Chambersburg 52 Hempfield 35 6A/ Podcast-wrap

Chambersburg ran away from the Knights with a 19-6 fourth quarter.

Stat of the night: Hempfield shot 5/23 in the second half.

The score was tied at 22 at half. Cburgs Joel Torres ( I believe he had 21 for the game) put on a display with post moves, drives and 3 balls.

Check out Bruce Badgleys (@BadgleyBruce) twitter for videos…

Soundcloud interview with Coach Walck.

Dell’s wrap- soundcloud

Audio wrap to follow later.

Dell’s Column : Feb 25, 2108

 

District 3 – LL teams schedule –so far

Monday 2/26
3A
 (3rd place game): Lancaster Mennonite vs Steel High at Lebanon, 6:30
4A
 (Consolation Semis): Lancaster Catholic vs Littlestown at East Pennsboro, 6:00
(Consolation Semis): Northern Lebanon vs Boiling Springs at Lebanon, 5:00
5A

(Consolation Semis): L-S vs Garden Spot at Warwick, 6:00
 (9th Place Bracket): Ephrata vs Shippensburg at East Pennsboro, 7:30

Tuesday 2/27
6A
Hempfield vs Chambersburg at Giant Center, 7pm
Manheim Township vs Reading at Giant Center, 8:30pm
(Consolation Semifinal) Cedar Crest vs Dallastown at Hershey, 7:30pm

3A- top 4- LMHS is in the PIAA
4A—top 5 teams – Lanc Cath or NL must win 2 more to get into the PIAA tournament
5A- top 10- LS, Spot, and Ephrata are in the PIAA tou8rnament
6A- top 6 teams – Hempfield, TWp are in …Crest must win vs Dallastown to qualify

A look back…
“Oof” was a word used on the twitter sites to describe the LL’s performances on last Thursday. The LL boys went 1-6- with the only win being a come from behind victory by Ephrata, playing in the playback game.

@ColeP_JCole13 Stated it best “Not a great night for LL League basketball…

LL Scores from Thursday:
3A
Lancaster Mennonite 48 Kutztown 49
4A:
Bishop McDevitt 47 Lancaster Catholic 43
Northern Lebanon 34 Berks Catholic 52
5A:
Lower Dauphin 49 (OT) L-S 46
Garden Spot 66 Milton Hershey 90
Northern York 43 Ephrata 46
Donegal 49 New Oxford, 56

LMHS lost to top seeded Kutztown. LS lost in OT to a gritty Lower Dauphin team. Lancaster Cath. was beaten at home by Mike Gaffey-coached, Bishop McDevitt. Northern Lebanon hung with Berks Catholic for about a ½. Spot was run out of the gym by a top seeded team, Milton Hershey. Donegal’s season ended at 12-12 with a loss to New Oxford, although the Indians did comeback late in that game. All in all the LL played tough in most of the games, but not quite good enough to claim slots in Hershey.

LLhoops was at the LS game. The Pioneers led 20-16 at the half. LD employed a 2-3 zone trying to make things difficult for Ryan Smith, 6’10” center. Normally the Pioneers adjust and pop some three balls, but they weren’t connecting (LS had 6 but 5 in the this half). Patrick Holmes had 17 pts for the Pioneers – all in the first half. Smith scored more in the second half and finished with 16. LD had balanced scoring and nailed 9/11 foul shots in the OT to earn its way to Hershey. Click here for audio wrap.

Andy Herr and Bruce Badgley doubled teamed the Berks Cath/NL game. Click here for Andy’s wrap. Bruce has all his media files on his twitter site.

6A LL
The Big boys saved the day for LL boys teams playing in Hershey.

TWP defeated a shirt handed Cedar Crest team at Crest to move on in the tournament. The Streaks play Reading HS in the Semis at the Giant Center Tuesday. Reading claimed the top seed in the tournament. The Steaks have displayed a lot of grit as they seem to bounce back from tough losses and then re-focus quickly (Hempfield, Crest, Spot losses all followed by wins the next game). TWP lost a tough game in the LL playin’ game to Spot, providing the Streaks with time to work on the little things. Coach Johns spent the time “working on our game”. The Streaks held down Conestoga Valley in the first round 6A game 52-39.

Coach Johns gave us some insights to their preparation this week.
“Taking on the defending state champs is quite a challenge but all you can do is prepare for the teams put in front of you. We are going to prepare for this no differently than we have for every other game this year. We want to limit their strengths, look for ways to score, and embrace the moment. At this point in the season we are all what we are; all coaches are just working to bring out a great version of ourselves for at least 32 minutes.”

Hempfield beat an up-coming Wilson team for the second time this season 59-49. Check out Andy’s wrap.

Coach Walck was quoted by Andy Herr after that game:
“I’m just really thrilled for this group of seniors because they’ve invested so much …As a coach, you know what these guys have done… I have no eligibility left but I can still come back and coach another one. They can’t go back and play that again so I’m just really thrilled for them. Very thrilled for them.”

So….the LL has 2 teams playing Tuesday at the Giant Center. Of course, Andy and I will be providing updates and commentary during and after the games.

LLhoops.com update


We are still working on the main page issues.

Special thanks to all folks who send us updates during the games. Sometimes its tough to re-tweet info when covering games: @godonegalsports and @GSSpartanSports were very helpful last week.

Scores/Schedule page will be updated after the games Monday and Tuesday- too many what ifs and “ya’ all” know how we handle that—not well.

