UNION CITY — Whatever routine Cambridge Springs had at the halftime break, the Blue Devils should continue it. Out of the stoppage, the Devils were unstoppable, scoring the first 11 points to roll past Union City.
On Wednesday night at the Bears’ Den, Cambridge Springs solidified its spot atop the Region 3 standings with a 53-35 win over Union City.
“It was a tale of two halves,” said Cambridge Springs head coach Becky Leandro.
Cambridge Springs, now the lone undefeated team in region play, improves to 8-2 overall and 3-0 in Region 3. Union City drops to 6-5 on the year and 3-1 in the region.
“It’s a learning experience. We don’t play against too many teams with that kind of height and length,” said Union City head coach Shawn Thompson. “Hopefully we’ll be ready for them next time.”
Out of the gate, the teams matched each other shot for shot.
The Spa’s Lance Welker and Union City’s Cole DeSimone traded 3-pointers.
Trent Wheeler and Keegan Hornaman each had four points and Cambridge Springs took a 13-12 lead after one quarter.
In the second quarter, defense proved to be the key as the shots stopped falling. However, with 3:45 left in the half, Welker stepped up and fired a trey to break a 15-15 tie for the Spa.
Nathan Held added a layup and Matt Andrews hit a free throw to extend the Blue Devils’ lead to 21-15 at the half.
Things got even better for the Spa in the third.
“In the first half, we weren’t getting the ball past the foul line,” said Leandro. “We were trying to run our offense from three-quarter court.
“When we got foul line extended, we got our passes. And when we got our passes, we got moving and we had open shots then.”
Andrews buried a knockdown trey to start the second half.
Then a few Bears turnovers led to easy hoops inside for the Devils’ big guys Trent Wheeler, Jaden Shinsky and Held.
“Their length is real tough to deal with,” said Thompson. “They were able to get inside on us a little more.”
Just like that the Blue Devils lead went from 21-15 to 32-15.
“Our personnel didn’t change. It was the same five players in there and they just woke up,” said Leandro.
Shinsky and Welker both drove the lane and were rewarded with and-1 layups to boost the lead to 43-20. It was a 22-5 run for the Blue Devils in the third.
DeSimone tried to will the Bears back with a pair of triples to open the fourth, but the lead was too vast. He ended the game leading all scorers with 14 points.
“DeSimone was shooting it alright,” laughed Thompson. “He needed a good game and he had one. So that was good for us.”
Also for Union City, Keegan Hornaman scored 11.
For Cambridge, Welker led with 13 points. Held contributed 11 off the bench. Both Shinsky and Wheeler had nine points.
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