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 BY JEFF FALK

 MYERSTOWN – Sometimes growing up, adolscents struggle with things like confidence, self-esteem and outside influences.

 In the case of the Elco boys’ basketball team’s true identity, one needs to look only as far as the win-loss ledger. For the Raiders are, who their record says they are.

 On Tuesday night at home, Elco padded its seasonal resume with a 42-37 come-from-behind triumph over Octorara. While they navigated some shaky moments throughout, the Raiders started strong and finished stronger. 

 The late-season result propelled the Raiders to 10-7 overall, 6-3 in Section Four of the Lancaster-Lebanon League and solidified their standing for both the league and District Three Class AAAA playoff tournaments. Octorara, which had handed Elco a 54-50 setback on January 4th, fell to 9-7 on the year and 5-5 in the section.

 “Looking at the schedule at the beginning of the season, I think we’re exactly where we thought we’d be, record-wise,” said Elco head coach Brad Conners. “Looking back, there’s probably a couple we could’ve had, and you could kick yourself. But we’re in the hunt, and there a couple of different things up for grab.

 “It’s (the postseason) the goal,” Conners continued. “It was the goal from Day Zero. The goal has been to return to districts, win the section and make the league playoffs. It’s all still there. It’s all in front of us.”

 Last night certainly wasn’t Elco’s finest performance of the season. But when the outcome was hanging in the balance, the Raiders seemed to flip a switch and make all the plays when they needed to.

 Trailing 35-34, a Braden Bohannon three-pointer with 1:55 to go gave Elco the lead for good. Thrity-seven seconds later, Bohannon converted an old-fashioned three-point lead to give the Raiders a 40-35 lead, and then Asher Kemble all but iced it with an inside bucket, with 38 seconds remaining.

 But even before their late flurry, Raider Jordan Fernandez had knotted the score at 32 with a three-pointer, just ahead of Evan Huey’s driving lay-up.

 “The Bo three on the sideline, coming off a screen, was big,” said Conners. “I knew he was going to shoot it, and I knew he was going to make it. There was a huge defensive play by Asher, he sent Huey ahead and he finished. And there was Bo’s ‘And One.’ We had a lot of different guys make plays down the stretch.

  “It was a similar game with them at their place,” added Conners. “But in that game, we started slow. Being at home helps. We benefited from that, especially down the stretch. But what a game.”

 After struggling offensively for most of the first half, Elco went without a point for the first three minutes of the second half. It was 21-14 Octorara, before Kemble knocked down a jumper, Fernandez scored on a put-back and Bohannon scooped in deuce to pull the home side to within a point of the lead.

  “We found a way,” said Conners. “It’s like feast or famine right now for us offensively. But our defense gave us a chance to win.

 “At halftime we talked about being more aggressive,” Conners added. “We talked about, “Make it, miss it, you’ve got to live with the result. But you can’t be hesitant.”

 With 13 points, Bohannon garnered team-high scoring honors. The Raiders made all four of their free throw attempts and outscored the Braves 12-3 from distance.

 “There was a lot at stake,” said Conners. “For us here at Elco, every game is a big game. We don’t look past anyone. There were some things on the line, but we prepared the same way we always do. Friday’s the next game. It’s the biggest game of the season.”

 Elco started the game on fire and threatened to run Octorara out of its gym.

 The Raiders held the Braves without a point for the opening 6:09 of the contest. On the other end of the floor, Elco was getting five points from Bryce Coletti, a Bohannon triple and a drive to the bucket by Fernandez to open a 10-0 lead.

 “I thought the game started the way we wanted it to,” said Conners. “I thought we were running the floor hard and we were playing fast. The second quarter was a grind, but our defense kept us in it.”

 In the second period, it was Elco’s turn to go seven minutes without a score. The resulting 10-0 Octorara run tied the game at 12, and the Braves led 15-14 at the intermission.

 “It’s kind of been happening offensively, where we go into a funk,” said Conners. “I think that really starts affecting our psyche and we play passive. I think that’s what it was.”

