Brett’s three lifts Hatters over Bears
com Although Hatboro-Horsham and Upper Moreland will not wow you with their records, no one has ever accused either team of not putting it all out there every game. This one was no different and it needed a big three at the end to settle it.
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“I was so nervous,” Brett said of the eventual gamewinner. “I had only hit one three in the game and I was on the bench really wanting to go in. I love shooting from the outside. You get a rush when you shoot it and the crowd gets really excited. We really needed a win so I was glad the shot went in.”
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One word that adequately describes this game would be physical. There wasn’t more than a three-minute stretch where someone wasn’t hitting the deck. Whether it was diving for loose balls, trying to extend a play or charging toward the basket, both teams put it all on the line throughout the game. Although these teams will not be mentioned in the playoff races, they have big hearts and that goes a long way.
“Both teams work really hard,” H-H coach Steve
Flynn said, “The bottom line is, both teams were really responsible on defense for most of the game. They are both very physical on either side of the ball. There were not many easy opportunities.”
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“It was a bit more interesting than it had to be,” Flynn said. “It seemed like everyone wanted to hit the big shot instead of working the ball inside or waiting for a better shot. That is an example of our inexperience. You want them to shoot in the meat of the game, but we gave a 12-point lead back.”