He’s improved his decision-making, his vision, his defense. Ileri Ayo-Faleye has become a more complete player, and has assumed the leadership responsiblities that have come with it.
But it may be that the Cedar Crest boys’ basketball team has benefitted most.
This week, the new and improved Ayo-Faleye led the Falcons to a Lancaster-Lebanon League championship. It came more than a week after the 6-7 senior forward helped Cedar Crest to a Section One title.
On Friday night at Manheim Township High School, Ayo-Faleye pumped in 16 points to pace the Falcons to a 45-41 triumph over Warwick in the L-L League title tilt. Ayo-Faleye’s total came on five field goals and six-for-11 foul shooting, and he supplemented his performance with a number of rebounds and a handful of blocks.
Two nights prior, Ayo-Faleye had posted 11 points in Cedar Crest’s 48-43 semifinal victory over Lampeter-Strasburg. His week began with eight points and a 59-36 win over Cocalico.
For the season, Ayo-Faleye leads the Falcons in scoring with a 14 points-per-game average, free throws made and blocks. Going forward, he will be a key component in Cedar Crest’s quest for a District Three Class AAAAAA championship.