Thursday, February 28, 2013

BOYS BASKETBALL: Upper Moreland sets down Octorara

Upper Moreland made a good argument toward the end of season and in the quarterfinals that it is much better than its 12-11 record suggests. The Bears made it a fact in the semifinals.

Led by Matt Kohn’s 28 points, Upper Moreland downed Cinderella eighth-seed Octorara 60-55. The Bears never flinched as the Braves constantly brought the game to within five, using clutch shooting, rebounding and defense to propel themselves into the district final at Villanova.

“It’s a great feeling,” Kohn said. “I think we have the upper edge [in the final] because we are playing really good basketball right now. It’s all about experience; we were in this tournament last year and we’ve been in a lot of close games this year. We did a good job tonight.”

Octorara had just come off upsetting No.1 seeded Holy Ghost Prep and were high on confidence, while the No. 4 Upper Moreland entered the semis with a 20-point win over Pottstown in the quarterfinals under its belt. It was interesting to see whether or not the Braves would keep rolling or have a big-win hangover, but coach Brian Corrado and the Bears could not have cared less either way.

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