The Cougars snared a pair of wins against Penncrest and Radnor in convincing fashion. The team pummeled Penncrest by the final of 61-44 as Dan Geriot poured in 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the charge. Frank McKnight put forth another bravura performance as he notched 16 points and handed out six assists to fuel the Cougars' offense. In addition, Tom VonTanhausen nailed nine points and hauled down a half-dozen rebounds.
Springfield led the game the entire way and set the tone from the get-go with a 22-11 margin in the first quarter. After that Penncrest never had a chance to catch up with the Cougars.
Later in the week on Friday night Springfield continued its inspired play by routing Radnor. The Cougars defeated the Red Raiders by the final of 60-42 with another dominating performance. This time it was Frank McKnight leading all scorers to propel the high octane offense of the team. McKnight pumped in 22 points that demoralized the opposition. In addition, Geriot came up with a dozen points to complement McKnight's offensive theatrics.
Coach Kevin McCormick saw a team display heart, resolve and poise this past week. Many a lesser club might have been discouraged after losing a pair of difficult one point decisions, though both losses were to higH caliber clubs, Lower Merion and Norristown. But what the Cougars displayed this past week was a fierce determination to keep their focus on performing as well and as consistently as posssible. Though setbacks may come, as they do to all clubs, the ability to regain perspective and settle down into the winning mode of play speaks volumes about this team.
In other Central League play Marple had an up and down week. The Tigers exploded against Strath Haven last week and defeated the Panthers 43-28.
The team set out to throttle the opposition from the very beginning. In the first period, Marple grabbed a 12-8 lead. The team expanded the advantage throughout the contest before putting the Panthers away with a 14-4 blitz in the fourth quarter. The victory was the first one in Central League play for Marple and boosted their record to 1-4 (3-5 overall). The team finished with a flourish in this game as
they blew open the game with a flurry for field goals in the contest's closing minutes. Mike Talley led the Tigers with 15 points while Sean Spratt finished with nine points and four rebounds.
The news wasn't so good on Friday night as the team dropped a 54-34 decision to Upper Darby. The Royals dominated this game on the strength of superior play by Kevon Davis who popped in twelve points in the pivotal third quarter. Davis was darting, daring and dashing to dump in his dozen during the meteoric 20-4 third quarter blitz that Upper Darby unleashed. Teammate Brandon Robinson came up with 11 points to help the Royals increase their record to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Meanwhile, for Marple, John Humenick led the Tigers in scoring with 10 points. Marple's record fell to 1-5 in league play and 3-6 overall. The win gave Upper Darby a nice boost in morale as it came on the heels of the Royals' 64-53 loss at the hands of Lower Merion earlier in the week.
Upper Darby was led by Clinton Cole's 14 points in the loss.
Haverford also suffered a defeat at the hands of the hard charging Aces of Lower Merion. The Fords fell 67-40 despite Nick Masloff garnering 10 points and fellow Fords Brandon Kamin and Brian Murphy contributing seven points each.
In Catholic League play Bonner defeated Harriton by the final of 48-44 as Jeff Jones powered in 17 points to lead the Friars. Teammate Brian Camp came up with 12 points to help the cause and Bonner emerged with a win over the Rams. The triumph gave coach Brian Daly's team a 5-2 record this season.
O'Hara lost to Ryan last Thursday by the final of 37-34 depsite Pat Kirby coming up with 14 points. The defeat dropped the Lions to the .500 mark(4-4) for the season.
Penn Wood lost a tough 70-67 game to Chester in DelVal play last week despite holding leads at the first quarter and half way and third quarter marks of the game. But the Clippers rallied with a 22-16 fourth quarter to snatch the victory. The Pats were led by Micah Covert who led all
scorers with 21 points.