When Phil-Mont Christian Academy and Bishop McDevitt squared off in the season-opener Friday night both teams knew one thing for certain about itself: its leading scorers.
For Phil-Mont, it boasted senior sharp-shooter Zach Dolton, while McDevitt countered with senior slasher Tyrell Long. Both Long and Dolton would start their season's right as the two both had a game high 28 points. Long chipped in 10 boards to go along with his 28 points
A 9-4 run to open the fourth quarter sparked the Falcons to a 67-62 win in the Oreland Lions Tip-Off Tournament.
"I was happy with the fact that we showed some mental toughness,' Phil-Mont coach Glenn Dolton said. "By being able to get the lead, I think they thought we were then in a place to do what we want to do.'
While Dolton and fellow senior point guard Micah Baldez, who despite a poor shooting night still contributed nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists, are the leaders and generally the scorers for the Falcons, Friday night marked the coming out party for 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Sean Griffin. After missing most of his freshman season due to injury, Griffin finished the game with 17 points and a game high 15 rebounds.
"He's going to be a major factor for us because it gives us another weapon,' Dolton said. "He's great on the boards, he's quick. He's going to have a great year.'
McDevitt entered the season with questions as to who could be a complementary scorer to Long and for the first game of the season that question was answered by Amin Jackson who had a 23-point night.
"He's our second best player,' McDevitt coach Jack Rutter said. "We have two very good players.'
Defensively Phil-Mont was able to prevent McDevitt from getting into an offensive flow and made it difficult for the Lancers to get the baskets they needed particularly down the stretch in the fourth quarter.
"They did a good job of keeping us from up tempo,' Rutter said. "Jason Clark sprained his ankle, he couldn't play tonight. He's out for a week, missing him was big.'
Both the Lancers and the Falcons will be back in action tomorrow as the Phil-Mont will be playing in the final of the Lions tournament, while McDevitt will play in the consolation game.
Phil-Mont Christian (67)—M. Baldez 3 1-3 9; Dolton 9 7-9 28; Brandenberg 1 2-2 4; Griffin 8 1-2 17; N. Baldez 2 0-0 5; Byrd 2 0-0 4; Thorton 0 0-0 0; Arefaine 0 0-0 0; M. Steiger 0 0-0 0; E. Steiger 0 0-0 0; Totals 25 11-16 67
Bishop McDevitt (62)—Long 9 6-12 28; Jackson 1 0-0 2; Taylor 9 0-2 23; Bogans 2 1-3 5; Meakim 1 0-0 2; Burgess 1 0-0 2; Falbo 1 0-0 2; Total 24 7-17 62
Three-point goals: Dolton (4), Taylor (4), N. Baldez, M. Baldez (2), Long
Phil-Mont Christian 11 17 18 21—67
Bishop McDevitt 9 18 18 17—62