Eagles edge Pioneers, set to face CV in L-Ls

By on February 4, 2015


Cocalico's Ian Arcudi avoids the Manheim Central defender

Cocalico’s Ian Arcudi avoids the Manheim Central defender

Tucker Lescoe scored 21 points to lead Cocalico to a 38-37 come-from-behind victory on the road at Lampeter-Strasburg Tuesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Cocalico trailed 25-21 heading to the fourth before the Eagles stormed back to capture the victory. Luke Beers scored 13 for the Pioneers in the loss.
With the victory, the Eagles closed out the regular season in second place in Section Three with a 12-4 league mark. Cocalico (16-6 overall), which finished second in the section behind unbeaten Manheim Central (16-0), will now get set for the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs, which get underway with quarterfinal action next Monday night. The Eagles will face Section Two champion Conestoga Valley (10-6, 12-10) on the Buckskins’ home court in Witmer, beginning at 7 p.m.
All playoff berths were secured Tuesday except in Section One where Cedar Crest and McCaskey finished in a deadlock for first place. A one-game playoff between those two schools will be held at a site and time to be determined. The winner gets the top seed from Section One and a home playoff game next Tuesday; the loser finishes second.
Here are the first-round match-ups for the L-L playoffs as it stands now: Section Four runner-up Lancaster Catholic at Section One champ (either Cedar Crest or McCaskey); Section Two runner-up Lebanon at Section Three champ Manheim Central; Section Three runner-up Cocalico at Section Two champ CV; and Section One runner-up (either Cedar Crest or McCaskey) at Section Four champ Lancaster Mennonite.
The semifinals will be held next Wednesday at neutral sites, with the finals set for next Friday at Manheim Township, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Eagles have also clinched a spot in the District Three AAA playoffs, although its final seeding is yet to be determined. Cocalico was ranked seventh prior to Tuesday’s action.
The District first round is set for either Feb. 17 or 18.
This past Friday at home, Cocalico took unbeaten Manheim Central to overtime only to fall just short in the extra session.
DJ Fabiani’s putback with .01 seconds left in regulation tied the game at 49-49 and forced overtime. However, in the OT, Manheim’s Taylor Funk’s drive with 16 seconds remaining was the difference as the Barons snuck out of Denver with a 53-52 victory.
Funk and Matt Walsh both scored 15 points each to tie for high scoring honors for Manheim Central. John Waskowicz paced Cocalico with a 17-point effort while Lescoe added 15 in the loss.

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