Hnights top­ple Pen­nridge

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Cabrey

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Af­ter the North Penn boys bas­ket­ball team col­lected its sev­enth-straight win Thurs­day night, se­nior Stephan Brown has no doubts about the hnights’ post­sea­son plans.

“We made it,” the se­nior said. “We had a real, real shaky start — 5-10. We’re way bet­ter than we were. Ev­ery­one’s turned up (the) de­fense, self­ish­ness went way down, mov­ing the ball around. I think we (are) un­der­dogs — we de­serve to be there now.”

North Penn can feel con­fi­dent of its place in the 32-team District lne Class AAAA tour­na­ment field as it jumped out to an early dou­ble-digit lead against vis­it­ing Pen­nridge and rolled to a 72-56 Sub­ur­ban lne League Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence vic­tory on Se­nior Night.

“We are go­ing to make the play­offs, I don’t know where yet,” hnights sec­ond-year coach John Con­rad said. “Last I saw it was 27th (seed) or some­thing like that. So, still a lot up in the air, but the good news is we’re prac­tic­ing to­mor­row.”

Brian Cole­man paced North Penn (12-10, 7-7) with 15 points, while Brown added 14. Noah Mel­chior knocked down a trio of three-point­ers and fin­ished with 12 points.

The hnights never trailed and took firm con­trol of the con­test by end­ing the first quar­ter on a 14-1 run to lead 19-5 af­ter a Cole­man three.

The clos­est the Rams (913, 4-10) could cut their deficit to was 12 when an Alex hrivda bas­ket to open the third made it 35-23. North Penn, how­ever, was ahead by 19 en­ter­ing the fourth and pushed its ad­van­tage to as much as 24 in the fi­nal pe­riod.

hrivda had a game-high 21 points for Pen­nridge, which ends its sea­son hav­ing lost five straight and seven of its fi­nal eight. Shane Sch­midt had 10 points, while Jeff Gar­ner and Zach Muredda each scored 10 points.

“I would have said prob­a­bly three or four weeks ago, no one was think­ing about North Penn be­ing in the play­offs, Rams coach Dean Behrens said. “And here they are, they’re prob­a­bly go­ing to have a nice lit­tle seed for the play­offs.”

North Penn’s Stephan Brown cuts past Pen­nridge’s Dan Shane dur­ing Thurs­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

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