From the “sometimes you can’t pick ’em” file, I was at Bonner-Prendergast Friday night to see the Friars struggle to get anything going offensively in a 50-38 loss to a West Catholic team that was only slightly less ineffective.
While the Friars scored 38 points as a team, three players in the county scored 32 points by themselves: Cardinal O’Hara’s Andrew Louden, Chichester’s Derrick Welles and Delco Christian’s Henry Miller. (Side note: I know quantity isn’t always quality, and Bonner-Prendie does put on a good show, so there was a cool atmosphere at the school against West Friday.)
To put that into perspective, those totals tie for the second-highest single-game point production in Delco this season. Delco players had turned in seven 30-point games all season in the first five weeks of the season … and then three Friday.
(The others: Three from Penn Wood’s Malik Jackson, including tallies of 31, 32 and 34; Upper Darby’s Torey Green scored 34 against Simon Gratz; Radnor’s Nick Kelly supplied 31 vs. Ridley; Academy Park’s Travis Smith, who put up 30 against Cardinal O’Hara; and Marple Newtown’s Nick Giordano, who poured in 30 against Mariana Bracetti.)
Each of Friday’s 32-point outbursts was remarkable in its own way, and each led his team to a win.
Louden, whose previous high games this year were 20 and 14 points and who was averaging 11 points per game, hit six 3-pointers. He was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line, including 9-for-9 in the fourth quarter as O’Hara outscored Archbishop Ryan, 24-16, that frame for a 68-22 win. Louden had been shooting 76.7 percent from the line.
It’s O’Hara’s first win in the Catholic League, and in a difficult road environment, to boot.
Much like Louden, Welles did most of his damage from the line in Chichester’s 63-51 win over Moyer Academy. Welles, though, left a well-worn path to the free-throw line, going 23-for-30 at the charity stripe.
Moyer, which committed 26 fouls, sent Chichester to the line 49 times, the Eagles converting 33 of them. That’s a slightly better shooting percentage (67.3) than their 62.1 season average coming in. The charity stripe prowess is a good sign for Chi, which entered Friday with the second most free-throw attempts in the county at 269, trailing only Episcopal Academy (309, though in four more games).
Welles’ recent play bodes well for the Eagles. He’s had his four biggest point outputs this season in the last six games – 18 against Marple Newtown, 21 against Academy Park, 17 against Interboro and the 32-point evening. The Eagles, not coincidentally, have won three of those four games after a 1-7 start to the season.
Miller was on fire Friday, hitting 13 field goals, including four 3s, against Morrisville in an 89-44 DC win. (Not to pile on, but those 13 field goals were one more than Bonner-Prendie.) By my measure, that ends a six-game losing streak for DC, though I can’t really be sure since the reporting of games has been spotty.
The game was actually close at the half, just a five-point margin. Delco Christian outscored Morrisville by a remarkable 52-12 margin in the second half.
From the games that I have this season, I have Miller with games of 28, 27 and two of 26, but this is the first time over the 30-point threshold.