When Northeastern boys basketball team takes the floor for warmups it doesn’t look like they are players who can do what they do.
With their athletic ability and skills, that’s why they—even with a thin bench and no starter over 6-2, deserve the serious attention of the other top 5A teams in the state.
Throwing down a flurry of dunks at Hershey’s Giant Center Monday night, the Bobcats (25-2) crushed their York County rival Spring Grove 78-58 despite 35 points from the Rockets’ smooth Michigan-bound guard Eli Brooks.
Highlight reels were produced by 5-9 jumping jack junior Fred Mulbah, whose breakaway windmill dunk was the centerpiece of his 25 points that included his finishing a handful of drives to the rim.
And by 6-2 junior Anthony Rizzuto, who had two impressive power-drive dunks as part of his 30 points he scored from all over the floor. Rizzuto showed why he has three mid-major offers.
And by 6-2 senior Brandon Coleman who had no intention of using the glass on a drive he finished with a slam.
The Bobcats are no longer cruising under the radar in York County now that they brought their show to the big stage.
They’ll face a solid group of seniors from Mechanicsburg when the play for the PIAA District 3 championship Friday night at Giant Center.
Mechanicsburg defeated Milton Hershey 56-45 in the other 5A semifinal Monday night.
The steady-eddie Wildcats are a handful for any team led by guards Kyle Scheib (19 points) and Nathan Mayernick (12 points) and 6-5 workhorse in the paint, Cade Alioth.
Mechanicsburg hasn’t been to a district final since 1995 when assistant coach Kevin Rutherford led the Wildcats to the championship. Northeastern hasn’t made the final since 2004 when it lost to Steel-High.
CHECK HIGHLIGHTS TAB > HSBB: NORTHEASTERN v SPRING GROVE for video highlights.