Lans­dale Catholic top­ples Ten­nent

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@jour­nalregis­ter. com

Corey Kirk and An­drew Riviello came up big in WKe IRurWK TuDrWer DQG WKe Lans­dale Catholic boys bas­ket­ball team’s zone de­fense helped the Cru­saders come away with a 43-37 non-league win over Wil­liam Ten­nent Thurs­day night.

.LrN fiQLVKeG wLWK D team-high 16 points, while Riviello added 13 points, in­clud­ing 11 in the fourth, as the Cru­saders im­proved to 3-0 on the sea­son af­ter win­ning just three games to­tal last win­ter.

“Last year was a tough year, new coach,” LC’s Chris Ru­d­is­ill said. “This year we really worked hard, we got in the weight room, kept work­ing, work­ing hard, four, five days a week dur­ing the sum­mer. And now this sea­son, we brought it this time.”

Matt Alden fin­ished with 16 points for the Pan­thers ( 2- 1), who had trou­ble all game work­ing against the LC zone, which was not nec­es­sar­ily the Cru­saders’ planned de­fense coming in.

“Ac­tu­ally, we went zone kind of on a whim and we got a stop,” Lans­dale Catholic coach Ed Enoch said. “Got an­other one and we played more zone than we have in a long time.”

Kirk put LC up for good in the fourth, scor­ing a three­p­oint play at 5:52 then col­lect­ing an­other two on a put­back for a 32-28 Cru­sader lead.

Alden knocked down a three to pull Wil­liam Ten­nent to within 34- 33, but Riviello an­swered with a triple from up top. Af­ter a Vin­nie Case bas­ket off a drive made it 37- 35, Riviello twice con­verted one­and- ones from the foul line in the fi­nal minute pre­served the Cru­saders’ win.

Lans­dale Catholic is next in ac­tion Wed­nes­day as it hosts Neu­man­nGoretti in the Cru­saders’ Philadel­phia Catholic League opener.

“We had three wins all of last year and we got our third win now, but we have our league play start­ing next week against Neu­mann and they’re really good. So, we’re go­ing to have to step up our game even more.”

Wil­liam Ten­nent starts Sub­ur­ban One League Na­tional Con­fer­ence play 7 p.m. Fri­day, host­ing Coun­cil Rock North.

Christo­pher Dock’s Jared Arm­strong takes the ball to the bas­ket against Quak­er­town’s Colin McLauglin dur­ing Tues­day’s non-league game.

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