Soud­er­ton eases past North Penn

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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).

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