Hohn powers Bears past Springfield
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“It’s special and I will never forget it,” hohn said of his performance. “But I can’t thank my teammates and the crowd enough for it.”
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“Overall, I thought we fought our butts off again, that’s what they do every night,” Turetzky said. “They are up against unbelievable odds every night and they fighW so hDUG. ,’P SUouG oI our guys. It was another winnable game, but we let things slip away. You can’t afford little mistakes because they snowball into big ones.”
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And that’s exactly what they accomplished.
Upper Moreland’s Kevin Mc Fall looks for a way to the basket past Springfield’s Billy Dahm during Tuesday’s Suburban One American Conference game.