On a mission

By on December 29, 2015

 Lescoe scores 31 to become program’s all-time leader

Cocalico’s Tucker Lescoe (left) and Carl Unruh share a moment on the court after Lescoe took over the all-time scoring mark from Unruh Monday night. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Cocalico’s Tucker Lescoe (left) and Carl Unruh share a moment on the court after Lescoe took over the all-time scoring mark from Unruh Monday night. (Photo by Dick Wanner)

Tucker Lescoe is a great player not only because he can score the basketball, but because he will willingly share it for the betterment of the team.

Anyone who has watched him play the last four years knows that. But Monday night, it was Lescoe’s turn to “get his” in a non-league contest vs. Downingtown East.

Entering the game needing 13 points to overtake Carl Unruh as the Cocalico program’s all-time leading boys’ scorer, Lescoe was in his words, “in attack-mode” as he honed in on Unruh’s mark.

The senior, who reached 1,000 career points in mid-January last year, left little doubt that this was going to be “his” night as he scored a season-high 31 points to seize the record and lead the Eagles to a 61-46 victory.

Lescoe sank 12 field goals, including three from behind the arc, while making 4-of-7 from the foul line to complete his historic night. With the 31 from Monday, he now has 1,283 points, 19 points more than Unruh’s 1,264, a mark that has stood since 1974.

“It’s a real honor honestly,” Lescoe said following Monday’s game. “My whole life, that’s something that has been a goal for me. It’s been a goal since I was a little kid. Being a 1,000-point scorer is a real accomplishment and honor, and to be the all-time leading boys scorer is just crazy. It’s hard to wrap my mind around it.”

Lescoe, who set his career high of 41 points in a game last year against Lebanon Catholic, said he really didn’t expect to go off like he did at the beginning of the night. But when his Coach Travis Wealand encouraged him to be aggressive, he did.

“To be honest I didn’t really expect it,” he said. “I mean I came into the game knowing I had to get 13 to break it but that wasn’t really in my mind. There was a point in the game where I think I made two threes in-a-row, and at that point I was just in attack-mode. After that, Coach saw that and he said, ‘keep being aggressive, keep shooting if you are open because it’s OK to be a little selfish sometimes.’ At that point, I just went into attack-mode. I was feeling it tonight.”

It paid off for him and his Eagle teammates, who bolted out to a 39-15 half-time lead and never were threatened en route to improving to an impressive 7-2 on the season.

“I think we are starting to come together,” Lescoe said when asked about his team’s start. “I think everyone is starting to know their roles and are filling their roles. Honestly, on a nightly basis if we focus on our defense I think we can beat a lot of teams in this league. I think we are starting to come together.”

In addition to Monday’s game, Cocalico split two other games this past week.

Saturday in a non-league contest at Wilson, the host Bulldogs out-scored the Eagles 19-11 in the fourth to pull away and earn a 52-40 victory. Lescoe had 17 points to lead the way for Cocalico in that loss.

Last Wednesday in Section Three action, Cocalico improved to 5-1 in league play with a 62-40 home victory over Donegal.

Leading 26-21 at the half, Cocalico out-scored the Indians 36-19 over the final 16 minutes to clinch the win. Lescoe once again led the way with 18 points while Moses Ulysse (12), Aidan Trynosky (11) and Ian Arcudi (11) also reached double figures for the Eagles.

Up next, Cocalico hosts Exeter in a non-league contest Saturday at 1:30 p.m. before returning to Section Three play next Tuesday (7:30 p.m.) at home vs. Manheim Central.

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