Boy’s Basketball Fends off Pennsauken Tech for First Win

Boy’s Basketball Fends off Pennsauken Tech for First Win

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Pennsauken Tech first win

The boy’s basketball team was able to fend off Pennsauken Tech on Monday night 72-59 for their first win of the season. Here is our recap of the game.

“We just focused on playing defense and moving the ball on offense,” Craig Turner (20 points) said. “It really boosts our confidence and it shows other teams how well we can play.”

Cinnaminson was fresh off an 81-43 loss to Bordentown on Friday night to open the season when Pennsauken Tech paid a visit on Monday.

“The coaches kept drawing up good plays and putting us in good position to finish around the rim,” Turner said.

The Pirates opened up an 18-10 lead after the first quarter.

“We just had to come together,” Conor Bresnahan said. “A lot of them, this is their first varsity win.”

“It’s definitely something to build off of. Close games like that build character. It’s a good learning experience.”

The Tornados kept the game close at the half, trailing 34-29 at the break after going on a 9-0 run late in the second quarter.

“After the way we played Friday night, we stepped up offensively tonight,” head coach Mike Fries said. “We shot the ball really well.”

Cinnaminson went on an 11-0 run early in the second half to seemingly pull away, but Pennsauken Tech kept fighting.

The Tornados kept hitting deep from three-point range to keep things interesting down the stretch, but the Pirates were able to answer each bucket with one of their own.

“We worked on our zone offense in practice Saturday and it showed tonight,” Fries said. “They moved the basketball and ran the sets well tonight.”

The Pirates were led by Bresnahan’s 30 points and Turner’s 20, four of them three’s.

“My teammates just found ways to get me the ball and I was knocking my shots down tonight,” Turner said.

The Tornados had three players in double figures, led by Tariq Moore’s 25 (six three’s). Moore drained four of those three’s in the fourth quarter to keep his squad in the game, some from well beyond the arc.

“On any given night, we can have a 20-point scorer,” Fries said. “We have five guys that can possibly do it. And two guys off the bench who could do it. Conor being the senior leader, I knew it was coming. And Craig, he really stepped his game up tonight.”

Cinnaminson eventually pulled out the 72-59 win to move to 1-0.

The Pirates host Burlington City tomorrow night at 5pm and Cinn City News will have coverage of the game.

“Burlington City is always a big game,” Bresnahan said. “We lost to them last year. We just have to come out and dominate at home.”

Team 1 2 3 4 Final
Pennsauken Tech
10 19 11 19 59
Cinnaminson
18 16 21 17 72

Scoring
Conor Bresnahan – 30
Craig Turner – 20
Justin Dever – 7
John Meekins – 6
Chad Howard – 4
JP Rickus – 3
Gunner Peterson – 2

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com