A-C boys storm back from 20-0 deficit, claim title
Had 'em all the way. Really, incredibly, the Annville-Cleona boys basketball team did.
Down 20-0 early in the second quarter of Saturday night's championship game of the Hamburg tip-off tourney, A-C somehow stormed back for an incredible 51-45 victory over Northern Lehigh to claim the championship.
Cameron Hoch and Noah Myers paced the stirring rally, which culminated with a 25-point explosion in the fourth quarter that turned a 34-26 deficit into a most improbable six-point win.
Ryan Mathews added eight points to the win, and Donald Friday chipped in with seven.
Also on Saturday:
Palmyra 83, Donegal 46
In the title match of the Donegal tip-off event, the Cougars stormed to the lopsided win behind Isaac Blatt's 21 points.
Braden Vernet added 16 points, and Nick Jelliff chipped in with 10 as Palmyra overcame a 21-10 deficit after the first quarter by outscoring the hosts 73-25 over the final three periods.
In all, nine different Palmyra players contributed points to the win.
Cedar Crest 55, Cedar Cliff 43
In the finals of the Cedar Cliff tourney, Ariel Jones led the Falcons to the crown with an 18-point effort, one of three Cedar Crest players in double figures.
Raven Morgan added 12 points and Alyssa Austin chipped in with 10 for Cedar Crest, which raced to an 18-7 lead after the first quarter.
Annville-Cleona 47, Hamburg 36
In the championship game of the girls Hamburg event, A-C joined its boys brethren as tourney champs behind 21 points from Michaela Singer.
Arianna Clay contributed nine points and Chloe Inman tossed in eight points for A-C, which grabbed a 26-17 halftime lead, then put the game away with a 19-point third quarter.
Red Land 35, Lebanon 18
In the consolation game of the Red Lion tip-off, the Cedars improved on their 7-point effort from Friday night, but not enough to pull off a victory.
Ary'Anna Ortolaza led Lebanon with eight points.
New Covenant 46, Faith Christian 28
At Mount Calvary, Kylie Murray's 20 points and Rebekah Hennigh's 16 led the Flames to the consolation victory.