CB South snaps Pen­nridge’s three-game win­ning streak

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Mike Cabrey

The open­ing eight min­utes went bet­ter than planned for the Pen­nridge boys bas­ket­ball team Fri­day night.

7hH 5DPV VFRrHG WhH firVW eight points and led vis­it­ing Cen­tral Bucks South by as many as 10 be­fore head­ing into the sec­ond up 19-12.

“I WhRughW Rur firVW TuDrWHr, we played prob­a­bly as well WhDW TuDrWHr DV ZH SODyHG DOO yHDr,” 3HQQriGgH FRDFh Dean Behrens said. “Our HQHrgy ZDV DZHVRPH, ZH rHbounded the ball ex­tremely ZHOO.”

7hH VFriSW, hRZHvHr, TuiFkOy fliSSHG iQ WhH 7iWDQV’ fa­vor the next two pe­ri­ods. South outscored the Rams 36-12 in the sec­ond and third — in­clud­ing 20-5 in the latWHr TuDrWHr — WR FROOHFW D 5948 Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence vic­tory and snap Pen­nridge’s three-game win streak.

“We were do­ing ev­ery­thing we wanted. We were gHWWiQg rHbRuQGV, gHWWiQg iQWR WrDQViWiRQ, SODy­iQg gRRG GHIHQVH, hiWWiQg VhRWV, WhHy were miss­ing – ev­ery­thing ZDV gRRG,” 5DPV VHQiRr -HII Gar­ner said. “And then in the VHFRQG TuDrWHr, WhHy FDPH RuW, VWDrWHG hiWWiQg VhRWV. IW got a lit­tle bit tougher to play de­fense and re­bound and tran­si­tion if they’re hit­ting VhRWV.”

Chase son­der Sch­malz scored all of his team-high 11 points in the sec­ond half as CB South earned its third VWrDighW ZiQ DQG fiIWh FRQsec­u­tive win over Pen­nridge (8-7, 3-5 FRQIHrHQFH). 5iFky Dennis chipped in 10 points as the Ti­tans had eight play­ers score at least four points.

AIWHr CB 6RuWh (9-5, 6-2) HQGHG WhH firVW hDOI uS 28-26, son­der Sch­malz started the third with con­sec­u­tive three­SRiQWHrV, WhHQ FDSSHG RII WhH TuDrWHr ZiWh D DQRWhHr WriSOH, putting South up 48-31 go­ing into the fourth.

The clos­est the Rams got the rest of the way was eight at 51-43 be­fore the Ti­tans were able to con­vert from the foul line to hold off the come­back bid.

“We played a lot of man (GHIHQVH) WRQighW, buW uO­ti­mately their abil­i­ties and WhHir WDOHQW WRRk RvHr, DQG their depth hurt us a lit­tle biW,” BHhrHQV VDiG. “AQG I IHOW gRRG, ZH hDG ZRQ WhrHH iQ D rRZ, ZH’vH bHHQ SODy­iQg gRRG bDVkHWbDOO, I WhiQk we’re get­ting bet­ter as a WHDP. -HII GDrQHr DQG .yOH Bigam just play all-out. 7Rugh gDPH.”

An­drew Di­et­terich had HighW SRiQWV iQ WhH firVW hDOI DQG fiQiVhHG ZiWh 12 WR OHDG the Rams. Gar­ner and Shane 6FhPiGW HDFh fiQiVhHG iQ 10 points.

“Hopefully get a win to­mor­row and clear (Fri­day’s ORVV) RuW yRur PiQG,” GDrQHr said.

Back-to-back threes from Pat McClatchy and Gar­ner had the Rams up 8-0 early in WhH firVW, ZiWh 3HQQriGgH gRiQg uS 19-9 ODWH iQ WhH TuDrter af­ter a Sch­midt fade­away jumper. But a Dennis three­p­oint play at 19.1 sec­onds FuW WhH 7iWDQV’ GH­fiFiW WR 1912 en­ter­ing the sec­ond.

Di­et­terich knocked down a jumper to put Pen­nridge up nine only for South to score the next eight points to pull within one. A Di­et­terich bas- kHW PDGH iW 23-20, buW WhH Ti­tans an­swered with six straight points – a put­back by Adam Tamny giv­ing the vis­i­tors a 26-23 ad­van­tage.

Sch­midt’s three-pointer from the wing tied the game DW 26-26, yHW 6RuWh ZHQW iQWR half­time ahead 28-26 thanks WR D SDir RI 7.-. 2hQWruS IrHH throws with 24.3 sec­onds left.

IQ WhH WhirG, FRQVHFuWivH threes by son­der Sch­malz put South up 34-26 be­fore two free throws by Gar­ner. But the Ti­tans posted the QHxW QiQH SRiQWV, ZiWh DHQ­nis’ foul-line jumper giv­ing South a 43-28 lead.

“When they started get­ting hRW, iW GiGQ’W VurSriVH uV. :H MuVW hDG WR fighW iW, ZH GiGQ’W rHDOOy fighW iW WhDW ZHOO,” Gar­ner said. “And they had D gRRG gDPH DQG fiQiVhHG iW VWrRQg. :H GiGQ’W VWRS fighWiQg, buW WhHy SODyHG ZHOO.”

Gar­ner’s foul shot at 42.7 sec­onds made it 4531, 9RQGHr 6FhPDOz GriOOHG an­other trey for a 17-point South ad­van­tage af­ter three TuDrWHrV.

Pen­nridge be­gan the fourth with six con­sec­u­tive points — a Di­et­terich break­away dunk mak­ing it 48-37 — and got within eight at 51-43 on Sch­midt’s three. But South went 6-for-6 from the foul line in a 1:09 span to push its lead back to 14.

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / SU­SAN KEEN

Hat­boro-Hor­sham’s Mike Brown tries to get past Soud­er­ton’s Austin Murphy dur­ing Tues­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

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