Despite a combined 32 points from seniors Parker Bean and Mike Duffy, the South Western Mustangs couldn't contain the balanced scoring of Cumberland Valley.
The visiting Eagles (14-9) rolled to a 47-36 win Wednesday night in the first round of the District 3 Class AAAA playoffs. As the reward for their victory, the Eagles must now face the top-seeded Harrisburg Cougars in the quarterfinal round.
"I thought we did a very nice job on the boards," Cumberland Valley coach Mike Hibbs said. "We were a little worried about South Western getting extra shots. We had scouted them several times, and we knew they went to the backboards very hard. Not only Bean and Duffy, but everyone on their team.
"It all started with our defense and being in a position for a rebound. We knew Bean and Duffy are great players and we were just hoping to have someone there on them all the time."
The Eagles not only had someone on Bean and Duffy every time, but they also took the rest of the Mustangs out of the game. Getting only four points from the rest of the team, the Mustangs just didn't have enough options down the stretch.
With Bean scoring seven of his eventual 11 points in the first period, the Mustangs looked they might take it to the Eagles.
However, Will Bachinsky tied the game at 8-all with two minutes remaining in the first quarter and, when Trevor Magnuski followed with another basket a short time later, the Eagles had the lead for good.
When the Eagles opened up a 17-10 lead, it looked like they might turn the game into a rout. The Mustangs changed their defense from a man-to-man to a 2-3 zone and kept Cumberland Valley off the scoreboad for the final three minutes of the half.
South Western, meanwhile, scored six straight points to trail by just 19-18 at the half.
With Tanner Kirkpatrick, Matt Tamanosky and Magnuski controlling the boards, the Eagles were gradully able to build a 5-point lead in the third quarter. It could have been worse except for a 3-pointer by Duffy as the clock ran down.
The fourth period featured a steady trip to foul line by the Eagles. Gray Kline was especially effective as he made 9-of-10 free throws in the period. Keeping the Mustangs in the game was Duffy, who had nine of his game-high 21 points in the period.
The game marked the end of an era for the Mustangs, as Bean and Duffy suited up for the last time. Bean ends his career as South Western's all time scoring leader with 1,592 points. Duffy finished with 1,139, as both were four-year starters for the Mustangs.
"They are a good team, a good Mid-Penn team," Duffy said. "Right now, it sucks that my high school career is over. The seniors have been a part of a great team and we have been able to turn South Western basketball around. These guys are my brothers. They are like family."
"I'm real proud of our guys," Mustang head coach Nate Brodbeck said. "I thought we competed tonight and I can find any fault with our effort tonight."
Kline led the Eagles with 14 points while Tamanosky added 11.
CUMBERLAND VALLEY (47)
Bachinsky 2 2-2 6, Kirkpatrick 3 3-4 9, Gray Kline 2 9-10 14, Magnuski 4 1-2 9, Matt Tamanosky 5 1-1 11, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Schutjer 0 0-0 0, D'Agostino 0 0-0 0, Stevenson 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, Toohey 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 14-18 47.
SOUTH WESTERN (36)
A. Cook 1 0-2 2, McKercher 1 0-0 2, Parker Bean 4 3-6 11, Mike Duffy 7 4-6 21, Geiman 0 0-0 0, Smith 0 0-0 0, Robinson 0 0-0 0, Lane 0 0-0 0, Staub 0 0-0 0, Hess 0 0-0 0, McMaster 0 0-0 0, Sanders 0 0-0 0, Conaboy 0 0-0 0, Roulette 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-14 36.
Cumb. Valley 13 6 11 17 -- 47
South Western 10 8 7 11 -- 36
3-point goals -- Cumberland Valley 1 (Kline); South Western 3 (Duffy 3).