Hit me—at 160k and climbing 🙂

Page views and sessions are slowing down a bit as we have fewer teams left playing.

We had over 40k “impressions” on the twitter site during the LL championship.

States coming up…our beat writer from Neast PA – Jon K (@LLHoopsNEPbeat) – provides info on all the teams in the Neast corner of the state!

Jerry Shenks ratings—always interesting to see how a W/L effects teams. Jerry usually updates every Sunday/Monday.

We ran into our unofficial editor and UNC lover, Bob Swavely at TWP last week.

                     Dell and Bob Swavely

All team pages updated 🙂

1K
Congratulations to Spots Jordan Shewbridge. He joins an exclusive list of 1000 point scorers at Spot. He Joins AC’s Noah Wenger, Hempfield’s Ryan Moffatt, and TWP’s Tyler Crespo.

Jordan passed the mark in the district 3 game vs. Dover Most district 3 games are not stopped with a 1000 pt scorer, although Mike Bullock (@thebullp_n) cited one game that he witnessed that did.

Commentary on NCAA..
Kind of torn here. I believe that allegations are just that….but can Arizona get to the bottom of the issue before NCAA’s? It took them (NCAA) years to decided UNC issue (not guilty), not as long with Louisville (lost title and games)….What a mess—IF Arizona is stripped of wins this year but plays in the NCAA tournament and wins a bunch of games? …. Crazy Bill Walton stated he just wanted to “ride his bike” and not be associated with the game…There will be a lot of talk this next few weeks – although I’m not sure anything can get settled before the NCAA tournament.

Most Penn State fans can relate to the feeling that the NCAA seems to punish schools because of individuals breaking laws.

If payments were discussed and provided, then Arizona will probably fire the coach and suspend the player….and take a hit this season.

If the FBI does not provide the tapes, then what? It is an ongoing investigation (sound familiar?).

I’m not sure paying players from the school will solve anything. How much is too much? Top QB goes to the team with the highest bid? Player quits team A to go to team B because they pay more?

However, we will all continue to watch the NCAA tournament. Yes? Thought so.

ESPN dropping UNC, Duke, and others in the report. Looks like a meal money issue with some of the schools mentioned. I’m not sure that is up there with 100k bribes. I’m not making excuses for the Dukies or UNC, but the point is there are rules and then there are BIG rules. It will play out and you can bet that UNC/Dukes of the world will be under the microscope more than others.

District 3 at the Giant Center
I usually sit with LNP’s Mike Gross  (@MikeGrossLNP) at the districts. He usually does a neat wrap of the week in his weekly column at the end of the tournament. “kaBoom” will be mentioned a few times this week.

John Walk (@JWalkLNP) continues to impress with his muti-tasking at games.

We also get to to talk with the referees supervisor at the games- always good to get some interpretation.

BLARGE—wow, did we learn some things this week. We received some feedback from LL refs, coaches and media on “Blarge”. I personally have never seen it called, but now I know its on the books. Long-time rules interpreter for the LL, Mel Newcomer, explained it well to me before a game he was working. I asked him how many times he called it- “once in 42 years of reffing”. It’s good to learn new rules, but I’m hoping to not see any BLARGES the next few weeks 🙂

Enjoy the last week of the District 3 tournament!…and UNC/Duke # 2 March 3rd (picts to follow)

Dell Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dell’s columnn- LL tournament, Districts, misc: Feb 18, 2018

Feb 18th

LL Championship wrap
LS took its first ever LL title over Lancaster Catholic. by a score of 50-40 at TWP last Friday. LLhoops had wall–to-wall coverage – photo gallery, tweets, video, interviews and write-ups. All can be found on the main page of LLhoops.com. Thanks to Andy Herr and Mark22 photos.

The Pioneers continue to improve their game – case in point LS handled Lancaster Catholics trap much better than they did Wed. vs. Hempfield. LS can go with 2 bigs (Ryan Smith, 6’10” sn. and Patrick Holmes, listed at 6’2” jn.- but he looks bigger than that to us:) or 4 guards around 1. Isaac Beers, 6’1” sn, had an outstanding tournament. (22 in the finals and another 22 pts. vs. Hempfield- 22’s wild). Smith, East Stroudsburg U bound, produces double-doubles every night. LLhoops had him at 12 boards and 4 blocked shots to go along with his 12 points in the title game.

As part of covering the LL, we got to be on the floor after the game. We talked with Coach Berryman and Ryan Smith after the game. Heck even the Pioneer fans wanted to get on llhoops’ soundcloud:)

Its always fun to see lots of smiles and pats on the back.

Kudos to the LL league in providing medals to both teams Friday. In the past medals were not given.

The tournament produced some highlights. Usually first round games can be lopsided, but this year most the games were very competitive: Spot/TWP, Lanc Cath/Spot, and LS/LMHS were all exciting and fun games to watch. The semis raised the bar to a new level as we had 2 games that came down to the wire. LCHS won the first game on a controversial call with .1 seconds left on the clock. Ephrata Coach Treese handled post-game well as he stated the Mounts had other opportunities to win and make plays. In the second game, LS ran out to a big lead only to see Hempfield close to 1 point in the fourth (the Knights had several down double-digit fourth quarter comebacks this season). LS survived Hempfield’s attempts to tie or to take the lead to advance to the title game.

