Loss to Cocalico spoils Barons’ District playoff hopes

By on February 6, 2019
Manheim Central senior guard Cam Sell (left) drives around Cocalico’s Ronald Zahm in Tuesday’s game. Photos by Missi Mortimer

Manheim Central senior guard Cam Sell (left) drives around Cocalico’s Ronald Zahm in Tuesday’s game. Photos by Missi Mortimer

Monday’s results had lasting effects for the Cocalico and Manheim Central boys hoops teams.

That was good news for the Eagles, who rode the momentum from a 75-54 victory over Solanco into a hot start Tuesday against the Barons in Denver.

For the Central boys?

Well, their hard-fought 42-38 loss to Garden Spot left a little of a carry-over against Cocalico.

“When you lose a tough one and and you’ve got to go on the road the next night,” Baron coach Charlie Fisher said, “I thought we started a little slow.”

Cocalico built a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, then saw Manheim Central cut its deficit to one, 25-24, in the third.

But in the end, Connor Mack and Brady Nuneville scored 11 points apiece on Senior Night, and the Eagles went 11-of-12 from the foul line in the fourth to clinch a 51-43 Section Three win.

“That’s awesome,” Cocalico coach Seth Sigman said of his team’s fourth-quarter free throws. “I mean, if you can do that, you’re going to win a lot of close games, and we needed to because (MC) kept making runs and cutting it four or five.”

The victory boosted the Eagles (7-6 L-L, 12-9 overall) into the magic 16th and final District Three 5A berth, with one regular-season game left against Exeter (8-11) on Wednesday night.

“We said starting the week, ‘We had three games and we needed to win them all,’” Sigman said. “We need to win (Wednesday) too. Our mentality coming into the week was, ‘We need three wins.’ We thought three wins would get us in.”

The Barons (5-8 L-L, 9-12), meanwhile, felt they only had an outside chance following Monday’s loss to GS. They will end their season Thursday hosting Northern York in a non-league game.

“We were both 17th or 18th, so that was big for Districts,” Fisher said.

Nuneville was big for the Eagles in the opening stanza, scoring six of his 11 points, as Cocalico took a 14-6 advantage after one. Jacob Digman added five points and Mack was 3-of-3 at the foul line.

“When we make shots, we’re a different team,” Sigman said. “We hit eight ‘threes’ in the first half (Monday) night and I think we carried some of that momentum over into tonight, which I was hoping we would do. We had a little bit of a different starting lineup out there for Senior Night, but our energy was great, those guys played really well to start the game off.”

Carson Brenize and Colton Book each hit a ‘three’ in the second quarter for the Barons, but Cocalico still held a 23-14 advantage at the half.

Senior Chase Marquette, the Barons’ leading scorer with 10.9 ppg, was unavailable to play against the Eagles due to a wrist injury.

“He just gives you a perimeter threat, which opens up the middle,” Fisher said. “He’s always somebody that you can look at to get a shot or attack the rim. He plays probably 29 minutes a game for us, so you’ve got to replace those minutes in a big game like this and it’s tough.”

Still, however, the Central boys battled, and with Colton Book scoring five of his game-high 14 points in the third, including a trey, the Barons opened the period on a 10-2 run to close the gap to one. Cam Sell finished with 11 points for the Barons.

“We battled,” Fisher said. “Guys played hard and then (Cocalico) went on a 6-0 run in about 30 seconds in the third and they kinda went away with it at that point.”

Leading 31-24 going to the fourth, Cocalico’s Ben Karbe hit two foul shots to make it 33-24.

Later, after the Eagles’ Mack and MC’s Drew Mummau traded 3-pointers, the Barons were back within seven, 36-29, with 5:13 left, and then when Sell buried both ends of a 1-and-1 at the 2:22 mark, it was a five-point game, 40-35.

Not long afterward, Central had an opportunity to get even closer, but missed, and Carter Nuneville’s layup with 1:51 remaining pushed the Eagles’ advantage back up to 42-35.

“I thought we had a little bit of momentum,” Fisher said, “we had a good look, it didn’t go in and then they scored on a layup and I think that was the final dagger, I would say.”

The Barons got back as close as six, 47-41, on Mummau’s triple with 28 seconds remaining, only to see Cocalico’s Austin Landers and Mack go a combined 4-of-4 at the foul line in the final 24 seconds to put it in the books.

“They hit a couple of ‘threes’ to cut it down to, like, four points and it gets dicey,” Sigman said. “That’s how all Section games are though, Everybody knows everyone so well. They know what we’re trying to do, we know what they’re trying to do and it’s always going to come down to a couple of possessions. We knew it was going to get tight again and it did.”


On Monday night, Garden Spot held off a fourth-quarter comeback by Manheim Central and secured a 42-38 Section Three win in Manheim.

The second-place Spartans led 25-20 at the half, then went on a 13-6 run in the third to stretch their lead to 12 points going to the fourth. Spot’s Keontae Nunn led all scorers with 23 points.

The Barons’ Chase Marquette scored seven of his team-high 14 points down the stretch, helping MC outscore the Spartans 12-4, but it wasn’t enough.

Cam Sell chipped in with 10 points for Central.


In other action last Saturday, the Barons scored 10 three-pointers and pulled away to a 65-55 win over Solanco in a Section Three game in Manheim.

Senior Chase Marquette knocked down three of those treys and had 15 points to lead three Manheim Central players in double figures. Colton Book chipped in with 11 points and Cam Sell finished with 10.

Book, Carson Brenize, Marquette and Drew Mummau all hit from downtown in the opening quarter, when the Barons took a 20-12 lead.

Solanco’s Dawson Kreider scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter, with a pair of ‘threes,’ helping the Golden Mules outscore MC 15-14 and remain close at the half.

The Barons, though, came back with a 23-10 run in the third to break it open. Sell scored twice from downtown and had eight points total in the period, and Josh Young added a trey, as Manheim Central grabbed a commanding 57-37 lead.


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