Lions stun Delco Chris­tian for BAL ti­tle

The Willow Grove Guide - - OPINION - By Tim Hindin


com If Ve­gas had made odds on the Bi­cen­ten­nial Ath­letic League cham­pi­onship game, Delco Chris­tian would have been heav­ily fa­vored over Lower Moreland given its un­de­feated league record and the pre­vi­ous two meet­ings be­tween the teams see­ing Delco hand­ily win­ning both match ups, a nine-point vic­tory in the first game and a 12-point win in the sec­ond.

The Lions had the last laugh in the cham­pi­onship matchup, throt­tling the Knights 52-32. En­ter­ing as big un­der­dogs, Lower Moreland played loose and re- laxed and just kept watch­ing its shots fall.

“It was the kind of out­come when you pic­ture the game in your head. It’s what you hope hap­pens and the girls ex­e­cuted,” Lower Moreland coach Rich Becker said.

In the pre­vi­ous meet­ings, the Lions spent much of the games try­ing to play catchup. Lower Moreland en­joyed a nine-point half­time lead, an un­fa­mil­iar sight as Lions trailed by 18 in the most re­cent match up.

“We said at some point they’re go­ing to make their run, the longer we can with­stand that run the bet­ter chance we have,” Becker said.

The Delco run never came, Lower Moreland con­trolled the sec­ond half as they watched shots keep fall­ing and its lead bal­loon­ing.

“They took it to us in ev­ery as­pect of the game, they played de­fense bet­ter than we did, they shot the ball bet­ter than we did and they shot free throws bet­ter than we did.Add that up we got whupped,” Delco coach Mark Weaver said.

In the last matchup, Lower Moreland was at a dis­ad­van­tage due to an in­jury to for­ward Demi Mor­ganstein. Mor­ganstein fac­tored largely in the con­test scor­ing nine points and play­ing nearly ev­ery minute of the game.

“She’s that glue that holds us to­gether and she’s as healthy as she’s been in about four weeks and it was nice for her to have this moment,” Becker said.

The Lions con­sid­ered them­selves in a non-pres­sure sit­u­a­tion as the un­der­dogs and put it all on Delco.

“I just told them go out there look around, we don’t get too many chances to play [in games like this] and just en­joy the en­vi­ron­ment and let it go,” Becker said.

For Delco comes an abrupt and un­ex­pected end to the Bi­cen­ten­nial League sea­son, but both teams will now look for­ward to the up­com­ing District One play­offs. Delco Chris­tian is the sec­ond seed in the Class AA play­offs, while the Lions are the fourth seed in the Class AAA play­offs.

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