Our much quoted, LLHistory, is now updated. This includes all the games from 1973 to 2018. McCaskey leads titles and appearances. LS cracks the ‘W’ column for its first time for a title. Lancaster Catholic has 22 LL appearances and 2 LL titles.

Pete Horn
Pete was recognized by the LL at halftime of the title game. I coached against Pete in the late 80’s. He was very competitive during the game and a class act after the game. According to out LL historian- Jerry Shenk, Pete coached McCaskey for 20 years with and overall record of 348-166. I snapped a picture of Pete and his old assistant, Steve Polunis (current AD at Hempfield) and posted on twitter. Congrats to Pete on as well deserved award.

Districts:
The LL teams schedule for districts is posted. There will be lots of playback games in some of the classes. Some teams got a bye (depending on the class and how many teams make it to the PIAA tournament (Lancaster Cath, Hempfield, and Cedar Crest all received byes) LS, which is a top seed, did not due to the field being at 16. Most of the first few round games are at the top seeded teams home floor. The scores are updated quickly and brackets updated the day after the games. The district site has improved a LOT. LLhoops used to post brackets but no need anymore.

The District 3 committee announced sites of games in advance. This could change but probably not. I like it because fans, media, coaches, and players know where the next game is- no waiting to hear from someone the next day or late that night. All finals will be played at Hershey Giant Center. The district folks will try to keep the championship games there next year, but in all likely hood, semis will be at other sites. This is due to contracts Hershey Entertainment gets with concerts and the rates the district must pay to Hershey.

The District playoffs are all based on power points- period.

Some interesting match-ups in the first round:
Lets start with ELCO @ NL. In a rare back-to-back, the Raiders will travel to N. Lebanon for a first round game. ELCO won the last game of the LL regular season and NL won earlier at NL. ELCO has a bunch of young guns (threes from above) and NL has veteran guard play—and with a Lebanon County rivalry at the ‘yellow” gym, ya’ know it will be quite the atmosphere 🙂

The second all-LL match up is CV at TWP. These teams split in the regular season- both winning at home. The winner of this games travels to Crest- the winner of that game will qualify for an LL berth. So…..the LL is guaranteed at least one team in the PIAA tournament. CV quietly goes about its business- the Monroe brothers (Austin 13 ppg and Logan 16 ppg) lead the Bucks. TWP is coming off a tough loss to Spot in the LL’s.

One interesting first round game, will feature hot-shooting Ephrata vs. Mid Penn team, Lower Dauphin. Andy Herr plans to be at this game so we will get some great information during and after this game.

LLhoops info
Main page issues…we updated and lost/gained some features. You will need to do some scrolling to find section teams. We will probably look for something new in the off season 🙂

Tweet tweet tweet…Friday’s LL title game produced multiple likes, re-tweets and follows. Thanks to all followers.

Some excellent photos by Mark22 photos are posted on LLhoops. Mark covered the girl’s LL championship game. We are looking for a girl’s staff writer. Please contact us via email – the pay ain’t great but ….:)

Feature Sponsor: John Lichty –CPA. It’s tax time. Give John a call. LLhoops has been a client since our first year in 2000. You will receive down to earth and individual attention from this company.

Jerry Shenk’s following of District 3 teams is outstanding.

Welcome Spooky Nook Basketball for joining our sponsors. We have produced a page for the Nook – applications for summer leagues- and will re-post about once a month or more.

Andy and I will be out and about this week. Bruce will continue with his coverage of the Berks league. There will be some travel issues later this/next week, but we’ll figure something out.

Congrats to all teams that made districts – cream rises. Expect some great games this week and next.

~Dell Jackson

LL boys finals: preview

LL finals- Preview
Game is at TWP, 7pm.

LS (2-1) vs. Lancaster Catholic (3-1) – click teams for rosters, past games

How we got to this point…
LS
beat LMHS in the first round of the LL. Ryan Smith shined as he garnered a career-high 39 points. LMHS led for most of the game, but Smith’s performance was too much for the smaller Blazers. The Pioneers defeated Hempfield 47-45 in the LL semis on Wed. In that contest, LS got off to a 19-2 start. Hempfield clawed all the way back, using a trapping defense in the 4th quarter- had the ball down 2 a few times late in the game, but LS hung on with some defensive stops and some fouls shots 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.

LL History- 13th LL tournaments. First title game.

Check out Andy’s wrap of this game.

Lancaster Catholic defeated Garden Spot in the first round of the LL’s. Spot was giving LC all it could handle until the start of the 4th. Catholic clamped down on Spots three point shooters and held the Spartans to 2 points in the 4th to advance to the semis. Lancaster Catholic took on the hot shooting Ephrata Mounts at Penn Manor and won 44-42. 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.

LL History- 22nd LL tournaments. 7th title game. 2 LL titles (returning LL champs)

Check out Dell’s podcast of the wrap of this game.

By the numbers… info from LNP
Lancaster Catholic (22-2) is averaging 61 ppg, giving up 45, making 66% of its foul shots, and averaging 3.8 threes a game.

Projected starters: Johnny Besecker (11ppg), RJ VanTash (10 ppg), David Kamwanga (9 ppg), Dwayne Caine (7 ppg) Miles McCaskey(7 ppg)

LS (22-2) is averaging 61 ppg and giving up 41 ppg, making 62% of its foul shots, and averaging 5.4 threes a game.

