Souderton eases past North Penn
Brendan Wagner took charge, visiting North Penn went cold and the Souderton boys basketball team pulled away for a 54-42 victory in the Suburban One Continental Conference opener for both sides criday night.
Wagner scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter as the Indians (3-1, 1-0 conference) finished the contest on a 16-0 run after the hnights (2-2, 0-1) took a 42-38 lead on Brian Coleman’s three-pointer.
“I just think we just got our heads right,” Wagner said. “And we just started making smarter plays and everything.”
John hanas finished with 15 points, while Austin Murphy had nine points for Souderton, which won its third straight over North Penn and collected its 10th consecutive victory at home.
“We seemed to really sort of pick it up in the second half,” first-year Souderton coach Peter Chimera said. “We’re in pretty good shape and I think in the games we’ve won, we wore teams down. (Assistant) coach (Jim) Seton said to me once, he said, ‘We’ve won the fitness battle in our four games.’ So, I think that’s one of our strengths.
Stephan Brown paced the hnights — who have lost two straight — with seven points. Coleman chipped in six points.
“We went into a lull offensively and, obviously, Wagner really hurt us on the glass — I think he had three or four straight putbacks,” North Penn coach John Conrad said. “You know, that was the difference.”
Both Souderton and North Penn stay in SOL Continental play Tuesday. The Indians — who have won two straight — visit Hatboro-Horsham. The game is Chimera’s first against the Hatters after being an assistant with the team the previous six seasons. The hnights, meanwhile, host Central Bucks South.
With Souderton down 4238, Wagner scored six straight points, with his basket inside off a rebound putting the Big Red up for good at 44-42. Two Murphy free throws and a Wagner layup after Souderton broke the North Penn press made it 48-42.
Anthony Williams put the Big Red up double-digits at 52-42 with a pair of free throws with 38 seconds remaining.
The game was close until Souderton’s late run, with 13 lead changes and six ties, including at halftime (25-25) and entering the fourth (38-38).