Chargers on to D3 title game
HARRISBURG – Adam Harrison scored a team-high 21 points and made two free throws with 6.3 seconds in regulation to send a District 3 Class A boys basketball game to overtime, but Greenwood couldn’t keep pace with Mount Calvary in the extra period.
Joshua Jeter scored 18 points after halftime for Mount Calvary and keyed his team’s run to erase a 10-point Greenwood lead late in the third quarter and give his team a 56-52 win and its first appearance in the district championship Monday night at Central Dauphin East High School.
“He made some plays we haven’t seen him make yet,” Greenwood coach Kent Houser said of Jeter. “He hit a couple threes that were his sixth and seventh three of the year. That’s how you win games, somebody steps up and makes plays for you.”
The Wildcats qualified for the state tournament by making it to the semis, and will play for third place in a consolation game Thursday against Lebanon Catholic at a time and place to be determined.
Harrison started off the scoring in the second half for Greenwood with a three, but Jeter answered right back for Mount Calvary with a steal and a drive to even it again at 22.
Joe Sheaffer and Tyler Fegley made consecutive field goals to give Greenwood a little breathing room at 26-22 with 4:29 to play in the quarter.
Fegley made a free throw after and long rebound and transition layup to give him five straight points and Greenwood a 29-22 lead.
Jeter scored four straight to start the fourth quarter for Mount Calvary to quickly close the gap to within six with 7:03 left in the game.
After another Mount Calvary basket in transition, a critical play went Greenwood’s way.
Following a Greenwood shot, Sheaffer tipped a potential offensive rebound to Noah Lebkicher, who was fouled on his layup attempt and made both free throws to end the 6-0 Chargers run and give Greenwood a six-point lead.
Harrison converted a lay-in shortly after to put Greenwood back up 38-30 then Lebkicher extended the lead to 40-30 with 3:24 to play in the game.
That’s when Mount Calvary’s run started.
Jeter made a three then Jason Kuntzelman got a steal and passed ahead to Neftaly Perales, who made a layup.
“In general, we couldn’t hold onto the ball through the contact,” Houser said. “When you have a lead, you’re going to get hit and we didn’t handle it very well.”
Jeter and Hayden Crick made back-to-back buckets to cut it to 40-39 with 2:03 in the game.
Sheaffer made a free throw and Lebkicher made two more free throws to extend it to 43-39 with 53 seconds left.
Jeter came through for Mount Calvary with another three and Kuntzelman got another steal and was fouled in transition and converted the three-point play to give the Chargers a 45-43 lead.
Harrison missed a three, but Ferguson came up with the rebound.
Following the Greenwood timeout, Harrison drove into the lane and was clobbered by two Chargers and calmly sank the two foul shots to send it to overtime.
Jeter’s free throw with 57 seconds left in overtime extended Mount Calvary’s lead to six points at 53-47.
Harrison made two more free throws to cut it to four with 40.7 seconds to play.
David Sturgis made a layup and was fouled with 33.9 seconds to play, but missed the free throw.
Harrison drained a 3-pointer to draw the Wildcats back to within three at 55-52.
Kuntzelman was fouled and missed both, but Crick came down with the offensive rebound that kicked wide right.
Crick got it back to Kuntzelman who was fouled again.
Again, he missed the first free throw, but made the second to stretch the lead to four and quell any hope Greenwood had.
Joe Sheaffer finished with nine points and Fegley added eight for Greenwood (18-6).
“Back to work,” Houser said. “We have to see what we have to prepare for and get back to work.”