CB South scores 30 straight points to rout Quakertown
Any lingering effects from a stomach bug that had zapped Ryan Tagliamonte of his strength on Dec. 12 and 13 had all but disappeared by Friday night.
The Central Bucks South senior pumped in a season-high 20 points off the bench and the Titans ripped off 30 straight in the third and fourth quarters as CB South rolled to a 71-42 victory at Quakertown in a Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference contest.
“My job is to space out the floor, catch and shoot,” said Tagliamonte, who followed up a 15-point performance in a nonleague, 61-46 setback to Father Judge on Dec. 19 with perhaps his best showing of the year against the Panthers.
“Ryan Tagliamonte did a great job,” Titans head coach Jason Campbell praised. “I told him before the game, ‘You have to be my zone buster tonight.’ Last night, he came in and knocked down four threes; tonight, he had another four. He’s shooting the ball well, and he’s coming off a stomach virus. He’s healthy now and we’re glad to have him back.”
Tagliamonte and classmates Bryce Dobisch and Paul Weeks led a second-half surge. The Titans outscored the Panthers, 42-18, after intermission and remarkably went on a 30-0 run that was finally halted by Quakertown more than halfway through the fourth quarter.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in a 30-0 run, especially with some of the athletes that I have,” Panthers head coach Kevin Keeler said. “Give South credit. They’re intense; they’re in your face. They guard you every minute of the game. We missed foul shots; we were tired and they put it to us, but I was very proud after what we did last night against Pennridge (a 71-41 loss). We didn’t play well, so it was good [to come out with a solid] first half [against the Titans].”
Quakertown trailed by five, 29-24, at the break. Juniors Jake Perrine and Kevin Norvasis combined to score half the Panthers’ points in the first half. Junior 6’4” forward Lucas Schan provided a physical presence inside, but any momentum Quakertown had as the players departed for the locker room vanished early in the second half. Weeks registered two three-point plays. Tagliamonte, after hitting three three-pointers in the first 16 minutes, drained another in the third. The Titans began to click offensively and defensively, much to the delight of Campbell.
“I don’t remember us ever [going on] a 30-0 run,” he said. “This might be the first time in history. We’ve had some pretty good teams in the past. The difference between tonight and last night was really playing quality defense and being patient offensively because last night we struggled.”
Not Friday night. With the game well in hand, Campbell emptied his bench, playing 12 athletes in all. And all came down with at least one rebound and all but two managed to find the scoring column. Although Tagliamonte was the high man – he also went six for six from the line – Dobisch stepped up with 13 points and Weeks contributed 11 and a team-high seven rebounds.
Griffin Schmidt led the Panthers with 18 points, and he, too, was perfect (six for six) from the charity stripe. Perrine didn’t score in the second half, but his seven points were good for second on the team. Norvasis, who returned only two weeks ago from a broken ankle, ripped down a team-high four boards.
“He’s come a long way,” Keeler said of Schmidt. “He’s our point guard and not too many sophomores play at the point for me, so it’s a great learning experience for him. He’s a building block for the future.”
Quakertown has plenty of building blocks, but Keeler hopes to see improvement.
“We’re young, but we have to get better,” he said.
The Panthers slipped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the SOL Continental. CB South moved to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
“This should be the jumpstart, and we have to keep on moving with this,” Campbell said of his club’s latest victory. “It can’t be win a game and come out the next time and we’re a different team.”
Campbell called his squad “unselfish,” citing players like Tagliamonte, who may prefer to start but are content in their roles for the better of the team.
“If he (Tagliamonte) can continue to give me 15 or 20 off the bench, we’re going to have a great season,” Campbell said.
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