Lescoe’s 37-point night fuels win over Braves

By on December 17, 2014
 Cocalico’s Damien Ricks (left) drives to the hoop past Ephrata defenders Christian Miles (10), Danny Gerola and Sam Cable during last Wednesday’s game at the Ephrata Middle School. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Cocalico’s Damien Ricks (left) drives to the hoop past Ephrata defenders Christian Miles (10), Danny Gerola and Sam Cable during last Wednesday’s game at the Ephrata Middle School. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Cocalico’s Tucker Lescoe has shown the ability to light up the scoreboard a time or two. And Monday night in the home opener vs. Pequea Valley, the 6-0 junior guard did just that in the Section Three-Four crossover game.

Lescoe drained a total of nine three-pointers on his way to a career-high 37-point effort to pace the Eagles to an easy 72-45 victory over the Braves.

The win was Cocalico’s third-straight to start the season, and second section win is as many games.

And while Lescoe’s point total was impressive, it was the other things he has done that drew praises from his head coach afterward.

“We know that Tucker has the ability to score points,” Cocalico Coach Travis Wealand said. “What has been great to see has been his leadership on the court. People are going to key on him, but when he shares the ball as he has been doing, he gets his teammates open looks. Then in return, his teammates look for him when they have the ball. Our guys have done a great job of playing off of each other so far and this allows us to get quality looks for all of them to score the ball. They know that basketball is more than just scoring points on offense. It is doing the small, difficult things together like setting screens, communicating, keeping defensive positioning, knowing match-ups, running the floor, etc. These are the things that don’t appear in a box score, but are showing up in our games so far and helping us on the court.”

Cocalico led 12-9 after one quarter of play before exploding for 26 points in the second quarter to take a commanding 38-18 lead into the half.

The Eagles then increased the advantage to 55-29 after three quarters before coasting home with the easy win.

While Lescoe was the lone player to reach double figures for the Eagles, John Waskowicz did contribute nine points in the victory. Every Cocalico player who got in the game scored at least a point.

“Overall, our attention to detail has been very good,” Wealand said when asked about his team’s hot start. “We have been focused on game plans and executing them. Our guys ask great questions and are thinking about the game, which helps them to mentally prepare prior to game night. We have also done a nice job of recognizing situations in games and adjusting to them.”

The end result has been three lopsided victories thus far, and according to Wealand, team chemistry has played a big part in the success.

“We have great kids that really seem to have fun together,” he said. “That makes all the difference in practice and games. They challenge each other, laugh with each other, and enjoy being around each other.”

This past Friday on the road in the league opener at Annville-Cleona, the Eagles gradually pulled away to rout the Dutchmen, 67-37, in a Section Three-Four crossover tilt.

Leading 8-5 after one quarter, the Eagles out-scored A-C, 43-20 over the middle two quarters to open up a big lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Lescoe and senior Austin Noll had 13 points apiece to lead the way, while Moses Ulysse also reached double digits with 11 points for the winners.

Cocalico opened the season last Wednesday night with a non-league contest at archrival Ephrata.

The big story of the game was balance for Cocalico as he Eagles spread the wealth offensively, landing four players in double figures in the 66-52 victory over the Mounts.

Ian Arcudi had the hot hand on this night, scoring a team-high 19 points, which included five treys. Lescoe and Damien Ricks chipped in with 15 points apiece while Waskowicz added 11 for the winners.

Cocalico built a 32-21 half-time lead before pulling away in the third, out-scoring the Mounts 18-9 in that period to up the lead to 50-30 with one quarter to go.

Ephrata did chip away at the Cocalico lead but never was able to get the deficit under double digits, despite the efforts of junior forward Matt McGillan, who scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. Nate Zimmerman added 12 points for the Mounts.

In addition to the loss to Cocalico, Ephrata suffered a pair of league losses Friday and Monday nights to fall to 0-4 on the young season (0-2 Section Two).

Friday night in a Section One-Two crossover contest at home vs. Penn Manor, the Comets gradually increased their lead over the our quarters to come away with a 48-40 victory over Ephrata.

McGillan helped keep the Mounts in this one for most o the night, scoring a team-high 18 points in the loss. Zimmerman also finished in double figures with 14 on the night.

Monday night on the road at Cedar Crest, the Mounts played the defending L-L champions tough but the Falcons prevailed by a score of 68-53.

Trailing by just two (17-15) after one quarter, the Mounts were out-scored 21-2 in the second quarter to key the Cedar Crest win.

Zimmerman led the way for Ephrata with 21 points, which included five treys. McGillan chipped in with 20 points in the losing effort.

This week’s slate for Ephrata and Cocalico includes: Ephrata- Wed. home vs. McCaskey, Friday at Garden Spot, and next Tuesday at home vs. Lebanon; Cocalico- Wed. at Columbia, Friday at Elco, Monday at Downingtown East, and Tuesday at home vs. Northern Lebanon.

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