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