The Solanco boys junior varsity basketball team suffered their second loss of the season at Conestoga Valley on Wednesday night, Jan. 2, when the Buckskins pulled out a win in overtime, 51-49."This was a game of runs," said assistant coach, Chad McDowell. "Both teams had runs early in the game and the first half was played pretty evenly." CV jumped up quickly on the Mules and sprinted out to a 16 - 9 lead after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Mike Fasano got the hot hand and carried Solanco, scoring 15 of his team high 18 points in that quarter. "Mike was in the zone in the second quarter," said McDowell.
"His hot hand kept the game close at halftime. In the second half, the game went back and forth. Then about half way through the fourth quarter we extended our lead to six points." Late in the fourth quarter, leading by six, Solanco had trouble executing on the offensive end of the floor. They ended up turning the ball over on three straight possessions. And those three turnovers were costly as they resulted in six consecutive points for CV, tying the score (47-47) and forcing overtime.
In overtime, the Mules grabbed a two-point lead about halfway through the extra period.
CV converted one free throw to close the gap to 49 - 48. At this point CV was forced to foul.
Another execution problem came at the foul line in the overtime session. In the final minutes of overtime the Mules missed three crucial foul shots.
However, they were still leading even though they missed easy opportunities to put the game away. With six seconds remaining CV drained an uncontested three pointer to give CV the lead 51 - 49. After a time out, Solanco was unable to get a shot only practiced once in a period of four days and I think it took us a half to get our legs back under us.
Once we started playing like we know how, things fell into place nicely." B. J. Enck led the Mules in this one with 11 points followed by Mike Buffington, who canned seven. Mike Fasano went 6-for-6 from the free throw line for his six and Trevor Marsh, the eventual Most Valuable Tournament Player also pumped in six. Tim Latham added four with Ross Kaufman and Josh Temple each netting two points. Jack Buzzard scored one point.
In the championship game, both teams got out of the gate quickly, exchanging baskets up and down the court. With about three minutes into the game the score was deadlocked at 10 - 10.
"From that point on we went on a run and outscored Pequea Valley (PV) 15 - 6 to end the half with a 25 - 16 lead," said McDowell.
"The second half was played evenly, with not a lot of scoring.
In the end we prevailed with a 35 - 24 victory." Marsh led the team with nine attempt off and time expired.
"This was a game we should have won," said McDowell. "Executing and not doing the little things at the end of a ball game really cost us late. This game shows that we still need to work on our end of the game execution." McDowell said he hoped that this loss would be a positive learning experience, which will provide an example to the players. One that will allow the players to learn from their mistakes and work harder next time to finish and execute in the waning minutes of a game. "Taking care of the little things sometimes means the difference in winning and losing a game," said the assistant coach. "In this game CV did the little things correctly and they got the win."
Fasano, who connected for five treys all in the first half, led the team with 18 points. Ross Kaufman followed with eight and Jim Rogan five. Four players (Brock Snider, Tim Latham, Mike Buffington, and Albert Long) each added four points to the column with Jack Buzzard hitting for two.