By: Jake Gray
The Pennsbury Falcons pushed the pace and got a decisive 65-48 win at home against the Council Rock North Indians on Thursday.
Senior guard Collin Connor was automatic from beyond the arc to open the game. Two great threes led the Falcons to 11 points before the Indians were able to make their first basket. The Indians tried to counter, but struggled to score early, going down 16-8 in the first quarter.
Connor was far from the only Falcon who got hot early. Junior forward Evan Reichard scored 14 first half points, totaling 26 for the game. Additionally, he was a rebound machine, hauling in boards despite often being outnumbered in the paint. He was truly dominant all night, and WBCB’s Player of the Game.
Pennsbury took over quickly and didn’t look back. While North started to gel more offensively at the start of the second half thanks to better ball movement and as well as some nice shooting from sophomore guard Bernie Parent (scoring 7 of his 12 in the 3rd quarter), they still weren’t able to keep up with the Falcons’ fast-paced offense.
Basketball’s a team sport, and the Falcons were better at playing as a team than the Indians. Their superior off-ball offense and ball movement created great scoring opportunities for the whole team. Every guy on the court worked to make the best shot possible, setting strong screens and making sharp passes. On top of that, they were incredibly efficient from all over the floor. In the case of a miss, Reichard, along with junior Bashuan Glover and senior Cooper Arnold excelled at rebounding.
Council Rock’s reliance on 1 v 1 scoring opportunities was their downfall. Their wide spacing, which often saw all five guys along the perimeter, banked on their ability to successfully drive to the net. However, Pennsbury’s tough defense limited their chances to score. Possessions turned into a game of Hot Potato, with the ball being kicked around before an unsuccessful drive or attempt from deep. Pennsbury’s defense was smothering, closing off lanes, disrupting passes, and blocking shots.
The Indians’ struggles to get engaged as an offense, in addition to the Falcons’ swift scoring, was what led to a Falcons victory at home. Pennsbury improved to 5-7 on the season, with a 3-3 league record, before a home game on Saturday against Chichester. Meanwhile, Council Rock North falls to 4-10, with a 1-6 league record.