In a game that saw both teams combine to hoist 63 3-pointers, Hanover utilized the deep ball for 24 of its first 26 points in a 59-48 win against Harrisburg Academy.
Kyle Krout started off the game by hitting his first three 3-point attempts and went on to finish with seven 3-pointers and a team-high 29 points. Teammate Hunter Martz hit four 3-pointers of his own, and Will McQueen added another to give the Nighthawks an even dozen for the game as they took advantage of the Spartans zone defense.
“We wanted to attack the zone," Hanover coach Nathan Myers said. "We did at times, but we sort of fell in love with the jump shot ... especially in the first half.”
Harrisburg Academy star Jalen Gabbidon drained four 3-pointers, including a couple from NBA distance, on his way to finishing with a game-high 30 points. He also had two fast break dunks that excited the crowd. He gave the Spartans their last lead of the game on a free throw in the third quarter before the Nighthawks quickly regained the lead and began pulling away.
“We knew coming in that he was gonna demand a lot of our attention,” Myers said. “I thought Will McQueen did a very good job trying to contain him, and he made him work for a lot of his shots."
Gabbidon appeared headed for his third dunk of the game as he chased down a loose ball with his team trailing by four points with three minutes to go, but Martz dived on the ball and Hanover called a timeout. Martz later scored, forcing Harrisburg to start fouling and extend the margin of an otherwise close contest.
“We still have things we need to work on and improve," Myers said. "I think they showed us some of those things we need to work on."
Harrisburg Academy (48)
Jalen Gabbidon 10 6-8 30, Noah Sweeney 5 0-0 10, Pastor 1 2-4-4, Shea 2 0-0 4 Totals — 18 8-12 48.
Kyle Krout 10 2-3 29, Hunter Martz 5 1-2 15, Will McQueen 1 8-12 11, Hill 1 0-0 2, Bowman 1 0-0 2. Totals — 18 11-17 59.
Harrisburg Academy _ 17 _ 13 _ 12 _ 6 _ — _ 48
Hanover _ 20 _ 15 _ 12 _ 12 _ — _ 59
3-point goals — Harrisburg Academy 4 (Gabbidon 4), Hanover 12 (Krout 7, Martz 4, McQueen 1).
JV — Hanover won.