I spent the evening in New Oxford watching the first day of the Colonial Holiday Tournament. It is a four-team tournament that features York County Tech, Bermudian Springs, Littlestown, and host, New Oxford.
Game One- Berm 56, Littlestown 43: Despite a lack of depth and raw talent the Thunderbolts fight till the end. They fell behind early to a Bermudian team that implored a stingy full court press, but the Bolts kept fighting.
Braden Becker is a huge presence on the inside for Littlestown, but they need to do a better job of getting him the ball and letting him go to work in the paint.
Ryan Kehr had an impressive performance. He scored all 10 of the Thunderbolts fourth quarter points.
Kehr and Becker are the two returning players with the most experience for Littlestown. For the Bolts to continue winning games this year they will need to continue to step up.
Berm’s full court press is nasty. They forced Littlestown into alot of turnovers that led to easy buckets.
The Eagles currently sit at 6-2 and are doing so without Zach Stroup who is still recovering from a broken collarbone suffered during football season. He led all returning players in scoring with 8.5 points per game last year.
Bermudian does not have any standout players, they are just a very well coached team that executes. This was the first time all season I have seen them play but I was impressed with their movement on offense and their ability to find the open man, usually on a cut towards the basket resulting in easy points.
The Eagles received big games off the bench from Dalton Horst and Ryan Markle. The two combined for 17 points. If the Eagles continue to get that type of bench play, they could win Division III
Game Two- New Oxford 43, York County Tech 36: I was very impressed with York County Tech in warmups. They looked quick and explosive.
Unfortunately, during the actual game, they turned the ball over too much and were not active enough on the boards to put away a New Oxford team that had only won one game prior to Thursday night.
The Spartans are athletic, they are quick, but they (at least on Thursday), settle for too many bad shots. They rush too much.
To their credit they fought back and were able to get back within seven before time ran out.
New Oxford looked better than a one win team on Thursday.
Led mostly by Alex Decinti’s 14 points the Colonials executed on a variety of levels. They outrebounded the Spartans, they controlled the flow of the game better, they executed their offense better and did a better job at the foul line.
Decinti put on a shooting display in the first half nailing four three pointers. He was virtually shut out in the second half, but the damage had been done.
I was very impressed with Marc O’Brien’s job on the boards for New Oxford. He did not score many points but his presence on the board provided the Colonials with plenty of second chance points.
My major concern for the Colonials is their ability to create shots. It seemed that once the Spartans neutralized Decinti, New Oxford’s offense began to stall.
Hopefully the win will provide the Colonials with the confidence they need to continue to win games.
Saturday night pits Littlestown and York County Tech in the consolation game and Bermudian Springs and New Oxford in the championship game.