The Vikings gave a good account of themselves before dropping a 59-51 decision to Penn Manor

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The Northern Lebanon boys basketball team has struggled mightily since an encouraging 4-1 start to the season, losing five of its last six games.

Ironically, the Vikings may have made some progress in defeat on Wednesday while falling to Penn Manor 59-51 in the finals of the Northern Lebanon holiday tourney.

Now 5-6, the Vikings trailed L-L Section One rep Penn Manor (6-4) 27-20 at the half before running off the first nine points of the third quarter to grab a two-point lead.

NL would then stay in the fight until the final minute, when the Comets wrapped up the game at the foul line.

Shane Reese led three Vikings in double figures with 14 points, Caleb Light added 13, and Isaac Bicher pitched in with 12 points while earning a spot on the all-tournament team.

Nick Lord and Cameron Lovett paced Penn Manor with 16 and 12 points, respectively and were also selected to the all-tournament team.

Annville-Cleona 42, Susquehannock 35: In the consolation game of the Middletown holiday event, A-C put the brakes on a three-game losing skid with the help of 13 points apiece from Matt Light and Noah Myers.

The Little Dutchmen (4-7) trailed 20-16 at the half before seizing control of the contest with a 14-4 run through the third quarter.  A-C also helped its cause immensely with 13-for-16 free throw shooting. Light led that category, hitting on 9-of-10 attempts from the charity stripe.

Josh Stoneberg led Susquehannock with 13 points.

Rhoades Classic set for Saturday: The annual Rhoades Classic Boys’ Basketball event is set for Saturday at Lebanon Valley College. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the tripleheader slate of games begins at 4:30 p.m. The event is open to the public with a one-time $5 admission fee. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rhoades Foundation.

The schedule is as follows:

4:30 p.m. – Palmyra vs. Annville-Cleona

6 p.m. – Lower Dauphin vs. Conestoga Valley

7:30 p.m. – Cedar Crest vs. Central Dauphin

During halftime of each game, the sixth grade travel teams from Palmyra, Annville-Cleona, Cedar Crest and Lower Dauphin will play.

In addition to the games, fans can bid on auction items, such as registrations to summer basketball camps at Cedar Crest, Palmyra and Lower Dauphin; tickets to basketball games at Bucknell, Temple and Villanova; a basketball signed by James Harden, and other memorabilia items.

The Rhoades Foundation is a charitable organization that awards academic scholarships to deserving students. The group is named after the late Senator James J. Rhoades, who was killed in a car accident in 2008. His son, Mike, was an All-American Basketball player at Lebanon Valley College (1995) and is currently the head coach of the Rice men's basketball team.

For additional information, please visit  www.rhoadesfoundation.com.

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