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Mr. G’s (Susquehanna JH) 39
Clark Resources ( HBG JH) 52
HIGH SCORERS Shaquon Anderson (CA) 24pts Royce Urena (MG) 13pts
3 Star Foundation (Adult) 56
Major Prep (Adult) 38
HIGH SCORERS Tristan Crawford (3SF) 19pts Steve Jones (MP) 9pts
United Concordia (Susquehanna) 45
Harrisburg Young Professionals 38
HIGH SCORERS Aeneas Carter (UC) 10pts Chris Whitaker (HYP) 19pts
Omega Psi Phi (Harrisburg) 57
Brickers Pizza (Hershey) 46
HIGH SCORERS Jahaad Proctor (OPP) 29 Dylan Painter (BP) 24pts
7-15-2014 Championship entry
Decisions Decisions Decisions…… 2014 Big School Championship
When Jahaad Proctor and De’Jour Williams go up against Taylor Sweeney and Dylan Painter, chances are whoever makes the most mistakes will be on the short end of the stick. So when players of this caliber step out on the floor in a championship game versus one another, each decision they make could end up making or breaking the game. Every segment of this one played out almost like a chess game. Well thought through execution by Brickers Pizza and strategic placement of players by Omega Psi Phi. In the first half, Hershey was always one step ahead and knew exactly what it wanted to do. Play smart and let the game come to you ( and force it your way a couple times with your bigs lol).
Congrats to Omega Psi Phi on its 2014 SSL Big School Division championship.
To see the game in full click play on the video below
The Small School Division match up between the Undefeated Harrisburg Young Professionals (Harrisburg B) and United Concordia (Susquehanna Twp B) started off with no less excitement than a storied traditional rivalry. Both teams seemed to want to occupy the same real estate on the court and each player was willing to compete for every inch of hardwood. United Concordia was able to go further down its bench than was HYP and after about half way through the first half “The Hanna” was able to gain enough ground to establish control. From there it seemed to be an uphill battle for HYP but it didnt feel like the Young Professionals were in an unfamiliar place. With defensive effort from Nasir Jones and some crafty scoring from Chris Whitaker, “The Burg” was able to storm back after an 8 point halftime difference in favor of the Indians and gain as much as a 5 point lead. After a United Concordia timeout and a few back and forth exchanges in scoring the game was about even with under 10 minutes to play. All clipboards down, it was simply time to play with heart and put the ball in the hoop for both young teams. Strategy was no longer a factor and character was everything. For about a 1 minute and 30 second stretch neither team could get into a half court offense with out turnovers and mental mistakes shifting the direction of play. It was a very scrappy segment of the contest only stopped by a few respectable foul calls by the officiating crew. Suddenly the game started flowing again. Aeneas Carter was able to make progress through HYP’s press and HYP was able to get some nice looks at the rim and a few offensive boards.
The United Concordia back court would have to play even smarter after the loss of a key player to injury and that’s exactly what it did. Down the stretch, missed shots and mental errors caused Harrisburg to slip into a double digit deficit. With Chris Whitaker in foul trouble harrisburg would need to find some points but they simply could not. United Concordia would close out the game using clock management and defensive consistency. The Hanna proudly brought home the 2014 SSL Small school division trophy and avenged a 20+ point loss earlier in the season by way of HYP. Harrisburg’s small school team falls just one game short of a perfect summer season. Congrats to United Concordia on its win and our hearts are with Larson Holly hoping for a speedy recovery and a strong return back to action asap.
7-14-2014 Final Four entry (pics coming soon)
Championship week at Smallwood Summer League is always the highlight of high school summer hoops in the mid state area. Its the last stop before heading back out on the football field for some young athletes, and one last game for those headed back into strength and conditioning to prepare for next season. And for the fans its a birds eye view of what to expect and who to look out for in the upcoming school ball season. The upperclassmen standouts in yet another on court battle and new standouts making a name for themselves are a common place at SSL. Its championship night at Kimber gymnasium, and the match ups are set. Let’s take a look into Monday’s final four action for those who missed out on a great summer night of high school basketball.
