Mt. Hebron’s hot start to the season got just a little bit better Thursday night, as the Vikings handed visiting Reservoir its first loss of the winter.
The Vikings got 15 points from Zach Andreas, along with 13 apiece from David Herlihy and Mark Smith, to provide the firepower needed to hold off the Gators down the stretch, 55-47. After losing by 18 points, 60-42, a day earlier to River Hill for the team’s first setback of the season, Mt. Hebron played like a team with renewed focus against Reservoir.
“Honestly, I told them that I trusted their character and I didn’t need to worry about how they were going to respond today,” Mt. Hebron coach Mike Linsenmeyer said. “They came out and proved me right and played incredibly hard. Reservoir made their runs, because they are a great team, but the guys responded and handled the pressure very well.”
Mt. Hebron, which trailed by two points after the first quarter, came out and scored the first seven points of the second period. Connor Maloney and Herlihy made lay-ups, followed by a 3-pointer by Smith to complete the run.
As it turned out, the Vikings would never trail again.
By halftime, the Mt. Hebron lead was up to 29-22 and it swelled to nine points late in the third quarter following a floater by Andreas. Reservoir made its runs, getting as close as two points with less than three minutes left in regulation following baskets by Kyle Reilly (13 points) and Seth Henry, but the Vikings found an answer every time.
In the final minute, for example, Smith hit a 3-pointer and Andreas scored four points of his own to turn a one-possession game into the final eight-point margin.
“We knew they were going to up the energy as the game went on and it was up to us to match that, especially me being a leader of the team,” said Andreas, who scored 10 of his points in the second half. “It was up to me to be one of the guys to step up and get the team going when things got close.”
The loss was the first of the winter for the Gators and Reservoir coach Mike Coughlan took all the blame afterward.
“The kids weren’t prepared and it was my fault,” Coughlan said. “This one is all one me.”
Mt. Hebron meanwhile is now 3-1 overall after winning just six games all of last year.
“It’s a big confidence booster, especially because it gives us a great chance to go into break above .500,” Andreas said.
Mt. Hebron 55, Reservoir 47
MH (2-1, 3-1): Andreas 15, Herlihy 13, M. Smith 13, Duan 7, Trapuzzano 3, A. Smith 2, Maloney 2.
Re (2-1, 2-1): Reilly 13, McDonald 13, Kearney 7, Henry 5, Reynolds 5, O’Hagan 4.
Half: 29-22 MH.
Hammond 68, Long Reach 62 OT
Andre McFadden scored a game-high 25 points to help lead the Golden Bears back from being down 10 points at the half to force overtime and eventually pull out the win.
In the loss, Long Reach got 21 points from Shane Barr and 18 points and 12 rebounds from Ron Carter.
Ha (1-2, 2-2): Allen 2, Coleman 9, Durra 6, Johnson 10, McFadden 25, Wallace 6, Wong 4, Wilcher 4. Moore 2.
LR (0-3, 1-3): Barr 21, Briscoe 2, Carter 18, Clark 6, Duckett 2, Lamar 11, Menusan 2.
Half: 25-15 LR.
Atholton 51, Howard 36
A (2-1, 2-1): Ballmer 11, Willis 11, Bernetti 10, Kwong 7, Kelly 4, Mason 4, Flemming 2, Purdue 2.
Ho (1-2, 1-2): Reyna 14, O’Malley 7, Avery 4, Shuart 3, Dargan 2, Noble 2, Perry 2, Savage 2.
Half: 25-21 A.