Fast start powers Bo Manor over North Harford
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).
Head coach Sandy Grimes, center, and the Bohemia Manor boys’ basketball team defeated North Harford 58-46 on Friday.