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Boys Basketball Results Tracker: December 12-16

In this post, we will attempt to bring you details from as much of the Boys Basketball action from around LebCo.  It will be a rolling summary, as we get details, that will serve as a place where you can find out about what is going on.


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Saturday, December 16

Octorara 76, Northern Lebanon 52

The Vikings traveled to Octorara on Saturday after playing Friday night at Cocalico. This was definitely a test for Northern Lebanon, which keeps looking at growth opportunities that will help it develop for future success. In this one, the Vikings led early behind a trio of three-pointers, but the Braves were able to grab the lead back by the end of 1st quarter. This offensive flash was one of those positive signs that Coach George was hoping to see. Ultimately, Northern Lebanon engaged in battle throughout, but Octorara was just too much. The 52 points were the second-most scored by Northern Lebanon this season, indicating that something may be clicking. If this is the case, the Vikings could be well on their way to being competitive throughout the rest of this season.

For the Vikings, Riley Clinger again led the scoring with 11 points. A total of ten Vikings found their way onto the scoresheet in this game.

Northern Lebanon (1-4) will get a chance to see how much they’ve grown when they host Williams Valley on Friday.

When talking about development, it is worth noting that the JV team improved to 5-0, beating Octorara by 20.

NL Scoring: R. Clinger (11); B. Krall (8); A. Via (8); R. Messinger (7); L. Shaffer (5); C. Wolfe (4); N. Lesher (3); Kael Erdman (3); Kade Erdman (2); B. Planken (1)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Northern Lebanon 11 15 10 16 52
Octorara 18 18 20 20 76

For a more detailed account of this game, check out LL Hoop’s Andy Herr’s first-hand account of the action.



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Friday, December 15

Cedar Crest 70, Hempfield 51

Cedar Crest came into this season with high hopes that were going to be put to the test on Friday night as they opened Section 1 play against the defending Hempfield, the defending Lancaster Lebanon League champion. Both teams entered this contest with a 2-2 record. The 1st quarter was a close affair, with Crest taking a three-point lead behind 10 points from Fernando Marquez. RJ Young scored 7 points in the 2nd quarter, but Hempfield was able to tie the game at 29-29 going into the half. Cedar Crest regrouped and came out in the 3rd quarter on fire, building a lead that the Black Knights would not be able to overcome the rest of the way. The Falcons scored 24 in the quarter, with Marquez enjoying his second 10 point quarter and Danny Speaks collecting 8 points. The Falcons would keep building their lead, as they outscored Hempfield by nine in the final frame to complete a 19-point victory.

The Falcons were led by Marquez, who scored 24 points and was also a monster on the boards. Young had 13, while fellow big man Aiden Schomp contributed 11. Speaks also scored 11 off of the bench.

With the convincing manner by which they won this game, Cedar Crest erased any doubts of being the favorite to win Section 1 this season. Cedar Crest (3-2) will get their next big test on Wednesday when they host Penn Manor (6-0).

CC Scoring: F. Marquez (24); R. Young (13); A. Schomp (11); D. Speaks (11); O. Chernich (8); L. Tirado (3)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Cedar Crest 18 11 24 17 70
Hempfield 15 14 15 8 52


Cocalico 54, Northern Lebanon 30

With their first win of the season over Pine Grove last Saturday, the Vikings were hoping to keep it moving in the right direction when hosting Cocalico. The 1st quarter of this one was played to a 5-5 tie, with neither team being able to break away. The 2nd quarter would be a bit of a different story, as Cocalico surged to a 13-point lead at the half. Northern Lebanon could not match the offensive intensity of their opponent for the rest of the evening.

Speaking to Coach George after the game, he said: “‘The offense really struggled tonight for various reasons. There are going to be some ups and downs all season as we are mixing in a lot of youth to give them valuable experience. For us, it’s about little things and execution. We have to do a better job of helping each other on offense.”

The Viking head coach went on to say, “The defense was great early on, for sure. We just couldn’t hold the fort long enough for the offense to catch up. Credit Cocalico for a great job on both ends. They have some great athletes and basketball kids. Once they started knocking some shots down in the second quarter, it got away from us a little and snowballed.”