 

 

 

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 2018-19 Elco Boys’ Basketball Results

 
 
Date Opponents Outcomes  
12/07
6:00 pm
Cedar Crest
Elco
at Lebanon
67
36
 
12/08
6:00 pm
Red Land
Elco
at Lebanon
37
60
 
12/11
7:30 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
67
47
 
12/14
7:30 pm
Elco
at Cocalico
42
39
 
12/17
7:30 pm
Manheim Central
at Elco
31
62
 
12/19
7:30 pm
Elco
at Solanco
61
55
 
12/21
7:30 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
at Elco
51
31
 
12/28
7:30 pm
Elco
at Eastern York
65
70
 
12/29
6:00 pm
Elco
Spring Grove
at Eastern York Holiday Tournament
72
39
 
1/04
7:30 pm
Elco
at Octorara
50
54
 
1/05
1:30 pm
Oley Valley
at Elco
36
64
 
1/08
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Elco
42
52
 
1/09
7:30 pm
Elco
at Camp Hill
57
67
 
1/11
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco
31
40
 
1/16
7:30 pm
Elco
at Wyomissing
38
54
 
1/18
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic
40
42
 
1/22
7:30 pm
Octorara
at Elco
   
1/25
7:30 pm
Elco
at Donegal
   
1/29
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
   
1/30
7:30 pm
Elco
at Conrad Weiser
   
2/01
7:30 pm
Elco
at Garden Spot
   
2/05
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
 Class AAAA Power Rankings
 
AAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Bishop McDevitt 13- 2- 0  0.725129  0.892744  0.520265  14.2  165.0  1.7  152.1
2 Eastern York 14- 3- 0  0.717026  0.857939  0.544800  15.4  185.5  2.6  155.0
3 Berks Catholic School 11- 2- 0  0.711867  0.853480  0.538784  11.7  167.1  2.0  143.0
4 Littlestown 16- 0- 0  0.709470  1.000000  0.354378  15.7  119.0  0.0  216.8
5 Lancaster Catholic 11- 6- 0  0.628540  0.689150  0.554463  11.8  188.9  5.3  151.8
6 Octorara Area 9- 6- 0  0.581163  0.661238  0.483293  10.2  160.6  5.2  171.7
7 Susquehanna Township 8- 7- 0  0.577873  0.584192  0.570149  8.5  171.9  6.1  129.6
8 Fleetwood 9- 5- 0  0.562793  0.663121  0.440170  9.4  135.0  4.8  171.7
9 Eastern Lebanon County 9- 7- 0  0.562625  0.604294  0.511696  9.9  175.0  6.5  167.0
10 Schuylkill Valley 8- 7- 0  0.547313  0.549153  0.545065  8.1  171.8  6.7  143.4
11 West Perry 9- 6- 0  0.533401  0.596091  0.456780  9.2  140.3  6.2  166.9
12 Wyomissing 9- 8- 0  0.531579  0.568389  0.486589  9.4  159.7  7.1  168.5
13 Boiling Springs 5- 10- 0  0.501609  0.379061  0.651389  5.3  207.5  8.6  111.1
14 Kennard Dale 6- 10- 0  0.455766  0.405229  0.517535  6.2  176.4  9.1  164.4
15 Northern Lebanon 5- 10- 0  0.435292  0.358885  0.528678  5.2  177.9  9.2  158.6
16 Susquehannock 4- 11- 0  0.432118  0.280443  0.617498  3.8  206.8  9.8  128.1
17 James Buchanan 3- 10- 0  0.414675  0.266376  0.595930  3.1  181.6  8.4  123.1
18 East Pennsboro Area 4- 11- 0  0.394428  0.274914  0.540500  4.0  163.2  10.6  138.7
19 Bermudian Springs 5- 11- 0  0.389709  0.313793  0.482496  4.6  158.5  10.0  170.0
20 Middletown Area 1- 13- 0  0.327332  0.078947  0.630913  1.1  192.1  12.3  112.4
21 Hamburg Area 1- 14- 0  0.275201  0.064846  0.532300  1.0  173.5  13.7  152.4
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Lancaster-Lebanon League

 Section Four Standings

 
  League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Lancaster Catholic 8 1 88.89 12 6 66.67 1032 788
Elco 6 3 66.67 10 7 58.82 879 799
Octorara 5 5 50.00 9 7 56.25 877 884
Northern Lebanon 2 7 22.22 5 11 31.25 631 793
Donegal 0 9 0.00 0 17 0.00 696 1051

 

 

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