March 2, 2013 7:00 a.m. EDINBORO —
Step aside, Bill Hager.
Legendary General McLane basketball coach Andy Schulz became the District 10 all-time winningiest boys’ basketball coach Friday night as his Lancers claimed their second consecutive Class AAA championship with a nail-biting 47-44 win over Girard at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House.
Schulz now has 598 career victories, breaking a tie with Hager, the former Maplewood and Franklin boys’ coach.
“This win isn’t about me breaking the record ... it’s about the kids,” said the humbled Schulz. “They (players) worked really hard for this championship and I’m very proud of them.”
The GM mentor probably would have preferred the record-breaking win to be less stressful.
The Lancers led the entire game, but Girard — which handed GM its only two losses in Region 6 during the regular season — finished with a flourish and nearly sent the game into overtime.
Trailing 45-36, the Yellow Jackets’ Joe Swanson and Alexander Cruz bombed in consecutive three-pointers to cut the deficit to 45-42 with 24 seconds left in the game.
After GM’s Jaymon Mason sank two free throws and Girard’s Nason McCall scored on an offensive rebound, the Yellow Jackets immediately fouled the Lancers’ Lukas Hallet with 10 seconds showing on the clock.
The tactic worked as Hallet missed both free throws — giving Girard one last attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Schulz & Co. held their breath as Girard’s Joe Dunn launched a three-point attempt from the left wing ... short ... game over.
“What a fantastic game! ... two great teams battling to the last second,” said Schulz. “I have to give Girard a lot of credit for coming back like they did.”
Schulz knew how to fight off the gutsy Yellow Jackets — give the ball to Mason.
General McLane led 25-10 with 3:43 remaining in the second quarter, but Girard closed the second stanza with a 7-0 run to get within 25-17 at halftime.
Fearing the momentum might be slipping away, Schulz’s opening two plays in the third quarter were designed for Mason, his 6-foot-3 senior standout.
Mason tossed in a 15-footer and then bombed in a three-pointer from the top of the key to increase the Lancers’ lead to 30-19 with 5:20 left in the third quarter.
Leading 35-29, Schulz called upon Mason again. After converting a 12-foot floater, the silky-smooth, left-handed Lancer drove the lane and sank another floater (with his right hand) to push GM’s lead to 39-29 with 3:23 left in the game.
Still not a safe lead for the Lancers.
Swanson drained a three-pointer and made three free throws after getting fouled on a three-point attempt to get Girard within 39-36 with 1:10 showing on the clock.
Mason time again.
After Halley swished two free throws, Mason — GM’s primarily ball-handler — sank four straight free throws to increase the Lancers’ lead to 45-36 with 49 seconds remaining in the game.
General McLane then held on ... barely.
Mason was a one-man show for the Lancers with a game-high 22 points. He was seven-for-12 from the floor and six-for-seven at the foul line.
Swanson led Girard with 18 points.
March 2, 2013 7:00 a.m. EDINBORO —
Step aside, Bill Hager.
District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey
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Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.
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“Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.
Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback
The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.
District 1 dominates at East Regional
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Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time
With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.
Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal
There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.
Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise
Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.
Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske
Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.
District 1 looking forward to bigger goals
The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.
Meadville's magical season comes to an end
The state run is over for the Meadville Junior League All-Stars.
Guess they’ll just have to content themselves with a District 1 championship, a Section 1 championship and an incredible turnaround from the year before.
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