Eagles Squeak Past Walkersville to Advance to Regional Semis
The mood at halftime inside the gym at Seneca Valley was apprehensive the Eagles faithful had cause for concern. Their boys, who had run through the playoffs for the last two years to earn a spot in the Final Four were trailing by 10 points at halftime.
Seneca Valley led by an experienced group of seniors, including stand-out point guard Triston Price and Harold Dotson were able to clamp down defensively and reign in the Walkersville Lions to come back and win 58-57 to advance to the 2A West Regional Semi-Finals where they will travel to face the top-seeded Williamsport Wildcats from Washington County.
By the end of the first quarter, it was apparent that Monday’s 2nd round playoff game was going to be a barn burner, with Seneca leading 12-9 after a last second three-pointer by sophomore Mazae Blake. Blake would finish the game as the Eagles’ leading scorer with 23 points, on seven field goals, and three long-range shots from beyond the arc.
However, in the second quarter, the Lions came roaring back scoring 24 points, thanks in large part to Josh Polce’s eight points and Zack Matthis’ two three-pointers. Walkersville took a 10 point lead, 33-23, into the locker room.
The Eagles came out in the second half and tightened up defensively to allow just 24 points the rest of the way. Sophomore Mazae Blake scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, hitting two threes and three field goals accounting for 12 of the Eagles 18 third-quarter points. Walkersville scored 13 points in the third which allowed Seneca to cut the Lions’ lead in half by the end of the third, 46-41.
Both teams played a relatively clean game as the referees allowed the boys to play. Walkersville was awarded five foul shots in the second half, and the Lions made two.
Seneca Valley held Walkersville to just 11 points in the fourth quarter, while scoring 17 to edge the Lions. Walkersville’s Jerimiah Sweet had eight points in the fourth, to finish with 22 points to lead the Lions. Zack Matthis finished the game with 12 points for Walkersville.