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 BY JEFF FALK

 LITITZ – In many ways, all the hard work, all the long practices, all the weight room reps were performed with this stage in mind. Now the Elco boys’ basketball team is down to a final shot.

 On Friday evening at Warwick High School, the Raiders endured a disappointing 64-48 defeat at the hands of Elizabethtown, in a play-in game to the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs. Abondoned by its bread-and-butter man-to-man defense, the Raiders were done in by a late first-half rally, then couldn’t mount a charge during the second 16 minutes of action.

 The loss droppepd Elco, the runner-up from Section Four, to 13-10 overall. The Raiders will likely enter the upcoming PIAA District Three Class AAAA postseason as the sixth seed.

 Elizabethtown, the second-place finisher out of Section Two, advanced to Monday’s L-L league quarterfinals with a 14-9 mark.

  “We’re year-round,” said Elco head coach Brad Conners. “After the end of our season, in a month we’re back at it. They (his players) do the work. They want to get better. This was big for a lot of these guys. This tournament’s special. It’s fun. You can feel the excitement.

  “We’ll approach it (districts) the same way, like any other game,” continued Conners. “The next game is the most important game. We’ll prepare the same way, with excitement. We’ll have a chance to do a little work defensively. But nothing’s guaranteed.”

  Things weren’t all bad all night for the Raiders. Elco came out with a spring in its step and opened a 10-4 lead midway through the opening period on back-to-back three-pointers from Braden Bohannon and Bryce Coletti.

 “I thought for 14 of the first 16 minutes we outplayed them,” said Conners. “That last minute-and-a-half before halftime, they turned us over on four of our last seven possessions. We talked a little bit at halftime, ‘We’re OK. We’ll be fine.’

 “Then it started to snowball,” Conners added. “Defensively, in the third quarter, we fell back. We got locked on the ball and we lost our man. That was disappointing.”

 Elco led 20-15 three minutes into the second period on a Ben Horst lay-in, and 23-21 on an Evan Huey three-pointer. But the Raiders went without a score over the next three minutes, and Elizabethtown rattled off ten unanswered points to take a 31-23 lead it would never relinquish.

 “They ended the quarter strong,” said Conners of the Bears. “And we limped into the half.

 “In the second quarter, I thought we’d be OK,” added Conners. “I thought we’d come out in the second half. But we didn’t look like we were ready to take it. We didn’t look the part.”

 Bohannon and Asher Kemble led  the Raiders with a dozen points apiece, while Coletti contrbuted ten.

 But Elco had no anwer for E-town stud Larry Locker, an athletic inside guy who poured in a game-high 24 points, including the Bears’ first ten points of the game. Elizabethtown also drained nine three-point field goals.

 The Raiders are giving up, on average, about 48 points per outing this season.

 “We were looking to stop Locker, but we really didn’t do that,” said Conners. “We also gave up all those ‘threes’, and this is what you get. I hadn’t seen it (defensive breakdowns) all year. That was a little bit surprising and a little disappointing.

 “I didn’t think we looked nervous,” Conners continued. “I thought we were ready to go.”

  Elco’s anticipated second-half run never came. Elco went another five minutes without points in the third quarter, and the Bears pushed their advantage to 43-28.

 “We felt like we could do some things,” said Conners of the league playoffs. “We felt like we hadn’t played our best basketball yet.

 “We had very little time to prepare for this game,” continued Conners. “It would’ve been nice to have a couple of days to get ready.”

  If the outcome was still in doubt, Elizabethtown settled it early in the final quarter. The Bears hit the Raiders with another 8-0 spurt to run their lead to 55-35, with six minutes remaining.

 “We’ll be fine,” said Conners. “They (his players) love basketball. They like the whole idea of playoffs. We’ve got a week to prepare for districts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
37
42
 
1/25
7:30 pm
Elco
at Donegal
66
50
 
2/01
7:30 pm
Elco
at Garden Spot
48
51
 
2/02
2:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon
55
36
 
2/05
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco
51
56
 
2/06
5:00 pm
Elco
at Conrad Weiser
41
54
 
2/08
6:00 pm
Elco
Elizabethtown
at Warwick
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
 Class AAAA Power Rankings
 
AAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Eastern York 19- 3- 0  0.735519  0.891489  0.544888  21.0  253.4  2.6  211.7
2 Bishop McDevitt 18- 3- 0  0.726226  0.881960  0.535885  19.8  240.8  2.7  208.6
3 Berks Catholic School 17- 4- 0  0.708264  0.836066  0.552063  17.9  236.2  3.5  191.7
4 Littlestown 21- 1- 0  0.696165  0.965116  0.367447  20.8  165.7  0.8  285.3
5 Lancaster Catholic 14- 8- 0  0.623975  0.678733  0.557048  15.0  263.4  7.1  209.5
6 Eastern Lebanon County 13- 9- 0  0.576384  0.634529  0.505317  14.2  237.6  8.2  232.6
7 Octorara Area 12- 9- 0  0.557955  0.623557  0.477775  13.5  220.4  8.2  240.9
8 Schuylkill Valley 13- 9- 0  0.555739  0.590278  0.513525  12.8  232.6  8.9  220.3
9 Susquehanna Township 10- 11- 0  0.553757  0.530713  0.581922  10.8  266.2  9.6  191.3
10 Boiling Springs 8- 12- 0  0.526330  0.454545  0.614067  8.5  274.2  10.2  172.3
11 West Perry 12- 10- 0  0.518598  0.551111  0.478859  12.4  212.4  10.1  231.1
12 Wyomissing 11- 11- 0  0.517997  0.535047  0.497159  11.5  231.9  10.0  234.6
13 Fleetwood 11- 10- 0  0.506080  0.557178  0.443628  11.5  193.2  9.1  242.3
14 Susquehannock 6- 16- 0  0.444979  0.298507  0.624000  6.0  288.6  14.1  173.9
15 Kennard Dale 7- 14- 0  0.439879  0.366584  0.529462  7.4  247.6  12.7  220.0
16 Northern Lebanon 6- 15- 0  0.411621  0.312655  0.532579  6.3  249.3  13.9  218.8
17 James Buchanan 5- 16- 0  0.410467  0.267176  0.585600  5.3  256.2  14.4  181.3
18 East Pennsboro Area 6- 16- 0  0.409366  0.293578  0.550885  6.4  241.2  15.4  196.6
19 Bermudian Springs 6- 15- 0  0.372907  0.277635  0.489350  5.4  216.0  14.1  225.4
20 Middletown Area 2- 17- 0  0.362425  0.114441  0.665516  2.1  279.7  16.3  140.6
21 Hamburg Area 2- 20- 0  0.294830  0.088785  0.546664  1.9  252.8  19.5  209.6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Lancaster-Lebanon League
 Final Section Four Standings
 
 
  League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Lancaster Catholic 10 3 76.92 14 8 63.64 1242 979
Elco 9 4 69.23 13 10 56.52 1193 1105
Octorara 6 6 50.00 12 9 57.14 1175 1139
Northern Lebanon 3 9 25.00 6 15 28.57 836 1041
Donegal 0 13 0.00 0 22 0.00 918 1339
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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