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 BY JEFF FALK

 SHIREMANSTOWN – Winning is important. Extremely important.

 But it isn’t the only thing in scholastic athletics.

 There are other things, like working together, doing one’s best and reaching goals. The fact that those things aren’t winning doesn’t make them any less important.

 On Monday night at Trinity High School, the Annville-Cleona boys’ basketball team experienced all the perks that the quarterfinal round of the PIAA District Three Class AAA playoffs have to offer, except winning, as they dropped a 66-25 decision to the home-standing Shamrocks. The Little Dutchmen were plagued by turnovers and poor shooting throughout, errors that were both unforced and the result of Trinity’s athletic crew.

 Despite rattling off four straight regular-season-ending victories to reach the District Three postseason, Annville-Cleona wasn’t just content to be there. But the result ended the eighth-seeded Little Dutchmen’s campaign at 12-11.

 Not bad for a first-year head coach and a bunch of multi-sport athletes.

 Trinity, the top seed in Class AAA, moved to 20-2 overall and into the semifinal round of the tournament.

  “I told our guys at the end of the game that they had nothing to be ashamed of,” said Annville-Cleona head coach Jason Coletti. “We were trying to keep our heads above water all season long, and then make a run at the end. It was a huge confidence builder. They (his players) became more consistent as the season went along and that comes from experience.

 “The importance of qualifying for districts is so they know what hard work is about,” continued Coletti. “A lot of guys didn’t want to come out for the team. And there’s a lot of teams not playing now. Now the question is: ‘What are we going to do next year?’ We have a lot of guys back.”

 Annville-Cleona certainly wasn’t in awe of the powerful Shamrocks. Although they never led, the Little Dutchmen traded punches with Trinity through most of the first half.

 A jumper and subsequent three-pointer from senior Deshaun Archer pulled the Little Dutchmen to within 9-7 of Trinity 4:18 into the contest. But the Shamrocks pieced together a 12-2 run that ended the opening quarter, spilled over into the second and gave the home side a 21-9 advantage.

 “We had a game plan to hang around, and then see where we were in the fourth quarter,” said Coletti. “But they (the Shamrocks) went on a couple of runs in the first half, and the game plan wasn’t going to work in the second half.

 “They (the Shamrocks) get a lot of credit,” Coletti continued. “They’ve got basketball players all over the court. They were knocking down shots from all over the place. They’re a veteran team. We knew it was going to be a tough one.”

 Annville-Cleona was still very much within striking distance 2:02 into the second quarter, when Adam Long scored a driving lay-up to draw the Little Dutchmen to within 21-11. But Trinity’s response was an 11-3 spurt that gave it a 32-14 bulge just before the break.

 “We left some shooters open and we know better,” said Coletti. “You’ve got to pick your poison with them, try to take away their inside game or try to take away their outside game. But we did miss a few assignments on good shooters.

 “At halftime I told them (his players) to just keep playing hard,” added Coletti. “We wanted to knock it (the deficit) down to ten, and then the pressure would be on them. But they ramped up the defense in the third quarter and we only scored two points. That’s not a (Lancaster-Lebanon League) Section Five team. That’s a Section One team.”

 With 12 points, Archer was the only Annville-Cleona scorer to reach double digits. The Shamrocks outscored the Little Dutchmen 46-24 on deuces  – many of which came from a couple of feet from the basket – and 18-6 on treys.

  “We wanted to slow the game down and spread them out,” said Coletti. “We had to limit the possessions in the game and we had to knock down shots. They closed down on shooters very well. We just wanted to hang around and put some game pressure on them.

 “We really worked hard on their press in practice,” Coletti added. “It was their length that bothered us. They’re (the Shamrocks) athletes and they play together. They’re experienced and big. We knew the talent they had.”

 Trinity formally put the outcome to rest in the third quarter.

