(Ambler PA) Way too much Kyle Pavlik for Harry S. Truman High School.
Kyle Pavlik (25 points) led Lansdale Catholic past Truman, 59-50, in the consolation game of the Wissahickon Holiday Classic on Friday afternoon.
Kyle’s ten points in the first quarter helped the Crusaders build up a ten-point spread (18-8).
Kyle added nine more in the final period after the Tigers (3-7) had fought back from a seventeen-point deficit (46-29) to close to within eight (50-42) with 4 1/2 minutes left in the game.
Eight points from point guard Jaier Brown keyed the Truman comeback.
Lansdale Catholic (6-2) led from beginning to end.
The Crusaders ran structured offense and that organization paid off with layups in the early going. LC also converted a couple of offensive rebounds (Brandan Schneider & Kyle Pavlik) in the first quarter.
Two inside scores by James Valentine enabled the team from Levittown to get to within six (27-21) with a minute left until halftime.
But that was the best the Crusaders would do. Over the next 5+ minutes of playing time, LC went on a 15-4 run and broke away, 42-25, in the third quarter. LC had three free throws but all the other points in this segment were high percentage shots……….layups or converted rebounds.
LC clearly had the better looks on offense. Truman, however, was able to hang around because they were very active in getting to the basket. There was also a significant cooling down by the LC finishers as the game wore on.
Corey Kirk put some solid defense on Tramere Adams (11 points) for three quarters. Tramere was quick and could leap but Corey, and later Kyle Pavlik, denied him the ball as much as they could.
Truman tried full-court pressure on Lansdale Catholic but ended up giving LC layups.
Patrick Stone and Tyquan Law each finished with ten points for Truman.
Truman is in the Suburban One League.
LC is from the Philadelphia Catholic League.
Last time I was at Wissahickon I saw Truman lose in the opening round three years ago to Central Bucks East.
Kyle Pavlik had only six points in the Crusaders opening round loss to Wissahickon on Thursday. However, Kyle was impressive enough versus Truman to earn All-Tourney honors. He was at the finishing end of some terrific passes.
Junior Tramere Adams of Truman was also put on the All-Tourney team.
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