The Ligonier Valley High School boys basketball team won its first game of the District Six playoffs, beating Penns Valley Area High School 44–41. Head coach John Berger said his team had the size advantage in the matchup and used it to move forward in the tournament.
“My guys played really well,” Berger said.” Penns Valley likes to have a slow pace in their games — they only average in the 40s — and they were able to do that a little bit, but our guys, we kept the tempo up as much as we could. They played pretty darn hard; they played a good game.”
Alec Bloom and Zach Yeskey both scored and rebounded in the double digits. Bloom scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Yeskey scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds.
In the next round of the playoffs, the Rams took on second seed Penn Cambria High School. Ligonier has not played Penn Cambria yet this year, because the game where the two teams were supposed to meet during the regular season was cancelled. Berger said he was optimistic that his team had the ability to progress deeper into the tournament.
“Penn Cambria has a 6-foot-7 kid who likes to shoot 3-pointers and is very successful at it. They're very quick and athletic,” said Berger.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media
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