Central boys bounce back with 56-36 rout of Norlebco

By on February 4, 2016

 

While pushing the ball up the floor, Cocalico’s DJ Fabiani confronts Manheim Central’s Taylor Funk during action last Thursday night. Giving chase for the Barons are (left to right) Jake Novak (21), Kody Kegarise (11), and Trevor Hosler (10). (Photo by Dick Wanner)

While pushing the ball up the floor, Cocalico’s DJ Fabiani confronts Manheim Central’s Taylor Funk during action last Thursday night. Giving chase for the Barons are (left to right) Jake Novak (21), Kody Kegarise (11), and Trevor Hosler (10). (Photo by Dick Wanner)

The Manheim Central boys found themselves in unfamiliar territory.

For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Barons had suffered three losses in a row.

On Tuesday night, they took out their frustrations on Northern Lebanon.

The MC boys took charge in the opening quarter by jumping out to a 12-2 advantage and never looked back, rolling to a convincing 56-36 win over the host Vikings in their regular-season finale in Fredericksburg.

Junior Taylor Funk buried three treys and led all scorers with 24 points, while Kody Kegarise finished with nine for the Barons, who finished the season in fourth place in Section Three with a 10-6 league record. As of press time, the Central boys (14-8 overall) were 12th in the District Three Triple-A power ratings.

Isaac Bicher paced Northern Lebanon (3-13 L-L, 7-15 overall) with 15 points and Shane Reese chipped in with 12.

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Having suffered a 22-point loss to ELCO in December, the Manheim Central boys had some areas where they could improve in their second meeting last Friday.

And improve they did.

In fact, they led 34-33 early in the fourth quarter against the Raiders, who were looking to take another step toward nailing down the second and final L-L playoff berth in Section Three.

Down the stretch, though, ELCO was able to pull it out, outscoring the Central boys 19-15 in the fourth to earn a 52-47 victory in a Section Three clash in Manheim.

Playing their third game in three days on Saturday, the host Barons dropped another tight one, this time in a non-league battle against Manheim Township by a 59-53 decision.

“I thought the defense did a heck of a job,” MC coach Chris Sherwood said. “After Thursday night, you wouldn’t have to squint in our locker room to understand that we were all really embarrassed by our effort (in a lopsided 59-35 loss to Cocalico). And that goes from coaches all the way down to players. It was a wake-up call for us and we wish that we could have closed out one of those games on Friday or Saturday. But I thought we played really hard and we executed a game plan in both games and just didn’t make enough plays to win.”

Junior Taylor Funk led all scorers with 25 points, as the Barons, employing a 2-3 zone defense, took a 12-8 advantage after one and then maintained a slim 21-18 edge at the break.

“We just had a real focus of trying to get better possessions (compared to the first meeting wit ELCO) and really trying to put them in uncomfortable situations,” Sherwood said. “I thought both teams played really hard and I thought there was some good execution on both ends.”

That execution continued into the second half, but the Raiders reeled off a 12-2 run &tstr; on four straight treys &tstr; to grab the lead for good early in the final stanza. Colton Lawrence paced ELCO with 20 points, while Caleb Buchmoyer and Mason Bossert added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

“Athleticism has caused us some problems this year and ELCO really has some really athletic guys,” Sherwood said.

On Saturday, Tyler Crespo had 18 points to lead four Manheim Township players in double figures, as the Blue Streaks prevailed over MC 59-53. David DiMeo chipped in with 11 points, while Jordan Phillips and John Stutz each added 10.

The Barons, paced by Funk’s career-high 33 points, trailed just 27-24 at the half and 41-40 going to the final stanza. But Township outscored MC 18-13 in the fourth quarter to claim the victory.

Last Thursday, Cocalico’s Tucker Lescoe returned from an injury and hit six of the Eagles’ 13 ‘threes,’ leading his team to a 59-35 win over the Barons in a Section Three game in Manheim.

Lescoe finished with a game-high 23 points, while Aidan Trynosky and Dante Haines chipped in with 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Kody Kegarise led Manheim Central with eight points. Taylor Funk ended up with a season-low seven points.

With the Barons shooting just 1-of-11 from the floor in the opening quarter, the Eagles hit three consecutive treys &tstr; two by Lescoe, one by Trynosky &tstr; and darted to a quick 11-0 lead.

Still leading 13-3 after one, Cocalico outscored MC 12-5 in the second and built its advantage to 25-8 at half.

In the third, Funk’s three-point play on a putback, followed by Kegarise’s short J, cut the Eagles’ lead to 28-15 with 6:19 left in the period. Later, Kegarise buried two free throws to make it 36-23.

But Cocalico had a quarter-ending 8-0 run to go up 44-23 and it was never close from there.

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