Soud­er­ton holds off Hat­boro-hor­sham

North Penn Life - - Sports - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@mont­gomerynews. com

A stand­ing scoop and take down by Soud­er­ton’s Bobby Jenne may have sig­naled the in­evitable end in the dual match on Wed­nes­day against Hat­boro-Hor­sham. The Hat­ters’ Ja­son McLaugh­lin needed at least a ma­jor de­ci­sion in the fi­nal match of the evening to give the Hat­ters any chance of a win. But as Jenne dropped the se­nior hard on his right knee, com- ing up with the quick­ness to com­pete was dif­fi­cult.

McLaugh­lin never quit and showed off why the 138-pounder was named one of the cap­tains of the team. He fought past the pain and picked up a few more points and never made Jenne’s 5-3 de­ci­sion an easy bout.

The Hat­ters left too many bonus points on the mats and fell 38-31 in the Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence con­test. In the matches won by 126-pounder Matt Swiacki (13-6 de­ci­sion) and 113-pounder Phil Tor­re­sani (18-4 ma­jor de­ci­sion) the Hat­ters just missed a ma­jor and a tech. Those lit­tle swings may have made all the dif­fer­ence in the fi­nal score.

The In­di­ans over­came two for­feits to win their home opener. Coach Tris­tan Boyd praised those in de­feat be­cause of their aware­ness to not give up one more take­down or an es­cape. The ef­fort in ev­ery match is what Boyd wanted to see. He was also pleased with the pins by five of his wrestlers, in­clud­ing 132-pounder Brett Hale in the sec­ond-to-last match and 120-pounder and re­turn­ing state qual­i­fier holton Veit.

“We needed our guys that were sup­posed to win and get bonus points and they did,” In­di­ans’ coach Tris­tan Boyd said. “We’re just lack­ing num­bers. We have no 106 on the ros­ter, but we are still find­ing a way to fight. All of our guys contributed to this vic­tory.”

As early as the fourth match of the evening haiser knew he was in trou­ble. The Hat­ters coach moved some grap­plers up and down a weight in or­der to give his team the best chances to score, but it never paid off.

It could be said that Christo­pher Dock’s boys bas­ket­ball team had a great of­fense Tues­day night against Plum­stead Chris­tian.

It could also be said that the Pioneers had a great de­fense in the 62-31 win over the Pan­thers.

Ei­ther one would be right be­cause Dock had both ends of the court cov­ered.

The of­fense was click­ing, scor­ing 62 points in­clud­ing 19 in the first quar­ter and 17 more in the sec­ond and adding 16 in the fourth. The de­fense was just as strong, al­low­ing Plum­stead only sin­gle dig­its in three of the four quar­ters in­clud­ing four in the fourth, five in the sec­ond and six in the third.

“I’d say it was a lit­tle bit of both,” said Dock se­nior Azariah Parmer. “Our of­fense was click­ing, but our de­fense helped out in some tough mo­ments.”

Pioneers coach Matt Dolan was lean­ing more to­ward the de­fense.

“De­fen­sively, that’s our phi­los­o­phy, to play hard,” he said. “We just got af­ter it.

“Our goal was to keep them at sin­gle dig­its for the four quar­ters and we were able to do that three out of the four.”

Parmer led the of­fense, scor­ing 14 points. But it ap­peared he could have scored many more.

“He’s got to look for his shot more,” said Dolan. “He’s got to be ag­gres­sive. He’s a se­nior and we have all the con­fi­dence in the world in him.

“He’s a great guy who can fin­ish for us. He did a lit­tle bit tonight and we’re go­ing to need him for the rest of the year.”

You could al­most see Parmer blush from all the praise. But it didn’t change his out­look on of­fense.

“I look to pass the ball be­fore I shoot it,” he said. “That’s just the type of player I am. I look to cre­ate for oth­ers be­fore I cre­ate for my­self.”

The first quar­ter was a show­case on both ends of the floor for Dock. The Pioneers scored 19 points and held Plum­stead to six.

But it was the Pan­thers who scored the first points of the game, get­ting a bucket with 30 sec­onds elapsed. How­ever, that was the last time they led.

Dock ran off the next nine points, gave up four more points sand­wiched around a Parmer 3-pointer and then put to­gether a streak of seven points to the end of the pe­riod.

The Pioneers picked that right up to open up the sec­ond, scor­ing the first four points to ex­tend the lead to 23-6. They only al­lowed the Pan­thers one field goal and three foul shots in the sec­ond quar­ter. Parmer alone had more than half of Plum­stead’s points by him­self, scor­ing six in the first half.

How­ever, some­thing hap­pened af­ter half­time. The Pioneers came out flat both of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively in the third quar­ter and were outscored 16-10.

“That was typ­i­cal score­board watch­ing,” said Parmer. “Our coach warned us of that and he told us not to do it.

“But it hap­pens to ev­ery­body. Our coach warned us and he told us and he gave us a mo­ti­va­tional speech and we only gave up four points in the fourth quar­ter. We turned it around in the mid­dle of the third quar­ter.”

“They were,” Dolan said when asked about the score­board watch­ing, “and I had to call a time out and get on them. We play hard ev­ery pos­ses­sion if we’re up two or down two, if we’re up 20 or down 20.

“That’s what we’re try­ing to work on and we did it for three out of the four quar­ters and tonight it was good enough. Hopefully, we go four-for-four to­mor­row.”

But Dolan goes back to the de­fense.

“Coach Perry (Dolan’s as­sis­tant) has done a great job,” Dolan said. “He’s a de­fen­sive-minded coach and we just really want them to play hard ev­ery sin­gle pos­ses­sion be­cause that de­vel­ops great habits and when we do that, we’ve got a greater chance to win.”

The Pioneers did come back later in the third pe­riod. But it couldn’t pre­vent the Pan­thers from cut­ting the Dock lead from 25, at 36-11 at half­time, to 46-27 af­ter three quar­ters.

Things went back to nor­mal for the Pioneers in the fourth quar­ter. They put up 16 points while hold­ing Plum­stead to only four to cre­ate the fi­nal mar­gin of 31 points.

Nine Pioneers scored in the game of the 10 play­ers who got on the court. In ad­di­tion to Parmer’s 14, Jared Arm­strong and Bren­nan Ad­dley each added 10 points. Plum­stead had only one player in dou­ble fig­ures as Josh Sharik net­ted 10.

“It was def­i­nitely a team ef­fort,” Parmer said. “A lot of guys helped out in big ways and that’s all we can ask for. We’ve got a lot of young guys and it’s good to see them de­vel­op­ing into a team.”

For Mont­gomery Me­dia / SU­SAN KEEN

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