Projected starters: Ryan Smith (20 ppg), Isaac Beers (12 ppg) Chase Broderick (6 ppg) Jordan Sweger (5 ppg) Peyton Denlinger (2 ppg)

Thoughts from the sidelines.
Both teams are excellent on the defensive end. LS will use a ¾ passive trap with Ryan Smith protecting the basket, ½ court man, and can switch into zone and combos. Catholic is usually straight man with a BUNCH of help on drivers, but they will switch over to zone and some variations. If you like defense, you will like both of these teams.

On the offensive end, LC is the most balanced team in the LL. It seems each year the Crusaders preach and demand balanced scoring. I believe this is in part based on the defensive end where they get some steals and share the ball well going on breaks. Johnny Besecker is Catholics top three-point shooter. The development of Big man David Kamwanga (6’6” soph) has been fun to watch – some “wow” factor here. Dwayne Caine (‘Dr Dunk’- my nickname) is excellent along the baseline. Miles McCaskey, point, came up with some well- timed points vs. Ephrata. RJ Van Tash continues to make huge plays on both ends of the floor.

LS starts and ends with Smith. Smith commands attention wherever he get the ball. When in the post, he will score or pass out of double teams. LS uses a barrage of three point shooters to beat doubles in the post. LS will also spread the floor, putting Smith on the perimeter, where he can pop threes….and the guards now have room to drive and kick. Isaac Beers (recent Lancaster Bible College commit) has developed into an excellent handling pt and can drive and score from the perimeter.

Keys:
LS will need to pop some threes to loosen up the Catholic defense.
Can David Kamwanga battle Smith in the post?
Will foul trouble on either big be key?
Turnovers will be key. If LC can limit turnovers and/or create them…
Can LC draw LS away from the basket by getting up and spreading the floor.
Catholic runs one of the best spreads/control off end in the LL…
Which of our “GLUE” guys will play a key role?
Thinking higher scoring game favors LS. and lower favors LCHS

 

Should be a good one. Andy and Dell will double team the game. Periscope up dates by Dell…Tweets and wraps by both (audio by Dell—written by Andy)

~dell jackson

 

 

 

LL Semis: thoughts/Misc

LL Semis- Thoughts

Lancaster Catholic (3-1) 21-2 vs Ephrata (2-2) 18-5

How they are here:
Lancaster Cath. beat Garden Spot 55-45. The Crusaders had a defensive victory vs. Spot as they held the Spartans to 2 4th quarter points. Top scorers vs Spot were Dwayne Caine 13 (and a great dunk), RJ VanTash 12. The Crusaders feature the most balanced scoring team in the LL. Lanc Cath won Section 3, and they are currently a top seed in 4A for the districts. The Crusaders come into this game with an 11 game win streak.

Ephrata defeated Cedar Crest 84-69. 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. They will play at Lower Dauphin in the districts next week.

Preview Questions/Keys?
Can Ephrata continue their hot shooting?
Will Ephrata’s off prevail over Lanc Catholics defense?
Which team will have the fewest turnovers/mistakes?
Lancaster Cath. beat Hempfield at Penn Manor last year.
Ephrata continues to improve on the offensive end.
Lancaster Cath. will grind away.
Can Lanc. Cath. gain an advantage on the boards as they did vs. Spot?

Quotable: John Treese Eph. ““Like I explained to them, there’s only one way to approach any playoff tournament,”. ….“You can’t get too caught up on ‘Have you been there before?’ You can’t concern yourself as much with that. If you prepare yourself every practice, every time you’re in the gym to get ready for the next 32 minutes and you just focus on those 32 minutes, the rest takes care of itself… So opposite of that. We kind of got away from saying who’s experienced what.”

Coach Joe Klazas , Lancaster Catholic “Really impressed with Ephrata, they shoot the ball really well and they don’t force the issue, very willing to make the extra pass to get the better shot.  Well balanced, solid all around.”

 

Hempfield (1-1) 21-2 vs LS (2-1) 21-2

How they are here:
Hempfield beat Northern Lebanon 58-41. The Knights won Section 1 with a 13-1 record (only loss to Crest by a score of 41-39) The Knights top scorers vs. NL: 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. The Knights grabbed the 2nd seed inn the 6A up-coming District 3 tournament. The Knights are on an 8 game win streak.

LS beat a pesky Lancaster Mennonite team 70-60. Top scorers vs. LMHS: Ryan Smith 39, Isaac Beers 15. The Pioneers are top seeded in 5A for the upcoming District 3 tournament. LS rolled thru Section 2 play, losing only close games to Etown 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.

Preview Questions/Keys?
How will Hempfield deal with the inside play of Ryan Smith?
Will LS mix and match defenses?
How will LS’ guards deal with a Hempfield trap?
High or Low scoring? – both teams can hang either way.
BIG crowd—expecting a full house at PM
Expectations? As soon as teams settled in to LL play, fans/media have been pointing to this match-up.
Big time stars—Hempfield’s Ryan Moffatt (1k points) and the LL’s top scorer – Ryan Smith.

Quotables:
Hempfield’s Danny Walck
“As for the LL tournament approach – I approach the playoffs as another season. What do we need to improve on as a team and how do we game plan for our opponent? We shorten practice time and work hard to be efficient in our preparation. I believe the biggest challenge is to stay present and focused. 

LS is a very good team. They are well coached and have outstanding post play, guard play, and team unity. That’s why they have 20 plus wins. 

We are thrilled to be in the LL League tournament!”

