Knights outshined by strong Pennsbury team

BASKETBALL- North Penn senior Joey Lindsay dribbles past Pennsbury during a game on Tuesday, December 12th.

TOWAMENCIN- The North Penn Knights Boy’s Basketball Team was clearly outplayed and out hustled on Tuesday night by a superior Pennsbury Falcons team. The Falcons started off hot with a high energy offense and high press defense that seemed to suck the life out of the Knights.

“The ball has energy. If everyone touches the ball they will play defense, which is how we won this game,” explained Pennsbury Head Coach Bill Coleman.

The game started with strong possession from Pennsbury, in which a passing clinic seemed to be held. This then lend to a high energy defense that held the Knights to only 9 in the first quarter.

“They were quicker than us physically and mentally tonight. Pennsbury is a good team and tonight I just thought they were tougher than we were. They won every 50/50 ball, they were diving on the floor and we weren’t, they just played with a lot of pride tonight and we didn’t,” said coach Conrad.

It was apparent. North Penn in their first home game simply did not show up the way they needed to. Junior AJ Mitchell, who scored 24 points, was the leading scorer for the Knights as they lost 63-39. David Robinson was the next best with only 6 points, and when two players account for 77% of the team’s scoring capability, no one can expect a favorable outcome.

In a heavy loss like this, coach Conrad believes the loss was because of a “lack of pride,” although it was obvious the team was just not as good.

“There are a lot of fresh faces and we are still trying to figure out who we are,” explained Conrad, “It’s still a learning process. From myself all the way down the lineup, we have a lot to improve upon.”

Although it seemed nothing went right for the Knights tonight, Mitchell stepped up and played at a high level that truly kept the game within reach during the first half. 

“We could have played with more effort on defense honestly, but we are already onto the next game against CB East. I feel confident in the way we will bounce back. Just have to put in the work for the next 6 days leading up,” said senior AJ Catanzaro.