Eagles come back to edge Barons

By on December 21, 2011

Cocalico picked up its first win of the young season Tuesday night at home vs. Manheim Central. And the Eagles did so in dramatic fashion, coming back from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to nip the Barons, 42-40.

Trailing 32-24 heading to the fourth, the Eagles out scored MC 18-8 in the final period to capture the win and avenge their upset loss to the Barons in last year’s L-L Quarterfinals.

Joe Becker led the way for the Eagles (1-2) with a game-high 15 points while Christian Graybill added 13 in the victory. Jordan Mellinger paced the Barons (2-1) with 12 points.

Cocalico opened the season this past weekend at the highly-competitive Hershey Tip-Off Tournament.

Friday night in the opener vs. host Hershey, the Trojans sped out to a 34-19 halftime lead and led 53-30 after three quarters of play. The Eagles did respond with a 27-point fourth quarter but it was not enough as the Trojans held on for a 67-57 victory.

Tournament MVP Harold Brantley erupted for a game-high 27 points to pace Hershey while Matt Banas dropped in 15 for the winners.

Becker led Cocalico with 17 while Mitch Denlinger added 13 in the loss.

With the first-round loss, Cocalico squared off with Cumberland Valley in Saturday’s consolation game which went extra minutes.

Graybill had a chance to win the game for the Eagles at the end of regulation but his shot at the buzzer was off the mark. CV then took over in the OT as Matt Tamanosky and Justyn Wilson combined for seven points to lift Cumberland Valley to the 45-38 victory.

Graybill, who was named to the All-Tournament team, led all scorers with 17 points. Tamanosky and Wilson finished with 13 and 11 points respectively for CV (1-1).

The Eagles host Manheim Township Friday night in the opener of league play. The crossover action begins at 8 p.m. More EAGLES, page B-7

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