Lansdale Catholic topples Tennent
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.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.