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.”
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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