The Elizabethtown Varsity boys basketball team lost a very close non-league game to the Hershey Trojans, on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Elizabethtown. The final score was 58-54. The first period ended with Hershey on top 16-17. After fast-paced intense play, from both squads, the home-team Bears led at the half-time buzzer 26-22.
The Elizabethtown boys came out of the locker room, after the half-time break, to start the third period, like the team was on fire. Elizabethtown turned up the pace and the offense. At the end of the third period, the Bears were ahead 45-40.
After the game, head coach Rocky Parise said he had told the team, “focus on coming out and being the aggressor. Play fast.” Despite the loss, he was impressed with the boys’ performance. “We did it. First time this season, I saw that much consistency.”
Parise said it seems “like they are about to break through, to make a run at the end of the season.” He’s looking forward to the next six games. Before this game, the boys had an overall record of 6-10. They were 3-5 in the league.
In the fourth period, Elizabethtown was winning 50-47, with less than five minutes left in the game. The Bears missed a shot. Hershey rebounded and scored to make it 50-49. Hershey had the ball with about four minutes left to play. A foul was called on Elizabehthtown.
The Trojans tied the score 50-50, with the first shot from the foul line. With the second basket, Hershey went ahead 50-51. Larry Locker, the Bears’ 6-foot-5 junior, passed the ball outside to number 25, Elijah Eberly, the 6-foot-2 sophomore. The home team sunk a basket to go back on top 52-51, with less than 3 minutes to go.
Elizabehtown scored an effortless softly shot basket from underneath the net to maintain the lead 54-51. The Trojans called a time-out with 2:24 left on the clock. Hershey scored a two-pointer and then sunk a field-goal, making the score was 54-56.
As the pressure of the game clock increased, Hershey drew a foul. At the line, the Trojans’ number 11 sank both shots. The score stood at 54-58. Elizabehtown missed a lay-up. Hershey drew another foul, but their player missed both shots from the line.
With ten seconds left in the game, Elizabehtown attempted to answer back with a three-point shot and missed. The game ended with a Hershey victory.