Bucks win by one point in thriller against the Knights


Spencer Heilveil

Jack Neri led the Bucks with 14 points.

DOYLESTOWN- The Bucks were able to keep the Knights off the board in the final seconds of the game as they walked away with a tough, one-point victory. 

The North Penn Knights (4-7) visited the Central Bucks West Bucks (11-5) in a key suburban one continental conference matchup and the Bucks won by a score of 43-42.

With the first bucket not coming until 2 minutes after the start of the game, it was an early predictor of how the rest of the game would follow in a close knitted defensive battle. Each of the first three quarters were met in a tie showing the many lead changes between the closely matched teams. 

The Bucks had their leading scorer, forward Jack Neri, put up 14 points and control the rebounding game all game long. Neri helped the Bucks with second chance points as he dominated the offensive board all game.

“It wasn’t just me, it was our whole team executing our plan, making good drives to the rim and playing good defense,” Neri commented postgame. 

The height game was a main contributor to all 4 quarters, as all three of North Penn’s big men played a majority of the minutes. Rob Carangi, Matt Swanson and Josh Jones had tough matchups against West’s bigs, Jack Neri, Ted Spratt and Dan Miller. With a night filled with back and forth lead changes, winning the rebound game seemed key for the Bucks to come out on top. 

The Knights had distributed the scoring around all night with Rob Carangi leading the team with 12 points. North Penn kept the Bucks on their toes all game by changing their defense from a man to zone in the middle of the quarter. 

Going into the half with just 2 seconds left on the clock, Kolby Barrow threw a full court baseball pass down to Matt Swanson, who turned and shot.  He was fouled and went on to miss both free throws. 

With the game approaching the end, the Bucks led 43-42 and went on to hold the Knights final three shots off. A very close contested layup just over the rim by Kolby Barrow missed as the buzzer rang and the clock hit zero. 

“We have been in grinding games like this before, we should have played better. We got close with that last layup, but we’ve that ability to do [it] in the past so we were able to do it again,” Neri Explained.

North Penn: Barrow 6 pts, Jones 4 pts, Larkins 4 pts, Chaffee 5 pts, Carangi 12 pts, Swanson 9 pts

CB West: Spratt 4 pts, Haney 11 pts, Neri 14 pts, Munari 6 pts, Miller 5 pts