In our first match up, Mr G’s (Susquehanna JH) faced off with a very familiar opponent, Sports Paradise II (McDevitt JH). Sports Paradise controlled just about the whole game behind outstanding team defense and a major output of scoring from Zech Weisles (14pts). It wasnt until about 3:13 left in the 2nd half that Mr G’s finally found some offensive rhythm. Roland Norfleet and Gerald Jarmon III were able to find the bucket in crunch time to bring the
deficit down as time wound down. But it was huge clutch 3 pointer by Roland Norfleet that tied the game with under 5 secs to play. Jalen Hawthorne of Sports Paradise had an opportunity for a last chance mid range jump shot but lost control of the ball while spotting up as time expired. The rare mishap for the younger brother of Steel High standout Tremaine Hawthorne, allowed the game to go into a 3 minute overtime. Jalen Hawthorne and Sports Paradise bolted out of the gates in the overtime period to grab an early lead but had no answer for Roland Norfleet who made clutch buckets and free throws to bring Mr G’s back with under a minute to play. After both teams split free throws and made numerous defensive stands it was Sports Paradise leading by one. While surrounded by two defenders underneath the basket, another clutch basket from Roland Norfleet somehow made its way into the hoop giving the lead to Mr G’s. As time expired, a bad pass into a defensive trap is where the game would end. This match up lived up to SSL expectations in every category, and Mr G’s will face a speedy and scrapy Clark’s Associates tonight at 5pm for the JH summer league championship
Mr G’s 40 Sports Paradise II 39
High scorers: Roland Norfleet (Mr G’s) 16pts Zech Weisles (SP) 14pts
In the other half of JH Final Four action Clark’s Associates (HBG JH) took on the CP Spartans (St. Teresa’s) Right from the onset Clark’s Associates set the tone of the game. CP Spartans big man Matt Long had to work hard for every bucket, a task that didnt seem to bother his output (15 pts) as he was able to keep the Spartans hanging around in the first half. But the tandem of Jelani Isom, Tony James, and Ali Anthony under the direction of Hbg high school coach Kirk Smallwood proved to be a task to difficult to overcome for the CP Spartans. Harrisburg would cruise and win this one convincingly all to set up a date with Mr G’s tonight at 5pm for the SSL JH Championship.
Clark’s Associates 64 CP Spartans 40
High scorers: Tony James (CA) 18 pts Matt Long (CPS) 15 pts
In Small School Division line ups United Concordia (Susquehanna Township B) faced off with Groff Tractor (Cedar Cliff B) in a rematch from an earlier meeting in which Groff Tractor took home a close victory. In this meeting, with out its full line up, Groff Tractor simply couldn’t get anything off the ground against the energetic and fully stocked United Concordia. Julian Mosley dominated the paint on defense and played clean up man on offense which made it easy for United Concordia to fly high. They now seek vengeance tonight at 7pm against the Harrisburg Young Professionals after a 20+ point defeat a few weeks back. When ever Harrisburg and Susquehanna get together you know you’re in for a treat. United Concordia will bring its A game.
