Brady leads Delone Catholic past Hanover
Delone Catholic coach Lawrence Williams discusses the team's 65-55 win over Hanover Tuesday. It was the Squires' first win over the Nighthawks since 2012-13. Matt Allibone
It may have been his first win against his team's biggest rival, but Lawrence Williams wasn't celebrating Tuesday night.
The third-year Delone Catholic coach had just watched the Squires rally past Hanover for a 65-55 road win, the school's first victory over the Nighthawks since the 2012-13 season. But with the Squires (1-2) still under .500 and league play just getting started, Williams said he had little time to enjoy it.
"I'm going to go home tonight and watch film, I'm not celebrating or popping bottles," Williams said. "It's just a win, this doesn't make or break our season. I want them to be happy about the win but we have bigger fish fry."
Williams' calm attitude afterward didn't the reflect the pace of Tuesday's game at all. The Squires and Nighthawks went back-and-forth for most of the evening, with Hanover leading at halftime before Delone Catholic took control in the second half. The Squires went on an 18-2 run that lasted from the end of the third to the middle of the fourth and essentially put the game away.
The catalyst for Delone was sophomore guard Evan Brady, who scored 15 points in the second half to finish with 23 on the night. The sophomore showed off impressive range and an ability to get to the basket, opening the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and 3-point play on consecutive possessions.
"We've been waiting for him," Williams said. "It was nice to see him step up and really get after it. And he needed that boost of confidence."
Brady, who played the game with a large bandage above one eye after getting elbowed in the face during a game last Friday, said the win meant "a little bit more" than usual because it came against Hanover.
"Two years in a row without getting a win over Hanover, it feels good," Brady said. "My teammates were getting me involved, setting screens and looking for me off of the drive. And they just had confidence in me."
On the other side, the Nighthawks were unable to sustain a fast shooting start that put them up by four at the break. Hanover seemed to struggle with Delone's speed at times and were out-rebounded in the second half.
"We fell in love with the jump-shot in the first half. The jump-shot is good when it goes it, and the second half it didn't go in," Hanover coach Nate Myers said. "I thought tonight what hurt us was our inability to defend and rebound. That's going to be a recipe for disaster so that's two things we have to work on."