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Basketball: Eagles reign as MDCC boys champs

February 23, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Shalom Christian's Quentin Clapper, seated, tries to keep the ball away from Heritage Academy's Nathan Patey during Saturday's MDCC Tournament boys final at Grace Academy.
Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Heritage Academy’s road to the Mason Dixon Christian Conference boys tournament championship trophy was certainly made a little easier with Broadfording out of the path.

Everyone — except maybe for Shalom Christian’s coaches, players and fans — expected that Heritage and Broadfording would tangle in Saturday’s championship game, but Shalom threw a monkey wrench into the proceedings with its shocker over the Lions on Friday night.

The Eagles began to dominate Saturday’s final early and won their fifth MDCC title in the last 11 years, rolling past Shalom 64-33 at Grace Academy.

“(Shalom) spent so much energy on Friday, I’m sure it took a lot out of them,” Heritage coach Mike Kidd said.

If the Flames (11-12) had any energy left in the tank, Heritage (19-2) sucked it out of their bodies right away.

Tied 4-4 in the infant stages, Heritage went on a 9-0 run and opened up a 15-6 lead after the first quarter.

Alex Cosner, part of the Heritage “Bruise Brothers” tandem with brother Ben, scored eight points in the opening quarter and went for 10 more in the second as the Eagles opened up a 31-16 lead at halftime.

“We definitely had the inside advantage on them and we just let Alex do his thing,” Kidd said.

Cosner hardly left the paint and hit 9 of 12 field goals in the first half alone.

Ben Cosner got going in the third quarter with seven points, one less than his brother. Chris Harrell — scoreless in the first half — hit a pair of 3-pointers in the frame.

Heritage worked hard defensively to keep Shalom’s Jeff McCracken at bay.

“We wanted to take away his left-handed shot,” Kidd said of McCracken, Shalom’s leading scorer on the season. “We wanted all their shots to be contested shots.”

Heritage dominated the glass with its size advantage, 39-22.

Alex Cosner, the tournament MVP, ended with 30 points and 14 rebounds. He was 12 for 16 from the floor and 6 for 7 at the line.

Ben Cosner had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Harrell added 11 points.

McCracken finished with 12 points and Matt Wenger added 11 for Shalom.

With Ben Cosner and Bryce Nigh their only returning seniors, a championship wasn’t necessarily on the Eagles’ radar at the beginning of the season.

“I would not have expected this at the beginning,” Kidd said. “We surpassed expectations this season. We just have a fight about us.”

* The boys consolation game was not the spot Broadfording expected to be in.

After Friday’s upset loss to Shalom, the Lions found themselves in the consolation game and took awhile to wake up, trailing New Life 31-27 at halftime. But Broadfording rebounded for a 62-52 victory.

“I think the first half was a carryover from Friday,” Broadfording coach Burnie Clutz said. ‘We showed some fatigue but we came back and played Broadfording basketball in the second half.”

The Lions (26-8) outscored New Life 35-21 in the second half to claim the consolation prize.

Mawdo Sallah had 21 points, 19 rebounds, four blocked shots, four steals and two assists for the Lions. Francisco Silva added 10 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and five assists.

Connor Brown and Jeremiah Chambers had 14 points each for New LIfe (14-12).

* In the girls championship game, New LIfe Christian upset Shalom Christian, 58-40.

New Life (16-9) fashioned the upset with a big fourth quarter and became the first MDCC team this season to beat Shalom (16-5).

The Rams went to town with a 29-point fourth, in which they made 17 of 22 from the foul line. It was the only period in which New Life shot any free throws.

With the game deadlocked at 35 with 6 minutes to play, New Life went on a torrid 20-0 run. Liz Catoe hit 11 of 14 freebies herself on the way to scoring 30 points for New Life. Tirza Vick, who did not play in an earlier game against Shalom, added 15 points.

Tori Yoder led Shalom with 12 points.

* Savannah Reed scored 18 points to lead Calvary Christian’s girls to third place with a 39-30 victory over Faith Christian.

Calvary (16-8) outscored Faith (12-11) 29-14 over the middle two quarters and made 14 of 22 free throws for Faith’s 4-for-4.

Olivia Stoddard led Faith with six points and nine rebounds.

Boys Championship
Heritage 64, Shalom Christian 33
HERITAGE ACADEMY (19-2)
Nigh 2, Patey 4, B. Cosner 14, A. Cosner 30, Harrell 11, Fisler 3. Totals 26 8-10 64.
SHALOM CHRISTIAN (11-12)
Wenger 11, Crilley 2, McCracken 12, Clapper 2, Eshbaugh 6. Totals 13 5-7 33. 
Heritage    15    16    22    11    —    64
Shalom    6    10    14    3    —    33
3-point goals — Heritage 4 (Harrell 3, Fisler), Shalom 2 (Wenger 2).

Boys Consolation
Broadfording 62, New Life 52
BROADFORDING (26-8)
Daniels 8, Price 5, B. Cradduck 11, Silva 10, Sallah 21, Jackson 5. M. Cradduck 2. Totals 24 11-24 62.
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (14-12)
C. Brown 14, Au. Brown 7, Chambers 14, Allwine 7, Bois 4, McCrory 4, Horn 2. Totals 18 14-20 52.
Broadfording    10    17    18    17    —    62
New Life    10    21    9    12    —    52
3-point goals — Broadfording 3 (Daniels, B. Cradduck, Jackson), New Life 2 (A. Brown, Allwine).

Girls Championship
New Life 58, Shalom 40
NEW LIFE CHRISTIAN (16-9)
Catoe 29, Socash 4, Stopyra 8, Vick 15, Shoemaker 2. Totals 18 18-22 58.
SHALOM CHRISTIAN (16-5)
Tissue 9, Baum 2, Holderman 2, Yoder 12, Lehman 7, Kuhns 4, Harris 4. Totals 16 6-12 40.
New Life    10    4    15    29    —    58
Shalom    5    13    9    13    —    40
3-point goals — New Life 4 (Catoe 4), Shalom 2 (Tissue. Lehman).

Girls Consolation
Calvary 39, Faith Christian 30
FAITH CHRISTIAN (12-11)
Dopson 6, Romine 2, C. Castle 4, Deneseus 4, Samsell 4, Stoddard 6, E. Castle 4. Totals 12 4-4 30.
CALVARY CHRISTIAN (16-8)
Emerick 5, Reed 18, Hipsley 9, Shaffer 4, Ultis 3. Totals 12 14-22 39.
Faith    4    7    7    12    —    30
Calvary    4    15    14    6    —    39
3-point goals — Faith 2 (Dopson 2), Calvary 1 (Ultis). Fouled out — Romine, C. Castle, Hipsley.

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