‘Sky is the limit'

| 29 Sep 2011 | 10:32

DV gets past Stroudsburg, By Nick Troiano The Delaware Valley Boys’ Basketball team moved their record up to 2-0 on Monday with their first home win of the season against Stroudsburg, 54-49. According to several team members, the Warriors knew that the game would be a close one against Stroudsburg, a team that is favored to win their conference. “They were even more than what we expected,” commented the new DV head varsity coach, Kris Holzer. Despite that, the team wound up winning by five points due to the many adjustments they made during the game. Senior, Tyler Trudgeon opened up the scoring for Delaware Valley in the first quarter and scored six points. Though the quarter ended with Stroudsburg trailing by three, 10-13, the Warriors’ lead ended with about three minutes left in the second, with the score tied at 19-19. Stroudsburg pulled ahead for a briefly, but TJ Reese, who filled in for senior Pat Smith due to a knee injury, pulled the Warriors ahead to 23-21 shortly before the half. With only a few seconds remaining on the clock, Stroudsburg tied the score 23-23. Ryan Murphy reentered the game in the second half after being pulled by Holzer, after fouling three times in the first two quarters. Murphy scored his first field goal during this time, and by the end of the game he led the Warriors with fifteen points. Coach Holzer commented that many things were adjusted during their halftime break and it helped during the second half. DelVal both began and ended the third quarter with 3 point shots coming from juniors Jacinto Russo and TJ Reese, respectively. At the sound of the third quarter buzzer, Stroudsburg managed to put up an additional two points bringing the score to 35-33. The score was tied again during the fourth quarter, but the lead for the Warriors, which they held for the rest of the game, was taken junior Corey Ellis on a foul shot. Only one minute was left, but Murphy added six points to the score within that time. A foul shot by TJ Resse was the game final scoring as it ended, 54-49. After the final buzzer, Trudgeon commented that he thought they were going to struggle given what was happening in the first half, but he said that the team really picked it up in the second. Murphy attributed much of the night’s success to their defense. Trudgeon added that “Reese did an excellent job stepping in for Pat Smith tonight.” Reese admitted he was nervous coming off the bench for Smith and was happy with the team’s performance. Smith was expected to be back in action for their next home game which was Wednesday. Holzer said that “we are working day in and day out,” and that the “sky is the limit” for the team this season.