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BY JEFF FALK

LANCASTER- The Cedar Crest boys’ basketball team will be involved in a lot of important games with implications from here on out – the Falcons have worked hard to put themselves in that position.

But Cedar Crest can not be expected to win them all. And if you must lose some, it is better to lose them early.

On Tuesday night at McCaskey High School, the Falcons were not up to the challenge presented by the home-standing Red Tornado, and they dropped a somewhat disappointing 62-48 road decision. While the contest was much closer than the final score might indicate, it did reflect the difference in the two clubs on this particular evening.

The result was far from devastating for the Falcons. It was just their second of the season and Cedar Crest’s first in Lancaster-Lebanon Section One play, and it created a virtual tied atop the circuit’s standing.

Cedar Crest is now 14-2 overall and 7-1 in Section One. The Falcons held down the number-three line in the latest District Three Class AAAAAA power rankings.

With the triumph, McCaskey moved to 10-4 on the year and 6-1 in the section.

“It makes it a little tougher for us to reach our first goal,” said Cedar Crest head coach Tom Smith. “The two of us are the only ones in the section who still control their own destinies. They still have to come to us (for the rematch in South Lebanon on Jan. 31). They’re a good basketball team.

“It is disappointing,” Smith continued. “We felt good about ourselves coming down here. We were very confident coming into the game. We want to win them all.”

Down six at the break, Cedar Crest netted the first bucket of the second half on an inside move by Jason Eberhart. But later in the third period, the Falcons went scoreless for a critical 5:36 stretch, as Lancaster pushed its lead to 37-23.

“We got off to a slow start,” said Smith. “We got into foul trouble early. We just didn’t get into it. Credit to them. I thought they defended us well.

“I don’t think nerves was it,” Smith added. “We definitely never felt comfortable. Maybe it was nerves.”

McCaskey’s advantage reached 46-29 two minutes into the fourth quarter, but the Falcons refused to go quietly. Eberhart’s inside bucket capped a 16-4 Falcon burst that pulled them to within 50-45, with 1:44 to go.

Forty-four seconds later, Cedar Crest’s Trey Shutter drained a three-pointer to get his side to within 54-48 of the Red Tornado. But McCaskey tallied the final eight points of the contest.

“I expect nothing less,” said Smith. “I have a club full of warriors. They didn’t quit. They never will. In games like this, you learn a lot about yourself. I think we do need to play smarter at times.

“They’re (losses) eye-openers,” continued Smith. “When you have lots of success and have success early, your faults aren’t exposed. We’ve just got to get back to the fundamentals we do. I think we’ll regroup. They’re (his players) committed to each other.”

With 17 points, Shutter showed the way for Cedar Crest scorers, while Eberhart pumped in a dozen. Elijah Terry struck for 20 Red Tornado points.

McCaskey outscored Cedar Crest 38-26 on field goals from inside the arc. The Red Tornado also made good on 17 of its 22 free throw attempts.

“He’s been a spark,” said Smith of Shutter. “He’s been playing well lately. He was hurt at the beginning of the season, but he’s starting to get his legs. We knew he had it in him. It just took some time to come out.

“He’s (Terry) tough, man,” added Smith. “I hadn’t seen him play. I obviously had heard of him. He’s a tough check. One thing we said was we had to make him earn everything. Our size has given people problems, but it didn’t seem to bother him.”

The Red Tornado registered seven of the game’s first ten points. But behind four points from Eberhart, an old-fashioned three-point play from Ileri Ayo-Faleye and a Grant Allwein drive, the Falcons pieced together a 9-4 stretch to take a 12-11 edge.

“I think we have a good idea of what’s going on,” said Smith. “I’ve got a big bench and kids competing. We’re seeing some things we like.”

An inside hoop by Ayo-Faleye and a three-pointer from Amani Jones gave the Falcons a 17-15 margin midway through the second quarter. But McCaskey ended the half on a 9-1 run, and with a 24-18 lead.

“It’s definitely something we’re working on, finding one guy to take control,” said Smith of his club’s lack of a true point guard. “We don’t necessarily have that floor general. Are we talking about that? Yes.”