George finished his remarks by saying, “I’m proud of all the guys for fighting hard all night.”

The Vikings were led in scoring with Riley Clinger’s 11 points.

Northern Lebanon (1-3) will not have to wait long to get back onto the court, considering they travel to Octorara on Saturday.

As the program is looking to develop the younger guys, it is worth noting that the junior varsity team improved to 4-0.

NL Scoring: R. Clinger (11); L. Shaffer (5); R. Messinger (5); Kael Erdman (5); B. Krall (2); A. Via (2)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Northern Lebanon 5 8 7 10 30
Cocalico 5 21 19 9 54



New Covenant 52, Harrisburg Christian 36

New Covenant went on the road to play Harrisburg Christian. The Flames entered the game hoping to improve their record to an even 2-2 after having lost a close game with Lancaster Christian on Tuesday. In this one, New Covenant took the lead early and then added to it in each quarter.

Sam Balsbaugh led New Covenant with 18 points. Tycen VanDerPloog had 11 rebounds and 5 assists in the win.

New Covenant (2-2) play again on Saturday when they will travel to take on West Shore Academy.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
New Covenant 11 16 15 10 52
Harrisburg Christian 7 10 11 8 36


Manheim Township 70, Lebanon 26

In their Section 1 opener, Lebanon fell behind early on the road to Manheim Township. Once in a hole, the Cedars could not recover as the Streaks continued with a relentless scoring attack. In the game, Township connected on a barrage of twelve three-pointers. Five came in the 3rd quarter after leading 40-12 at the half.

For the Cedars, Manny Suarez’s 7 points led the scoring.

Lebanon (0-5) will work towards a better result when they host Garden Spot on Monday.

Lebanon Scoring: M. Suarez (7); B. Beaver (6); B. DiScuillo (6); J. Torres (4); J. Wolfe (3)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lebanon 4 10 4 8 26
Manheim Township 20 20 14 16 70



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Thursday, December 14

Lampeter-Strasburg 56, ELCO 47

The Raiders, winners of three straight, hosted Lampeter-Strasburg. The Pioneers, a perennial postseason contender, entered the start of Section 3 competition carrying a 3-1 record. This one was played closely throughout. The big story came when ELCO decided to challenge the LS zone by holding the ball for over four minutes to start the 2nd quarter. While the move was controversial, the Pioneers did not challenge the move by ELCO. It slowed down the pace of the game and added some intrigue, but the Raiders would be trailing 21-18 at the half. The deficit became five by the end of the 3rd. However, in the 4th quarter, ELCO stormed back to take the lead with just under five minutes remaining. Unfortunately, Lampeter’s Dean Herr caught fire as the game was put out of reach in the final moments.

Dallas George led the Raiders with 14 points, with 12 coming in the 2nd half. Cam Marquette added 13 points, 7 of which came in the 1st quarter.

The Raiders (3-2) play again on Monday against Wyomissing at the Wells Fargo Center.

ELCO Scoring: D. George (14); C. Marquette (13); J. Hayes (8); M. Gray (5); L. Kless (4); K. Boyer (3)


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
ELCO 13 5 15 14 47
Lampeter-Strasburg 14 7 17 18 56



Big Spring 52, Annville-Cleona 39

On Thursday night, Annville-Cleona put their perfect 5-0 record on the line when they traveled to take on the 4-0 Big Spring Bulldogs. This game would provide a massive test for the Dutchmen, playing against the AAAA team that has won their four games by an average of 32 points. The Dutchmen held it close through the 1st half and went into halftime down 23-19. With 13 points, Elisha Slabach did the bulk of the scoring for Annville. It was in the 3rd quarter when Big Spring broke away, outscoring Annville 19-12 in the frame to go up 42-31. The Dutchmen recovered in the 4th quarter, but Big Spring had put the game too far out of reach by that point. However, keep in mind that Annville lost by 13 to a team that had been beating previous opponents by over 30!

In the game, Slabach hit four three-pointers on his way to scoring 19. Anthony Pena hit two threes in the 4th, giving him 10 points for the game.

Annville-Cleona (5-1) will now prepare to host Lancaster Mennonite, the defending State Champion, on Monday night.

