Barons extend win streak to seven

By on January 25, 2017
 During first-half action Monday night, Manheim Central senior forward/center Taylor Funk and Kennard-Dale’s Adam Freese (13) position themselves for a rebound. Photo by Alan Johnson


During first-half action Monday night, Manheim Central senior forward/center Taylor Funk and Kennard-Dale’s Adam Freese (13) position themselves for a rebound. Photo by Alan Johnson

 

The hope for the Manheim Central boys was that they could carry over some momentum from their game against Manheim Township last Saturday.

It was, as coach Chris Sherwood noted, a contest in which they probably played their best basketball in a 59-38 victory.

Capitalizing on balanced scoring, with Taylor Funk scoring 19 points to lead three MC players in double figures, the Barons indeed got the job done, knocking off Kennard-Dale 63-47 in a non-league battle in Manheim on Monday night.

“We had our moments where it did (carry over) and we had some moments where it looked like a team that played three games in a row without practice,” Sherwood said.

With MC playing its fourth game in five days Tuesday night, senior guard Kody Kegarise finished with a career-high 22 points to lead the Barons to their seventh straight win, defeating Elizabethtown 66-43 in a Section Two game in Manheim.

Funk added 19 points for the front-running Central boys, who improved to 9-1 L-L (16-1 overall), one game ahead of second-place Ephrata (8-2 L-L, 13-5 overall) in the Section standings. With 1,672 career points, Funk is now just 34 points behind the program’s all-time leading scorer Tom Kenneff (1,706).

Five games remain in the regular season for the Barons, who are positioned No. 2 in the District Three 5A power ratings.

“We’re telling our guys, ‘It’s just one game at a time and don’t look ahead to anything because every game matters because of the power rankings, etc.,’” Sherwood said. “It’s tough to keep your guys focused. We had a four-game week last week and now we’re entering another four game week this week.”

In their win over Kennard-Dale last Saturday, Trevor Hosler and Connor Hostetter scored 10 points apiece, as the MC boys went on a 16-5 run in the second quarter to snap a first-quarter tie.

Leading 27-16 at the half, the Barons outscored the Rams 36-31 in the second half to clinch it. They finished 12-of-22 at the foul line, while Kennard-Dale was 3-of-6 from the stripe.

“We had balanced scoring,” Sherwood said. “We need to do that from time to time to kinda take the pressure off of Taylor. We were able to do that. Then there’s times where we have to lean on him and we did in the Donegal game and he produced.”

Funk finished with 21 points, with three treys, to lead Manheim Central to a 59-37 victory over Donegal in a Section Two game in Mount Joy.

The score was tied at half, but then the Barons stepped up their play against the Indians’ zone D and pulled away after the break, erupting to outscore Donegal 28-10 in the third quarter. Roman Wagner chipped in with 11 points and Jay Barreto finished with nine points.

“I think the big difference in the second half is we executed on the offensive end and forced them into some easy turnovers that got us some easy buckets,” Sherwood said. “And once we were able to take the lead, we’ve been a tough team to turn over and we just continued to have quality possessions and good looks at the bucket.”

No one scored in double figures for the Indians, who were led by Avery Walker and Frank Devitz, each with eight points.

But this being a battle of back-yard rivals, the fact that Donegal brought an 0-8 L-L record into the game didn’t mean a whole lot. The Indians frustrated MC with their zone defense in the first 16 minutes.

“We didn’t execute in the first half, to be totally frank,” Sherwood said. “We kinda played a lot of 1-on-1 stuff, didn’t really play as a unit. And we bounced back. We found some gaps in their zone in the second half that were there in the first half, but we weren’t playing the way we were supposed to be playing. Maybe we’re supposed to throw the records out, but maybe we didn’t. Maybe we looked at their record and thought we could play 1-on-1 and we can’t.”

In their game against Manheim Township last Saturday, the Barons took advantage of quality possessions and rolled to a 59-38 victory in a non-league duel in Manheim.

Funk led all scorers with 29 points, as MC went in front 27-19 at the half, then put it out of reach with a 16-8 burst in the third quarter. Hostetter helped the cause with 14 points.

 

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