Pioneers pull away from Jenkintown
After watching Jenkintown’s defense play one of the better halves it has played this year, Christopher Dock went into the locker room and came out a different team.
The Drakes allowed the Pioneers to score just four points in the game’s first 10 minutes. Jenkintown led for 15 minutes of the first half and never fell behind one single time. But thanks to a huge third quarter for Dock and junior Landon Leinbach and everything had changed.
Leinbach scored six points during a 10-2 Pioneers third quarter run and helped Dock to a 47-35 win over the Drakes in a Bicentennial Constitution Division game at Jenkintown on Tuesday night.
Sophomore Brennan Addley led the Pioneers (14-7, 10-3) with 11 points while spoiling Senior Night for Jenkintown, which recognized such seniors as Joe Sobolewski and Ethan Goldman, among others.
“We improved on defense and I think we gameplanned well for them,” Jenkintown coach Wes Emme said. “It has a lot to do with their style of play. They’re patient and very comfortable with the ball and they have a great basketball player in Jared Armstrong and I think that helps them to get the shots they want.”
Despite trailing for nearly the entire first half and being outplayed in most areas of the game for the first 16 minutes of play, the Pioneers looked like a completely different team in the final two quarters, eventually obtaining a double-digit lead in the fourth.
“Jenkintown is wellcoached and came out with
adrenaline on Senior Night,” Dock coach Matt Dolan said. “What we said at halftime was that we have to collect ourselves, continue to get stops and we have to finish on the offense end.”
In the first quarter, it was a freshman getting things going on for the Drakes, as Colin Mulvaney drained a three-pointer and later hit a jumper. By the end of the first eight minutes of play, the Drakes had only allowed four points. In fact, Dock went more than five minutes without registering a point between the first and second quarters.
In the second, Jenkintown went up by as many as six points, but Dock was able to tie the game with 29.9 seconds remaining in the half. But the Drakes went back up on a buzzer-beating trey by Greg Wagner.
In the second half, the game completely turned around for the Drakes, who didn’t score for the first five minutes, 36 seconds of the third quarter, while Dock went on a 6-0 run to capture its first lead of the game. By the end of the period, the Pioneers had outscored Jenkintown 13-4 and led by six going into the final quarter.
“That third quarter was huge,” Dolan said. “We said in the first four minutes that we had to come out with urgency and play hard. We ran the transition and started to make layups and once we do that, our offensive approach is much better.”
The fourth quarter saw Dock stretch its lead to 10, going up 38-28, but a 7-0 Jenkintown run capped off by a three-pointer by Sobolewski with 1:04 showing on the clock made it a one possession game. Despite the comeback attempt, the Drakes fell short, as Dock finished the game on a 7-0 run of its own to close things out.
While Dock played very well, Jenkintown also struggled with two of its top guards on the bench with foul trouble for much of the third quarter.
“We had two of our primary post players in foul trouble and we had to have two bench players step up and it’s tough to go that small against a team with size like Dock has,” Emme said.
Dock, which also beat Jenkintown 44-35 back on Jan. 11, received 10 points from senior Azariah Parmer and eight from Leinbach. Armstrong, a sophomore, added six points and four assists. Sophomore Sean Hinson also added seven points.
“That’s who we are – a team that plays team-oriented basketball – both offensively and defensively,” said Dolan when asked how important it is for his offense to spread the ball. “If we can get 4-5 guys with 8-10 points, we’re going to be hard to beat.”
The Drakes received 11 points from Wagner, who led his team in scoring. Mulvaney added nine, as did Sobolewski.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Jenkintown is hoping to finish strong before the playoffs.
Christopher Dock’s Azariah Parmer blocks the shot of Jenkintown’s Greg Wagner during Tuesday’s Bicentennial League action.