Drakes roll past Faith
As the rain slowed outside Jenkintown High School, it started raining buckets inside the gymnasium Tuesday night as Jenkintown defeated Faith Christian, 4931, in a District One Class A opening round playoff game.
Like the calm before the storm, both teams got off to a slow start with the two teams totaling 11 points after WKH fiUVW TuDUWHU. 7KH VHFRnd TuDUWHU VWDUWHd WKH RIIHnVLYH explosion with both teams netting 17 points apiece in the frame.
“This team shoots the basketball like none other,” Jenkintown coach Wes Emme said. “We have the capability of scoring a lot more points than we did in the past. We’re averaging 12 more points per game this year than we were last year. You don’t want to be a team that lives and dies by the three because when they’re not going, you’re in trouble.”
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“They packed us in pretty far, so it was hard to get the ball to Tyler [Landis],” Faith coach Dave Forker said. “If we could hit a few more shots, it might have opened up a little bit.”
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“He’s been incredible all year,” Emme said. “We had high expectations for him coming into the year and he’s met and exceeded them.”
One area the Lions had an advantage was on the glass, out-rebounding the Drakes 24-13. The problem for Faith Christian came from missed shots after their second chance opportunities.
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missed a layup, missed some good inside shots and couldn’t get some outside shots to fall, so give them credit for their defensive scheme, but we’ve had trouble scoring a lot this year it’s been our Achilles heel being able to score the ball and it hurt us again tonight,” Forker said.
Up next for the Drakes, a showdown at second-seeded Delco Christian on Friday night in the District quarterfinDOV
“There are no expectations, we’re playing to win the next game,” said Emme. “It’s all about the next game for us.”
Faith Christian’s Eric Prescott tries to steal the ball from Jenkintown’s Ethan Goldstein during Tuesday’s District One Class A playoff action.