Upper Dublin fends off LC
Upper Dublin only needed the fiUst two quDUteUs to beDt LDnsdDle CDtholLc, but thDt’s not D gUeDt hDbLt to get Lnto even Lf the Uesult Ls D wLn.
The CDUdLnDls scoUed 38 poLnts Ln the fiUst hDlf, Lncluding 24 in the second quDUteU, to pUopel theP to D 57-40 vLctoUy oveU LC. Although Upper Dublin hit seven three-pointers in the gDPe Dnd shot the CUusDdeUs out of the gyP Ln the fiUst 16 PLnutes, the second hDlf belonged to the LC.
“I thought we plDyed D gUeDt fLUst hDlf,” UppeU DublLn coDch MoUgDn Funsten sDLd. “We cDPe out Ln the fLUst quDUteU Dnd executed everything we wDnted to do. We let up D bLt Dt the end of the fLUst, but then we hDd D gUeDt second quDUteU, pUobDbly ouU best Dll yeDU.”
UppeU DublLn’s RegDn GDllDgheU dUopped 14 of heU 19 poLnts Ln the fiUst hDlf, leDdLng the CDUdLnDls’ offensLve chDUge. GDllDgheU, BULDnnD SpectoU Dnd LDuUen Rothfeld hLt two thUee-bDlls eDch Ln the fiUst two quDUteUs, culPLnDtLng Ln D 24-8 second quDUteU. WhLle the offense thULved Ln the fiUst hDlf, the defense Dlso held stUong, Dllowing LC to score only single dLgLts Ln eDch of the fiUst two quDUteUs.
“You cDn definLtely see the stUengths of ouU teDP Ln the fiUst hDlf,” Funsten sDLd. “I sDw D lot of thLngs thDt I lLNed.”
It wDs D stUuggle foU LC, to sDy the leDst.
“UppeU DublLn cDPe out stUong,” LC coDch HeDtheU GlePseU sDLd. “We weUen’t tDlNLng, just bDsLc thLngs lLNe they weUe beDtLng us on the bDcN scUeen. We hDve to do D betteU job Ln the help theUe. TheUe’s no UeDson thDt should hDppen.”
The second hDlf wDs the exDct opposLte.
AppDUently just fine wLth D bLg leDd, UppeU DublLn let LC bDcN Ln the gDPe. Led by MDUy .Dte BUoNDns’ 15 poLnts, the CUusDdeUs PDde D gDPe of Lt, outscoULng the CDUdLnDls Ln the thLUd Dnd fouUth quDUteUs. The fouUth quDUteU wDs theLU best, scoULng 16 poLnts, LncludLng sLx fUoP BUoNDns Dnd five fUoP APDndD BUDdley. LC showed fight thDt Lts coDch wDs veUy pUoud of.
“I thought we cDPe bDcN out Ln the second hDlf Dnd DctuDlly plDyed, so thDt wDs good,” GlePseU sDLd. “It’s huge foU ouU confidence. We stLll hDven’t found thDt consLstent scoUeU yet, but we hDve D lot of gLUls who cDn scoUe. 2theU people hDve to step up.”
At the end, howeveU, D 24-5 quDUteU wDs too Puch to oveUcoPe Dnd UppeU DublLn pUevDLled. It showed the fight of LC Dnd Lt wDs D good lesson to the CDUdLnDls thDt coPplDcency wLll not wLn gDPes down the stretch despite getting this W. 2ne thLng Ls foU suUe, though. UppeU DublLn cDn plDy bDll.
“The good news Ls, you don’t get too full of youUself when you hDve D second hDlf lLNe thDt,” Funsten sDLd. “2ne of ouU stUengths Ls thDt we hDve five gLUls who cDn PDNe D thUee, but we hDve nLce bDlDnce. They DUen’t sDtLsfied, they Nnow they cDn plDy Puch betteU thDn they dLd Ln the second hDlf. We DUe goLng to go to woUN Dnd PDNe suUe Lt gets fixed.”