See our featured scores section for United Concordia vs Groff Tractor results
Harrisburg Young Professionals (Harrisburg B) is looking for a perfect SSL season. L.B. Smith Lincoln – Ford, it’s sharp shooters, and disciplined bigs knew exactly what to do if it wanted to beat HYP. On the clip board, the game plan is one thing. But bringing the game on to the court may come with some unexpected suprises or maybe even some familiar obstacles. L.B. Smith Lincoln came out in the first half strong. Playing with the grit and precision that gives the team it’s trademark personality. 3 point baskets, well executed plays, and cerebral defense gave the Eagles an early lead that lasted thru out much of the first half. Harrisburg Young Professionals stuck to their aggressive defense, streamline offensive plays and sets, and plain old “built tough” personality with confidence and belief that it would pay off. At the end of a very strenuous first half HYP lead L.B. Smith by just one point. The 2nd half however would prove to be a different story. L.B. Smith proved to itself that its game plan could work and came out in the 2nd half accordingly. Lead by Harrisburg High School assistant coach Joe Proctor the Young Professionals had an unexpected surprise. …… that just so happened to be a familiar obstacle. HYP big man Brennen Jackson carried Harrisburg on the offensive side of things and also was excellent at keeping L.B. Smith off of the glass. During one stretch, Jackson put up 11 straight points which kept HYP’S goal of remaining undefeated in arms reach as L.B. Smith came out in the 2nd continuing to execute. But it would be “the press” which separated HYP from the Eagles once and for all. The bread and butter pressure defense that Harrisburg is so well known for began to help give HYP a lead that wouldnt be relinquished. Harrisburg Young Professionals will face United Concordia tonight at 7pm with its untarnished summer record on the line. It will be a game not to miss.
See our featured scores section for HYP vs L.B. Smith results
And now on to the Big School Division. Where boys become young men and the SSL is at its finest. Undefeated Bricker’s Pizza (Hershey) had to put it all on the line last night against a very hungry Rookies (Susquehanna TWP) team. With only a few of its leaders taking part in play this summer, Rookies has had times where it has struggled, including a huge loss to Omega Psi Phi (Harrisburg) that was riddled with turnovers and plagued by effort that didnt meet the standard that most fans have set for “The Hanna”. But last night Rookies was back in business and playing like they should snapping passes and heads up offense along with a defensive toughness that can stand up to any offense its called to defend. Thats exactly how the first half transpired as Bricker’s stuck to its usual agenda, in your face offense and smart yet physical defense. This game came down to big man play and Dylan Painter stepped up to the challenge for chocolate town once again, allowing his comrade Taylor Sweeney and the rest of Brickers line up to out last Rookies by the end of it all. “The Hanna” showed alot of sparks and kept pace with brickers the whole way, but were forced to play into brickers strategy. Brickers Pizza (Hershey) will go toe to toe with Omega Psi Phi for the SSL Championship at 8pm. this will be a game to remember.
See our featured scores section for Rookies vs Bricker’s Pizza results
Rollins Law Offices vs Omega Psi Phi was a gem to watch as a basketball fan. To describe it to a person who wasnt there to witness it, the only words i could get out is “You just had to be there”. Both teams pretty much threw it all to the side and had to look inside themselves to win this game. Thats how evenly matched to two squads were. We knew what to expect from Jahaad Proctor (23pts), Deshawn Franklin, De’jour Williams, and Zack Kuntz. And that why this was a special game. Because it all came down to who wanted it the most (and maybe a couple fortunate bounces of the ball in your favor lol). Omega Held on to win by about 10 points after the team fouls situation came into play, and they led for the vast majority of the game, but somehow some way Rollins Law Offices never went away and it showed great character and confidence that they refused to do so. Omega Psi Phi (Harrisburg) will have a showdown with Bricker’s Pizza tonight at 8pm for the 2014 SSL Championship. Omega’s key players will need to have a big game to bring the title back home. This is a game that cant be predicted. Not a very ironic match up considering both teams can be skillfully unpredictable. Dont miss this game.
2014 Big School Division ALL-STARS
Omega Psi Phi (Harrisburg)
Bricker’s Pizza (Hershey)
Sports Paradise (Bishop McDevitt)
Dolly’s Diner (Loyalsock Twp)
Rookies (Susquehanna Twp)
AmeriChoice (Cedar Cliff)
Rustic Tavern (Carlisle)
2014 Small School Division ALL-STARS
Harrisburg Young Professionals (Harrisburg)
Groff Tractor (Cedar Cliff)
L.B. Smith Lincoln II (Cumberland Valley)
United Concordia (Susquehanna Twp)
2014 Junior High Division ALL-STARS
Central Penn Spartans (West Shore)
Clark Resources (Harrisburg)
Mr. G’s (Susquehanna Twp)