Comets Focus on Red Land in Playoffs

By Connor Rowe –

The Penn Manor (12) basketball squad prepares for Red Land (6) in their first playoff appearance this year. The game will take place Wednesday, Feb. 23 at Red Land, Lewisberry, Pa. at  7 p.m.

Penn Manor will be the true underdog in this matchup statistically, but Comets senior, captain, fan favorite and point guard, Brian Ramsey, sees the game differently.

Ramsey said he can’t wait for the coming contest.

They’ve got some big boys, but we are ready for them,” Ramsey said.

Head coach Charlie Detz is preparing Penn Manor basketball team for district playoffs. Photo by Connor Rowe

Red Land has two 6-11 players, Mike Zangari, a junior, and D1 commit to La Salle, senior Steve Zack.

Manor has a plan to get around these so-called, “big boys.”

“We have two new defensive sets and offensive play to move their big guys out,” said Ramsey.

Another way of achieving success by the Comets is by scrimmaging Manheim Township High School’s basketball team,  where they executed their new tactics.

Brian Ramsey closed with, “I think we have a very good chance to win; (coach Charlie) Detz has been preparing us well. Everybody wants to win.”

Penn Manor Ballers Dunk Cocalico – By Stetson Hershey and Connor Rowe

Underclassmen on top of the stat sheet.

Marc Summy, Penn Manor’s leading scorer, continued his trend on Monday night against Cocalico.

In Penn Manor’s 57-39 win over Cocalico, Summy netted 16-points.

Summy’s mindset is to defer to his teammates, but the seniors also look to their swingman to take charge of the game more often.

“The seniors spoke up,” coach Charlie Dietz said, “(they) told Marc, ‘Don’t defer to us. Do what you can do.’”

After scoring a career-high 31-points against McCaskey on Friday, he followed up with a game best 16 on Monday.

Junior Marc Summy has been stepping up recently and giving the Penn Manor boys basketball seniors some help. Photo by Jenna Reel

“It’s a team sport, and I just try to do what’s best for the team,” said Summy, “We’re all trying to work together.”

Jaq Presbery, senior guard, added 15 points and made a game-high three 3-pointers along with senior forward Teon Lee who added a game-high seven rebounds.

Penn Manor struggled early in the game, shooting just 2-11 from the floor in the first quarter. The second quarter started off slow, but an 11-2 run put the Comets back in the game and gave them a three point lead at halftime.

A pair of threes from Presbery sparked Penn Manor as they created more and more separation down the stretch of the second half. Penn Manor improved to 14-4 overall and 10-2 in the section

“We needed to stay focused and play our game,” Summy said. “We played our game tonight, did what we had to do. “This was a very big win. We needed to get our heads back on straight and get back on track.”

Penn Manor will look to capture a win tonight against Township and get back into the winning mode they experienced earlier this season. The last time the Blue Streaks and Comets met was a nail-biter that was concluded in overtime with a Comet win.

After Township, Penn Manor verses Hempfield Friday night in a fight for the league title. If Manor could reach the top spot of the league, they would be in much better shape for playoff seeding.