Red Land nips Penn Manor 48-44 in District III Basketball

By Simon Zimmerman and Matt Ulmer –

Three-pointers almost overcame all the height Red Land had to offer.

The Comets traveled to Red Land for their opening District match up Wednesday night but the trip was in vain. The game was close throughout its entirety, but in the end, the Comets fell short by four.

The game was tied at halftime, but Penn Manor’s failure to execute in the third and fourth quarter cost the emotional boys the game, their season, and for some, their basketball careers.

Red Land star Mike Zangari was the difference maker with 22 points in last nights game. Photo courtesy of

“We needed to hit our shots down the stretch in the 4th quarter, and we didn’t,” said senior point guard Brian Ramsey.

For seniors Jaq Presbery, Dan Elliot, Teon Lee and Brian Ramsey, it was their final game to play on the hardwood for Penn Manor.

“My heart went out to them because they put in a lot of hard work this season,” said sophomore teammate Taylor Skelly.

At the end of regulation, reality hit the seniors and it was not easy to handle. Some seniors like Presbery had something to say about their love for playing ball post game in the locker room.

“It just sucked that I knew my Penn Manor career was over and I let my teammates know that they should enjoy it and don’t take anything for granted,” said Presbery.

The loss was not easy for Penn Manor basketball fans to grasp as well.

“It was a very hard, depressing thing to see the team I love lose, not to mention my best friend,” said senior Quinn Nadu an avid Comets basketball fan.

“I feel like a big part of my life is over now,” added senior cheerleader Sam McCreary.

Regardless of the disappointing outcome, this year’s team surprised many after losing all starters and still managing a 16-7 overall record.

Juniors Marc Summy, and Landon Alexcih will look to be the heart of the team next year.