The Elizabethtown Area High School boys basketball team had an extended break between its final two slates of games at the Spooky Nook Summer League. However, the time off left the Bears undermanned and slightly out of practice, as they dropped two games on Tuesday, July 10, against talented opponents.
Originally scheduled to face Lower Dauphin, Elizabethtown instead got a rematch against Central Dauphin. The Bears had previously beaten the Rams in a 48-45 thriller three weeks prior. It was a much different story this time around, as Central Dauphin controlled the game and walked away with a 49-26 victory.
The Bears were out of sorts on offense in the opening half, though they were missing several key figures in both games. Head coach Rocky Parise and his son Ryan were on vacation, while Larry Locker, Luke Pierson and Brody Beach were all absent as well. This left Elizabethtown with just eight players to work with, leaving the team exhausted during major stretches.
Central Dauphin went into the break up 28-11, with eight different players scoring. The Bears played better in the second half, but they were still outscored 21-15. By the end of the game, 10 of the 11 Rams who saw the floor ended up with points.
Amos Kollie and Elijah Eberly shared the teamlead in points for Elizabethtown with 8. Kollie tied for the game high in rebounds with Pat Gilhool at 6, while Eberly blocked 4 shots. For Central Dauphin, Ryan Smith scored 8 points, 6 of them from behind the 3-point arc. Rance
Russo added 7, while Tyrese Fuller had 6 points and 6 boards.
After a short break, Elizabethtown returned to the court to take on Susquehanna Township. The Indians did a terrific job with their passes on offense, continually moving the ball to find the open man. The Bears were able to keep up with the fast pace, however, narrowing the lead to 34-29 at the half.
The score remained close until midway through the second, when Susquehanna Township took advantage of a number of steals to open up a double-digit lead. Elizabethtown worked its way back into the game but eventually ran out of time, losing by a final score of 59-52.
Both Kollie and Dylan Sweger finished with a gamehigh 14 points. The former once again had 6 rebounds. Eberly and Leon Allen contributed 10 points each as well. Susquehanna Township was very balanced scoring wise. Tyreese Smith and Malik Murphy shared the team lead with 10 points, but Dola Adeniyi, Makhi Jones and Will Folk all had 8 points as well. Adeniyi pulled down 6 boards, while Folk and Yohannes Overdia combined for 7 steals.
After eight games, Locker leads the Bears in scoring with 13 points per game, as well as rebounds with just over 6.8 per game. Ryan Parise has a team high of just under 4.2 assists per game, while Pierson is at just under 2.2 steals. Notably, Kollie is the top five of every statistical category except blocks.
With the two losses, Elizabethtown dropped to 5-3 to close out its regular slate of games at Spooky Nook, winning the first five and losing the last three. The playoff schedule has yet to beannounced by the league organizers, though it is expected to begin sometime during the last two weeks of the month.