AC Scoring: E. Slabach (19); A. Pena (10); B. Morcom (6); J. Zdazinsky (3); J. Shay (1)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Annville-Cleona 9 10 12 8 39
Big Spring 11 12 19 10 52




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Tuesday, December 12

Annville-Cleona 52, Oley Valley 47

The Dutchmen put their unbeaten record on the line, hosting Oley Valley on Tuesday evening. Early on, both teams knew they would need to work hard to earn the victory. They were tied at 21-21 at the half, with Elisha Slabach continuing his hot streak in leading Annville with 9 points. Jon Shay, who had 8 in the 1st half, really got things cooking in the 3rd quarter. Behind 8 more points from Shay, the Dutchmen built a 5-point lead going into the 4th quarter. They would need all those points, as Oley Valley refused to quit. Fortunately, neither did the Annville defense, as they stopped chances of a comeback late in the game.

Shay led all scorers, finishing with 26 points. Slabach had 17, including going 4-4 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter.

The Dutchmen (5-0) travel to Big Spring on Thursday night as they try to make it six in a row.

AC Scoring: J. Shay (26); E. Slabach (17); A. Pena (7); W. Mase (2)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Annville-Cleona 12 9 14 17 52
Oley Valley 7 14 9 17 47


ELCO 68, Hamburg 38

The Raiders have looked solid through their first three contests, winning two. Against Hamburg, they looked to add to their early season win total. They didn’t waste any time pushing toward making that goal a reality, building an early lead over visiting Hamburg and never looking back. A balanced attack throughout the 1st half gave ELCO a 25-point lead at the break. While Coach Conners extended his rotation in the 2nd half, the Raiders continued to grow their lead on their way to claiming victory.

Sophomore Kaden Shultz Tillison (KST) led ELCO with 15 points, which included three threes. For the game, ELCO hit eight three-pointers. Kody Boyer and Cam Marquette each reached double figures, scoring 13 and 10, respectively.

ELCO (3-1) next plays on Thursday when they host Lampeter Strasburg.

ELCO Scoring: KST (15); K. Boyer (13); C. Marquette (10); D. George (9); M. Gray (9); L. Kless (4); J. Hayes (2); D. Jones (2); P. Williams (2); G. Bicher (2)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
ELCO 22 20 18 8 68
Hamburg 7 10 14 7 38



Lancaster County Christian 41, New Covenant 37

The Flames took the lead early and would hold it most of the game until it became a game going back and forth late in the 2nd half. While defense wins championships, foul shooting wins games. Tonight, New Covenant discovered where they needed to improve, as they shot 0-10 from the line. Leading for most of the contest, foul shots were the difference late in the game when it mattered most. In the 4th quarter, New Covenant shot 0-4, while Lancaster County Christian went 9 –11.

Colson Hess led the way for the Flames with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Tycen VanderPloog chipped in with 10 points. Keenan Stoner was again rock solid, providing 6 points and 11 rebounds.

The Flames (1-2) are back in action on Friday when they will travel to take on Harrisburg Christian.

New Covenant Scoring: C.Hess (12); Tycen VanderPloog (10); S. Balsbaugh (6); K. Stoner (6); A.Canakis (3)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
New Covenant 11 11 5 10 37
Lancaster Christian 11 10 7 13 41


Columbia 59, Lebanon 35

After playing Spring Grove down to the wire on Saturday, the Cedars were hoping for another tight game on Tuesday as they took to the road against Columbia. They kept it close early with a strong, 6-point 1st quarter by Juan Torres. Unfortunately, the Tide was able to break it open in the 2nd quarter to build a 34-20 lead at the half. Lebanon’s offense then struggled in the 3rd as they were only able to muster 3 points as Columbia pulled away. By the time the Cedars recovered in the 4th, they were already down by 32.

For the game, Riquelme Estevez led the Cedars with 9 points.

Lebanon (0-4) will travel to Manheim Township on Friday night.

Lebanon Scoring: R. Estevez (9); J. Torres (6); I. Abdallaoui (4); N. Trace (4); M. Suarez (4); C. Robb (4); M. Briddell (3); B. DiScuillo (1)

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lebanon 8 12 3 12 35
Columbia 11 23 21 4 59


Hershey 63, Palmyra 42


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