Chel­tenham eases past Up­per­dublin in matchup

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

mprince@mont­gomerynews.com Rid­ing the mo­men­tum into the next game is al­ways im­por­tant, es­pe­cially when play­ing in-con­fer­ence games. And if de­feat­ing Ply­mouth Whitemarsh for WKH fiUsW WiPH in 6½ yHDUs wDsn’W enough rea­son to give Chel­tenham a huge boost mov­ing for­ward, not much else would.

Three days af­ter one of their most im­pres­sive per­for­mances in re­cent time, the Pan­thers came right back out with the same tempo of play against Up­per Dublin, de­feat­ing the Car­di­nals, 52-47, in a Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence matchup at Chel­tenham on Fri­day night.

The two Aarons – McGlawn and Bur­ton – led Chel­tenham (43, 2-1) with 24 points com­bined, as the Pan­thers outscored Up­per Dublin 18-5 in the sec­ond quar­ter to build a dou­ble-digit lead and run away with the vic­tory.

“Mo­men­tum is big for us, but I also think our guys put Tues­day be­hind them,” Chel­tenham coach Brian John­son said. “We were all fo­cused on Up­per Dublin. Th­ese guys know that WHDP is WRuJK DnG WKHy’UH D JRRG team and they know what sorts of play­ers they have. I think we were into the next game and hap­pened to get on a run and get on a roll.”

With the usual sus­pects get­ting in on the ac­tion for Chel­tenham, in­clud­ing se­niors Aaron McGlawn and Guy Hen­der­son, the Pan­thers got an un­ex­pected boost from se­nior Ab­dus-Sa­bor Ed­munds, who came in off the bench and scored seven points in less than three min­utes in the sec­ond quar­ter.

(GPunGs, wKR sFRUHG Kis fiUsW SRinW RI WKH yHDU, wDs finDOOy DEOH to see some ac­tion af­ter deal­ing wiWK D knHH in­MuUy IRU WKH fiUsW fivH JDPHs RI WKH sHDsRn.

“Sa­bor was huge,” John­son sDiG. “,W’s DOwDys JUHDW WR JHW bench pro­duc­tion like that and wH’vH EHHn vHUy IRUWunDWH RvHU the last cou­ple weeks to get that sort of bench pro­duc­tion. Sa­bor is FRPinJ RII Dn in­MuUy DnG KH’s finDOOy JHWWinJ D FKDnFH WR JHW out there.”

Up­per Dublin (1-5, 0-3) was un­able to re­cover from its 14-SRinW KDOIWiPH GH­fiFiW, WKRuJK, a 15-point third quar­ter cut ChelWHnKDP’s OHDG GRwn WR RnOy ninH. In the fourth, the Car­di­nals cut WKH GH­fiFiW GRwn WR IRuU SRinWs, but they could never get to within one pos­ses­sion and Chel­tenham never al­lowed them to get all the way back in the game.

In the los­ing ef­fort, the Car­di­nals were led by se­nior An­drew CDUEHU, wKR fin­isKHG wiWK 15 points. Ju­nior Kurt Goff added 12, while se­nior Morey Her­shJRUGRn fin­isKHG wiWK 10.

“It comes down to the sec­ond quar­ter,” Up­per Dublin coach Josh Adel­man said. “We kept dig­ging our­selves down and put our­selves in a 14-point hole and then we came out ready to play in WKH sHFRnG KDOI. 8suDOOy, iW’s WKH other way around, but we kind of re­versed it and got in a hole and then bat­tled back. The guys worked hard, though, and we just have to keep on work­ing hard.”

Up­per Dublin outscored Chel­tenham 32-23 in the sec­ond half.

For the Pan­thers, McGlawn, wKR KiW 12 RI 16 IUHH WKURws, OHG all scor­ers with 14 points and DGGHG IRuU UHERunGs, fivH Ds­sisWs and four steals. Bur­ton added 10 points and brought down four boards, while se­nior Guy Hen­der­son tal­lied seven points and eight re­bounds. Ju­nior Rashawn 5HHG UHFRUGHG fivH SRinWs, fivH steals and four as­sists.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Up­per Dublin’s Curt Goff grabs a re­bound away from Chel­tenham’s Shakar Jack­son.

Chel­tenham’s Aaron Bur­ton grabs a re­bound away from Up­per Dublin’s Mon­tez Martin.

Up­per Dublin’s Simeon Fryer and An­drew Car­ber break up a pass by Chel­tenham’s Aaron McGlawn.

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