December 31, 2013

MVP performance from Perry shows way to title

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – For the second day in a row, McDaniel needed a second-half rally, defeating Lycoming 62-57 in the championship of the Louis Fleming Basinger Memorial Tournament in men's basketball action on Tuesday.

Phillip Perry (Crownsville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) led the Green Terror (7-3) to the title with 16 points. Perry was named tournament most valuable player after 32 points over the two games. Duane Echols (Jessup, Md./Hammond) joined Perry on the all-tournament team after a career-best 14 points in the championship game.

Kevin Anthony led the Warriors (4-5) with 13 points while Michael Rudy added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Andrew Merlo (Rehoboth, Del./Cape Henlopen) found Cameron Royster (Derwood, Md./Magruder) off the drive to give McDaniel a 35-34 lead with 13:54 showing.

The teams traded one-point advantages until Echols hit a trey in the corner to put the Green Terror on top 40-38 three minutes later.

A Merlo triple in the left corner pushed the advantage to 46-40 with 7:22 on the clock.

A Perry steal-and-dunk with 6:15 showing started a 6-0 run. Echols was fouled on the break, making his 14th straight free throw before missing but grabbing his own rebound and then hitting a 3-pointer for the largest lead by either team 31 seconds after the Perry dunk.

Two Echols free throws with 3:50 to play made it a double-digit game for the first time at 58-48.

The Warriors closed to within 59-55 on two Kevin Anthony free throws with 55 seconds left.

Two Perry free throws with 23 seconds remaining sealed the victory.

After Justin Miller staked Lycoming to a 2-0 lead on its first possession, Jimmy Cranwell (Brick, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) responded with a layup of his own to spark a 7-0 burst to give McDaniel a five-point advantage 2:46 into the game.

The Green Terror extended the lead to 12-4 on a Perry fastbreak layup with 15:52 on the clock before the Warriors knotted the game at 14-all on a Rudy 3-pointer with 10:33 showing.

Jumpers from William Wingate and Jourdan Wilson gave the hosts an 18-15 advantage with 7:47 remaining.

Two Cranwell free throws drew McDaniel with one before Perry snapped a 6-minute, 10-second drought from the floor to put his team back in front by one with 6:19 to play in the first half.

The Green Terror extended its lead back out to three before an 8-1 run gave Lycoming its largest lead of the half at 28-24 with 1:02 showing.

A Nick Yockey (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) layup cut the deficit in half with 10 seconds left.

Wesley Brooks (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) hit a triple 22 seconds into the second half to give McDaniel a one-point lead before Rudy countered with a layup nearly a minute later.

Echols added seven rebounds and three assists to his 14 points while Cranwell chipped in nine points. Brooks finished with eight rebounds and three assists to go with his three points.

The Green Terror returns to action at Penn State-Mont Alto on Saturday in its final non-conference game of the season. Game time is 6 p.m.

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