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Jason Eberhart plays the game of basketball with his feet, his heart and his hands. But most importantly, he plays it with his head.

On Saturday, the cerebral Eberhart was named the most valuable player of the 21st annual Lebanon tip-off tournament. Through his heady and inspiring play, the senior forward showed the way, as his Cedar Crest boys’ basketball team captured the championship of the event for the fourth straight season, with a 59-55 triumph over Elco.

Eberhart dropped in 13 points, made three of his four foul shots and hauled in a handful of rebounds during the championship contest. A night earlier, during the Falcons’ season-opening 70-29 victory over Red Land, the 6-7 Eberhart struck for 15 points, which included five-of-eight free throwing.

Eberhart was a force to be reckoned with in the paint all weekend for Cedar Crest. He did most of his damage around the rim, on stickbacks and inside moves, by moving his feet, making himself available and displaying a desire for the ball.

Moving forward, Eberhart will be counted on for inside scoring, lane defense and leadership, as Cedar Crest looks to contend in Section One of the Lancaster-Lebanon League and qualify for a District Three Class AAAAAA playoff spot.

  • Jeff Falk

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