Lycoming needed a win against Lebanon Valley to keep its playoffs hopes alive, and it looked like the Warriors were going to miss a good opportunity to gain some ground in the Commonwealth standings.
Lycoming trailed 10 and it looked like a once promising season for the Warriors was gone. But Rob Pillow wouldn't let the happen. Pillow was the clutch down the stretch as he scored eight points in the final four minutes including the game winner with 2.1 seconds left as Lycoming defeated Lebanon Valley 65-63 Wednesday night at Lamade Gym.
"I just feel like I had to come in and boost the team and get the team going again, bring that energy and get the team rolling again" said Pillow. "I think that I did my job and did my role and did what I had to do to get my team the win."
Kevin Anthony of Lycoming looks inside as Lebanon Valley’s Joey Giangiobbe defends Wednesday at Lamade Gym.
Pillow did more than he was asked as he scored a season and team-high 15 points and added three steals, his last steal seeled the game as he stole the inbounds pass as time expired. Pillow hit back-to-back threes including one that tied it up at 61 and his game-winner was an iso play as he took his defender to the left elbow and rose up to hit the tough jumper.
"It felt pretty good," Pillow said of his game-winner. "All my teammates had confidence in me taking the last shot, I hit a couple shots consecutively so I was flowing pretty well at that moment."
Pillow saved Lycoming on the offensive end, but it was Lycoming's defense that got the Warriors back in the game. Lycoming held Lebanon Valley to just 33-percent from the field in the second half and held the Flying Dutchmen to just nine points in the final 11 minutes. Lycoming held Lebanon Valley to just 38-percent shooting for the game and forced seven second half turnovers. Kevin Anthony (12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks) was huge in leading the defensive charge as he had two blocks on the same possession to prevent Lebanon Valley from scoring.
They took it possession by possession, the players did," Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said. "I thought they did a great job of kinda not only locking only on their man but where Kevin Agnew was at all times. They were able to not only help his penetration but also recover back to their own man."
Agnew came into the game as the third-leading scorer in Division III at 26.4 points per-game. That average went up a little as he scored 30 points adding six three-pointers. Agnew was huge for the Flying Dutchmen and would helped his teams playoff chances if not for Pillow's late game heroics. Mansfield high school graduate Luke Berguson (4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) played an all-around game for Lebanon Valley and Bloomsburg high school grad Zach Mrozek played good minutes off the bench scoring 10 points and grabbing five rebounds.
Lycoming also received good play from Pat Dougher, who scored 10 first half points and Michael Rudy (12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists).
LEBANON VALLEY (9-13, 7-8 CC)
Kevin Agnew 10-23 4-4 30; Mike Fasano 4-9 0-0 10; Zach Mrozek 3-6 4-4 10; Joey Giangiobbe 1-6 4-4 6; Luke Berguson 2-5 0-0 4; Kyler Burke 1-4 0-2 2; Travis Conrad 0-3 1-2 1; Zach Faulkner 0-0 0-0 0; Connor Pierce 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 13-16 63.
LYCOMING (10-11, 6-9 CC)
Rob Pillow 6-8 0-0 15; Kevin Anthony 5-8 2-3 12; Michael Rudy 4-10 4-4 12; Patrick Dougher 4-8 0-0 10; John Monkam 3-4 1-2 7; Malcolm Covington 2-4 0-2 4; Eric Ishman 1-1 0-0 3; Justin Miller 1-2 0-0 2; Andy Abreu 0-0 0-0 0; Jourdan Wilson 0-2 0-0 0; Nykolas King 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-50 7-11 65.
Halftime: Lebanon Valley, 37-34 3-point goals-Lebanon Valley 8-23 (Agnew 6-13; Fasano 2-6; Berguson 0-1; Conrad 0-2; Mrozek 0-1), Lycoming 6-14 (Pillow 3-5; Dougher 2-6; Ishman 1-1; Rudy 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds-Lebanon Valley 29 (Berguson 6), Lycoming 33 (Rudy 7). Assists-Lebanon Valley 11 (Berguson 4), Lycoming 17 (Rudy 5; Covington 5). Total fouls-Lebanon Valley 15, Lycoming 20. Technical fouls--None. A-276