Bucks County Herald

Bensalem stops streaking CB South

DON LEYPOLDT

Ward Roberts’ lay-up midway through the fourth quarter started a seven-point Bensalem run on Tuesday night against Central Bucks South (7-3).

In a game otherwise largely devoid of runs, the Owls’ lead widened to 54-46, a margin too much for the Titans to overcome in Bensalem’s (5-5) 59-53 home win.

“They were quick,” CB South senior guard Nate Robinson said. “Their two best players (Roberts and Taco Douglas) are also their best defenders, so it’s hard to get in the paint with them.”

“What we can take away from this is, on the defensive side, we need to do a better job of boxing out from all five guys,” CB South head coach Jason Campbell reflected. “We had been pretty good with that, but tonight, not so much.”

Owl offensive rebounds and second-chance points were problematic for CB South.

CB South had won four in a row coming into Lower Bucks.

The Titans and Owls traded baskets with CB South leading 15-14 at the end of the first quarter on Ian McCaw’s jumper.

“When it keeps going back and forth like that, you just need one big play,” McCaw felt. “A charge or to make a run.”

A McCaw bucket off of an inbound, a Tommy Kuypers putback and Brady Prezelski’s bucket off of a loose ball widened the Titans lead to 23-16.

“I was just practicing post moves,” said McCaw, whose 17 points paced CB South. “The guy wouldn’t take away my left, so I kept going to it and it kept working.”

The Owls reclaimed the lead at 24-23; Robinson ended the first-half scoring with a three-pointer.

Robinson hit another three with 1:15 remaining in the third quarter to give CB South its last lead at 40-39.

“I think I should have been more aggressive this game,” Robinson offered. “I wasn’t getting my drives to the hole that easily. I tried to get everyone involved to see if anyone could create something.”

CB South got as close as a 47-46 deficit before Roberts, the game-high scorer with 21, started that final Owls run.

“We were a little lethargic,” Campbell pointed out. “On the offensive side of things, we put up enough points to win the game, but we could have been more efficient. We scored sometimes on tough shots, be it from the outside or a drive. If we could have played like we did in the first few possessions of the first quarter, where we moved the ball forward and got most of our shots in the interior, we probably would have had more success.”

Both clubs left points on the board from the foul line; each shot below 50 percent from the charity stripe.

CB South fell to Lincoln, 70-69, on Dec. 28. Had they won, the Titans would have carried a seven-game winning streak into Bensalem. After rebounding with a 57-51 win over Holy Ghost Prep, CB South opened the 2018 calendar year with double-digit wins over Pottstown and William Tennent, sandwiching a 46-40 “W” over archrival Central Bucks West in between.

“We’ve been playing our basketball and moving the ball,” said junior center McCaw, who has averaged double-figure points since the Lincoln game. “No one has been taking one-on-ones. We keep passing.”

“This year, we have really good team chemistry,” added Robinson, who tallied 13 points on Tuesday and has averaged 15 over his last half-dozen games. “With hanging out with the guys and bonding, it’s really clicking on the court for us.”

Kuypers matched Robinson’s 13 points against Bensalem while handing out three assists. The junior swing has also averaged double-digit points in CB South’s last six contests.

“It’s a good balance of guys who want to play defense and you have a few guys who can score, so there is not a heavy load on one or two players,” Campbell assessed. “Ian has done a great job of stepping up and giving us scoring in the post. The chemistry seems to be stronger. There seems to be more balance in sharing the ball.”

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