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BY ETHAN SWIECH

Photos from Jeff Falk

MYERSTOWN – It was Gold Rush night at Elco High School, and the hometown Raiders put together a gold medal-type performance to gain ground in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Four standings. Elco raced out to a 37-point halftime lead and topped the 70-point mark for the seventh time.

The end result was an 81-34 plowing of the Northern Lebanon Vikings.

This victory balooned the Raiders’ winning streak to lucky-number seven. Elco also won its third straight in-league game, while improving its record to 11-2.

For the Vikings, this loss marked their fourth in-a-row as their record dropped to 2-9, including a 1-5 mark against Lancaster-Lebanon opponents.

“We had a nice rhythm and we talked about it, if we are the team we think we are and we’re moving towards our goals, you don’t take a step back in a game like tonight,” said Elco head coach, Brad Conners. “You come out and you’re serious about it and you take care of business and I thought we did.”

Elco’s offense was spearheaded by the high-scoring duo of junior guard, Braden Bohannon, and senior guard, Bryce Coletti. Bohannon, the Raiders’ leading scorer for the season, as they was the leading scorers of the game. Bohannon established an early rhythm by knocking down a pair of first- quarter threes. before completing the first half with four of them.

Bohannon tallied six treys overall before finishing with 26 points. “When Braden shoots the ball, you don’t expect it to hit the rim, it’s just been all cotton,” said Conners.

Coletti, on the other hand, sunk a pair of threes, converted four field goals and recorded 17 points. His first quarter layup also capped the Raiders’ 11-0 scoring run to start the game.

Not only that, but Coletti’s first three launched another string of 10 unanswered Elco points to close out the period. Senior forward, Ben Horst, continued his role-playing status by nailing a pair from beyond the arc on his way to an 11-point outing. It marked the eighth time this season that the Raiders had three different players reach double-digits in scoring.

Senior center, Asher Kemble, contributed a modest six points to his stat line as well. Kemble even had a three before the break and culminated Elco’s first-half onslaught by converting one of his two free throws.

The Raiders’ 13 threes against Northern Lebanon represented a season-high for a single game.

The three-ball worked beautifully and not only did Elco rack up 70 for the seventh game, it also topped 80 points for the second time in two nights. Although the statistical achievements are nice, they are never the main concerns for a Conners-led team. It’s the overall chemistry of the players that counts the most.

“Toughness and togetherness, they’ve been doing that all year,” Conners stated. “The really neat thing about this group, and it’s everybody from top to bottom, is that I don’t think they care who scores. I think the only numbers that they worry about are the wins, the losses and the final numbers up on the scoreboard.”

The Raiders’ offensive presence was so overwhelming that it forced Northern Lebanon head coach Chris George to call his first two time outs. It provided the Vikings with a spark near the end of the opening period and into the second as they answered with a string of six unanswered points.

Four of those points came courtesy of senior forward, Nate Leedy-Reidel, who finished with seven. Leedy-Reidel was also Northern’s most effective free throw shooter, going three for four from the charity stripe.

Meanwhile, sophomore guard, Peyton Wolfe, nailed a pair of treys and led the Vikings with nine points.

“We started to run our stuff, we started to get a couple looks and we started to make shots,” said George. “But again, at that time, if you’re down 20 to a really good team and you’re focusing so much energy on trying to take away Kemble and Coletti and Bohannon, the three studs, they’re gonna give looks to the role guys and when you’re up 20, those role guys feel great.”

With the game well in hand, Conners inserted his reserves during the final period. Freshman forward, Calvin Blatt, emerged with three points, including the layup that got the Raiders to the 80-point mark. Senior forward Jordan Fernandez, and sophomore forward Luke Williams also added seven and four points, respectively.

“This was only our second game in the last week and it’s hard to get into a sync of games, so the good thing for us is enough of the sitting around,” said George. “It’s not like we’re gonna have to sit through practice for another week after a tough loss. We have four games next week we’re gonna go play.”

Two of Northern Lebanon’s four contests will take place against in-league competition. The first will be a home showdown with Octorara, which unfolds next Tuesday night, while the second goes down on Friday night at Donegal. George’s team looks to re-capture their edge as they prepare for that stretch of games.

Meanwhile, Elco doesn’t take the court again until Wednesday night, when it hosts Wyomissing. After that, the Raiders ready themselves for a crucial Section Four road encounter on Friday night against the Crusaders of Lancaster Catholic, who are 10-1 on the season and undefeated within the conference.

