Dell’s Column: Dec 22

Written by: on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

 

 

Dell’s column Dec 22

Another big week in the LL. With the coaches dreaded 3 games in a week, behind us, we’ll recap some of our stories….and do a  look at the Section races, players, and a quick look ahead. As I look at the site, we are getting a bunch of stories/content on the site. the site displays the MOST recent 10, but you can go back by clicking the number button at the bottom of the page or just do a search- as I did today–such as McCaskey and you find all our stories with McCaskey in the headline. The twitter sites are burning it up..videos, tweets, and picts from Andy, Bruce and Dell are featured on any given night in the LL and Berks leagues.

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Andy’s stories
Kutztown/LCDay Dec 21
Etown/McCaskey Dec 20
Northern Lebanon/ Cocalico

Dells info
Solanco/Lanc Cath Gallery Dec 21
ELCO/LS soundcloud Dec 20
McCaskey/Warwick – Dec 18th
Octorara/Spot Dec 17th
Etown/TWP Dec 16th

 

Berks Beat- Bruce’s video recaps
Gov. Mifflin/Exeter Dec 19
Wison/Reading Dec 20

So who wants to see a backdoor and a dunk? Check this out!

 

Jon K’s NorthEast Beat
Misc. scores and wraps

Around the LL
Section 1…Crest- the Falcons come out of this week as a stand alone leader of the section. The Falcons beat rival Lebanon in OT 57-55 on Monday and followed it up with wins vs Ephrata, Warwick and a non-league game with Palmyra. 4 for 4 can’t be beat for the week. The Falcons have already played and defeated the top 2 teams in Section 2 (Etown and Warwick). Crest is led by “the Bigs”- Ilieri Ayo-Faleye 15 ppg and Jason Eberhart at 12 ppg. No team in the LL has the height that the Falcons can put on the floor at any given time. McCaskey is one game back at 3-1. The Tornado beat Warwick on the road, but lost to Etown at home.

Section 2…Etown makes a big push to take the early lead in the section. The Bears were 3-0 vs Section 1 teams this week (TWP, Penn Manor, and McCaskey). Etown has 3 players in the top 7 in their section in scoring (Elijah Eberly 17 png, Luke Pierson 16 png, and Ryan Parise 12 ppg). LLhoops covered the TWP game as Luke Pierson hit the game winning basket with little time left on the clock. Warwick lost 2 close games last week to Crest on the road and McCaskey at home. BTW, the Lebanon Cedars are lurking one game back as they went 2-1 vs Section 1 teams last week.

Section 3…Can we all say LS- together. It’s like the New England Patriots, in that the :Pioneers seem to own this section in recent years- well its only been 2 yrs but…:) LS picked up 2 big W’s this past week by defeating Octorara 66-61 and followed it up with a hang on by the finger nails win vs ELCO 54-50. Seth Beers, 6’ sn, scored 30 or 31- depending on what book you checked out 🙂 in the win vs ELCO.

 

Section 4…In what some of us thought (Andy and Dell) would be a toss up, has Lancaster Catholic looking down on all comers. The Crusaders picked up 3 LL W’s on cross-over games with Solanco, Cocalico, and Ephrata. Catholic has ripped off 5 in a row after its lone loss to 6A power Wilson. Lancaster Catholic again features balanced scoring from multiple players, but they are led by 6’6” sn, David Kamwanga with 15 ppg.

 

Section 5…Lancaster Mennonite and Columbia are heading on a crash course for the first of 2 games: Jan 3rd 2020. What a great way to enter the new year! ..and the schedule has the last game of the section with LMHS traveling to Columbia on Feb. 4th. – nice! Columbia has a 4 game winning streak going after playing some very tough non-league opponents. The Tide is led in scoring by Michael Poole, 6’1” jn 17 ppg, who is coming off a 35 point effort vs PV. The Tide is not very tall but very scrappy. LMHS Is led by Cole Fisher, 6’2” jn 23 ppg. The AC Dutchmen are hanging around at 2-2.

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Looking ahead…The LL schedule coming off the break will feature section vs the same section games. The cross-overs are over for a bit. Teams should have a much better feel for where they are once they start palsying games in section…Section 5 does not have LL crossover games that count in the standings. We posted the schedule for this week, but will update tournament second night match-ups after the first nights games.

LLhoops also posted the Sections top 7 scorers this week. This is based on overall average with at least 4 games played.

Our tentative live-streaming schedule is also posted. We will update links to replay games on a Youtube station. Our first games were TWP @ Warwick – both boys and girls. Next up is Hempfield @ TWP Jan 10th.
Please remember that weather could cancel the game, and there is also the tech bug that bites every  once in awhile  as well:)

LLhoops has secured the live-streaming rights to both the girls and boys LL finals on Feb 14 and 15th. We appreciate the LL’s efforts in making this happen this year. Anyone who wants to help sponsor these games, please contact us at webmaster@llhoops.com. Every game we do costs us in production costs.

Would love to have ask the refs section here…We had a play last week where a foul shot was waived off and the books at the table did not have it recorded. I think you can only change off a live ball /deadball / live ball situation? ..Again, would love have LL chapter answer some “What happens when ?’s” ..All filtered here of course 🙂

We applaud all schools, players, coaches and fans for giving their time and money to various causes. I know Etown, TWP and Hempfield girls had players helping with food drives, and we get many tweets about other boys/girls teams helping those who don’t have as much. Warwick features a half time half court shot contests for a 1$ and shot- proceeds go to various causes.

Serious high fives to everyone who keeps the big picture in mind.

 

That being said, may all of our followers have a very safe and happy holiday!

Dell

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