Pioneers top­ple Cal­vary Chris­tian

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Tim Hindin thindin@mont­gomerynews. com

A close game would be ex­pected in a district semifinDO JDPH WKDW IHDWuUHd WZR teams that split its reg­u­lar sea­son matchups. This was the case for the District lne CODVV AA VHPLfinDO SLWWLnJ the Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League cham­pion Cal­vary Chris­tian against the fourth­seeded Christo­pher Dock.

Un­til the game reached the 5:30 mark in the fourth quar­ter, that is.

Dock was hold­ing on to a fiYH-SRLnW OHDd LW ORRNHd OLNH the game was slip­ping away when Cal­vary’s Jon Boback hit a three-pointer and a chance to go to the line to make it a one-point game.

Prior the free throw Dock called timeout. Af­ter that the Pioneers slammed on the gas and pulled away from the Cougars end­ing the game on an 18-5 run to win 57-42 and se­cure a spot in District lne Class AA cham­pi­onship game Satur­day at sil­lanova.

“I’m proud of where we are be­cause early in the year we would have lost xthis game] by 15,” Dock coach Matt Dolan said.

CDOYDUy MuPSHd RuW WR fiUVW quar­ter lead on the shoul­ders of for­ward Dustin sitale, who scored 11 of his team’s 15 points for the quar­ter. sitale was mak­ing a liv­ing Ln WKH SDLnW find­LnJ KLPVHOI with layups and close jump VKRWV. AIWHU WKH fiUVW TuDUWHU, Dock col­lapsed on sitale and the en­tire Cougars’ of­fense on the in­side. The Pioneers sur­ren­dered only fiYH SRLnWV WR 9LWDOH DIWHU WKH open­ing frame.

“xsi­tale] is one of the best play­ers in our league, he av­er­aged 25 against us in our fiUVW WZR JDPHV,” DRODn VDLd. “We’ve been play­ing man all year, but he’s too good for us to guard him one on one so we set­tled for a 2-3 xzone de­fense] and hoped they missed jump shots.”

With Dock shut­ting down the paint, it forced Cal­vary into jump shots, par­tic­u­larly three point­ers. The Cougars kept heav­ing, but the shots were not fall­ing. Cal­vary shot 2 of 20 from be­yond the arc for the game and 16 of 52 fiHOd JRDOV Ln DOO.

“Their de­fense was good. They packed it in, re­spond­ing to xwhat we were do­ing],” Cal­vary coach Chris Spit­tal said. “I think when they did that our ten­dency is to hit threes. We’re not a bad three-point shoot­ing team, we just laid an egg tonight.”

Dock was led by sopho­more point guard Jared Arm­strong and se­nior for­ward Azariah Parmer. Arm­strong scored a game high 18 points, while Parmer

chipped in eight to go along with eight re­bounds and FRnV­tant Ge­fenVLve tenaFLty.

“:e were tryLng bRx-an­Gone against Arm­strong be­cause Ke’V VR GangerRXV, 3arPer stepped up and hit a cou­ple of big shots and widened the gap and that point we just couldn’t FlRVe Lt,” 6pLt­tal VaLG.

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“:e’ve gRt a KXge gaPe Rn 6atXrGay agaLnVt a well-FRaFKeG anG great prR­graP Ln 1ew HRpe, and again it’s all about can we wLn pRVVeVVLRnV,” DRlan VaLG.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Christo­pher Dock’s Lan­don Lein­bach goes up for a shot past Cal­vary Chris­tian’s Joel Thi­bodeau.

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