From the sidelines:
21-2….sounds like a repeat. Three of the teams sport a 21-2 record. This is rare territory for the LL’s to have these records entering playoff games. Ephrata comes in with “only” 18 wins – how about that? :). Really there is nothing like playoff hoops. Nothing like it.

Don’t be misled by the 6pm game. When I was coaching in districts, we referred to it as the JV game—not full and everyone comes for the second game. Well, if we remember correctly, Lanc Cath found a way into and won the LL’s last season. Eph/LCHS is a classic game featuring Ephrata’s scoring vs LCHS’ defense. I’ve stated all year how impressed I am with the Crusaders defense – nothing has changed my mind on that. Ephrata has adjusted very well to a new coach and system- thank you very much. Coach Treese gave Andy some great quotes after the game the other night about belonging in the LL’s. No doubt about that at this point. The Mounts, however, have a bunch that played in the LL’s last year and the veteran group returns most this season. I am saying each year is a bit different, but it seems to me that having seniors sure helps (Lanc Cath last year?)

Hempfield/LS. Could be the ultimate chess game. Each team has some pieces to move around the board. The game reminds me a bit of Donegal playing McCaskey in 2013. Two big time teams bumping heads in the semis. Both of these teams have been crushing opponents. It will be very interesting to see if Hempfield adjusts to Ryan Smith on the defensive end. Andy Herr and I have discussed the fact that if you don’t see a 6’10” player, it takes some time to adjust. There are sure to be some ”wow” moments. Andy and I will be there-double teaming (ahhh you think we might see some doubles on Moffatt and Smith—just askin’ ) that game- some videos, tweets, and for sure re-caps. Mark22 photos might join us as well:)

GLUE ME
Lets try an all “glue” team. Sometimes we talk/write about the top scorers, but HS hoops is truly a team game. Sometimes guys who play def, handle the ball, do the “dirty” work get over-looked (sure I’ll over look a few here as well. In no particular order, although I did include at least one player from our teams.

LLhoops ALL GLUE team for the semis:
compiled by LLhoops.com staff

David Martin Robinson 6’4″ sn, Hempfield: key defensive player, rebounder, can score as well. Might be the KEY to the LS game. Probably the best athlete in the tournament.

Anthony Alston 6’1″ sn, Hempfield: a little of this and a little of that. Top 3 point shooter on the Knights. …good defender…good handle..overall solid…when he is hitting threes, the Knights are next to impossible to beat.

RJ Van Tash 6’2″ sn, Lancaster Catholic: this guy just plays..a jumper- no problem…off boards- ditto…dives on floor- like nothing new here…great leader… He would be on our ALL time glue team for sure.

Dwayne Caine 6’4″ jn, Lancaster Catholic:: “Dr Dunk”- recently we can count on a highlight dunk from Mr. Caine,,,but he can create on the baseline…blocks shots, runs the floor, and goes “Way up” for boards….excellent defender.

Isaac Beer 6’1″ sn, LS…top handle for the Pioneers. ..defers to others often…top defender…pops threes when needed….under-rated as far as leadership goes. Nice demeanor.

Chase Broderick  6′ jn.LS..sneaky three point bomber…will hit key shots off of double teams off of Ryan Smith. …”Assassin”..solid on the defensive end as well…not a lot of ink but surely a key player for the Pioneers.

Dilyn Becker 6′ sn, Ephrata SMOOTH. Tall, rangy guard who can take small guards to the rack or bring big men outside if the opposition chooses to play that way. A key piece to Ephrata’s puzzle averaging 8 ppg

Zach McGillan: 6’2″  jn, Ephrata … played since his freshman season showed off all of his savvy on Monday night as the 6’2″ G/F averaging just under 9 per game exploded for 8 triples against Cedar Crest, culminating in a 30 point night overall. Teams must account for where he is on the floor at all times

Enjoy the games!

~ Dell Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LL playoffs, Misc–Dells Column Feb 11, 2018

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Feb 11th Column

Nothing but the LL playoffs…
Sat. Feb 10 – Spot 70 – TWP 67 (recap) Quotes from Coach Trupe

Let’s start out with Crests’ Coach Smith (winner of 2 LL crowns) on the 2018 LL tournament

“I think the playoffs are loaded with talented teams this year, and on any given night any team could win this thing. I would think that Hempfield and L-S are probably the favorites and if they get the opportunity to play in the semi’s it will be one heck of a game. We have been here before and know it is a one game at a time season.”

Schedule for the week
Monday- Feb 12, 2018
LL playoffs
Northern Lebanon @ Hempfield
Lancaster Mennonite @ LS

Spot @ Lancaster Cath
Crest vs Ephrata @ Warwick

Wed.
Winners
(Northern Lebanon @ Hempfield) vs. (Lancaster Mennonite @ LS) TBD
(Spot @ Lancaster Cath) vs. (Crest vs. Ephrata) TBD

Friday
Finals @ TWP

LL preview
 
Northern Lebanon (3-3) 15-7@ Hempfield (1-1) 20-2

Hempfield is entering the contest on a 6 game winning streak. The Knights claimed the Section 1 title early last week. Their only LL loss was coming at Crest. Key wins for the Knights include Carlisle, Wilson and Crest. This will be Hempfield’s 4th trip to the LL’s since 2010. The Knights the title in 2010 and 2011. Hempfield can play at a fast of slow tempo, has strong players, and feature 1000 point scores Ryan Moffatt. The Knights are coming off a great run in the PIAA’s last year and have the most playoff experience on the floor.