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2019-20 Northern Lebanon Boys’ Basketball Results

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
6:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
Dover
at Bermudian Springs
55
51

Nonleague
12/07
TBD
Northern Lebanon
Camp Hill
at Bermudian Springs
40
89

Nonleague
12/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Williams Valley
48
50

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Lampeter-Strasburg
at Northern Lebanon
67
34

League
12/16
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Cocalico
38
55

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Garden Spot
at Northern Lebanon
52
46

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Solanco
29
27

League
12/27
TBD
Annville-Cleona
Northern Lebanon
at Northern Lebanon
42
36

Nonleague
12/28
6:00 pm
Tulpehocken
at Northern Lebanon
51
50

Nonleague
1/03
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Lancaster Catholic
48
71

League
1/07
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Pine Grove
Postponed
Nonleague
1/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco

League
1/14
7:30 pm
Octorara
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/17
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Donegal

League
1/18
5:00 pm
Conrad Weiser
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
1/21
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/23
7:30 pm
Manheim Central
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/25
6:00 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Annville-Cleona

Nonleague
1/28
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/31
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Octorara

League
2/01
7:00 pm
Palmyra
at Northern Lebanon

Nonleague
2/04
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Northern Lebanon

League

2019-20 Elco Boys’ Basketball Schedule

DateOpponentsOutcomes
12/06
7:30 pm
Elco
Lebanon
at Lebanon
57
53

Nonleague
12/07
7:30 pm
Elco
Cedar Crest
at Lebanon
55
59

Nonleague
12/10
7:30 pm
Annville-Cleona
at Elco
49
70

Nonleague
12/13
7:30 pm
Cocalico
at Elco
41
60

League
12/16
7:30 pm
Elco
at Manheim Central
73
71

League
12/18
7:30 pm
Solanco
at Elco
47
62

League
12/20
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lampeter-Strasburg
50
54

League
12/28
7:30 pm
Elco
Spring Grove
at Eastern York
76
52

Nonleague
12/30
7:30 pm
Elco
Eastern York
at Eastern York
75
51

Nonleague
1/03
7:30 pm
Octorara
at Elco
42
49

League
1/04
1:30 pm
Oley Valley
at Elco
48
62

Nonleague
1/08
7:30 pm
Camp Hill
at Elco
60
72

Nonleague
1/09
7:30 pm
Elco
at Donegal
87
55

League
1/10
7:30 pm
Northern Lebanon
at Elco

League
1/15
7:30 pm
Wyomissing
at Elco

Nonleague
1/17
7:30 pm
Lancaster Catholic
at Elco

League
1/21
7:30 pm
Elco
at Octorara

League
1/24
7:30 pm
Donegal
at Elco

League
1/28
7:30 pm
Elco
at Northern Lebanon

League
1/29
7:30 pm
Conrad Weiser
at Elco

Nonleague
1/31
7:30 pm
Garden Spot
at Elco

League
2/04
7:30 pm
Elco
at Lancaster Catholic

League

PIAA District Three

Class AAAA Power Rankings

AAAASchool W L T Rating TWP OWP TWPW OWPW TWPL OWPL
1Bishop McDevitt9-0-0 0.789099 1.000000 0.531331 10.0 112.4 0.0 99.1
2Lancaster Catholic10-1-0 0.760566 0.935065 0.547289 10.8 134.3 0.8 111.1
3Eastern Lebanon County12-2-0 0.725888 0.890411 0.524804 13.0 130.7 1.6 118.3
4Littlestown10-2-0 0.642069 0.844828 0.394252 9.8 87.8 1.8 134.9
5Susquehanna Township6-4-0 0.621828 0.641509 0.597773 6.8 139.6 3.8 93.9
6Wyomissing7-4-0 0.602599 0.693023 0.492079 7.5 122.7 3.3 126.7
7Susquehannock5-5-0 0.587436 0.546875 0.637011 5.3 143.2 4.4 81.6
8Berks Catholic School6-4-0 0.562845 0.595960 0.522372 5.9 120.3 4.0 110.0
9Eastern York6-6-0 0.559634 0.547826 0.574066 6.3 138.4 5.2 102.7
10East Pennsboro Area5-5-0 0.552433 0.526042 0.584690 5.1 132.9 4.6 94.4
11Schuylkill Valley6-5-0 0.550562 0.567442 0.529931 6.1 123.1 4.7 109.2
12Octorara Area5-5-0 0.539117 0.559406 0.514320 5.7 128.4 4.5 121.3
13James Buchanan4-5-0 0.526003 0.519774 0.533616 4.6 113.1 4.3 98.9
14Middletown Area4-6-0 0.516998 0.431373 0.621650 4.4 146.2 5.8 89.0
15Boiling Springs4-6-0 0.502155 0.440860 0.577071 4.1 135.2 5.2 99.1
16Kennard Dale4-6-0 0.479570 0.430000 0.540156 4.3 121.4 5.7 103.4
17West Perry4-9-0 0.411889 0.305882 0.541453 3.9 116.3 8.9 98.5
18Fleetwood4-7-0 0.400042 0.389140 0.413365 4.3 95.0 6.8 134.8
19Hamburg Area3-9-0 0.376118 0.252066 0.527737 3.1 127.0 9.1 113.7
20Northern Lebanon2-9-0 0.370860 0.208145 0.569735 2.3 141.8 8.8 107.1
21Bermudian Springs1-10-0 0.261388 0.107981 0.448885 1.2 96.6 9.5 118.6

Lancaster-Lebanon League

Section Four Standings

LeagueOverall
WLPCTWLPCTPFPA
Lancaster Catholic501.0001010.909635474
Elco510.8331120.846848682
Octorara330.500650.545632576
Northern Lebanon140.200280.200424555
Donegal070.0002110.154568767

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