By: Dustyn Green
A very good Nottingham team had an interesting test against Ewing on Tuesday. The North Stars were able to pull out the 59-51 victory.
Despite a game high 17 points by Marcus Beaubrun of Ewing, Brandon Raba and the North Stars were able to outlast Ewing. Both sides were very fast paced and physical for much of the contest.
Nottingham nearly took the lead and ran with it for much of the game, however, with an excess of turnovers, Ewing was able to stay within striking distance and had a real shot at winning the game.
However, the veteran experience of Nottingham in the third quarter created a cushion that was far too much for Ewing to recover from. While both teams were making mistakes, Nottingham was able to capitalize on Ewing’s missed opportunities, which led to their big win.
Bensalem vs. Pennsbury was set to be an exciting one and it certainly was. The three point advantage went to the Bensalem Owls with 60-57 being the final score of the contest.
Throughout the season Pennsbury has been a very hard working, group oriented team. On the other side of the court Bensalem needed to see more from their guys in this one.
Early on, it looked like it would be all Pennsbury as Collin Connor, Shane Simmons and Kyrie Miller accounted for seven points in just over two minutes forcing Bensalem to head to a timeout to regroup very early on. Just midway through the opening portion it was a 12-3 Falcons lead with Simmons accounting for seven of Pennsbury’s 12. However, miscues from Pennsbury had allowed the Owls to really gain momentum scoring five straight points to stay in it.
Teamwork was evident early for both squads. The Bensalem Owls trailed by nine at the change of quarters and showed no signs of climbing back into it.
At the half it was Bensalem trailing the Falcons by six despite the early struggles. There was a momentum switch and mistakes by Pennsbury that kept the contest close. It was Bensalem who was able to capitalize on a couple extra mistakes and come out victorious late due in large part to 28 points by Jeremiah Alexander. The biggest challenge for the Owls will be to keep momentum flowing for the duration of their schedule.
The final contest of the week found WBCB Sports back in the gym at Ewing where Notre Dame invaded the hardwood. The Irish were able to blow Ewing out of the gym in a very convincing fashion in their 65-45 win.
The Irish had a bit of a different look in this one as Leon Jones was cleared to return to the starting five after a gruesome injury on the football field. Jones was the Player of the Game on Friday as nine of his 17 points came from three-point range. The Notre Dame star was able to make the statement he wanted in his return.
The contest looked like it may have been close early but Jones and company wanted this victory just a little bit too much for Ewing to hold pace for the second half. Jones was joined by Nick Feretic and Steven Graver in the double digit club with 13 and 10 respectively. Despite the struggles for Ewing they saw solid effort in this one from Marcus Beaubrun who had 16 points with four from the free-throw line.
Look out for the Irish because they have been solid all year long and with Jones back it is expected for them to go into the postseason red hot! As for Ewing, it is not without a lack of solid effort that they were dealt a tough hand. Expect them to finish out the year strong and come back with an underdog mentality next winter.