 Annville-Cleona went without a point for the opening 4:33 of the second half, during which time the Shamrocks were extending their lead to 40-16, with an 8-0 burst. The Shamrocks also netted the final 11 points of the third period, and carried a 51-18 into the final eight minutes of action.

 “We have very good athletes,” said Coletti. “Our only true basketball player was Deshaun. Now it’s their (the juniors’) turn. They know they can get here. It’s a realistic goal.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2018-19 Annville-Cleona Boys’ Basketball Results

 
 
Date Opponents Outcomes  
12/07
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
Brandywine Heights
at Hamburg
37
52
 
12/08
3:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Hamburg
44
40
 
12/11
7:30 pm
Elco
at Annville-Cleona
67
47
 
12/14
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Columbia
47
50
 
12/17
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Pequea Valley
68
45
 
12/19
7:30 pm
Lancaster Country Day
at Annville-Cleona
60
56
 
12/21
7:30 pm
Lancaster Mennonite
at Annville-Cleona
58
39
 
12/22
2:30 pm
Hanover
at Annville-Cleona
47
53
 
12/27
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
Littlestown
at Northern Lebanon
53
74
 
12/28
6:00 pm
Tulpehocken
Annville-Cleona
at N. Lebanon Holiday Tourn.
38
58
 
1/03
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lebanon Catholic
37
20
 
1/08
7:30 pm
Columbia
at Annville-Cleona
46
64
 
1/12
1:30 pm
Bishop McDevitt
Annville-Cleona
at Manheim Central
89
35
 
1/18
7:30 pm
Pequea Valley
at Annville-Cleona
43
61
 
1/26
6:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Northern Lebanon
59
51
 
1/30
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Country Day
40
57
 
2/01
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Lancaster Mennonite
52
56
 
2/02
1:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Oley Valley
61
49
 
2/05
7:30 pm
Lebanon Catholic
at Annville-Cleona
30
51
 
2/07
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Middletown
53
47
 
2/08
7:30 pm
Kennard-Dale
at Annville-Cleona
36
60
 
2/18
7:00 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Trinity
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 PIAA District Three
 Final Class AAA Power Rankings
 
AAA School  W  L  T  Rating  TWP  OWP  TWPW  OWPW  TWPL  OWPL
1 Trinity (3) 17- 1- 0  0.749550  0.945714  0.509793  16.6  191.3  1.0  184.0
2 Camp Hill 17- 5- 0  0.647351  0.770455  0.496890  17.0  223.7  5.1  226.5
3 Kutztown Area 15- 6- 0  0.620459  0.737226  0.477743  15.2  212.5  5.4  232.3
4 Brandywine Heights Area 15- 6- 0  0.569730  0.708029  0.400698  14.6  178.0  6.0  266.2
5 Lancaster Mennonite 13- 9- 0  0.567296  0.591371  0.537871  11.7  248.9  8.1  213.9
6 Biglerville 13- 9- 0  0.518866  0.587500  0.434980  11.8  196.4  8.3  255.1
7 Columbia 9- 12- 0  0.471931  0.394402  0.566689  7.8  252.8  11.9  193.3
8 Annville Cleona 12- 10- 0  0.470531  0.522936  0.406481  11.4  186.9  10.4  272.9
9 Upper Dauphin Area 12- 8- 0  0.460992  0.525253  0.382452  10.4  159.1  9.4  256.9
10 Hanover 5- 17- 0  0.323521  0.207763  0.465003  4.6  210.6  17.4  242.3
11 Oley Valley 3- 19- 0  0.318594  0.133484  0.544840  3.0  249.7  19.2  208.6
12 Tulpehocken 2- 19- 0  0.277605  0.088993  0.508131  1.9  221.9  19.5  214.8
13 Pequea Valley 0- 21- 0  0.217688  0.000000  0.483751  0.0  208.4  22.4  222.4
14 Susquenita 0- 22- 0  0.205439  0.000000  0.456531  0.0  210.1  25.3  250.1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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