For three quarters, a championship in its own tournament was directly in the sites of the Cedar Crest boys' basketball team. But a strong fourth quarter by Carlisle sent the winning trophy home with the Thundering Herd.
Carlisle broke open a two-point game with a 26-16 spurt through the fourth quarter and captured the title in South Lebanon on Friday night, 71-59. The loss drops the Falcons to 5-4 on the season.
Cedar Crest trailed just 45-43 entering the final period when the Herd (4-5) turned on the jets and raced home to the victory.
Clay Penchard and Killian Klopp were the offensive catalysts for the Falcons, scoring 19 and 18 points, respectively. Klopp hit four 3-pointers en route to his point total.
Elsewhere Friday night:
Palmyra 70, Northern York 44: In the opening game of the Big Spring Holiday Classic, the Cougars drained 11 3-pointers and cruised to the victory. The win puts Palmyra in today's title game at 7:30 p.m.
Chris Lynn made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points, and Logan Stovall also scored 14 in the win. Adam Newhard added 13 points and Trey Baker chipped in with 10.
A 21-6 second-quarter run broke the game open for the Cougars.
Mechanicsburg 40, Lebanon 33: In the opening round of the Mechanicsburg Holiday Tournament, the Cedars were outscored 14-8 in the final quarter and fell into today's third-place game opposite Garden Spot at 6 p.m. The Cedars (4-4) were held to just two first-quarter points but only trailed 13-12 at halftime. It was a 26-25 Mechanicsburg lead entering the final quarter.
Josh Spaulding had 10 points to lead Lebanon.
Greater Johnstown 56, Annville-Cleona 54: In the third-place game of the Shippensburg Hounds Invitational, the Little Dutchmen were nipped by two points. The loss leaves A-C 3-6 overall and in a four-game losing streak. No other details were reported to the Daily News by press time.