The Cedar Crest Falcons dream of a third championship this year were dashed, as they were defeated 49-39 in the District 3, Class 6A semifinals by the Wilson Bulldogs.
The Falcons (23-4) had captured Lancaster-Lebanon League and Section One titles.
The difference in this game was the sterling defense of Wilson. They held Cedar Crest to its lowest point total of the year.
But despite all of their offensive woes, the Falcons nearly pulled off a monumental comeback.
Down 36-21 early in the fourth quarter, Cedar Crest benefitted from Wilson’s three-for-11 foul shooting over a three-minute stretch of crunch time, and the Falcons pulled to within 39-37 of the lead on an Amani Jones three-pointer, with 2:00 left. During that 16-3 run, Grant Allwein also converted five Falcon free throws, Ileri Ayo-Faleye tallied three points, Cole Miller tacked on two and Andrew Eberhart hit a foul shot.
But Wilson regained its touch at the charity stripe, and the Falcons managed just two more points the rest of the way.
Cedar Crest, the fourth seed, will now turn its attention to Thursday’s Class AAAAAA third-place game at second-seeded Central York and the upcoming PIAA playoffs. The Falcons have never won a District Three championship in boys’ basketball.
Top-seeded Wilson improved to 26-1 and moved into Saturday’s District Three Class AAAAAA championship tilt opposite third-seeded Reading High.Stevie Mitchell scored five of his game-high 22 points in the final 40 seconds to help the top-seeded Bulldogs (26-1) extend their lead after the fourth-seeded Falcons had pulled within two points early in the fourth quarter.