Pen­nridge holds off Christo­pher Dock

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Nick Iuele ni­uele@mont­gomerynews. com

When a team isn’t shoot­ing well, some­times it’s up to the big man to take con­trol. That’s ex­actly what Pen­nridge’s Drew Di­et­terich did in the Rams’ game against Christo­pher Dock.

“cor some rea­son we didn’t come out and play in the third quar­ter,” Dock coach Matt Dolan said. “We re­al­ized we were down big and started to play in the fourth, but we need that ur­gency all the time.”

Af­ter a lack-lust first half of play, Di­et­terich’s 10 points in the third quar­ter pro­pelled Pen­nridge to a 60-55 win over Dock. Although Pen­nridge was up 20-plus points at one point, Dock came roar­ing back on the heels of Jared Arm­strong scor­ing 22 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quar­ter. The come­back came short, but it was quite the ef­fort on both sides.

“I think what hap­pened was, we should have gone zone at the end and we didn’t,” Pen­nridge coach Dean Behrens said. “The sec­ond half de­fen­sively was not so good. Arm­strong got hot and we didn’t help each other. I liked our of­fense a lot though. We ran a guard of­fense and really looked good on the back door stuff.”

The game was an even af­fair from the open­ing tipoff. Dock came out fir­ing and looked to be the bet­ter side in the early go­ing of the first quar­ter, get­ting seven points from Sean Hin­ton and a big three-ball from Jared Arm­strong. The two guards flaunted quick­ness and solid han­dles, which caused prob­lems for the Pen­nridge de­fense. How­ever, Pen­nridge went on a late run and got a big five points from wach Murreda got get within one by the end of the quar­ter.

The next eight min­utes showed more of the same, although bas­kets were hard- er to come by. Each team man­aged only six points each in the quar­ter and no one player had more than two points. It was a com­bi­na­tion of a clamped-down de­fense, very poor shoot­ing and many fouls in the open quar­ter. The teams went into half­time 18-17 in fa­vor of Dock.

The sec­ond half was where the fire­works started. Noth­ing really sep­a­rated the two teams un­til the third when Deit­terich ex­ploded for 10 points, play­ing big in the paint and shoot­ing from mid-range. The Pen­nridge de­fense also stepped up, only al­low­ing five points in the quar­ter. Af­ter three quar­ters. Pen­nridge was up 39-23 and the rout ap­peared to be on.

“In the third quar­ter, Drew really stepped up for us and played really well,” Behrens said. “The prob­lem was he got into foul trou­ble. I fig­ured that we were up 20 and we would be fine, but he really stepped up for us and fin­ished and that’s what we needed from him. They didn’t have an an­swer.”

Dock had other plans. Arm­strong would not let this team go down, scor­ing 21 points in­clud­ing three three­p­oint­ers. It seemed like Pen­nridge let down its guard a bit, but Muredda acted as the closer and scored 10 of his 19 points to sal­vage the win. That was huge be­cause Deit­terich fouled out with 5:02 re­main­ing in the game. It was a lot closer than it should have been, but Pen­nridge pulled it out, at home, in the end.

“Jared was fi­nally con­fi­dent in his shot, which he wasn’t early in the game,” Dolan said. “When there’s ur­gency, Jared is a good shooter, but we need that from him from the tip through the fourth quar­ter.”

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