With its second-leading scorer Cole Fisher on the bench still recovering from an ankle injury, Lancaster Mennonite had to make some adjustments heading into Tuesday's Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Five boys basketball matchup at first-place Columbia.
The visiting Blazers stuck 6-foot, 6-inch sophomore center David Weaver in front of the basket on the defensive end, and switched back-and-forth from man-to-man defense and a 2-3 zone. It kept Columbia from attacking the rim in the first half. The strategy worked in the first quarter. Then the host Tide got hot from the perimeter in the second quarter, opened up a sizable advantage by halftime, and later staved off a Blazers' fourth-quarter comeback to come away with an eventual 73-65 victory.
Section champs: With the win, Columbia (6-0 league, 10-1 overall) won the Section Five crown, qualified for the L-L tournament and extended its winning streak to nine games, the longest current streak among any team in the league. The Tide also won back-to-back section crowns, a feat last accomplished by the program 31 years ago, when the league's all-time leading scorer Mike Wisler was in a Columbia uniform.