Hohn pow­ers Bears past Spring­field

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele


com Matt hohn prob­a­bly could not have dreamed up a bet­ter Se­nior Night at Up­per Moreland. hohn may have known the crowd, donned in pur­ple and gold, was go­ing to cause a ruckus the en­tire game. He also could have hoped for a dou­ble-digit win. But did he think he was go­ing to drop 32 SRLQWV RQ SSULQJ­fiHOG? No, that was some­thing un­ex­pected.

“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.”

The Bears took care of busi­ness in a big way Tues­day night, down­ing Spring­fiHOG 75-56 LQ a EaUQ EuUQHU. Although there was not much solid de­fense played all night, hohn, along with team­mate hevin McFall and SSULQJ­fiHOG’V BLOOy DaKP and Chris Stone put on an of­fen­sive clinic. In the end, how­ever, Up­per Moreland kept on scor­ing while SSULQJ­fiHOG FRuOG QRW PaLQ­tain the rapid pace.

“The score does not show how this game really was,” SSULQJ­fiHOG FRaFK DaYH TuUHWzNy VaLG. “TKH fiUVW KaOI was one of the best halves of bas­ket­ball I’ve seen this team play. We just kind of got frus­trated with some things and we al­lowed our- selves to get caught up in play­ing their game and got too emo­tional.”

The game turned out to be a duel be­tween hohn and DaKP. GRLQJ EaFN aQG IRUWK for most of the night, hohn’s 32 was the most by far, but DaKP’V 22-SRLQW SHUIRU­mance was also im­pres­sive. Ev­ery time Up­per Moreland KaG a ELJ OHaG, DaKP wRuOG KHOS WKH SSaUWaQV fiJKW WKHLU way back into the game. McFall and Stone was the unGHUFaUG WR DaKP aQG .RKQ. Stone won that bat­tle, drop­ping 19 ahead of McFall’s 14. The half­time score was MuVW 30-26 LQ IaYRU RI USSHU Moreland, but the wheels wRuOG IaOO RII IRU SSULQJ­fiHOG in the sec­ond half.

“We didn’t play as well on de­fense as we have in re­cent wHHNV, EuW WKH FURwG GHfinitely helped us,” hohn said. “We had to get out on the break and we did that. We knew we had to score a lot of points.”

In this case, the wheels fall­ing off refers to not be­ing aEOH WR NHHS uS. DHVSLWH VFRULQJ 12 aQG 16 SRLQWV, UHVSHF­tively, in the third and fourth quar­ters, it was no match for WKH BHaUV’ 45-SRLQW RuWEuUVW in the sec­ond half. Nor­mally those kind of quar­ter to­tals IRU SSULQJ­fiHOG, HVSHFLaOOy in the sec­ond half, re­sult in a win, but when any team is scor­ing at the clip the Bears

were scor­ing at, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to beat. The Bears also dis­trib­uted the wealth, boast­ing nine dif­fer­ent scor­ers as com­pared to 6SULQgfiHOG’s IouU.

“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.”

Up­per Moreland really ran away in the fourth, how­ever. More des­per­a­tion shoot­ing FDPH IUoP 6SULQgfiHOG Ds it was down by 10 head­ing LQWo WhH fiQDO SHULoG, ZhLOH Up­per Moreland im­proved on an al­ready gaudy scor­ing WoWDO. .ohQ hDG 13 SoLQWs Wo lead the Bears in the fourth, ZhLFh ZDs fiWWLQg EHFDusH on a night made for the se­niors, he was the ex­cla­ma­tion point.

“We knew this was pos­si­bly the last time we would play to­gether on this court, so we wanted to win one last WLPH,” .ohQ sDLG.

And that’s ex­actly what they ac­com­plished.

Mont­gomery Me­dia / BOB RAINES

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.

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