by Corey Blitzer
Over this past week the Upper Dublin boys basketball team has had two key conference games, and one non-conference game. On Friday January 19, Upper Dublin took on long time rival Wissahickon. Going into this game Wissahickon had a decent amount of confidence after knocking off Norristown on the road. The Flying Cardinals however would have none of that taking care of the Trojans by the score of 53-43. The game featured many ties, and back n’ forth play, but down the stretch the Flying Cards were able to get the job done. On Tuesday January 13, Upper Dublin hit the road to take on conference foe Springfield. The Card’s had no trouble stretching the Spartans three game losing streak to four as they got the victory with ease winning by 20, 58-38.
The Flying Cards returned home the next day on January 14 as they took on Spring-Ford in a nonconference matchup. The Rams got the best of the cards continuing their dominance in non-conference play winning by a score of 60-44. Spring-Ford had four players score in double digits while shooting a lights out 60% from the field. Although the Cards lost a tough one there was a little light shinning on junior forward Simeon Fryer who was a dominant force on the offensive end scoring a game high 18 points.
The Flying Cards then returned home on January 16 to take on conference opponent Norristown. Upper Dublin’s game plan going into the game was simple, attack the basket and then kick it out to an open player for a clean look. This lead to a game high 26 points form John Barrett and 5-5 from the field. He also added in 3 three pointers, and teammate Matt Thompson had a healthy 12 points. The Cards leading scorer Simeon Fryer got sick at half time, and the Upper Dublin bench had to step up. Phil Santerian and Gary Fields provided that lift by scoring 9 and 3 points. With those big contributions the Cards got the 62-53 win as they improve to 10-4 and 7-1 in conference play staying tied with Plymouth Whitemarsh for first place.
Overall, I’d say its been a pretty good week for the Upper Dublin boys basketball team as they went 3-1 with key conference wins over rival Wissahickon, long time foe Springfield and Norristown. The only loss of the week came to Spring-Ford in a non-conference game. Up next for the Flying Cards is a non-conference game against Hatboro-Horsham, and two conference games against Cheltenham and Upper Moreland.