Cedar Crest 55 Lebanon 48: Wrap
Written by: Dell Jackson on Saturday, January 15th, 2022
Cedar Crest 55 Lebanon 48
January 15, 2022
It’s a very rare occurrence that we get two top teams playing each other in mid January…and to make this one more special the game involved Lebanon Co. rivals. Crest is sitting atop of Section 1. The young Falcons have grown into a team to be contended with…in fact they might now be the hunted for the next few weeks. Lebanon entered the game all alone in Section 2 and they still are. The Cedars now hold a one game lead on Warwick.
The Cedars found some open shots vs. Crest’s zone defense early. Lebanon was paced by its dynamic guard duo – Adrian Cruz and Marquis Ferreira- to take a 12-5 lead after one. Cedar Crest had some difficulties adjusting to Lebanon’s speed on the defensive end as the Cedars forced 4 turnovers in the period.
J’Veon Reyes-Vega, 5’11” spark plug, got the Falcons started in the second with a three-ball. Crest battled on the defensive end – limiting the Cedars to 10 points in the period. A Jay Aviles drive and a Jake Wolfe drive put the Falcons up 18-17 late in the period. Lebanon would end the stanza with a Ferreira three-ball. 22-21 Lebanon at the break.
The quickest way to make up points? Why the three ball of course. Crest’s big man, Aiden Schomp 6’4″ soph, got the crowd revved up with a triple. Wolfe would nail another three-ball on Crest’s next possession to give the Falcons a lead that they would not surrender: 27-24 at the 6:15 mark of the third. After Crest stretched Lebanon’s defense, the Falcons started pounding the ball inside. Fernando Marquez, a 6’2” very strong soph, posted up and had several strong drives in the period. Leo Tirado, a 5’7” energy guy, hit a twisting drive at the 2 minute mark – Crest 37-29. The Cedars ended the quarter on a follow by Kevin Smith. 39-34 after 3.
Lebanon cut the lead down to 4 at 44-40. The Cedars switched it’s defense to a full court trap. Once Crest adjusted, they ran a 6-0 run to push the lead to 10. Lebanon could not put any runs together. Crest made some fouls and ran some clock. 55-48 final.
Crest: Jake Wolfe 12 , Fernando Marquez 11
Lebanon: Adrian Cruz 20
Rebounds: Lebanon 19 , Crest 26
Turnovers: Lebanon 12 , Crest 13
Crest’s fans celebrating with it’s team.
Lebanon put back
Coach Tommy Smith
Tommy Smith Crest after w vs Lebanon pic.twitter.com/oyZB324rey
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