A missed shot here, an unsuccessful free throw there, a blown defensive assignment somewhere. Although it doesn’t appear that the Lebanon boys’ basketball team is going to extend its season and qualify for the postseason, that doesnt mean the Cedars haven’t had a successful year.
Raylin Pena did everything he could to will his team towards its preseason goals.
This week, Pena and the Cedars endured two critical losses in their drive towards the playoffs.
On Friday night in Lititz, Lebanon suffered a 55-47 road loss at the hands of Section Two champion Warwick that all but ended its postseason dreams. Pena, a senior guard, poured in a team-high 14 points that included four three-pointers and two-for-two free throwing.
Earlier in the week, the Cedars had experienced a heart-breaking 61-58 setback at Elizabethtown. With the two losses, Lebanon’s record stood at 11-10 overall.
With one regular-season game still remaining, Pena has enjoyed a marvelous senior year for Tim Speraw’s crew. He has averaged 11 points per game, drained more than 50 three-pointers and has shot foul shots at a 78 percent clip.