Entering an elimination tournament with a team that depends on jump shooting can be dangerous if the team's shooting goes cold. Cold shooting was a part of the equation that ended Lower Moreland's season in the first round of PIAA Class AAA playoff against Pottsville. The Crimson Tide handed the Lions its 11th and final loss of the season, 58-38.
"It's a tough way to go out, you don't want to lose by 20,' Lower Moreland coach Seth Baron said. "They had a couple really strong players and you've got to give them credit.'
Lower Moreland started the game the way it would have liked as the game was only a two-point game at the end of the first quarter. The problem for the Lions in the first quarter was the Crimson Tide was able to expose the one glaring mismatch they had on the floor. Forward Eli Nabholz scored seven of Pottsville's 10 first quarter points. Nabholz finished the game with a game high 25 points.
"Nabholz does a phenomenal job of making space for himself,' Baron said. "He's got a nice light touch, we knew we were going to have a battle and a half down there.'
As Nabholz was getting good, close looks at the basket, Lower Moreland kept launching jump shots due in part to Pottsville clogging up the paint, but shooting jumpers is not something the Lions fear.
"We're a really good three-point shooting team,' Baron said. "I thought the shots we got, we liked. They were in our wheelhouse. We can make them, tonight they didn't fall.'
With Nabholz giving Lower Moreland headaches inside, it gave the Crimson Tide opportunities to kick the ball out and get some good looks for their shooters like Travis Blankenhorn.
"Blankenhorn, we held him to zero in the first and all he did was come back and score  in the second,' Barron said. "[Nabholz] is a great passer, he kicked it out. The couple times we made one of the other guys hit a three, they knocked down two or three, threes from what we would say are their secondary players.'
With a young team and a season that ended with a trip to the state playoffs, not only is the current season a success, but the future of Lower Moreland basketball looks to be in good shape as well.
"I can't think of anything but success this season,' Baron said. "This year was a great season, not good to end this way, but we're happy with getting as far as we did, we wish we could go further, but not this year.'
Lower Moreland (38)—N. Cerutti 3 2-2 9; Zoubrouis 5 4-4 14; Madden 2 0-0 4; Duffy 2 0-0 4; Fazio 0 0-0 0; Millan 0 0-0 0; Rhoads 0 0-0 0; M. Cerutti 2 1-2 5; Smolda 0 0-0 0; Titus 1 0-0 2; totals 15 7-8 38
Pottsville (58)—Hinchliffe 1 0-0 2; Painter 3 0-0 8; Blankenhorn 7 2-2 18; Toomey 0 0-0 0; Melochick 2 0-0 5; Nabholz 9 6-8 25; totals 22 8-10 58
Three-point goals: N. Cerutti, Painter 2, Blankenhorn 2, Melochick, Nabholz
Lower Moreland 8 11 6 13—38
Pottsville 10 23 16 9—58