Deininger drops 26 as Knights extend win streak to ten


Shreeya Patel

North Penn’s Tyler Deininger puts up a couple of his 26 points along the way to a win over CB West on Friday, January 27, 2023.

TOWAMENCIN- That’s ten straight wins for the North Penn Boys Basketball team.

“We aren’t focusing on the results, but the process,” Knights head coach John Conrad stated.

During Friday night’s game, Ryan Deininger led the Knights to a 63-51 victory with his 26-point performance. North Penn (14-4) defeated Central Bucks (4-14) during a matchup in which the Knights dominated most of the game. 

“I thought Ryan Deininger did a fantastic job and took advantage of a defensive game,” Conrad stated.

The Knights could not buy a score at the start of the first quarter. It was at the 5:13 mark that Deininger scored a three-pointer assisted by Norman Gee. 

“That was a bit frustrating. We were missing shots, and it was a defensive battle. I thought they stayed the course pretty well though,” Conrad said.

“We started off slow and we needed to stay aggressive. I feel like I just needed to play my game,” Deininger stated.

With 3 minutes and 13 seconds left in the third quarter, Gee hit a three-pointer and put the Knights up 7-4. The Bucks went on a 6-0 run to end the quarter; despite this, the Knights led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, North Penn made Central Bucks look like a deer in headlights with scorching hot offense and lockdown defense.

We shot the ball well, but it all started with defense I thought we got stops, got the rebounds and we got some run outs in there

— John Conrad, NP Head Coach

“We shot the ball well, but it all started with defense I thought we got stops, got the rebounds and we got some run outs in there,” Conrad explained. 

Deininger scored six of the Knight’s following points, scoring 20-15. Senior Ryan Zeltt put the Knights up 25-15 after his three-pointer with 2 minutes and 24 seconds left. Gee scored a layup, scoring 27-15 with 1 minute and 49 seconds left, and right before halftime, he put the Knights up 33-18 with a three-pointer. 

“I was pushing the ball to my teammates and also shooting. My transition basketball helped create points as well,” Gee stated.

The second half started on a 4-0 Knights run after a three-point attempt from Gee and a layup from Deininger, making the score 36-20.  As the rest of the quarter unfolded, Zeltt and Deininger scored threes. By the end of the quarter, North Penn had let Central Bucks score 20 points. North Penn led 50-36 after the third.

In the fourth quarter, the Knights needed to extend their lead, and they did just that. Deininger and Teddy Mcallister scored 8 of the Knight’s 13 points in the fourth quarter. 

“Defensively the we got the stops and I think that the seniors really helped extend the lead,” Conrad stated.

The Knights take on Souderton South at home on Tuesday at 7 pm as they aim to extend their winning streak. They are now 10-3 in the SOL Colonial Division.