Thursday, January 10, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Pottsgrove stops slide, sinks Owen J. Roberts

By Jeff Stover

LOWER POTTSGROVE — Pottsgrove didn’t have the final answer for Owen J. Roberts’ Matt Crider Thursday.
But the Falcons had emphatic responses for practically every other aspect of their Pioneer Athletic Conference clash with the Wildcats. And that spoke volumes about their 60-49 victory in a divisional crossover contest — one that enabled them to snuff a five-game losing streak and reignite hopes for getting back in the circuit’s postseason picture.
“I’m happy for the kids,” Pottsgrove head coach Scott Palladino said afterward, sporting a big smile to underscore his joy. “We’ve been struggling since Christmas. You never know how the kids are going to bounce back.”
To be sure, the 18 points Crider collected primarily through a second-half surge weren’t far removed from a 21 points-per-game average ranking near the top of the PAC-10 and The Mercury’s coverage area. But it didn’t qualify as a game high; that honor went to Pottsgrove sophomore Mike Fowler, who hit for 20 with help from a 13-point fourth quarter. And senior teammate Kareem Boyd added another 18 to finish even with Crider on the night.

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