a piece.  Drey Kipp led Muhlenberg with 13.  Drey had a big 11 point third quarter to keep the Bulldogs at bay for most of the second half.

Muhlenberg came out with good energy and took command early.  Wilson just could not seem to get into any offensive flow or match Muhlenbergs energy level.  At the end of one the Mules led 15-10.  The Bulldogs fought there way back in the second quarter to take a slim 27-26 lead into the break.

Wilson had trouble getting things going to start the third quarter and that’s  when Drey Kipp took control for Muhlenberg .  The Mules had the advantage of momentum on their side and a 40-37 lead going to the fourth.  Wilson needed someone to take control and it was Stevie Mitchell.  Stevie’s ten fourth quarter points coupled with some tough shooting luck by Muhlenberg. and the Bulldogs pulled this one out 55-48.

The (8-3) Bulldogs have a Friday night matchup with (10-2) Reading High next.  The (6-6) Mules look to regroup against the (6-5) Governor Mifflin Mustangs