Pioneers pull away from Jenk­in­town

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Mike Prince mprince@mont­gomerynews. com

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.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Christo­pher Dock’s Azariah Parmer blocks the shot of Jenk­in­town’s Greg Wag­ner dur­ing Tues­day’s Bi­cen­ten­nial League ac­tion.

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