 

 

 

 

Northern Lebanon is the 3rd place qualifier from Section 3. We received some notification early in the season about players to watch from followers- “Watch Light and Yeager” Well, the Vikings overcame some injuries and proved to be a tough out most nights in LL play. They took Lanc Cath to the wire 2 weeks ago and split with LMHS. Key wins for the Vikes: LMHS, Palmyra, Manheim Central. This is the first trip to the LL’s for Coach George, but the Vikings second appearance since 2010. The Vikings are led by the top-scoring duo of Caleb Light and Alex Yeager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LMHS (3-2) 16-6 @ LS (2-1) 20-2

LMHS is no stranger to the LL’s. This is the Blazers 7th appearance since 2010 in the brackets. Coach Groff enters his 11th year as a coach of an LL playoff team. Keys wins this season: NL, York Catholic, Boiling Springs. The Blazers played and lost to LS on Jan 3rd – 60-49. LMHS has played against LS’ 6’10” Ryan Smith and that will help them as they play the second time.

Coach Groff on playing LS, “We know firsthand how good they are!  Good teams can make you tentative, so we will need to find a way to overcome that tendency.”

LMHS likes to get it up and down. They feature a returning ALL LLhoops player in John Gillespie (13ppg) and a steady guard in Caleb Hurst (12ppg).

 

 

 

 

 

LS has 6 tournament appearances since 2010. The Pioneers won Section 2 for the second straight year under Coach Berryman. The Pioneers suffered 2 close losses in LL play (Etown and Epharta). Key wins this season include: Dover, Middletown, and Lancaster Catholic. No one can discuss LS without huge props to top scoring 6’10” Ryan Smith (20 ppg). Smith can dominate at both ends, has great hands, a double- double machine, and an excellent passer. BUT, this team features excellent guard play (led by Issac Beers (13 ppg) and three snipers.

 

 

 

 

 

Spot (2-3) 14-9 @ Lancaster Catholic (3-1) 20-2

Spot had to win a game vs. Solanco on Wed. just to qualify. The Spartans lost a key player (Jacob Arndt -11ppg) in the game. No problem as the Spartans beat TWP (70-67) at Hempfield Saturday in the playin for 3-section format. Spot features guard play- fast. Keontae Nunn (12ppg) delivered a 29 pt performance vs. TWP backed up by silky smooth Jordan Skewbridge (15ppg). Key wins for Spot this season: TWP, Ephrata, Kennard Dale. The Spartans mix it up on the defensive end. This is a fun team to watch as they produce “wow” moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lancaster Catholic went unbeaten in LL play. The Crusaders had some close calls (NL and LMHS) but rolled to a Section 3 crown. This is the most balanced scoring team in the LL, which makes them one of the most difficult teams to scout and key in on. LCHS has appeared in each LL tournament since 2010 (all). Coach Joe Klazas’ bunch won a district title last season, but this team is a new group. Catholics defense is outstanding. Key wins include: Bishop McDevitt, Spot, Central York. Key players = all but Johnny Besecker (11ppg) and Dwayne Caine (8ppg) are tough outs. BTW, Lancaster Catholic won the LL crown last season.

 

 

Cedar Crest (1-2) 18-4 vs. Ephrata (2-2) 17-5

Crest, as always, is battle tested. The Falcons aren’t afraid to step out of the LL to get good non-league competition (York , Lower Dauphin, Williamsport). This will be Coach Smith’s 5th trip to the LL’s. The Falcons have 2 LL crowns in the last 9 years. Key wins this season include: Hempfield, Williamsport, and TWP. Crest will feature its patented dribble drive offense, keyed by Blake Thompson and Cole Laney.

Coach Smith on the Ephrata
Ephrata is an experienced bunch of kids who really compete on both ends of the court. They have won a lot of games the past two years and are really hot right now winning 8 of 9 down the stretch. They can do a lot of things offensively which makes them a difficult team to defend.”

Ephrata enters the LL’s hot. Coach Treese has the Mounts primed entering the brackets. The Mounts are going back-to back as far as getting into the dance. They have their last 6 games. Key wins this season: LS, Etown and Warwick. Brad DaBella (13ppg) and Xavian Rodriguez (14ppg) are Epharata’s top player but is surrounded by battled tested mates. With the win vs. LS, Ephrata has the moxy to compete in this tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

LLhoops and the LL’s…
Of course we’ll be out and about. We will re-tweet scores and updates from games we are not at- as usual. We should be getting some game shots up on the site as well. We will try to get write-up/podcast/coaches quotes up on the site as soon as well.

From the sidelines: Busy week for LLhoops. Traveled to Spot, Donegal, Solanco, Hempfield to name a few. I had a nice chat with Donegal’s AD, Ron Kennedy about the Indians and the district playoffs. Donegal made a big jump this year by qualifying for District 3 play under new Coach Kevin Dolan. Coach Dolan USED to think LLhoops jinxed his team when covering a game- I officially proclaim the jinx OVER.

Spot rolled up M Central on senior night. I had a good time catching up with Kirk N at the game and he provided us with some shots for the site.

Spot at Solanco—first time for a while that I got to see a game in Quarryville. Coach Long took some time to talk with me after the game about his team the their future.
He has helped llhoops with info and scores-a class act for sure. Desiree DeHaven, Solanco, provided us with a photo gallery that day.

