LL playoff picture as of Jan 31, 2018: Crest/Hemp recap: misc

LL playoffs:

Section 1
Hempfield can clinch the Section title with a win in either of their last 2 games or a Crest loss.
Crest can clinch a slot win a win in either of their last 2 games or a TWP loss.
TWP can clinch a slot with 2 wins in any of their last 3 games or a Lebanon loss.

Section 2
LS is Section 2 champ- congrats to the Pioneers (LLhoops picked LS early )
Curently Ephrata is in 2nd place – one game front of MCentral
Manhiem Central plays Solanco Wed. MC is one game in front of Spot, Cocalico, Etown.

* Ephrata has 2 tough games with LS and at MCentral. Both of these games will be key for the Mounts and the rest of Section 2.

Here is the schedule the rest of the way for section 2.
Jan 31
 M .Central @ Solanco

Feb 2
Cocalico @ Etown
Solanco @ Donegal
LS @ Ephrata
 M .Central @ Garden Spot

Feb 6
Cocalico @ LS
EtownDonega
Ephrata @ M .Central
Garden Spot @ Solanco

If we have a tie for 3rd– quite possible, then the tie breakers will come into play. Head to head is the first tiebreaker. IF multiple teams are tied then teams are placed into a mini bracket. So, if 3 way tie, then records vs. all those teams count. If there is still a tie- say all teams win at home- then games vs section champ. As of now, Etown is the only team that has a W vs LS. But they would have to be tied at the top of a mini bracket to earn this tiebreaker. Power points are the last tie breaker.

LL tie-breakers

LL brackets

A few games to be played. LLhoops will address this again next week..or perhaps this weekend.

Aside: LLhoops has always thought a W vs top team should have more weight..and then just go to power points.

Section 3
Lancaster Cath. clinched a playoff berth. They will clinch a title with a W in either of their last 2 games.

NL has clinched an LL berth. The Vikes could wind up in a tie with LMHS. NL plays at LMHS and at ELCO

LMHS has clinched an LL berth. The Blazers could wind up in a tie with NL. LMHS plays NL at home and then travels to Lanc Cath.

Crest/Hempfield recap. 72-55

In a battle of LL/District 3 heavy weights, the Knights took out Crest. Hempfield hit a bunch of threes and twos on their home floor to post a W.

In the first quarter, Hempfield jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, just as Crest had in the first game played at Crest. The Falcons called an early timeout and settled a bit. In fact Crest took a 17-15 lead on a Melendez jumper towards the end of the first. The Knights answered on a half court shot by Ryan Moffatt (could have been the turning point for the game) 18-17 Kinghts after 1.

Hempfield would score the next 4 points to stretch a lead. Crest would answer at 22-19. …and then the fires were lit as Hempfield went on a 12-0 run fueledc by Anthony Alston 8 pts (2 three balls and a layup). Blake Thompsons drive stopped the onslaught at 34-21 only to have the Knights stretch the lead to 41-23 at the half.

Crest would cut it to 13 at 41-28 but the Knights would rip off another run (13-0) to put the game on ice. 58-32 after 3.

Both teams subbed a bit down the stretch. The seniors at Hempfield enjoyed a special day as they coasted home with a 72-55 win.

Points:
Hempfield Ryan Moffatt 23, Anthony Alston 16, Eli Washington 10 Donovan Green 10
|Crest : Blake Thompson 12, Cole Laney 11, Jaiden Melendez 10

Sidelines: A slew of media reporters were noticed at the game. Check out the LDN (@phuggsports) and LNP for write-up, videos, and quotes. @JWalkLNP caught the halfcourt shot on video. We got a chance to talk with Mike Bullock (thebulip_n) of City of Basketball web site on his state rankings on a podcast= great info. Thanks to Jeff Falk (@JeffFalk1) for sharing some of his insights. He covers Lebanon Sports – both boys and girls on his site – http://lebanonsportsbuzz.com/ Here is Jeff’s take on the game https://lebanonsportsbuzz.com/cedar-crest-boys-basketball/

Cedar Crest alum, Mike Gross (@MikeGrossLNP) was court-side as well as “kaboom” is on its way to his twitter site as he warms up his patented saying. Mike also does some radio work.

Channel 66 – Comcast was at the game. Coach Warren Goodling and Dell got a chance to talk on air.

Click here for photo gallery.
Click here for Coach Walck’s thoughts after the game.
Mike Bullocks interview

Looking ahead…
We will include LL brackets on the main page for the next 3 weeks.

Also District 3 power points/rankings come into play. We have a link to the D3site under links. The scores are updated daily. IF you are really really into numbers, this is how the power points are calculated. Thanks to Ron Kennedy AD Donegal:

“This season, District III has added four new columns to the Fan Page rankings to provide schools, coaches and fans with more information.  These columns are labeled as such:

TWPW:  A team’s own cumulative weighted win points

OWPW:  A team’s opponents’ cumulative weighted win points

TWPL:  A team’s own cumulative weighted loss points

OWPL:  A team’s opponents’ cumulative weighted loss points

These totals provide a school’s TWP (team weighted winning percentage) and OWP (opponents weighted winning percentage.

To calculate TWP, add the TWPW total and the TWPL total for a team total (not shown on the Fan Page). Divide the TWPW total by the team total to calculate the TWP number shown under the TWP column on the Fan Page.

To calculate OWP, add the OWPW total and the OWPL total for a team total (not shown on the Fan Page). Divide the OWPW total by the team total to calculate the OWP number shown under the OWP column on the Fan Page.

To calculate the final power ranking, multiply the TWP number by .55.  Multiply the OWP number by .45.  ADD those two numbers: that is the power ranking figure.”

 

As always, games going down the stretch give us a lot to write/talk about.

~dell jackson

 

 

 

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