By James Evans
Junior Josh Phillips had 20 points and four assists, as the South Hunterdon Eagles (4-1) rebounded to claim a 67-52 win over the Voorhees Vikings on Monday night at home. Along with fellow junior Brennan Carey (11 points, seven rebounds, three assists), Phillips kept South out in front for much of the game.
Getting out to a fast start in the first half, the Eagles led at halftime by a 37-27 margin, spearheaded by Phillips’ 4-for-4 effort from three-point range and senior John Conlon’s six rebounds. Finishing the game with five points and seven boards, Conlon played some of his finest basketball of the season, as he excelled on both ends of the court. When asked about his performance, Conlon said, “We knew it was a comeback game going in. Having to take a tough loss like that at home (against New Hope-Solebury) was rough for us to take. Everybody knew that we had to come out and play, and we did just that.”
Also with seven rebounds was senior Devon Troutman, who had 10 points in the victory over the Vikings, who were coached by a South Hunterdon graduate, Sparkey Nanni. In regards to coming back to his alma mater, Nanni said, “It’s always great to come back and play in this exciting environment.” With the music, the cheers and the player chatter, it certainly was an “exciting environment” in a game that South Hunterdon truly needed.
The win for South Hunterdon moved them to 1-1 with the absence of senior guard Jake Whitaker. With a few days off until their next game, Whitaker is expected to start to work back into practice and might be ready to go Jan. 7 against Delaware Valley. In the meantime, South has a few days off until they take on the Somerset Tech Jaguars (1-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be the Eagles’ first game on the road this season.