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 BY JEFF FALK

 WYOMISSING – Plenty of moments. Plenty of highlights.

 But no championships. No real signature wins.

  So close. But yet so far away.

 The Elco boys’ basketball team still has some work left to do. And the Raiders still haven’t run out of time.

 If any result epitomized – or characterized – Elco’s season, this one was it.

 On Thursday night at Berks Catholic High School, the Raiders played their hearts out in the quarterfinal round of the District Three Class AAAA playoffs, but couldn’t get over the top, in a  36-34 loss to the home-standing Saints. After falling behind early, the Raiders rallied, but couldn’t produce that one decisive play down the stretch.

 The loss dropped sixth-seeded Elco to 13-11 overall and into the consolation bracket of a District Three Class AAAA tournament, which advances five teams to the PIAA playoffs. The Raiders can take a step in that direction on Monday at 7 p.m. at home, against seventh-seeded Octorara.

 Third-seeded Berks Catholic will carry a 21-5 mark into Monday’s Class AAAA semifinal.

 “It’s been pretty meaningful,” said Elco head coach Brad Conners of the season his club is currently enjoying. “We’ve made memories all season long. Those are the things that matter to me. I don’t know if we need anything to validate it. But we want Monday’s game.

 “Our season is not over yet,” continued Conners. “That’s (Berks Catholic) potentially the district champion. We were right there with them. We got the game we wanted. It’s a tough pill to swallow. If we want our season to continue, it will.”

 If the Raiders were playing for an opportunity in the fourth quarter, they got it, after trailing by 14 points early in the second half.

 Elco began the final period with a three-pointer from Asher Kemble, and another ‘trey’, this one from Bryce Coletti, pulled Elco to within 34-31 of the lead, with 5:34 remaining. Most of the next five minutes of action consisted of the Saints playing a deliberate style of ‘keep away’ and Elco trying to double team the ball and foul.

 When the Raiders did finally reach the bonus, Berks Catholic connected on a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left, to up its advantage to 36-31. Those foul shots made another Coletti three-pointer, with six seconds to go, meaningless.

 “It was 34-31 with two minutes to go,and I thought we were fine,” said Conners. “We took a timeout and talked to the kids about going for the steal. We were tough, but we didn’t get what we wanted. I’m proud of our kids. I’m proud of the effort.

 “I thought our kids were solid,” Conners continued. “They were resilient. They played to the end. We finally found our rhythm in the second half. They (his players) laid it on the line tonight, and they came up short.”

  Things certainly didn’t look good for the Raiders three minutes into the third quarter, with Berks Catholic up 29-15. 

  But when Kemble knocked down a jumper and Braden Bohannon netted a driving lay-in, it seemed to spark Elco. The Raiders then notched the final six points of the period – on a pair of Coletti drives and another Kemble jump shot – to close to within 32-25 of the Saints.

 “Our game plan was to spread them out and make them come out and guard us,” said Conners. “We can’t come out and get into a track meet with them all game long. We just came up a couple of points short. They had more possessions than us, and it felt like they were coming off offensive rebounds.

 “But I don’t think the moment was too big for us,” added Conners. “We were right there.”

 Coletti, Kemble and Bohannon combined to score all 34 of the Raiders’ points. Kemble and Coletti each posted a dozen points, while Bohannon collected ten.

 Berks Catholic connected on four of its eight foul shots, but outscored Elco by three points there.

 “They’re long. They’re strong. They’re seasoned,” said Conners of the Saints. “I saw them live three times, in person. We thought by spreading them out, we could utilize our quickness. We took one shot, and basically we were done. It’s a tough way to play.”

  Thanks to three points from Bohannon and a deuce by Coletti, Elco trailed 7-5, 5:17 into the contest. Bohannon also tallied the first five points of the second stanza, as the Raiders drew to within 11-10 of the lead.

 “We’re one game at a time,” said Conners. “The most important game is the one we’re playing right now. The last week of practice has been in preparation for this game.”

 A three-pointer from Kemble midway through the second stanza pulled Elco to within 14-13 of Berks Catholic. But it would prove to be the Raiders’ last points of the first half, as the Saints enjoyed a 25-13 bulge in the locker room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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
48
64
 
2/21
7:00 pm
Elco
at Berks Catholic
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
 Final Class AAAA Power Rankings
 
AAAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Eastern York 19- 3- 0  0.735926  0.891489  0.545793  21.0  256.9  2.6  213.8
2 Bishop McDevitt 19- 3- 0  0.726609  0.886266  0.531472  20.7  247.4  2.7  218.1
3 Berks Catholic School 17- 4- 0  0.710619  0.836066  0.557296  17.9  243.7  3.5  193.6
4 Littlestown 21- 1- 0  0.696752  0.965116  0.368751  20.8  167.8  0.8  287.3
5 Lancaster Catholic 14- 8- 0  0.624728  0.678733  0.558722  15.0  267.6  7.1  211.4
6 Eastern Lebanon County 13- 9- 0  0.575598  0.634529  0.503571  14.2  239.7  8.2  236.3
7 Octorara Area 13- 9- 0  0.567520  0.640969  0.477748  14.6  222.8  8.2  243.5
8 Susquehanna Township 11- 11- 0  0.566762  0.557870  0.577630  12.1  273.5  9.6  200.0
9 Schuylkill Valley 13- 9- 0  0.556119  0.590278  0.514370  12.8  234.5  8.9  221.4
10 Boiling Springs 9- 12- 0  0.540810  0.480916  0.614014  9.5  280.9  10.2  176.6
11 Wyomissing 11- 11- 0  0.518417  0.535047  0.498092  11.5  235.0  10.0  236.8
12 West Perry 12- 10- 0  0.517557  0.551111  0.476545  12.4  217.4  10.1  238.8
13 Fleetwood 11- 10- 0  0.506159  0.557178  0.443802  11.5  195.9  9.1  245.5
14 Susquehannock 6- 16- 0  0.445345  0.298507  0.624813  6.0  293.1  14.1  176.0
15 Kennard Dale 7- 15- 0  0.430445  0.348341  0.530794  7.4  250.8  13.8  221.7
16 James Buchanan 5- 17- 0  0.408107  0.257353  0.592362  5.3  266.8  15.2  183.6
17 East Pennsboro Area 6- 16- 0  0.407318  0.293578  0.546333  6.4  248.8  15.4  206.6
18 Northern Lebanon 6- 16- 0  0.404600  0.298578  0.534182  6.3  254.0  14.8  221.5
19 Bermudian Springs 6- 15- 0  0.372088  0.277635  0.487531  5.4  217.0  14.1  228.1
20 Middletown Area 2- 18- 0  0.358273  0.109375  0.662483  2.1  285.0  17.1  145.2
21 Hamburg Area 2- 20- 0  0.294607  0.088785  0.546166  1.9  254.7  19.5  211.6
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Lancaster-Lebanon League
 Final Section Four Standings
 
 
  League Overall
  W L PCT W L PCT PF PA
Lancaster Catholic 10 3 76.92 14 9 60.87 1286 1035
Elco 9 4 69.23 13 10 56.52 1193 1105
Octorara 7 6 53.85 14 9 60.87 1300 1241
Northern Lebanon 3 10 23.08 6 16 27.27 878 1090
Donegal 0 13 0.00 0 22 0.00 918 1339
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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