Conestoga Valley 91 Lebanon 84 (3OT) Wrap

Written by: on Saturday, January 29th, 2022


Conestoga Valley 91 Lebanon 84 (3OT)
January 29, 2020

Conestoga Valley outlasted- literally- the Lebanon Cedars in a key Section 2 match-up. The game featured a pair of 30 point scorers- Lebanon’s Marquis Ferreira 32 and CV’s Cameron Swinton 31- a very rare stat indeed. Both teams liked to get the ball up the floor in hurry resulting in many break opportunities. At times, the Cedars took advantage of their inside game- Kevin Smith and Emanuel Mason doing the damage. At other times CV would get huge buckets from Tanner Petersheim 6’2” jn. and Austin Wertz, 6’1” sn. DeMajh Salisbery (22 pnts), 6’1 jn., would penetrate and finish going to his left, multiple times, for the Buckskins.

Period 1
Fast-paced best describes the quarter. CV came out with a 1-2-1-1 defense to start the game and used it throughout the game, which caused an up-tempo contest. The Buckskins popped 4 three-balls in the period (Petersheim 1, Salisbery 1, and Swinton 3) Ferreira would score 10 points in the period. Neither team could put together more than a 5-0 run. Swinton’s 2 foul shots ended the scoring in the period. 24-22 Lebanon.

Period 2
The firs major run of the game belonged to Lebanon. The Cedars scored the first 7- all in the paint – Kevin Smith, 6’4’ sn, tallied 5 and fellow big Emanuel Mason,6’4” jn, scored on a follow to end the run. Kameron Uffner’s old-fashioned three point play gave the Cedars a 37-28 lead towards the end of period 2. CV, as was the case all day, would answer. A Salisbery lay-up at the 1:45 mark brought the Buckskins back-only trailing 39-35. After Adrian Cruz hit on a jumper for Lebanon, Swinton would hit a three-ball to end the scoring at the half. 41-38 Lebanon.

Period 3
The Buckskins scored 5 in a row to tie the game at 43 under the 5 minute mark. The Cedars answered with their guards – Cruz 5 and Ferreira 6 (3 three balls). The Cedars looked to be in some sort of control of the game, but CV answered by netting the last 4 points of the quarter.
54-49 Lebanon.

Period 4
Nathanael Diaz scored on 2 sweet post moves, including a jump hook, for the Cedars as they took a 58-51 lead around the 6 minute mark. CV answered (have I said that before?). Wertz with a layup, Swinton layup, and Connor Esbenshade, 6’ sn, scored his only points of the game on yet another layup. 58-57 under 3 minuets to go. Lebanon was struggling with turnovers giving the Bucks some run outs. A Swinton runout at the minute mark would give CV it’s first lead in a long time. 63-62. Ferreira scored 64-63 Cedars. Wertz hit a layup under 30 seconds left- bucks by 1. Ferreira got fouled and calmly nailed both fouls. Cedars by one. Cv worked the ball and as time was winding down, Salisbery drove the lane and got fouled with 2.7 seconds left in regulation. Tim Speraw, Coach of the Cedars, called one timeout. Salisbery made the first. Cedars called another timeout. After a missed foul shot, the Cedars heave was not close. The key stat for the quarter- Lebanon 6 turnovers. OT we go …66 all

OT #1
Ferreira nailed a huge three ball to start OT#1. CV would come back yet again. Two Salisbery foul shots and a Swinton drive gave the Bucks a short-lived lead at 70-69. Ferreira scored on sweet floater – Lebanon 71-70. After a CV miss, Diaz scored in close off a dime from Ferreira. 73-70 under a minute. Game? Nah. Austin Wertz nailed a cold-blooded three ball to tie the game at 73 with 27 ticks left. The Cedars could not capitalize on the final possession. 73-73.

OT #2
Lebanon would again get up first. Cruz hit 2 fouls shots. Tanner Petersheim would answer for CV on a layup. Lebanon missed 2 foul shots. Swinton sank both of his fouls to give the Bucks a 77-75 lead at the 1:39 mark. This time it was the Cedars that came back – Nathanael Diaz scored in tight at the 1:10 mark to tie it up. CV had a chance to take the lead but missed a foul shot and had a lane violation to wipe out its second shot. The Cedars could not get off a shot at the end of the OT #2. 77-77

OT # 3
Lebanon again would take the early lead: 79-77 by Ferreira’s layup. CV would take advantage of two Lebanon turnovers to increase their advantage 84-79 (Petersheim 2 drives and a Salisbery three ball) at the 1:10 mark. Game over? Nah. Uffner scored inside for the Cedars: CV made one and missed one at the line: Marquis Ferreira’s NBA bomb pulled the Cedars to within 1 with 22 ticks left in OT#3. Lebanon fouled CV- the Bucks made one of 2: 86-84 with 21 seconds left. CV was in their full-half court trap, trying to get the ball out of Ferreira’s hands. The sn. guard was going up the right sideline as he was called for an offensive foul. He was nailed with technical foul on top of the call. Coach Speraw complained – he got hit with a ’T’ as well. Cam Swinton canned 3/4 foul shots. CV had the ball on the sideline, in-bounded and then a skirmish followed. Thankfully both coaches controlled their players, and the game finally ended.

CV: Cam Swinton 31, DeMajh Salisbery 22, Austin Wertz 15, Tanner Petersheim 11
Lebanon: Marquis Ferreira 32, Adrian Cruz 16, Nate Diaz 16, Kevin Smith 13

Stats very unofficial
Rebounds: CV 23, Lebanon 26
Turnovers: Cv 9 Lebanon 15
Foul shots: Lebanon 17/22       CV 23/32

Asides…Crazy game in many ways…the swings were intense…When Lebanon’s Kevin Smith fouled out in OT #1, it presented CV with on opportunity to get inside on drives….Both teams had chances to win before OT #3…With the CV win and Lebanon loss, Warwick clinched the Section 2 crown…We tried to get an interview with Cameron Swinton but missed him as the compilation of the scorebook took some time – 3OT’s can do that….Austin Wertz, CV, and Coach Shipper, provided us with some thoughts about the game below.


~Dell Jackson


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