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