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2019-20 Cedar Crest Boys’ Basketball Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
6:00 pm
Red Land
Cedar Crest
at Lebanon
29
70

Nonleague
12/07
7:30 pm
Elco
Cedar Crest
at Lebanon
55
59

Nonleague
12/09
7:30 pm
Wyomissing
at Cedar Crest
47
59

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Elizabethtown
45
41

League
12/16
7:30 pm
Lebanon
at Cedar Crest
55
57

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Ephrata
57
26

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Warwick
at Cedar Crest
50
55

League
12/21
7:00 pm
Cedar Crest
at Palmyra

Nonleague
12/27
7:30 pm
Oxford
at Cedar Crest
38
51

Nonleague
12/28
7:30 pm
Lebanon
at Cedar Crest
49
59

Nonleague
1/02
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Conestoga Valley
52
46

League
1/04
4:30 pm
Cedar Crest
Lower Dauphin
at Lebanon Valley College
46
58

Nonleague
1/08
7:30 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest
47
61

League
1/10
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Penn Manor
70
40

League
1/11
3:00 pm
Cedar Crest
Bishop McDevitt
at Manheim Central
58
55

Nonleague
1/14
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at McCaskey

League
1/17
7:30 pm
Manheim Township
at Cedar Crest

League
1/22
7:30 pm
Carlisle
at Cedar Crest

Nonleague
1/24
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Hempfield

League
1/28
7:30 pm
Penn Manor
at Cedar Crest

League
1/31
7:30 pm
McCaskey
at Cedar Crest

League
2/04
7:30 pm
Cedar Crest
at Manheim Township

League

PIAA District Three

Class AAAAAA Power Rankings

AAAAAASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Wilson13-1-0 0.843832 0.953704 0.709545 15.5 207.4 0.8 84.9
2Cumberland Valley10-1-0 0.783359 0.942529 0.588817 12.3 145.9 0.8 101.9
3Cedar Crest13-1-0 0.780907 0.947853 0.576862 15.5 163.8 0.9 120.2
4Central York12-2-0 0.778687 0.900621 0.629657 14.5 171.6 1.6 100.9
5Reading10-3-0 0.768765 0.838710 0.683277 11.7 181.0 2.3 83.9
6Central Dauphin9-3-0 0.740823 0.826923 0.635590 10.8 160.6 2.3 92.1
7Governor Mifflin9-4-0 0.736997 0.777778 0.687153 10.9 204.1 3.1 92.9
8J P McCaskey9-4-0 0.716036 0.778547 0.639633 11.3 181.4 3.2 102.2
9Warwick10-4-0 0.695840 0.785714 0.585993 12.1 165.3 3.3 116.8
10Chambersburg Area9-4-0 0.692704 0.773852 0.593524 11.0 143.9 3.2 98.6
11Harrisburg7-4-0 0.689272 0.735683 0.632549 8.4 154.5 3.0 89.8
12Exeter Township9-5-0 0.686663 0.726950 0.637424 10.3 188.6 3.9 107.3
13Dallastown8-5-0 0.672508 0.701107 0.637553 9.5 180.3 4.1 102.5
14Central Dauphin East5-4-0 0.646897 0.647668 0.645953 6.3 168.4 3.4 92.3
15Waynesboro Area7-4-0 0.639731 0.704036 0.561136 7.9 145.3 3.3 113.6
16Manheim Township7-7-0 0.634284 0.606618 0.668099 8.3 194.4 5.4 96.6
17Lebanon8-6-0 0.627862 0.666667 0.580434 9.6 172.7 4.8 124.8
18Penn Manor7-7-0 0.606259 0.603704 0.609383 8.2 181.2 5.4 116.2
19HEMPFIELD5-9-0 0.558914 0.461240 0.678293 6.0 191.6 7.0 90.9
20Red Lion5-8-0 0.536096 0.456790 0.633024 5.6 181.0 6.6 104.9
21Carlisle3-8-0 0.518423 0.378238 0.689760 3.7 182.2 6.0 82.0
22Conestoga Valley3-11-0 0.430273 0.270833 0.625144 3.3 190.2 8.8 114.1
23York County School Of Technology4-6-0 0.394415 0.395833 0.392682 3.8 92.3 5.8 142.8

Lancaster-Lebanon League

Section One Standings

LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Cedar Crest710.8751420.875907738
McCaskey610.8571040.714959831
Hempfield430.571590.357622682
Manheim Township350.375870.533849770
Penn Manor260.250780.467749816

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