Hat­ters pull away from Soud­er­ton

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By An­drew Mar­cus

amar­cus@mont­gomerynews.

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.”

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