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.