Soud­er­ton falls short of Church Farm

North Penn Life - - Sports - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

With the lead chang­ing hands con­stantly dur­ing the Church Farm Tip-Off Clas­sic Cham­pi­onship game, it was a whis­tle that helped lean the ti­tle to­ward the host team on Satur­day.

Soud­er­ton’s se­nior John Kanas picked up his fourth IRuO LQ WKe WKLrG TuDrWer, which forced the In­di­ans to sit out their most ex­pe­ri­enced player. Miss­ing Kanas’ ag­gres­sive­ness on of­fense and de­fense al­lowed WKe GrLI­fiQV’ WR JrDE PRPeQ­tum and never look back.

A 9-0 run, which started with a deep three-pointer DW WKe WKLrG TuDrWer Euzzer, contributed in bury­ing the In­di­ans 54-47 in the in­au­gu­ral tour­na­ment, which raised funds for “Coaches ver­sus Can­cer”.

The deep three-pointer was the fourth of the night IRr WKe GrLI­fiQV’ 7yOer 2IrDy, who scored 18 points in the tro­phy-win­ning per­for­mance. The team’s eighth de­posit from be­yond the arc forced the In­di­ans to in­sert Kanas back into the lineup af­ter an ex­tended ab­sence.

“The de­ci­sion was to put John back with four min­utes left or if we got down more than four points,” In­di­ans’ coach Pete Chimera said. “It sort of hap­pened at the same time. I hate not hav­ing him in there, but you can­not sec- ond guess your­self.”

Kanas drilled a three­p­ointer from the cor­ner with 20 sec­onds re­main­ing to bring the In­di­ans within five SRLQWV, EuW WKe five PLQutes he sat prior ul­ti­mately proved costly. When he sat GRwQ DIWer D TueVWLRQDEOe charge call, the score was tied. When Kanas re­turned the In­di­ans were down nine points.

“I was antsy to get back in,” Kanas said. “Per­son­ally I do not think that was a charge, but I have al­ways strug­gled with foul trou­ble and I need to start fo­cus­ing more on that.”

“I have a new role this yeDr DQG LW LV Ge­fiQLWeOy GLIfer­ent,” Kanas said. “But all five VWDrWerV RQ WKLV WeDP FDQ score. We have new play­ers and this is a new ex­pe­ri­ence for them, but they are good play­ers. They would start on any team in our league.”

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