Pioneers fall to Quak­er­town in 3OT

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nalregis­

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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Dock led by two at the half and by one at the end of the third, and then bas­kets by Arm­strong and Lan­don LeLQEDFK SrRvLGeG D fiveSRLQW OeDG LQ WKe firVW 27, EuW the Pioneers couldn’t shake the Pan­thers.

“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.

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