Mid Penn/LL Showdown at Man Central: Brief Recaps

Written by: on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022


Ed Note: Dell provides a brief recap of the games from Jan 22 – Mid Penn/ LL showdown. We spent time with each winning coach. Coach Fisher and MC staff were wonderful  to work with. We feature a Gaffey double – Wins for Dad- Mike- and son Scott. Special thanks to Rodney Brenize and Coach Chris Christensen for providing boxes/info to us. Finally, S/O to Andy Herr and Coach Fisher for wallet recovery 🙂

Jan 22 Sat
Mid Penn vs LL @ Man. Central
12:00 Middletown 58  Penn Manor 52
1:30 McDevitt 59 Cedar Crest 47
3:00 Northern 39 Ephrata 51
4:30 Lower Dauphin 52 Warwick 53
6:00 C Dauphin 37 Hempfield 42
7:30 C Cliff 58 Man. Central 42

Middletown 58 Penn Manor 52
Middletown entered the game as one (#2) of the top teams in 4A in the District 3 power points. The Raiders only loss was to Trinity the night before. Middletown was playing without its top point guard. The Comets have battled injuries and covid all year.

Penn Manor had trouble dealing with Middletown’s pressure the first half, but seemed to find its footing in the second half. The Raiders were up 26-19 at the half.

With both teams applying defensive pressure in the second half, the game tightened up. The Comets cut the lead to 4 points late in the game but could not convert on 2 late possessions. Middletown’s talented forward Tajae Broadie, 6’4” sn, hit a driving layup late and the Raiders made their fouls shots down the stretch to preserve the win.

Key stat– Middletown connected on 6 three-balls for the contest.
Middletown: Tajae Broadie 19, Arkel Batts 13
Penn Manor: Ethan Benne 17, Randy Short 13, Cameron Carroll 11

Coach Chris Bradford interview


McDevitt 59 Cedar Crest 47
Bishop McDevitt entered the game as a .500 club and are currently ranked #9 in the district 3 power rankings. One should not be misled by the record. Coach Mike Gaffey’s club has had several issues with the line-up this season. We saw McDevitt earlier in the season at Hempfield’s tournament but the lineup now is soooooo different.

Cedar Crest entered the game licking its wounds from a Warwick beatdown the night before. The Falcons (we keep calling them young and that’s a fact but no one puts an asterisk by your teams name if you are ‘young’) task was to rebound off the loss.
The Crusaders are FAST. I mean really fast. McDevitt is not real tall but they get after it on the defensive end. Cedar Crest had to adjust to McDevitt’s speed and defensive pressure. It was a struggle for Crest to get easy buckets.

Crest fell behind early (10-5 after one period and 22-14 at the half) and had an uphill fight the rest of the game. Crest’s big man, Aiden Shomp 6’5” sops, battled for all his points. The Crusaders fronted and concentrated on keeping him under control.
After the break, Crest would play the Crusaders even for the second half but could not get the score under 8 points.

The future looks bright for both teams. Crest is starting 3 sophs and bring sophs and juniors off the bench. McDevitt’s top scorers from tonight are all underclassman.

Key stat(s) Unofficially, Cedar Crest turned the ball over 15 times
McDevitt was 9/10 from the line
McDevitt: Tristin Waters 17, Rico Scott 13, Jordyn Bowers 10
Crest: Aiden Schomp 14, J’Veon Reyes-Vega 10

Coach Gaffey interview with an Andy Herr reference.


Ephrata 51 Northern 39

Ephrata put the LL in the win column!

The Mounts ran a tough 1-3-1 zone with Mason Campbell, 6’3” sn, on top of the zone.
In fact the Mounts shut out Northern York in the first period- 10-0. Ephrata played Northern even for the rest of the game. Northern would make a run in the third, but Ephrata canned a three ball and basically was in control the entire game.

Mason Hagen, 5’8” sn guard, scores in variety of ways. He gets to the rack and finished with ether hand. Fearless would be the adjective the comes to mind.

Key Stat: The Mounts got to the line 30 times and made 20 for the game.
Northern York: Ryan Delafield 17
Ephrata: Mason Hagen 19, Brody Martin12

Coach Scott Gaffey

Warwick 53 Lower Dauphin 52
The higher the classification, the more physical the play. This contest checked the box.

Lower Dauphin is a tough gritty team. The Falcons won a District 3 title last season, and Coach Attivo’s team plays with top-notch intensity. The Falcons drew several charges on the Warwick Warriors throughout the game. LD pressured Warwick on the defensive ned- mostly 1/2 court man but they did do some full court work as well.

