Drakes roll past Faith

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Tim Hindin

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.”

For Faith Chris­tian, shoot­ing guard John Hein was sin­gle hand­edly keep­ing the Lions in the game as he dropped 17 of his game high 21 SRLnWV Ln WKH fiUVW KDOI Dnd ac­counted for all but four of his team’s points in the half. Faith Chris­tian’s in­abil­ity to find DnRWKHU VFRULnJ RSWLRn proved costly as it only man­aged 10 points in the sec­ond half.

“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.”

The Drakes really pulled DwDy Ln WKH WKLUd TuDUWHU hold­ing Faith Chris­tian to RnOy WwR fiHOd JRDOV wKLOH con­nect­ing on four three­p­oint­ers, three off the right hand of fresh­man for­ward Colin Mul­vaney.

“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.

“The sec­ond half we

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.”

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Faith Chris­tian’s Eric Prescott tries to steal the ball from Jenk­in­town’s Ethan Gold­stein dur­ing Tues­day’s District One Class A play­off ac­tion.

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