Lanc. Cath 69 Octorara 55- game wrap

Written by: on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020


Lancaster Catholic 69 Octorara 55

Lancaster Catholic continued its march to remain the top dog in Section 4 (ELCO is knock, knock, knocking ) by using its size and composure to defeat Octorara in an LL Section 4 game. In what promised to be a showcase of two of the LL’s top bigs (David Kamwanga, 6’7” sn- LCHS and Niji Hamilton, 6’6” jn, Octorara) never really materialized. Hamilton would pick up his second and third fouls in the second period forcing him to the bench and taking away his aggressiveness for most of the night. Hamilton did have 3 blocks for the night, but LCHS powerful back-line (Kamwanga, David Wells and Dustin Atkinson)  ruled the evening.

Octorara would start out quickly . The early 9-2 run was keyed by some hot shooting and drives to the hoop. Keith Lambert, 6’ sn, capped the mini-run with a three-ball at around the 5 minute mark of the first. Lancaster Catholic would call a timeout, get reorganized, and start chipping away at the lead by getting, repeatedly, to the line (9 trips in the first quarter). The Crusaders switched to a zone defense to try to limit the Braves driving ability and box in Hamilton. Octorara would score the last 4 points of the quarter to take a 21-14 advantage into the second period.

Catholic would put up 20 points in the second stanza, again keyed by getting to the line (9/12 for the 2nd period). With Hamilton saddled with foul trouble, the Crusaders started using their size advantage. Dustin Atkinson (listed at 5’11” jn but looks a lot bigger) used his size/weight advantage in the post to garner 5 points in the paint and draw more fouls. The thing about Atkinson is that normally he is the ‘3’ in basketball terms, which makes the other team guard him with a smaller player. LCHS rotates players in the post so it’s very difficult to double off others because sometimes the others are bigs being guarded by bigs. David Kamwanga ended the scoring for LCHS off a follow. 34-31 Catholic at the break.

The start of the third basically determined the result of the game. Catholic would click on the offensive end. Coming out of the break, the Crusaders went on a 6-0 run. They followed it up with another 7-0 run towards the end of the period to take a 49-36 lead. LCHS had 7 different players post points in the scorebook. The ball was moving side to side, into the post, out of the post, scoring on layups off of breaks – very, very good basketball on both ends of the floor. 56-42 after 3.

Octorara would never get the spread under 11 in the fourth. Catholic spread the floor and got the ball inside enough to keep the spread at arms length.

Watch as LCHS moves different guys into the post and keeps the ball moving- resulting in a nice easy post move for a score.



Rebounding: LCHS 28 Octorara 14
Turnovers: LCHS 6 Octorara 10
Blocks: LCHS 3 Octorara 4

Lancaster Catholic: David Kamwanga 18, Devin Atkinson 15, Nevin Roman 10
Octorara: Keith Lambert 16, Phillip Brandon 11

Sidelines…Octorara is a pretty cool place to see a game- fan backboards and a great students section. …Cammo was the theme for the students for the night. They stand the entire game…Dell was met with “sir” by the staff. I said ‘wow’…staff says ‘we treat all like that’ 🙂 …Lancaster Catholic travels to ELCO Friday for another key game in Section 4. …LLhoops will be live-streaming the re-match of these 2 teams on Jan. 24th. …..During the first half both teams were very early in the bonus, but the second half produced no ‘one plus’ foul shots (you don’t see that too often)….LCHS was impressive as they were coming off a very stressful OT game vs Sus. TWP on Sat.

Octorara student section

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