The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 14, 2013

Jon Gerardi's boys basketball column: First HAC tournament should be fun to watch


Berg's also averaging 16.8 points per game this year while Kozick is adding 12.9. And those two aren't the only solid players in the Ironmen purple and orange. There's Scotty Heeter, who routinely contributes offensively, and Matt McConnell, who's averaging 8.3 ppg.

Of all the Ironmen's games so far this year, only four times did they fail to have three players score in double-digits. In other words, this group can put up the points.

Danville's defense has been terrific all season long too, and it is going to make for an extremely interesting game tonight since Lewisburg is arguably one of the most well-balanced teams in the area and have only lost to one team this entire year: Loyalsock (twice).

The Green Dragons had four of their starting five averaging double-digits prior to Tuesday night's win at Southern Columbia. Travis Conrad (14.3), Erich Kline (12.6), Sam Allen (11.5) and Mike Driscoll (9.8) lead John Vaji's Green Dragons offensively.

And while those four are great at putting up points, Lewisburg's defense is just as talented. That foursome attacks the basket better than many teams in the HAC and play as hard as any other team.

Conrad also has been phenomenal from downtown this year, draining 41 3-pointers, behind just East Juniata's Nick Lorenz (42) and Milton's Michael Jacobs (43).

And, like Danville, Lewisburg has a potent offense as well. The Green Dragons have had at least three in double-figures seven of their past eight games.

When you combine the offense and defense that Lewisburg has and put it against the Ironmen -- who seem to always find ways to win no matter who they have on the court -- it's sure to make for great basketball.

While the other semifinal may not be of much interest to local readers, Loyalsock and St. John Neumann is a great game that you may want to get there early to watch.

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