Lycoming men playing today for Commonwealth title
The final month of the Lycoming men’s season has been filled with just about every type of emotion.
The final romp into the Commonwealth Conference playoffs featured buzzer-beaters in both regulation and overtime, defensive stands and breakout performances.
Yeah, it’s been that kind of run.
And, now after qualifying for the playoffs as the No. 3 seed, Lycoming heads to No. 1 Alvernia at 2:30 this afternoon for its second consecutive appearance in the conference title game.
The Warriors were greeted with a brief break from the drama as Jerald Williams and Anthony Martin were named to the all-conference team Friday.
Williams is having another breakout season with 114 points and 162 assists. And in his season year with the team, Martin has emerged as the leading scorer with 368 points.
In Wednesday’s semifinal game, after a dramatic season-finale double-overtime win at Hood College, the battle-test Warriors faced a late surge by Albright. They eventually needed a late free throw and defensive stand to secure their first win in three tries against the Lions.
The offense did a much better job of attacking Albright’s defense, which forced defenders into foul trouble, along with sending Lycoming players to the line. The only problem with the attack plan was Lycoming’s lack of finishing on free throws.
“The plan was to attack offensively,” said Kevin Anthony, who finished with 14 points off the bench. “We wanted to get into the teeth of their zone and just keep attacking.”
The Warriors converted a combined 19 of 33 attempts from the line, including a one for six stretch on the final two minutes.
Despite the lack of free throws, Lycoming made the one that counted and held a two-point lead to the finish.
William Wingate had a breakout performance, scoring a season-high 22 points and finishing with 11 rebounds.
“It’s all about energy,” Wingate said. “Once you bring the energy on floor, the whole team gets on the same page and the transition offense starts hitting. Once get our offense going in transition it’s just points.”
Lycoming won the first of two Commonwealth regular season contests vs. Alvernia. The Crusaders won the second game, 73-71, in overtime.
Martin took advantage of his athleticism in the first meeting, leading the Warriors with 25 points and seven rebounds.
“Anthony Martin has been doing it consistently,” Lycoming coach Guy Rancourt said. “In conference play, he’s the league’s leading scorer.”
Michael Rudy, who matched a season-high with six blocks in Lycoming’s win over Albright, played solid on both ends with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.