Souderton hands Hatters first Continental loss
rnlike the first meeting this season between the HatboroHorsham and Souderton boys basketball teams, the coaching story line took a back seat to a game between the first and second place teams in the Suburban One Continental Conference.
If the Indians had any ideas of hopping the Hatters for a conference crown, a win on Tuesday was a must.
“, IHOW WKH fiUSW JDPH ZKHQ we played them it was kind of my fault,” Indians coach and former Hatters assistant Pete Chimera said. “Going back to the place where I coached for six years I do not think I coached a great game. Tonight these kids responded.”
The Indians’ Austin Murphy collected a loose ball off a missed Mike Brown free WKURZ LQ WKH fiQDO PLQuWH RI action. The senior sent an outlet pass to junior Brendan Wagner, who dipped an elbow around one defender and tallied the two points to give his team the eventual 49-46 win.
“Hatboro did not have a league loss and we really wanted to knock them off,” Wagner said. “We had to do this at home. It was the biggest game of the season so far.”
Wagner recorded an impressive double-double. The 6-foot-9 center scored 13 points and pulled in 13 rebounds, and did so with fellow Hatboro-Horsham junior Zach nuattro on his back. The Hatters’ 6-foot-6 nuattro and Wagner were out to one-up each other all night.
“(WagnerF and I go back a couple years,” nuattro said. “He is a good player and has some good moves. They all just played a good game.”
nuattro found his rhythm early, scoring 13 of his 17 SRLQWS LQ WKH fiUSW KDOI WR KHOS the Hatters (12-3, 8-1 conferenceF head into the locker room with a 30-25 lead. His ability to hit from long range forced Wagner to step out from the paint and never get caught with his hands down.
“I am not really expecting a big man to pull up from that far,” Wagner said. “I see it in AAr, but not in this league. I saw he could hit the shot and knew I had to be out on him.”
As Wagner’s defensive awareness increased, the Hatters’ lead decreased. He also received help from gohn Kanas, who led the team with 15 points and Austin Murphy, who also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
“The kids hate when I make the run, but the fourth quarter is why I make them run,” Chimera said. “(The HattersF were a little tired and we were still going after boards. I challenged Brendan because I have seen nuattro beat him. nuattro LS JUHDW DQG SODyHG WHUULfiC, but I think Brendan took it straight at him and played as hard as he possibly could.”
Hatters senior Mike Brown — who led all scorers with 18 points — connected on a layup at the buzzer of the third quarter, giving his team a one-point edge. In what seemed to be the basket to hold momentum in favor for coach Dennis Steinly’s club, it only energized the Indians (11-5, 7-2F to close out the contest with determination.
Nobody knows the talent on the Hatters roster more WKDQ WKH fiUSW-yHDU KHDG coach for the Big oed. And while the Indians and Hatters share similar philosophies with coaches coming from the same coaching tree, Tuesday night came down to determination.
“We beat a great team, with great players, that made great shots,” Chimera said. “We handled adversity and that was one of our keys today.