Sprlngfield battles past C.DOCN for tltle
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.