SLIPPERY ROCK — A few new starting faces, but the same result for General McLane: District 10 champion.

With role players Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Kellen O’Neill and reserve Kyle Steffey stepping up and getting their normal double-double from senior standout Shawn Walker, the Lancers captured their third consecutive D-10 championship Thursday night with a dominating 51-32 win over Franklin at Slippery Rock University.

“I told the players afterwards, a lot of players dream about winning the District 10 championship and we have been fortunate enough to win three in a row,” said an elated General McLane coach Andy Schulz, who guided the Lancers to a PIAA Class AAA state championship last season.

Once again, GM did it the championship way — playing tenacious man-to-man defense.

Leading the way defensively: Wreh-Wilson. Assigned to guard Franklin’s sharp-shooting forward Tim Maleski, who scorched Meadville in the semifinals with 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting, Wreh-Wilson won the battle — holding the Knights’ star to seven points on 3-for-11 shooting.

“Blidi did an excellent job,” said Schulz.

Overall, Franklin — which nailed seven 3-pointers in its 52-47 win over the Bulldogs — struggled from the floor, making only 10 of 39 shots (2-for-15 from 3-point range).

The Lancers’ “D” made an immediate statement by holding Franklin to only three field goals in the first quarter as the Edinboro squad jumped out to a 15-8 lead.

GM’s super-sub Steffey then made an impact in the second quarter.

After sinking two free throws, Steffey canned an eight-foot jumper and scored on a cut to increase GM’s lead to 21-9 with 4:55 left in the second quarter.

“Kyle gave us a big lift,” said Schulz. “We ask Kyle to do a lot of things for us. We call him our garbage sixth man.”

Steffey scored 10 points — second only to Walker’s 13.

As for Walker, the Lancers’ main man knew when to make his presence felt.

Trailing 30-14 at halftime, Franklin came out in the third quarter with a defensive attitude — forcing GM into missing its first six shots as the Knights closed to within 34-22 with 2:43 showing on the clock.

Enter Mr. Walker, who also pulled down a team-high 12 rebounds.

After scoring on a layup, the alert Walker fed a wide-open Wreh-Wilson in the lane for an eight-foot jumper, bumping the Lancers’ lead back to a 14-point margin, 38-24.

Another member of Walker’s supporting cast came up big in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter.

After netting two free throws, O’Neill aggressively drove the lane for a layup and added another freebie on GM’s next possession as the Lancers increased their lead to 45-27 with 3:13 left in the game.

Game over ... and the Lancers’ third D-10 championship in three years.

“The kids really worked for this championship,” said Schulz. “Every member on the team contributed to this win (Thursday).”

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