Hatters pull away from Souderton
com Long-time Moravian coach gim Walker would have been proud on Tuesday night. Two of his former players have followed in his footsteps and were stomping the sidelines and drawing up defenses.
After several years of working together at Hatboro-Horsham, Dennis Steinly and Pete Chimera, the first-year coach of Souderton boys’ basketball team, were locked up in an early season showdown between two of the top teams in the Suburban One Continental Conference.
“My stomach before the game was churning,” the Hatters’ Steinly said. “I was nervous, anxious and dreading it. I tried to keep it about the players on the court.”
Pregame hugs were ex- changed, but after the opening jump ball, it was all business between Steinly’s squad and Chimera’s Indians.
The Big Red remained within striking range after three quarters, but Hatters’ senior Mike Brown proved to be unstoppable down the stretch. Brown, a Navy commit, scored 1P of his game high P4 points in the fourth quarter to help the home team pull off the 64-52 win.
“We got into a rhythm tonight and hit a lot of big shots,” Brown said. “Our guys and our coaches look for me to close games and I struggled early in the season, but I have adjusted. I’m trying to let the game come to me.”
Brown’s output in the fourth quarter was equaled by the Indians entirely. While Indians’ senior gohn Kanas tried to counter every
bucket, eventually the Hatters’ zone defense found a way to bottle up every other option. Senior Austin Murphy scored 10 points and Brendan Wagner added four, but neither netted anything in the final quarter.
“At the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth we gave away too many possessions,” Chimera said. “gared Bernhardt came in and just battled and played fantastic, but we lose a lot of offense when Brendan is not on the floor.”
While Kanas, who led the Indians with 24 points, had very little support on the offensive side, Brown had a big hand from Zach nuattro. The 6-foot-5 junior scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. His emergence down low is a big reason the Hatters are 5-1 and excelling.
“Zach is huge for us and without him we are not 5-1,” Brown said. “He is affecting every shot, grabbing big rebounds and making big shots.”
“It is almost like a team effort to get Zach to where he is,” Steinly. “His teammates love him and we all got in the weight room and worked out together.”
Chimera thought watching Brown, nuattro and company over the last few years might have given him an advantage. However with the Indians battling foul trouble, nuattro had his way in the post. And with Brown shooting the way he was, Chimera realized he had to wait for the rematch later this season to pull even with his best friend or former Moravian teammate.
“You just hope Mike Brown has an off-night,” Chimera said. “And it is amazing to see how strong nuattro got over the summer. We have some great players on our team and I cannot wait until they come to our place.”