Souderton tops Pennsbury for district win
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Kanas contributed to a 21for-26 performance from the line for Souderton.
“We do a lot of foul shooting in practice, so it was good to see some results,” he said.
Kanas’ three-point play - on a layup and ensuing free throw - gave Souderton a 52-36 lead with two minutes to play, pretty much locking up a trip to the second round. Souderton clamped down on No. 22 Pennsbury’s strong outside shooter, Cameron Jones (8 points) and got a solid two-way performance out of Williams, who was key once Austin Murphy got into foul trouble.
“It was tremendous,” Chimera said of the lift Williams gave the Big Red in the third, when he scored eight of his 13 points. “I said this in the locker room - ‘it’s the best he’s played all year.’”
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“When we’re aggressive and take the ball to the basket, we’re at our best,” Wagner said. “We just have so many options.”
“Great start,” Kanas said of the playoff opener. “Want to keep moving.”