Manchester Valley boys basketball coach Bernie Koontz wanted his team to prove a point against host Hereford Wednesday night.

MV’s coach hoped the Mavericks could put together a solid performance after opening the season with three straight losses, but they had trouble scoring points again.


Manchester Valley went through prolonged dry spells and some erratic play as Hereford cruised to a 58-38 victory.

“We need to execute better on the offensive end,” said Koontz, whose team shot 35 percent from the field, including 3-for-14 from 3-point range. “We are not moving the ball very well offensively. We have some work to do. We have some good pieces to the puzzle, but right now they are not clicking.”

Hereford coach Jim Rhoads said a huge key to beating Manchester Valley (0-4) was limiting the offense production of 6-foot-1 senior shooting guard Bo Schene, one of Carroll County’s top players.

Schene scored 27 and 28 points in a pair of victories over the Bulls last season, but Hereford (3-1) limited him to a season-low 15 points Wednesday.

“I thought we played really good defense on Bo,” said Rhoads, noting the three players who guarded Schene in Carter Frazier, Will Reider, and Grafton Griffey. “Our goal was to shut him down.”

Manchester Valley couldn’t slow down Hereford’s sharpshooting junior guard Mark Suchy, who scored a season-high 18 points. He hit four 3-pointers. Mason Greenspan and Brock Moritz had 10 points each for the Bulls.

“Mark shot the ball much better than he had been shooting it,” Rhoads said of Suchy. “Overall, he played a very good game. He scored inside and rebounded well.”

Hereford coach Jim Rhoads talks about stopping Manchester Valley guard Bo Schene.

Hereford jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first 4:27 as Greenspan capped the stretch with a 3-pointer. The Bulls extended their lead to 15-4 with 1:48 remaining on Reider’s 10-foot jumper.

Koontz called a timeout after that basket. He must not have liked what he saw from his team then and in the first quarter overall.

Manchester Valley was 2-for-11 from the field.

Schene scored all of his team’s points in the period — they came on a pair of free throws and layup. Manchester Valley trailed 15-5 at the end of the period.

The Mavericks cut the lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter on Brett DeWees’ 3-pointer. But the game started to quickly get away from the visitors.

Hereford went ahead 24-10 on an 8-0 run, which Troy Tuveson highlighted with four points. Man Valley cut the lead to 24-16 late in the quarter on Schene’s coast-to-coast layup.

The Bulls, however, closed the quarter with a 6-0 run to make it 30-16 — the halftime score.


Things only got worse for the Mavericks in the third quarter.

After Manchester Valley hit its first shot, a Thomas Murray jumper, the Mavericks missed their next seven.

Dayne Koontz’s 3-pointer — his second of the game — was one of the few positives in the quarter for the Mavs, who trailed 43-23 at the end of it.

Hereford went on another run to start the final quarter, outscoring the Mavericks 9-2 in the first two minutes.

“Their runs killed us,” Dayne Koontz said.

Manchester Valley (38): Bo Schene 15, Johnathan MacGregor 2, Dayne Koontz 6, Ryan Brown 2, Hunter Olshefski 2, Thomas Murray 2, Kacy Montgomery 2, Brett DeWees 3, Justin Shipley 4.

Hereford (58): Mason Greenspan 10, Will Reider 2, Grafton Griffy 4, Mark Suchy 18, Brock Moritz 10, Dylan Moritz 4, David Staub 4, Troy Tuveson 6.

Halftime: Hereford, 30-16.