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BY JEFF FALK

ANNVILLE – Make no mistakes about it, all losses sting. None should ever be trivialized.

But it may be that being undefeated was counter productive to the Cedar Crest boys’ basketball team’s ultimate goals.

On Saturday evening at Lebanon Valley College’s Lou Sorrentino Gymnasium, the Falcons endured their initial setback of campaign, a 58-46 defeat at the hands of Lower Dauphin, in the middle contest of the 11th annual Rhoades Classic. Cedar Crest looked very much like its unbeaten self for much of the first three periods, before being outscored 21-11 in the fourth.

Following 11 straight victories to start the season, the Falcons are now 11-1 overall. Cedar Crest stood second in the latest District Three Class AAAAAA power rankings.

Lower Dauphin evened its record at 5-5 with the non-league outcome.

“I think starting off 11-0, we were getting away with some things, and some of those things caught up with us tonight,” said Cedar Crest head coach Tom Smith. “Offensively, we weren’t sharing the ball the way we typically do. They (Lower Dauphin) can play in transition. Our problems on offense led to problems defensively.

“When you’re an undefeated team, you wear a bullseye,” Smith continued. “Everyone wants a shot at you. They (Lower Dauphin) were looking for a signature win. They played with a lot of energy, especially in the second half.”

With the outcome hanging in the balance, Cedar Crest simply laid an egg in crunch time.

Crest managed just Trey Shutter’s driving lay-in over the first 4:40 of the fourth quarter, while Lower Dauphin was pushing a modest lead to 46-37. Lower Dauphin tallied all 21 of its fourth quarter points at the basket or from the free throw line.

“I thought we struggled to get baskets,” said Smith. “They (his players) were selfish, in that they were taking tough shots to get us going. We were not running our offense or doing what we’ve been doing. The momentum swung and they (Lower Dauphin) rode it all the way.”

A couple of driving lay-ups by Cole Miller extended Cedar Crest’s slim halftime edge to 30-25 early in the third quarter. But Lower Dauphin outscored Cedar Crest 12-5 over the final 3:35 of that period and carried a 37-35 margin into the fourth quarter.

“I want to win every game,” said Smith. “But if anything can come of this, adversity can help you refocus. You can take some good out of it.”

Ileri Ayo-Faleye poured in 12 points to lead the Cedar Crest scoring. CC made just one-of-four foul shots and was outscored by 14 points at the charity stripe.

“We have a full slate,” said Smith, of his healthy roster. “This was Grant’s (Allwein) first game back. Everybody was healthy and available.”

Down five early, Cedar Crest rattled off eight straight points, on a pair of three-pointers from Amani Jones and a drive by Shutter, to assume an 11-8 lead.

“I’m very happy with where we’re at,” said Smith. “We’re nowhere close to our ceiling, which is scary.

“We played well over the holidays,” Smith added. “Lower Dauphin is a good basketball team that has played a tough schedule. We felt really good about ourselves at 11-0.”

Lower Daupin opened a 21-15 advantage early in the second quarter. But Cedar Crest pieced together an 11-2 run – courtesy of four points from Ayo-Faleye, an Allwein three-pointer, a Max Scipioni basket and a lay-in by Jason Eberhart – to take a 26-23 margin to the break.

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2019-20 Cedar Crest Boys’ Basketball Schedule

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
60
40

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

Nonleague
1/07
7:30 pm
Hempfield
at Cedar Crest

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

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

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
1Wilson8-1-0 0.830899 0.926108 0.714531 9.4 145.6 0.8 58.2
2Cedar Crest11-0-0 0.797108 1.000000 0.549129 13.0 113.5 0.0 93.2
3Exeter Township7-1-0 0.787608 0.912791 0.634606 7.9 133.0 0.8 76.6
4Governor Mifflin7-2-0 0.784117 0.840796 0.714844 8.5 146.4 1.6 58.4
5Reading7-2-0 0.773891 0.844560 0.687518 8.2 122.0 1.5 55.5
6Cumberland Valley7-1-0 0.760068 0.919355 0.565383 8.6 96.2 0.8 74.0
7Central York8-2-0 0.752697 0.855856 0.626615 9.5 128.6 1.6 76.6
8Harrisburg2-1-0 0.708148 0.769231 0.633492 2.5 106.3 0.8 61.5
9Central Dauphin6-3-0 0.694386 0.756757 0.618155 7.0 105.6 2.3 65.2
10Penn Manor7-3-0 0.692265 0.776190 0.589690 8.2 127.6 2.4 88.8
11Dallastown5-3-0 0.676959 0.704819 0.642907 5.9 138.5 2.5 76.9
12Central Dauphin East4-2-0 0.672115 0.724638 0.607921 5.0 107.5 1.9 69.3
13Chambersburg Area6-3-0 0.669472 0.748718 0.572617 7.3 96.4 2.5 72.0
14J P McCaskey5-4-0 0.658907 0.661376 0.655891 6.3 137.0 3.2 71.9
15Warwick6-4-0 0.641334 0.685714 0.587091 7.2 123.7 3.3 87.0
16Manheim Township5-5-0 0.634214 0.607143 0.667300 6.0 140.5 3.9 70.1
17Waynesboro Area5-4-0 0.597639 0.627119 0.561608 5.6 108.3 3.3 84.5
18Lebanon5-5-0 0.595497 0.605000 0.583882 6.1 115.2 4.0 82.1
19Red Lion5-5-0 0.585795 0.566327 0.609589 5.6 129.1 4.3 82.7
20HEMPFIELD4-7-0 0.551196 0.467662 0.653294 4.7 134.4 5.4 71.3
21York County School Of Technology4-2-0 0.527859 0.666667 0.358205 3.8 63.9 1.9 114.4
22Carlisle2-7-0 0.479004 0.313725 0.681011 2.4 122.7 5.3 57.5
23Conestoga Valley3-8-0 0.457010 0.336788 0.603949 3.3 136.1 6.4 89.3

Lancaster-Lebanon League

Section One Standings

LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Cedar Crest501.0001001.000564436
McCaskey410.800540.556609580
Hempfield320.600470.364488525
Penn Manor230.400730.700520478
Manheim Township230.400550.500547519

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