Christo­pher Dock edges Jenk­in­town

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - SPORTSROUNDUP - By Nick Iuele

In a close game, de­fense and a solid bench makes the dif­fer­ence be­tween a win and a loss. Luck­ily for Christo­pher Dock, it had both against a feisty Jenk­in­town team.

Led by Jared Arm­strong’s 12 points off the bench, the Pioneers edged the Drakes 44-35 at home in a Bi­cen­ten­nial League Con­sti­tu­tion Di­vi­sion clash.

De­spite scor­ing a com­bined six points in the mid­dle two quar­ters, Jenk­in­town was in the game un­til mid­way through the fourth quar­ter. How­ever, poor shoot­ing and a size ad­van­tage in fa­vor of Dock even­tu­ally sank the Drakes.

The Drakes took a 13-11 lead into the sec­ond quar­ter, but that was only thanks to an 11-1 run in the mid­dle of the pe­riod. Dock dom­i­nated the bet­ter part of the first three quar­ters by tak­ing high-per­cent­age shots and tak­ing care of the bas­ket­ball.

Dock’s Azariah Parmer, who fin­ished with 13 points, was the only con­sis­tent threat through­out the game. How­ever, it was Arm­strong’s court vi­sion, pre­ci­sion pass­ing and clutch shoot­ing that gave the home team the ad­van­tage.

Dock didn’t ex­actly shoot the lights out, ei­ther. While it took Jenk­in­town un­til its 16-point fourth quar­ter to get in any kind of of­fen­sive rhythm, Dock also strug­gled in the mid­dle quar­ters, but it was masked by the Drakes’ poor shoot­ing.

Big man Na­jee Miller kept the Pioneers out of harms way by pulling down boards and be­ing a force in the mid­dle. He scored nine points, but his de­fen­sive abil­ity and re­bound­ing made life dif­fi­cult for Jenk­in­town all night.

It looked like Dock was go­ing to win hand­ily un­til the fourth. Joe Sobolewski went off for nine of his team-high 14 in the fi­nal pe­riod. The Drakes also did not fal­ter from the char­ity stripe, go­ing 5 of 6 in the last eight min­utes.

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