Friday, January 13, 2023 | 10:02 p.m
Making the play name got here rapidly for Damian Davies on Friday.
The Leechburg boys basketball coach may yell “Georgetown, layup” repeatedly as Blue Devils level guard Marcus Cleveland received the ball.
Beginning within the second quarter, Cleveland delivered virtually on demand. He completed with 35 factors as Leechburg held on late to seize a 78-74 Part 3-2A highway win over Riverview.
“We wager on this,” Cleveland mentioned. “We have been making ready for this all week. We made positive we got here this week on enterprise.”
Getting a win on the highway was necessary for Leechburg, who improved to 6-8 total and 2-3 within the stretch after shedding three straight video games.
Davies believes a few of Leechburg’s early struggles have been a part of the training course of.
“The large distinction is that we are able to outplay bodily folks with our depth in Single A,” Davies mentioned. “Double A has a number of greater our bodies and it is onerous to placed on. We’ve got to play extra exactly.”
The Blue Devils led 61-49 halfway by way of the fourth quarter when Riverview rallied. The Raiders’ key stretch was an 8-0 run, fueled by two 3-pointers from Amberson Bauer.
Riverview added two free throws from Alex Schulteis to tie the rating with lower than 3 minutes remaining. Leechburg responded rapidly with Owen McDermott scoring 16 factors.
The Blue Devils then compelled a turnover that resulted in an intentional fumble when Luke Migely tackled Tyler Foley to stop a breakaway. After that, Leechburg stretched its result in 68-63.
“There are a number of ups and downs, a number of challenges,” Davies mentioned. “We needed to have a next-play angle. … We did a fantastic job of getting the ball to Marcus and Tyler. They’re onerous to cease within the open area in the event that they attempt to stress you.”
Riverview coach Paul McGivney thought the sport could have been a reversal of an earlier loss to Serra Catholic. The Raiders had a 14-point lead towards the Eagles earlier than shedding within the fourth quarter.
Riverview (9-4, 2-3) received off to a robust begin. The Raiders restricted Leechburg to 3-of-11 taking pictures from the sector within the first quarter to take a 17-10 lead.
Nonetheless, the Blue Devils went forward, opening the second quarter with a 9-2 run that made it 21-19 after an Ashton Redmond layup.
The Blue Devils outscored Riverview 26-8 within the second quarter. Cleveland scored 15 factors within the second quarter.
“It is simply a part of my recreation,” Cleveland mentioned. “That recreation is so good for my recreation. It creates a private connection and permits me to do what I do.”
Foley scored 16 factors.
“They did an excellent job early slowing us down,” McGivney mentioned. “We knew what they have been going to do. We did not execute. We had a number of turnovers we should not have had.
Bauer scored a team-high 22 factors for the Raiders. Nate Sprajar (18 factors) and Jack Betler (12) additionally completed in double figures for Riverview.
The Raiders have misplaced two straight after snapping a five-game profitable streak.
“I feel we are able to inform lots about our guys how one can bounce again,” McGivney mentioned. “It is nice if you win and all that good things. Now we have been knocked off the horse and we should stick collectively and are available tomorrow. We’ve got to wipe the slate clear.”
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