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Wednesday, December 23, 2009


There was a heck of a Central League game played Wednesday between Strath Haven and Springfield.

It featured more turnovers (34) than made baskets (29). It featured an eight-point lead - in favor of the host Springfield - that turned into a one-point deficit. Check out Thursday's Daily Times for the game story, but here's A Closer Look at Wednesday's unsung stars:

Omar Randall – 10 points, 5 rebounds. While the junior forward didn't give the Panthers the lead for good, he hit the free throw with 62 seconds to go that represented the Panthers' final point. He was the silent difference-maker.
Pat Fisher – 8 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 3 rebounds. The senior guard penetrated the lane, put the ball on his hip and put up a layup that helped Haven hold onto its lead late in the fourth. He showed some grit.

Adam Washington – 11 rebounds, 6 offensive. Although quiet on the scoreboard, the junior forward made his impression on the game off the glass. Coach Kevin McCormick believes the Cougars will be a different (read stronger) team when Washington starts scoring. I think McCormick's right.
Zack DeVito – 7 points, 7 steals, 4 assists. The junior guard was willing to grab the ball and shoot it when no one else was. That can go a long way for the Cougars, who shot 29 percent.



****Haverford School, which beat Marple Newtown, 68-60, is off to its best start in four seasons. Hard to believe, considering the Fords (6-3) started the year with three straight defeats.
****Penn Wood, which lost to St. Frances (Md.), 63-61, at the City of Palms Classic, lost three of its four games down in Ft. Myers, Fla. Those three losses came by a combined five points. Keep in mind that last year, when they won the state title, they lost only four times. Tough breaks for the Pats.
****Chester's Mo Nelson had 38 points on six 3-pointers, seven shots within the arc and a 6-for-7 showing at the free-throw line. It's only Game 4, and Mo's already heating up.

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