Knights feed to Meade in clutch win over Rams


Sean Duffy

Junior Corey Meade drilling another free throw as he went 10-11 on the night.

TOWAMENCIN- The winning streak continues! 

The North Penn Boys Basketball team extended their winning streak to 9 games with a 68-61 victory in a seesaw game with Pennridge. 

On Tuesday night, the Knights (13-4) met the Pennridge Rams (12-5) at home and pulled away in the fourth courtesy of Junior Corey Meade dropping 24 points.

“I thought Corey Meade was phenomenal rebounding the basketball and attacking the rim,” Knights head coach John Conrad stated.

The game started off scorching hot for the Knights, as they propelled themselves to a 24-15 lead in the first quarter, shooting 11 for 11. Senior Ryan Zeltt led the charge, going 2-2 from beyond the arc, and Ryan Deininger scored three 2 point field goals. 

The second quarter wasn’t as hot for North Penn, as they notched just 10 points to Pennridge’s 13. Meade got a couple more buckets shooting 2-4 in the quarter and Junior Norman Gee III also hit a three. 

The Knights had to face some adversity in the third quarter, with Pennridge going on an impressive run and taking their first lead of the night midway through and even expanding to a 45-40 advantage. 

“We weren’t really worried; our coaches helped us be cool and collected because we had a run, they had a run, we just had to play calm and play our game, and then we had confidence in one another and overall we came back and won the game,” Meade said. 

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North Penn was indeed quick to respond as they swiftly bounced back and took a 48-47 lead on a steal and buzzer beater layup from Gee.

“I just thought we did a much better job defensively. I think that was the key…I thought we got stops and played unselfish basketball down the stretch. They’re (Pennridge) a good basketball team, but fortunately we just made a couple more plays tonight,” said Conrad.

The Knights needed to make a statement to begin the fourth quarter, and that they did, going on a 16-9 run. They continued to hold a solid lead, and with 54.5 seconds left in the fourth and a 64-58 lead, the game was essentially over with how locked in the Knights were at the free throw line all night (12-17), with points leader Corey Meade clutching up and hitting 10 of 11 at the line on the night.

“Once teams start seeing we can drive to the rim and get our foul shots, it kind of makes them play a bit scared and hesitant when we drive.” Meade said.

Meade said that he attributed his success to “the coaches just giving me confidence and having their trust in me, and having the whole team backing you just makes you play better in the end.” 

The Knights next game is home on Friday (1/27) against the Central Bucks West Bucks at 7pm.

Sean Duffy