Pioneers fall to Quakertown in 3OT
It appeared the Christopher Dock boys basketball team had finally taken control of Tuesday night’s non- league season- opener with Quakertown, scoring the first five points in overtime to gain a 33- 28 lead.
But the Pioneers struggled to get points the rest of the way, and the Panthers were able to get the ball inside and take advantage, pulling away to a 45-39 win in triple overtime.
Jared Armstrong led the Pioneers in this marathon, played in front of a spirited crowd at Dock, as the speedy guard scored 11 points and set up his teammates for some key baskets down the stretch.
“The guys played really hard,” Dock coach Matt Dolan said. “That’s the one thing that we expect every day is to play extremely hard. I thought the effort level was there from the beginning to the end.”
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“They’re a good team, they’re well- coached, and we probably relaxed a little bit on defense,” said Dolan, who is in his first season with the Pioneers. “We’ve just got to finish, not only in the lane, but at the foul line.”
Dock made less than half its free throws, something the Pioneers look to correct. Dock did, however, have pretty good flow on offense.
“I thought we moved the ball OK,” Dolan said. “The guys that are capable of making shots really didn’t tonight. We lost two of our big guys to foul trouble early and that kind of got us out of a rhythm.”
Quakertown broke a 39- 39 tie in the third OT with a basket down low by Rene Rodriguez, who finished with 11 points for the Panthers. Jake Perrine’s free throw extended Quakertown’s lead to 4239, and after a Dock turnover, Justin Klee put it away with a basket down low, and the ensuing free throw completed a threepoint play and provided a 45- 39 lead.
John Smith led the Panthers with a game-high 14 points.