Hat­boro-hor­sham tops Perkiomen Val­ley

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

mprince@mont­gomerynews.

com Mid­way through the first quar­ter, Perkiomen Val­ley was nearly au­to­matic. The Vik­ings hit their first four shots – three from the out­side – and led by nine points just four min­utes into the con­test.

In what was the Hat­ters’ first home game of the sea­son, Hat­boro-Hor­sham coach Dennis Steinly cred­ited the slow start for his team to nerves.

“It was the first home game of the year for us and with a home crowd, I think it was a lot of ner­vous­ness,” he said. “The kids were ex­cited.”

What­ever it was, it quickly wore off, and the Hat­ters fought back and came out with a 49-4P win over Perkiomen Val­ley in a non-league meet­ing at Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School on Satur­day night in H-H’s sixth an­nual Coach “O” Clas­sic.

The Hat­ters (4-1, 1-0), who fell be­hind just sec­onds into the con­test, took their first lead of the game with a minute to play in the third quar­ter. Af­ter fi­nally gain­ing the lead, they never let it go.

“It was a tough game, but we bat­tled through it and I was happy with the way we fought back,” Steinly said. “We didn’t play well of­fen­sively and de­fen­sively we were slow early on, but we fought back.”

A free throw from sopho­more Walt Kim­ble put Hat­boro-Hor­sham up 28-2T late in the third quar­ter. The Hat­ters, who went down just nine sec­onds into the con­test af­ter Perk Val­ley (2-P, 0-1) opened im­me­di­ately with a three-pointer from se­nior Steve Leonard, in­creased their lead to as many as nine points in the fourth.

“We wanted to come out in­tense and with some fire,” Perk Val­ley coach Michael Poysden said. “We work a lot on that and we also take a lot of pride in the way we guard and the way we pres­sure the ball and they (Hat­boro-Hor­sham) made some ad­just­ments in the sec­ond quar­ter and we let some of­fen­sive ex­e­cu­tion slip. We didn’t take care of the ball the way I would like us to and we got a lit­tle anx­ious in­stead of be­ing pa­tient. We forced things.”

The Vik­ings didn’t give up, how­ever, cut­ting the nine-point deficit to only three points in the fi­nal min­utes.

But af­ter a cou­ple of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, the Hat­ters re­gained a twopos­ses­sion lead af­ter ju­nior Chris Hobbs knocked down a free throw with only 15 sec­onds to play.

The Hat­ters’ come-frombe­hind win can largely be cred­ited to the de­fen­sive play of ju­nior Zach nu­at­tro, who came up huge in the paint, fin­ish­ing with game­highs in re­bounds (15) and blocked shots (six).

“Zach was huge for us in­side,” Steinly said. “De­fen­sively, he was big. Of­fen­sively, he strug­gled a bit get­ting into a rhythm, but he and Mike (Brown) car­ried us tonight.”

nu­at­tro fin­ished with eight points, three of which came on a huge buzzer-beat­ing three-pointer at the end of the third quar­ter which gave Hat­boro-Hor­sham a P1-2T lead at the time.

Brown added 10 points and eight re­bounds for the Hat­ters, while se­nior Ryan Kelly fin­ished with a game­high 16 points (8-for-12 free throw shoot­ing) to go along with his five re­bounds. Kim­ble added seven points, while Hobbs added six.

The Vik­ings were led by sopho­more Pur­nell Wil­son, who fin­ished with 1P points.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / SCOTT RO­MAN

Hat­boro-Hor­sham’s Jack Lav­ery drives to the hoop against Soud­er­ton’s Austin Murphy dur­ing Tues­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

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