Soud­er­ton tops Penns­bury for district win

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Kev Hunter

John Kanas’ mul­ti­ple drives to the bas­ket, An­thony Wil­liams’ soft shoot­ing touch and Bren­dan Wag­ner’s big pres­ence un­der­neath all added up to a dom­i­nant sec­ond half for Soud­er­ton Area )riGDy niJKW DnG D 59-43 win over Penns­bury in the open­ing round of the District One Class AAAA Play­offs.

The win ad­vanced the 11th-seeded In­di­ans to a sec­ond-round matchup against 0HWKDcWRn, D 67-49 win­nHr over Ben­salem, on Tues­day.

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“It was good,” he said wiWK D VPiOH. “)in­DOOy. .HSW pen­e­trat­ing, get­ting fouled and get­ting those points in, which was nice.”

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.’”

7KDW SivRWDO WKirG TuDrWHr also in­cluded an open jumper by the 6-foot-8 Wag­ner, as the tallest player on the court showed off his range. Wag­ner got Soud­er­ton out to an early 12-6 lead with eight SRinWV in WKH firVW DnG KH cRntin­ued to be a steady force at bRWK HnGV DnG finiVKHG wiWK 15 points.

“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.”

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