Dragons end Tornadoes' season
DANVILLE - Mount Carmel did all the little things necessary in the first half to stay with Lewisburg, except make shots.
The Red Tornadoes were patient on offense, just off the mark.
Lewisburg, on the other hand, seemed like it was shooting into a hula hoop.
The Green Dragons used a remarkable 52.2 percent shooting night from the field to beat Mount Carmel 66-47 in their District 4 Class AA quarterfinal Friday night in Danville.
Lewisburg advances to play the winner of the Loyalsock and Bloomsburg matchup being played at 3 p.m. in Montoursville today. Lewisburg lost all three to Loyalsock this year.
Mount Carmel ends its year 14-10, including a win in the District 4 playoffs earlier in the week against Williamson.
"These seniors were outstanding this year," Mount Carmel head coach John Lazicki said. "The poise and character they had all year, whether they were down or up, their attitudes were great. They're the best bunch of seniors I've coached in my 14 years, by far."
Mount Carmel started the game by matching Lewisburg for the most part. The Red Tornadoes were within five after the first quarter, but there were signs of what would come. Mount Carmel shot 40 percent, its best shooting percentage of any quarter, but missed a couple would-be easy baskets.
The tell-tale part of the game was the second quarter.
Mount Carmel started trailing by just five points, but ended down nearly three times that many.
The keys for Lewisburg were big men Erich Kline and Sam Allen, who combined for eight points and seven rebounds.
The pair also pulled Mount Carmel out of the middle to open up the lane for the Green Dragons' guards.
Lewisburg made eight of 12 shots from the floor and the Green Dragons guards were able to sink mid-range jumpers to create a nearly indefensible attack to finish the half with a 33-19 lead.
"We didn't lose this game, they beat us," Lazicki said. "They took it from us. They came out and shot the ball well and played good enough defense. We missed shots. We had open looks."
Christian Kelley was the main source of offense for the Tornadoes, creating just enough room inside to score six in the second quarter.
"Christian was a huge lift all year," Lazicki said. "We have a bright future. I feel confident going into next season that we could duplicate, if not improve, upon this season.
"We didn't get razzled. We had a couple that rattled out. It's just one of those nights where we shot poorly and they shot very well. You're just not going to beat any good, quality team when you shoot the ball as poorly as we did."
Lewisburg continued to push in the third quarter and widened the margin to 48-27, helped again by the disparate shooting percentages.
Kline and Allen dominated underneath, while a slashing Travis Conrad kept adding points to his game-high 18. Kline finished with 16, four in each quarter, while Allen totaled 10 and Mike Driscoll kept the Tornadoes' defense stretched to its limits by hitting four 3-pointers and finishing with 14.
"Lewisburg is a great team," Lazicki said. "When they shoot that well, and I was praying they wouldn't shoot that well. You could not help off of anyone. Driscoll hit a couple threes. Kline stepped out."
Senior Robbie Varano led the Tornadoes with 10 points, while Ray Heromin added eight.
MOUNT CARMEL (47) - Dillion 1 0-0 3, Tocyloski 1 0-0 2, Varano 3 4-4 10, Duran 2 1-1 5, Heromin 4 0-2 8, Scicchitano 2 0-0 4, Wasilewski 0 0-0 0, Kwiatkowski 3 0-0 7, Beierschmitt 0 0-0 0, Kelley 3 2-2 8, C. Lynott 0 0-0 0, T. Lynott 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-9 47.
LEWISBURG (66) - Flannery 2 2-4 6, Conrad 3 10-12 18, Driscoll 5 0-0 14, Kline 8 0-0 16, Allen 4 2-6 10, Costaglia 0 0-0 0, Newcomb 1 0-0 2, Cole 0 0-0 0, Fedorajka 0 0-0 0, Sial 0 0-0 0, Fox 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 14-22 66.
3-point FGs: Dillion, Kwiatkowski, Conrad 2, Driscoll 4.