Fast start pow­ers Bo Manor over North Harford

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL SPORTS - By KEVIN PHILLIPS

CHESAPEKAE CIY — Bo­hemia Manor com­mit­ted to a team-first de­fen­sive strat­egy Fri­day night, and it paid off in the first half as it al­lowed just 15 points over the first 16 min­utes to get the jump on vis­it­ing North Harford.

The strong open­ing play proved to be the dif­fer­ence as the Ea­gles held on for a 58-46 vic­tory over the Hawks in Susque­hanna Di­vi­sion boys’ bas­ket­ball ac­tion.

“The whole team was play­ing great to­gether. We played great help side. Ev­ery­body was slid­ing to their spots, stop­ping the ball high and down low,” Bo Manor for­ward Ethan Feeney said. “Ev­ery­body did a great job to­gether. It’s col­lec­tive. It as a great team ef­fort.”

The Ea­gles (5-12 over­all, 5-6 di­vi­sion) played suf­fo­cat­ing de­fense through­out the first half as it con­sis­tently con­tested North Harford’s shots all over the court. That led them to give up just five field goals in the first 16 min­utes.

Bo Manor never trailed in the con­test as it used a 9-0 run in the mid­dle of the first quar­ter to take con­trol of the game. That strong play in con­tin­ued into the sec­ond quar­ter as it outscored North Harford 14-10 in the frame to build a 25-15 half­time lead.

The Hawks (7-8, 6-5) spent the first seven min­utes of the third quar­ter cut­ting into their deficit, slic­ing it down to five, 33-28. But the Ea­gles put to­gether a mini 6-0 surge in the fi­nal minute of the frame to build a 39-28 lead en­ter­ing the fourth quar­ter.

“The end of the third quar­ter was cru­cial. If they cut it in half go­ing into the fourth, [it could be bad]. In­stead, we ended up win­ning that quar­ter by a point. It made huge, huge dif­fer­ence,” Bo Manor head coach Sandy Grimes said. “They bat­tled and were tough. They had me wor­ried, but we kept them at arm’s length.”

North Harford at­tempted to fight back in the fourth quar­ter but was thwarted by the Ea­gles’ clutch free-throw shoot­ing down the stretch. Bo Manor went 12-15 from the char­ity stripe in the fi­nal four min­utes.

“They’re ma­tur­ing a bit and grow­ing up af­ter be­ing in that po­si­tion be­fore. We’ve lost a cou­ple close games, and blew a 10-point lead at Bel Air,” Grimes said. “It’s be­ing con­fi­dent, a lit­tle more ma­ture, grow­ing up a lit­tle bit. You’re sup­posed to play a lit­tle bet­ter as the year goes on.

“We were for­tu­nate to knock down some shots when we needed to,” he added. “Be­sides foul­ing too much, I thought our de­fense was good.”

Bo Manor re­ceived 19 points from An­thony Pom­pilii and 13 from Feeney as it pre­pares for the fi­nal weeks of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Sean Ma­ca­tee paced the Hawks with 17 points.

Perryville 44, Ris­ing Sun 33

Fresh­man Daniel Tserkis had 13 points and sopho­more Emar­ion Hamp­ton had 11 points for the Pan­thers (4-11,over­all, 2-9 Susque­hanna)

The Tigers fall to 4-10 (2-8 in the di­vi­sion).

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO BY SCOTT SERIO

Head coach Sandy Grimes, cen­ter, and the Bo­hemia Manor boys’ bas­ket­ball team de­feated North Harford 58-46 on Fri­day.

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