Spot/TWP…it has to be playoff time as the fans can get a bit “testy”. The game at Hempfield on a Saturday at 2 pm produced a small crowd but fans from both sides got into as the game progressed. The intensity was playoff quality. Thanks to Hempfield admin for setting us up with tables and rosters.

As always, thanks to the LL coaches for giving us time at games and answering emails. The LL Boys Basketball Coaches are now a sponsor of LLhoops.com

Twitter Poll
“What LL boys team has the most APPEARANCES in the LL plahyoffs since 1973?”
LL fans said Lanc. Catholic. 46% and that would be correct. Lanc Cath will apprear in 22 LL’s. Hempfield will be in it’s 21st this season. McCaskey has a total of 30, but the Tornado was not included in the question 🙂

Which LL boys team wins the “last” LL playing game under current 4 section format?
84% voted on TWP—we assume Andy H did as well 🙂

Our non-paid edititor, Bob Swavely, and others pointed out we only have 3 section this year. So true. Eeech. Fake news? 🙂 – note disclaimer at the top of the page 🙂

Check out LL history only on Llhoops!

LL trivia #6
Last season Lancaster Cath. won the LL crown as a rep from Section 3. What was the last Section 3 team to play for an LL title?

Berksbeat….Bruce had over 5k hits ona dunk video last week. Check out his in game shots as he covers Berks Co playoffs this week. We are hoping to get Bruce and Andy together on some district 3 games.

Districts—more next week
Unoffical qulaifiers from @lanclebsports
“Unofficial district pairings involving LL League teams…
6A: No. 12 CV at No. 5 Manheim Twp

5A: No. 16 Northern York at No. 1 L-S; No. 15 Donegal at No. 2 Greencastle Antrim; No. 13 Garden Spot at No 4. Dover; No 9. Ephrata at No 8. Lower Dauphin

4A: No 10. ELCO at No 7. Northern Lebanon;

3A: No. 5 York Catholic at No 4. Lancaster Mennonite

6A: No. 2 Hempfield, No. 4 Cedar Crest; 4A: No. 1 Lancaster Catholic all have byes for the first round of district playoffs”

More District info next week.

Pict of the week/year! Coach Trupe after game.

Enjoy the games this week!

~Dell Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWP/Garden Spot playin game preview

LL playin game
Feb 10 at Hempfield HS 2 pm.
TWP (1-3) LL= 10-4 Overall 17-5   vs. Spot (2-3) LL= 8-6 Overall 13-9

 Numbers:…updated Feb 9
TWP is averaging 63 ppg                     
Spot is averaging 57 ppg

TWP is giving up 56 ppg        
Spot is giving up 53 ppg

Foul %
TWP= 69%                                             Spot= 65%
Total 3’s
TWP= 110, 5 pg                Spot = 135, 6.1 pg

Key Wins
TWP defeated Crest (1-2)  Holy Ghost, Red Lion                     


Spot
beat Etown, Epharta (2-2) twice, and Warwick

Top Scorers:
TWP
= Tyler Crespo (5’9” jn) 18 ppg, Bredan Mellot (6’1” jn) 12ppg, Tyler Vicidomini (6’6” jn) 8ppg

Spot= Jordon Shewbridge (6’ sn) 15 ppg, Keontae Nunn (5’6” jn) 11ppg, Jacob Arndt (5’9” sn) 11ppg

Misc thoughts:

Both TWP and Spot like to get it up and down. Both teams are dominated by guard play. Both teams had some tough losses.

Tyler Crespo, 5’9” sn, hit 1000 points as a jn. earlier in the year. He is a special talent. He is coming off a career high game of 37 pts vs. Lebanon.

Spot has a high scoring guard in Jordan Shewbridge. Jordan can drive and pop the 3 ball with the best of them.

Spot will mix some different defenses, but they are primarily a man team. They will throw a ¾ court trap. TWP will use a packed in man with some pressure on the ball.

Spot is very fast on both the defensive end and offensive end.

TWP has a stronger inside game.

Keys:
Can TWP control the boards and score off of offensive boards?
Can Spot get up early and spread out TWP on the offensive end?
Which sets of guards will be better on the offensive end?
Which team will have the fewest turnovers?

~Dell Jackson

LL thoughts: Stretch drive, LL playoffs, D3, misc.

Column- Feb. 4, 2018

This is it..
Final LL regular season games this week. All teams play Tuesday and TWP/Lebanon play on Wed.

Feb. 6
LL games
LebanonCrest
CV @ Penn Manor
Hempfield @ McCaskey
Warwick @ TWP

Sec 2
Cocalico @ LS
EtownDonega
Ephrata @ M .Central
Garden Spot @ Solanco

Sec3
Lebanon Cath @ AC
Columbia @ Pequea Valley
N Lebanon  @ ELCO 
LMHS  @ Lanc. Cath.

Feb. 7
LL games
 TWP @ Lebanon

Most of the LL boys bracket is filled in – the exception being Section 2. There cold be a major mess after Tuesday with the possibility of a 4 way tie. However, it seems more likely that the third slot will be determined by games involving Etown and Spot.

Etown travels to Donegal. If Etown wins, they will be the third place finisher- assuming Spot wins as well. This will be based on Etown defeated Spot 2 times.

If Etown losses and Spot wins, then the Spartans would claim the 3rd slot out right.

