By Rob Potter
LIVINGSTON MANOR January 16, 2001 - The final couple of minutes in the third quarter of Friday nights Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V boys basketball game between Sullivan West/Delaware Valley and Livingston Manor looked like a three-point shot contest.
With 2:20 left in the period, SW/DVs Bill Reichmann hit a shot from beyond the arc to give the Eagles a 33-27 lead. A little over a minute later, teammate Matt Karkos swished a three-point bomb to boost the Eagle advantage to 38-29.
Manors Jason Kean converted a three ball with 25 seconds left to cut the SW/DV lead to 40-32. But Karkos answered Keans three pointer ten seconds later to give the Eagles a double-digit (43-32) advantage heading into the games final eight minutes.
Long-range shooting was one of the reasons visiting SW/DV (37, 11 Division V) was able to pull away from Manor (210, 03 Division V) for a 57-39 win.
Manor held a 17-13 lead at the end of the first quarter and a two-point advantage at the half, but SW/DVs all-around play allowed the Eagles to grab the lead and maintain it throughout the second half.
Their rebounding killed us, Manor coach Chris Hubert said of the Eagles, who happen to be coached by his father, John Hubert. And their man-to-man defense hurt us as well.
From the second quarter on, the
Eagles employed an aggressive man-to-man defense which slowed down the Manor offense. The Wildcats scored 17 points against the Eagles zone defense in the first eight minutes, but could only manage 22 points over the remaining three periods.
Switching defenses helped and in the second half we started to rebound pretty good, SW/DV coach John Hubert said. And we shot well in the third quarter. But defense and rebounding were the keys.
In addition to the aforementioned pair of three-point bombs he netted, Karkos scored eight additional points to finished the game with a team-best 14. Teammates Bill Reichmann and Dan Steele each added 11 points. Nine of Reichmanns points came from a trio of successful three-point shots.
The Manor offense was paced by Ryan Carlson (14 points), Kean (10 points) and Brian Will (seven points). Carlson, Kean and Will each swished a pair of three-pointers in the contest.
I cant fault our effort tonight, Chris Hubert commented. Our guys fought hard the whole game. We didnt give up.