C.dock’s de­fense downs Phil-mont

North Penn Life - - Opinion - By Nick Iuele ni­uele@mont­gomerynews. com

With no clear-cut fa­vorite in the Bi­cen­ten­nial Con­sti­tu­tion Di­vi­sion, Wed­nes­day night’s game be­tween Christo­pher Dock and Phil-Mont Chris­tian was an im­por­tant one for both sides. The Fal­cons are good at home, but good de­fense trumps al­most all of the time.

“Dock played ex­tremely hard and were really in­tense on de­fense,” Phil-Mont coach Glenn Dolton said. “We knew what was go­ing to hap­pen, we just weren’t able to ex­e­cute tak­ing cer­tain things away from them.”

Dock used a tough de­fense to cause turnovers and turn them into points all night to down Phil-Mont Chris­tian, 5V-45, on the road. Main- tain­ing a lead from the sec­ond quar­ter on, the Pioneers con­sis­tently frus­trated the Fal­cons, though the home side was never com­pletely out of the game.

Dock hit 12 of 15 free throws LN WKH fiNDO SHRLRG, ZKLFK NHSW PMCA from a come­back.

“We did a nice job deIHNSLvHOy DIWHR WKH fiRSW IHZ min­utes,” Dock coach Matt Dolan said. “I thought Azariah Parmer and Sean Hin­ton did a great job all night. I WKLNN ZH RDN WKH flRRR RHDOOy well, but we missed a lot of layups. But, we ran our of­fense well and hit our foul shots at the end.”

7KH fiRSW KDOI ZDS D IDLROy close af­fair, with PMCA lead­ing af­ter one quar­ter. Part of PMCA’s early success had a lot to do with a solid distri­bu­tion of points, DS DOO fivH SWDRWHRS KDG D EuFNHW LN WKH fiRSW TuDRWHR. How­ever, save wach Dolton and Seth Bran­den­burg, many Fal­cons be­gan to dis­ap­pear as the game went on.

Dock’s Azariah Parmer, who led all scor­ers with 20 points, pun­ished PMCA both down low and from mid-range. He also got to the char­ity stripe 11 times, con­vert­ing on eight foul shots. His con­tri­bu­tion on both SLGHS RI WKH flRRR SHW WKH WRNH early and other guys seemed to feed of him.

Sean Hin­ton and Na­jee Miller, who did not wow on the score­sheet, both played good de­fense and pulled down key re­bounds. Dock was the more ath­letic team and it showed through­out. The Dock de­fense held PMCA to just eight points in the third while scor­ing a game-high 1T.

Head­ing into the fourth quar­ter, Dock had a 43-31 lead, which was very man­age­able for the Fal­cons. Bran­den­burg tried to bring PMCA back all by him­self, scor­ing 10 of his 12 points in WKH fiNDO SHRLRG. 7KH SRREOHP was, only two other Fal­cons scored and com­bined for just four points.

Dock’s Jared Arm­strong had eight of his 1T points in the fourth, all coming from the free throw line from which he did not miss. Although the Pioneers only man­aged two buck­ets in the quar­ter, they hit 12 of 15 free throws. The com­bi­na­tion of hit­ting their foul shots and ba­si­cally shut­ting down PMCA af­ter the fiRSW TuDRWHR RHSuOWHG LN D PuFK de­served win.

“Phil-Mont had a bet­ter league record than us in their gym coming in,” Dolan said. “Any league win is tough, but any league win on the road is even more im­por­tant. Our guys DRH FRN­fiGHNW DNG ZH DRH look­ing for­ward to play­ing Cal­vary on Fri­day.”

Christo­pher Dock’s Shea Neal goes up for a shot over Mor­risville’s Sa­van­nah Lozado dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League ac­tion.

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