York, PA - The Northeastern boys' basketball team could still be thinking about the zone press William Penn threw its way Wednesday night.
Full-court madness that could haunt the Bobcats until they take the court again.
Lanky arms that seemed as if they stretched from sideline to sideline and quickness that made sure the baselines were covered, too.
"They couldn't figure out an answer for it," Bearcats senior guard Tavon Parker said. "The turnovers started piling up."
And so did the points.
The Bearcats scored 91 in all, a point shy of doubling up Northeastern's 46 during a matchup of Division I and II leaders.
Six players scored in double figures. By the end of the third quarter, before the benches were emptied, Northeastern had just five players with a field goal.
"Slowly, but surely we are getting to where we need to be on that zone press," William Penn coach Troy Sowers said. "The rotations are a little bit quicker, and we aren't giving up sidelines as much."
But then again, Khalid Nwandu usually provides the majority of the Bobcats' offense. William Penn wasn't about to let that happen on this night. Nwandu, a 6-foot-2 senior, scored seven points in the first quarter but could only get eight the rest of the way.
"Our defensive plan was to stop Nwandu and limit his points because
With Nwandu on lockdown, and the press in full swing, the Bearcats forced turnovers and scored at will as they controlled the tempo and played with a calmness Northeastern could never find in the face of endless pressure.
"We want to be the hammer not the nail," Parker said.
Ohsajid Beard, making his first start of the year, finished with 10 points. Trey Shifflett hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to finish with 10, too.
"Tonight I thought we shared the ball with a passion to get open looks," Sowers said.
Derek Wilson had 13 points, and Daiquest Casiano had 12. Ramel Stephens finished with 11.
But Parker led them all, scoring from a variety of spots on the floor to finish with 18 points in three quarters of basketball.
"He is filling the stat sheet again," Sowers said. "When he doesn't try to score, it is his best games. He just takes what is front of him because his basketball IQ is so high. The game is easy for him when he is not trying to score, and he gets his 18-to-20 a game anyways."
Nwandu led Northeastern with 15 points. Derrick Hoffman finished with 13, and Robert Wade had five.
Jahaire Wilson finished with eight points, and Stephen Dickson had seven for William Penn.
Khalid Nwandu 4 7-14 15, Braheem Riley 1 0-0 2, Nick Sprenkle 1 0-0 2, Robert Wade 2 1-2 5, Kobi Nwandu 0 2-4 2, Damon Marshall 1 0-0 2, Albion Bajrami 1 0-0 2, Donovian Maxfield 1 0-0 3, Derrick Hoffman 4 5-7 13. Totals: 15 16-27 46.
WILLIAM PENN (91)
Derek Wilson 4 2-4 13, Daiquest Casiano 4 4-4 12, Ramel Stephens 5 0-0 11, Stephen Dickson 3 1-1 7, Ohsajid Beard 4 2-3 10, Trey Shifflett 3 2-2 10, Jahaire Wilson 3 2-2 8, Tavon Parker 7 2-3 18, Henrey Favers 1 0-0 2. Totals: 34 15-20 91.
Northeastern 13 8 10 15 -- 46
William Penn 23 22 21 25 -- 91
3-point goals -- Northeastern 1 (Maxfield); William Penn 8 (Wilson (3), Stephens, Shifflett (2), Parker 2)
JV score -- William Penn 56, Northeastern 51