If both Spot and Etown lose, then Cocalico and MCentral could enter the picture. The Eagles play LS and MCentral has Ephrata. Losses by Etown and Spot and a W by either MC or Cocalico would take us to the mini bracket scenario. As there are a lot of combo’s to be looked at, we will wait until Tuesday evening to interpret the results.

Some would say Section 3 third place is to be determined. Lancaster Mennonite plays at Lancaster Catholic Tuesday. Catholic beat LMHS by a slim margin earlier. Northern Lebanon travels to Lebanon County foe, ELCO. ELCO’s young gun-slingers are on a roll and are scratching and clawing their way to a District 3 berth. LMHS is one game up on NL.

IF LMHS loses, and NL wins, then we would go to tie-breakers. Head to head= split. Wins vs section champ= none, power points? –well, LMHS has a large lead going into the games Tuesday. We won’t know till the results of Tuesdays games are posted on the D3 website, but the lead currently is very large statistically. Either way, both teams have qualified for the LL’s.

LL brackets
Top half:
Hempfield (1-1) vs PROBABLY Northern Lebanon (3-3)
LS (2-1) vs PROBABLY Lancaster Mennonite (3-2)

Bottom half
Lancaster Cath. (3-1) vs Winner of playin’ TWP (1-3) vs Section 2 third TBD
Crest (1-2) vs. Ephrata (2-2)

 

Congrats 1000 points:

Manheim TWP’s Tyler Crespo- 5’10” Jn Guard

AC’s Noah Myers- 6’5″ Sn center

D3 info…
Posted on main page- number of teams, dates of the rounds, PIAA berths.

For some teams, districts start this week. All championship games are played at Giant Center in Hershey. Due to a conflict with Hershey entertainment (concert), most semis will be played at neutral sites. In the future, we might be headed for ALL rounds played at the higher seeds except for finals. First and some second round games are like that now.

District games will begin, for most classes, Feb. 19. All game this week count towards power points. We were told that any playoff games would NOT count- LL playin game. Interesting that power points are a tiebreaker but the final points wont be out till next week…but if there is a gap, it should be not be a problem. The problem would occur if 2 teams are very close and their opponents are playing AFTER the playin date.

#Eaglesllhoops
Last call for Eagle picts by our followers this weekend. If you send us a pict. of Eagle garb or food spreads, we will post in a photo gallery. We’ll even post Patriots stuff…eeeech.

LLhoops site info.
Last week, llhoops past the 100k mark for page views. Usually as playoffs hit, we get more folks from outside the LL/Berks hit the site. Twitter followers continue to grow for all our staff- Andy, Bruce, Jon, Mark and Kirk.

Last week at each game I attended, I had at least one or 2 fans talk with me about the site -always positive. AT LMHS I had a parent complain about lack of coverage by media. I gave him my card and said “check it out tonight”- photo gallery and wrap.

John Gillespie- LMHS

Last week, I saw 5 games, Andy covered 2 games and Bruce was out to 3 games in Berks Co….and Jon k? = several 🙂 Please remember that wraps are archived so you can just type in the name of the team and see what we have on the site. Our content is being updated constantly. If someone wants a photo of Dell’s galleries, please email.

Look for LL playin game update Wed,

Comments: remember that the staff gets to preview ALL comments. We will seldom comment on “why is this team ranked? “. We have received a few comments that help us produce a better product and appreciate them greatly. We will not get into “hater” tweets – refs, teams, fan bases etc.

 

Photos: remember when Dell shoots, its amateur hour. When our pros (Kirk and Mark) shoot, its GREAT 🙂

Wraps/soundcloud/videos…mixed reviews here: Some say they never listen to audio..other say its great. ..same for the written word… the thought with the staff is keeping trying out things and see the results.

Video’s on periscope. Some turn out great and others very pixeled. Video of Tyler Crespo’s 1000 point was over 3k hits the last we checked. Video on the phone cam and then posted to twitter turns out much better for quality. I try to get some game shots in during the game I’m covering.

Coaches…sometimes I get to chat with LL coaches before and after games. The coaches have been sooooo good to us. I can’t thank them enough for input and sharing of their time. All of the coaches work hard – regardless of the W/L record. I know that we get some scores directly form coaches/scorekeepers.

     Coaches Rocky and Sigman

Players…for some of our players, this will be the last time they put on a uniform. Few will remember their stats and W/L records as time passes (even LLhoops does not keep that) but playing the game and being on a team, will be memories that last and can be related to in their lives as the grow older – heck one might even be media for LLhoops in the future!

Advertisers—can’t say enough about the folks who help us out. If you are in the market for new uniforms for teams, please check out H&L sports. “O” is a great guy. I’ve been a customer of his business for over 30 yrs. The quality and service is outstanding. He makes great staff shirts too 🙂  I also have a few passes left for Iron Valley Tubing!

LL girls….we are still looking for a writer to help us with the LL girls side of things. Email us at webmaster@llhoops.com. The pay ain’t great, but you might get a cool llhoops staff shirt 🙂

            LLhoops Staff shirts by H & L

Coverage..should be more concentrated during the playoffs. Andy and I will be out and about. Bruce B will have his video magic going on the Berks Co. playoffs. We are hoping to have some picts, videos, and wraps of games in the future- some double and perhaps triple teams of games.

Happy Super Bowl weekend!

Enjoy the last week of regular season games and the beginning of the playoff season.

~Dell Jackson