Quick start lifts Prep over­ar­ch­bishop Wood

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Mike Prince

mprince@mont­gomerynews.

com While fans had trou­ble fiQGLQJ a VHaW LQ aQ RYHU­fiOOHG Arch­bishop Wood High School gym, the sik­ings had trou­ble get­ting any­thing go­ing of­fen­sively against St. Joseph’s Prep, one of the top teams in the Philadel­phia Catholic League

DHVSLWH SOayLQJ YHUy wHOO over the past two weeks, wLQQLQJ IRuU RI LWV OaVW fiYH PCL games, Wood was over­matched by the Prep, a team with only two league losses on the sea­son.

Af­ter a quick start from the Prep, one which saw the HawNV KROG a 19-5 aGYaQ- tage af­ter just one quar­ter of play, the sik­ings were un­able to re­cover, even­tu­aOOy ORVLQJ, 52-37, LQ a 3C/ meet­ing on Wed­nes­day night.

The Prep spoiled Wood’s Se­nior Night largely in part be­cause of its three-point VKRRWLQJ, aV WKH HawNV (174, 10-2) drained six treys in WKH fiUVW KaOI aORQH.

“I think we did a pretty good job de­fen­sively and if you had told me that we’d aOORw 52 SRLQWV WR WKLV WHaP be­fore the game started, I would’ve been proud of the de­fense,” said Wood coach Jack Walsh, who was with­out his start­ing point guard, Tommy Rush. “We’re a dif­fer­ent team with­out Tommy out there and I had to shuf­flH SHRSOH aQG PRYH WKHP around to dif­fer­ent po­si­tions in the last day and a half and it showed a bit to­day. It’s a big piece of the puz­zle to miss.”

Af­ter the slow start by the 9LNLQJV (12-8, 7-5), WRRG GLG fiQG VRPH OLIH LQ WKH sec­ond quar­ter, how­ever, as it went on a 10-2 run while hold­ing SJP with­out a bas­ket IRU WKH fiUVW WKUHH PLQuWHV, 40 sec­onds. But the Hawks found their stride and scored WKH fiQaO VLx SRLQWV RI WKH quar­ter to take a 12-point lead into the half.

In the sec­ond half, things con­tin­ued to go the Hawks’

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

Up­per Moreland’s Matt Kohn goes up for a shot over Spring­field’s Chris Stone dur­ing Tues­day’s Sub­ur­ban One Amer­i­can Con­fer­ence ac­tion.

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