Young Chich­ester team falls hard in opener to Pottstown

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tom Nash

LOWER POTTS­GROVE >> Potts­grove will al­ways be home for Scott Pal­ladino.

So it was only fit­ting that the first-year Pottstown head coach kicked off the 20182019 sea­son back at his old home at the Potts­grove Tip-Off Tour­na­ment Fri­day night.

“I love this place. It was real good to be back,” Pal­ladino said with a smile, think­ing back to the decade he spent as head coach of the Fal­cons un­til 2016. “I grad­u­ated from here, spent 13 years coach­ing here. It will al­ways have a spe­cial place in my heart. That said, it was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for me walk­ing in here tonight.”

For­tu­nately for him, he walked out a win­ner. With four play­ers scor­ing in dou­ble fig­ures, Pottstown used a bal­anced ef­fort to beat Chich­ester 76-58 dur­ing the tour­na­ment’s open­ing game.

Se­nior guard Floyd Dashiell and sopho­more for­ward Robert Bur­ress scored 19 points apiece while junior guard Tre Bass had 16 and junior for­ward Dono­van Tow­son added 12. And that all was with­out tal­ented se­nior guard An­thony Brown, who has been out with strep throat ac­cord­ing to Pal­ladino.

The Tro­jans led 17-16 af­ter the first quar­ter but used a 10-2 run early on in the sec­ond and never looked back from there. Pottstown outscored Chich­ester 38-27 dur­ing the sec­ond half where Bass and Dashiell com­bined for 19 points.

“Our de­fense re­ally picked it up in the sec­ond half,” Dashiell said. “We got a lot of steals and tran­si­tion bas­kets. That’s re­ally our bread and but­ter, that’s what we like to do. Try to get up and down and score in tran­si­tion.”

Uti­liz­ing a press de­fense, the Tro­jans forced 28 turnovers on the night and rarely let the Ea­gles set up com­fort­ably on the of­fen­sive end. Chi coach Clyde Jones wasn’t ready to give Pottstown’s de­fense all the credit, though.

“I be­lieve our de­ci­sion-mak­ing was worse,” he said. “If we’re able to be in the right po­si­tion and ex­e­cute, we’re not go­ing to be a team that can be pressed. Even with our youth.

“We just had too many give­aways where we threw the ball in space, threw the ball away. We’ve got to clean that up.”

Sopho­more guard Josh Hank­ins was a bright spot for Chich­ester with a game­high 29 points. He fin­ished with four 3-point­ers, even with a con­stant hand on his chest from the first quar­ter on.

“He’s a young kid who works ex­tremely hard,” Jones said of Hank­ins. “He be­lieves in his abil­ity and he’ll go out there and play un­til he passes out. That’s the cul­ture we’re build­ing with how we want to com­pete. It’s im­por­tant for him to keep play­ing that way and for our guys to learn from that. Bat­tling all the way un­til the end, win or lose.”

Calvin Church added a ca­reer-high 16 points for Chi.

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