Soud­er­ton hands Hat­ters first Con­ti­nen­tal loss

North Penn Life - - Sports Roundup - By An­drew Mar­cus amar­cus@jour­nalregis­ter. com

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.

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