|Spring-Ford’s Drew Kakareka soars to the basket as Perkiomen Valley’s Tom Friel attempts to block the shot. Kakareka had 15 points to lead the Rams. (Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury)|
By Jeff Stover
ROYERSFORD — It was, in effect, the second start to a new season.
Another opportunity to get off on the right foot ... which Spring-Ford did Tuesday against Perkiomen Valley.
Three days removed from a split decision in the PAC-10/Suburban One Challenge, the Rams came on strong in the second half to score a 56-41 knockdown of the Vikings on the opening night of the Pioneer Athletic Conference. And not even a slow start by both clubs could faze head coach Mike Young, who saw his team’s “second start” offering enough optimism as a preview of things to come.
“It didn’t surprise me,” Young said of a first quarter that saw Spring-Ford (2-1) get stripped of the ball six times, yet able to lead 11-8 by virtue of PV (1-2) missing its first six shots. “It was touch and go.
“The first league game, everybody’s a little nervous and tight. The turnovers and misses didn’t surprise me.”
For PV head coach Mike Poysden, it was his debut at the helm of a program after previously assisting former head Jim Stinger. He watched Purnell Wilson knock down a game-high 20 points, but the team fade in the wake of a 24-24 first half.(For the complete story, click here...)