Warwick was coming off a surprising easy W vs. Cedar Crest the night before. Early it looked like the Warriors were a step slow, but credit LD with their game plan and tenacity.

This game featured mini-runs- not the 10-0 type but the 4-0 runs. Again credit to both teams on the defensive end.
Warwick took the lead late in the game and appeared on their way, but the Warriors missed three front ends of the one-lus variety foul shots late in the fourth. LD capitalized by nailing  three-balls (Charlie Fortney, 5’10” jn, and Brady Hosfass, 6’1″ frosh) after Tate Landis hit one for the Warriors. With Warwick down by a point under 30 seconds, Landis drove to the basket, the flipped up in the air- he followed the ball and was fouled after he gathered in the loose ball. The Warriors were in the double bonus at this point. With 4.9 seconds left in the game, Landis hit the first (hit the front and back of the rim before it dropped in) and swished the second.

LD had the ball with 4.9 seconds left. The Falcons ran the ball down the court and kicked it for a three, but the shot was off and late.

Key Stat: None..both teams very even in most categories
Lower Dauphin: Charlie Fortney 10, Braden Landis 12, Cody Rosati 13, Colton Waters 13
Warwick: Tate Landis 20, Avery Sapp 22

Avery Sapp- Player of the Game interview

Coach Christensen

Hempfield 42 Central Dauphin 37
REPEAT: ‘The higher the classification, the more physical the play. This contest checked the box.’
Coach Danny Walck described the game as a ‘boxing match’ with each team giving and taking body blows. I can’t argue that point at all.

Central Dauphin plays in Mid Penn 1 (I’ll call it 1 since the Mid Penn has crazy names for all its divisions) where it battles the top schools in the area- Cumberland Valley, Chambersburg, Harrisburg, CD East, etc. The Rams featured Niagra recruit, Dovon Hill, a 6’6” muti-talented senior.

Hempfield’s game plan was to try to make it difficult for Hill to dominate. The Knights used several players on Hill and tried to work hard in the post- with some 3/4 play and a LOT of help side. Hill would lead both teams in scoring with 23, but he had to work hard to get the points.

Each quarter of this contest was close. The Knights led by 1 at the break. And were up by one after 3. With the game close late in the 4th, Hempfield switched its defense to its patented match-up. The move close off CD’s post game. After CD took a brief lead, the Rams had several empty possessions on the offensive end. Hempfield battled and gathered up contested rebounds and snack several foul shots in. The last minute to preserve a tough 42-37 game.

Misc thoughts….Hempfield used a balanced attack on the offensive end- Michael Hester 11, Ben Troyer 8, Miggy Pena 7, Parker Wolfe 7. ..The Knights have played in several tight games..with the overall size and balanced scoring, Hempfield is establishing itself as a tough out going down the stretch….The matchup zone changes the tempo of the game and takes away opponents inside game.

Key Stat: Hempfield making its foul shots down the stretch.
Hempfield: Michael Hester 11     
CD: Dovon Hill 23

Coach Danny Walck interview

Cedar Cliff 58 Manheim Central 42
The host Barons took on Cedar Cliff in game 6. The Baron’s entered the game on a 2 game losing streak, after ripping off a 10 game winning streak. Cedar Cliff is the #4 ranked team in District 3 in the 6A classification.

The Colts are BIG. They feature the brother combo of Tyler Houser 6’10” sn and Justin Houser 6’10” soph. Our good friend, Ty Savercool, is the head man for the Colts. He has built the program into a top flight team.

The Barons feature a three-point shooting small team…and the Colts feature the Big boys, but they also proved that they can shoot (Ayden Frey, 5’11’ jn, and Charlie Werner, 5’11” sn) from the perimeter when needed. Both teams would have their moments, but Cedar Cliffs defensive presence proved too much for the Barons.

Trey Grube, 5’11’ jn., led the Barons attack in the first half. He nailed 3 three-balls and netted 11 of the Barons 19 first half points. MC went to its 4-corners offense late in the second half to run some clock and protect a slim lead: 19-18 at the break.

Coach Ty would make some adjustments at the half that helped his team to notch another w. The Colts would use one big instead of 2, so they could match-up with Manheim Central’s perimiter game. The Colts also started chasing Grube all over the court. Grube would nail a Curry like 3 in the second half, but the Colts made him work for everything. Furthermore, Cedar Cliff had several blocked shots in the third – limiting the Barons to their perimeter game.

By taking the lead, Cedar Cliff controlled the game in the second half- outscoring the Barons 18-9 in the third and 22-14 in the fourth.

Key Stat:  Colts 13/19 from the line
Points: Manheim Central:  Trey Grube 23   Cedar Cliff: Ayden Frey 17, Charlie Werner 14

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