Knights upset Bucks in first round of districts

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Prasham Jobanputra

Kolby Barrow celebrates with the student section after the first round win.

DOYLESTOWN- It looked like the Bucks were about to make quick work of the Knights. Then… North Penn settled in.

The #24 seed, North Penn Knights (10-13), upset the #9 seed, CB West Bucks (15-9), 57-47 in a Friday night game at CB West for the first round of district of playoffs.

“We played with confidence tonight.  We thought we had an opportunity to win and I’m proud of the kids.  They had a great week of practice, they were really focused and it’s a good group and they play for one another,” Head Coach John Conrad said on winning as the underdogs.

The Bucks started off hot and mostly because of Jack Neri who got two quick threes and another bucket to propel CB West to an early 10-2 lead with 3:34 left in the first quarter.  The Knights made a dent in that deficit as by the end of the quarter, it was 16-9 in favor of West.

“I just thought we got off to a sluggish start.  A lot of these guys, it’s there first playoff basketball experience and we kind of played on our heels,” Coach Conrad explained.

North Penn then made their big run for a comeback in the 2nd quarter and after a three from Kolby Barrow, the score was within two, 24-22, with a 1:16 left in the half.  The score at halftime was 25-22 with the Bucks on top.

The third quarter was where the excitement of playoff basketball occurred.  With 6:25 left in the third quarter, the Knights took their first lead, 26-25, as Matt Swanson scored off an assist from Joe Larkins.  Ted Spratt scored a layup and was fouled in the process.  He knocked down his free throw with 4:34 left in the third quarter and the game was tied at 28.  Larkins broke the tie with two made frees throws and the score was 30-28 with 3:38 left in the quarter.

Then the Knights started to run away with the game.  Kolby Barrow hit two big threes to close out the third quarter and the Knights went up 38-31 into the final quarter.

“To increase and expand the lead, it really helped our confidence and team chemistry and we just built on it,” Barrow said.

Larkins then had two threes in the 4th to go along with one more three from Barrow.  After only one three-pointer in the first half, the Knights had 5 in the second half.  Josh Jones came up clutch at the free throw line to close out the game as he went 6/6 at the charity stripe in the 4th quarter.

Prasham Jobanputra
Josh Jones at the free throw line late in the 4th quarter.

“I think we settled in.  Defensively, I thought we played better and were able to get some stops in transition.  I thought we played unselfish, made the extra pass,” Coach Conrad said.

The Knights will be at Pennridge, the 8th seed, on Tuesday for a date with the Rams.  At North Penn, the Rams won 52-44 and then to close out the regular season, North Penn won an overtime thriller, 57-54, at Pennridge.

“Play good defense and rebound, that’s kinda what we’ve hung our hats on the last couple weeks and that’s we’ll try and do Tuesday,” Coach Conrad said.

CB West: Slaymaker 2 pts, Haney 3 pts, Miller 5 pts, Spratt 11 pts, Munari 13 pts, Neri 13 pts

North Penn: Chaffee 2 pts, Carangi 6 pts, Larkins 10 pts, Barrow 11 pts, Jones 13 pts, Swanson 15 pts