Pennridge holds off Christopher Dock
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.”