Central boys escape scare from L-S

By on January 21, 2015

Through three quarters on Tuesday night, things didn’t look good for the Manheim Central boys.
Their three-game lead over Cocalico atop the Section Three standings was in danger of shrinking.
Yes, Lampeter-Strasburg was giving the Barons a serious old-fashioned scare, leading 46-41 with one quarter left to play in a Section battle in Lampeter.
In the end, however, sophomore Taylor Funk led three MC players in double figures with a game-high 18 points and the Barons rallied for a hard-fought 65-61 victory to remain unbeaten in league play.
Their 16th straight win improved the Central boys record to 12-0 in L-L play (17-1 overall), keeping them three games ahead of Cocalico &tstr; a 70-54 winner over ELCO &tstr; with four games left to play. They are ranked fourth in the latest District Three Triple-A power ratings.
Matt Walsh chipped in with 14 points and Tony Staffieri added 13. Funk’s season-high five treys added to a total which now includes 36 for the season in 18 games.
They came in handy against a Pioneer (6-6 L-L, 9-9 overall) team which led 14-13 after one. The game remained tight at the half, with the Central boys clinging to a slim 28-27 lead going to the lockers.
Matt Achille, Luke Beers and Ben Sandberg each scored 15 in a balanced L-S attack and the Pioneer boys went up by five, 46-41, at the end of three.
The Barons, though, wouldn’t be denied, saving their best for last and outscoring L-S 24-15 in the fourth.
Last Friday, Funk’s career-high 29 points led the way for the Barons in a 76-33 drubbing of Annville-Cleona in a Section Three-Four crossover.
Walsh added 13 points for the Central boys, who put it out of reach by outscoring the Little Dutchmen 25-7 in the third quarter.
Last Wednesday, Jan. 14, Matt Walsh finished with a game-high 22 points, Taylor Funk added 17 and the Manheim Central boys earned an easy 71-34 win over host Lebanon Catholic in a Section Three-Four crossover game.
The Barons had a commanding 41-19 edge at the half and never looked back.
Dan Wiederrecht and Tony Staffieri chipped in with seven and six points, respectively, on a night when 11 different players scored for Manheim Central.

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