CB South earns win at CB West
Most contending teams have one star they can count on to step up when needed.
Central Bucks South, as it turns out, may have two. In seniors Matt Scamuffo and Bryce Dobisch, the Titans are blessed with a pair of quality guards who can carry the offensive load.
The tandem did just that Tuesday night at Central Bucks West. Dobisch and Scamuffo combined for 35 points, nearly all of which the Titans needed to hold off the Bucks by a 45-40 score.
“Our team’s unselfish,” Titans head coach Jason Campbell said. “We do have two guys who can put the ball in the basket.”
Dobisch did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 14 of his squad’s 17 points in that span, while going five for eight from the floor. Even so, it wasn’t enough to keep the Bucks at bay, as a late running jumper by Jared Kelly gave CB West a one-point advantage at intermission.
But that was before Scamuffo found his rhythm, and once he did, the Titans began to roll. He dropped in eight of his 14 points in the third quarter, which helped CB South grab a four-point advantage going into the final eight minutes of action.
“He was telling us to stay aggressive,” Scamuffo said about his coach.
While Scamuffo was getting hot, the Bucks were falling into a cold spell. They failed to hit a shot from the floor for about seven minutes of game action in the second half and wound up shooting under 20 percent for the game. CB West was also hampered by turnovers in the first three quarters, as it committed 17 in the first 24 minutes.
The result was a deficit that got as large as 38-25 in the final period. Dobisch nailed his last of five three-pointers early in the frame on his way to 21 points, while junior forward Sean Gallagher had five of his seven in the fourth coming off the bench.
“I just came out and I was really just feeling it tonight,” said Dobisch, who is considering heading to Juniata College for basketball. “I just made my shots, and everyone was passing me the ball and it worked really well.”
Just when the Titans looked to be sailing, though, the Bucks made a final push. Senior forward Evan Dunn hit a follow-up shot while being fouled, and classmate guard/forward Patrick Kelley hit a three-pointer and added another basket late to help close the gap. Meanwhile, the Titans began getting sloppy with their passing and shot selection and wound up turning the ball over nine times in the fourth quarter.
Before it was over, the Bucks had the lead down to four points with the ball. But with under 5 seconds remaining, sophomore guard Luke Irons, who had six points, couldn’t finish a tough basket that would have cut the CB South advantage to two, and that pretty much wrapped things up.
“West isn’t going to give up,” Campbell said. “Our bench just has to be a little more physical.
“We know what they bring,” he added. “They’re a physical team.”
“The thing that really hurt us was we missed a lot of makeable shots,” CB West head coach Adam Sherman said.
Leading scorer and starting senior guard and co-captain Kyle Salvitti went down with a shoulder injury in the first quarter, which left the Bucks having to rely on others to deliver points. Kelly, the other captain, led the way with 13 points, while Kelley added 10 and Dunn four more.
CB West, however, was unable to maintain any offensive consistency throughout the night.
Sherman, though, was pleased with the defensive effort his team delivered. Prior to the game, that end of the floor had been the primary concern of the coaching staff, but the Bucks held the Titans to under 40 percent shooting and came away with 16 turnovers.
“If we continue to hold teams to the low 40s, we’re going to be very successful,” Sherman said.
The loss dropped CB West to 6-4 on the year and 2-2 in the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference. Next up for the Bucks is a Friday night visit from North Penn, while the Titans will play the same day against Souderton.
“I think we’re progressing on defense a lot more,” Scamuffo said. “With our full team, I think we play really well together.”
CB South improved to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the SOL Continental with the victory.
“I think we’re looking good,” Dobisch said. “I think we’re going to pull out a big year this year.”
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