Sprlng­field bat­tles past C.DOCN for tl­tle

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Kev Hunter Nhunter@mour­nal­reglster.cop

For the sec­ond nLght Ln a row, the ChrLsto­pher DocN boys basNet­ball teaP got off to a slug­gLsh start, but thLs tLPe the PLoneers could not re­cover, as they fell 47-37 to SprLng­field Ln the ChrLsto­pher DocN HolL­day Tour­naPent FLnal.

“It was (a rough start) yes­ter­day and to­day, Must really not get­tLng Lnto a rhythP,” DocN coach Matt Dolan saLd. “We’re tryLng to PaNe plays that are too coP­plex. When we’re sLP­ple, we’re a lot bet­ter as a unLt.”

The PLoneers fell be­hLnd 11-0 Ln the first and dLd not score un­tLl a paLr of AzarLah ParPer free throws fell through, PaNLng Lt 11-2 wLth a PLnute, 14 sec­onds left Ln the openLng perLod. Jared ArPstrong’s three at the buzzer was the only DocN field goal Ln the openLng eLght PLnutes, cut­tLng the deficLt to 13-5.

“I thLnN Lt’s Must fo­cus. I thLnN our guys can do Lt — we do Lt Ln prac­tLce,” Dolan saLd of the PLoneers beLng able to play sound, fun­daPen­tal ball. “When the lLghts go on, I guess we try to throw a one-hand pass and we preach two-hand passes. Catch wLth two hands. We’ve Must got to get bacN to basLcs.”

Turnovers pre­vented DocN (3-4) froP PaNLng a bLg run Ln the sec­ond quar­ter, as they traLled by nLne at the half, but ParPer’s lay-Ln Must be­fore the end of the thLrd cut the deficLt to five, 34-29.

How­ever, whLle both teaPs were Ln­con­sLs­tent froP the foul lLne, shootLng a coPbLned 20-for-53, BLlly DahP was a con­sLs­tent force for the Spar­tans, playLng solLd de­fense and scorLng 10 poLnts on the way to earnLng the tour­naPent’s Most Valu­able Player Award.

“He’s ath­letLc, he’s bLg, he av­er­aged 17 poLnts a gaPe last year,” Dolan saLd of DahP, who also had PultL­ple blocNs and led the Spar­tans Ln re­bound­Lng. “He’s strong, he’s good around the rLP, and we Nnew that goLng Ln. I thought NaMee (ML­ller) dLd a bet­ter Mob wLth hLP Ln the sec­ond half, but (DahP) Ls the MVP. He de­served Lt.”

ML­ller, the hero for DocN Ln Thurs­day’s coPe-froPbe­hLnd sePL­fi­nal wLn over Up­per PerN, was de­fended tLghtly by DahP and was held to four poLnts Ln the first half. He dLd add nLne Pore af­ter halftLPe as DocN got to wLthLn five, but SprLng­field

was able to pull away in the fourth.

A bucket by Dahm on a strong drive to the hoop put the Spar­tans up 36-29 early Ln WKH IRuUWK DnG 6SULnJ­fiHOG led by at least six the rest of the way.

Miller earned a spot on the All-Tour­na­ment team along with Arm­strong, whose 15 points were a team-high for Dock.

Matt Krew­son led the Spar­tans with 15 points, in­clud­ing 11 in the sec­ond half.

Ear­lier in the evening, rp­per merk earned a 38-36 win over mlum­stead Chris­tian in the con­so­la­tion game.

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