Josiah Jordan scored a team-high 25 points to lead Berks Catholic to an 80-64 victory over Muhlenberg in a Berks Conference crossover game Thursday night at Wolf Gymnasium.
Edwin Suarez scored 11 points in the opening quarter to help give Muhlenberg an 18-17 lead.
Berks Catholic made some defensive adjustments during the first break in an attempt to limit Suarez’s productivity.
“We switched players on him and put Aron Reinhart on him,” Berks Catholic coach Snip Esterly said. “He was a little quicker and stronger than Aidan Sands. We tried to ask him to do deny Suarez the ball and make him work as hard as possible.”
The Saints (6-2 Berks I, 13-2) scored the first 12 points of the second quarter to change the momentum.
The Muhls (6-2 Berks II, 11-4) called a timeout with 4:41 left. Suarez scored quickly on a breakaway layup. Berks Catholic was able to keep Suarez out of the paint most of the quarter, and Muhlenberg scored just six points.
“Mostly we tried to keep him out of the paint,” Jordan said. “Playing him on the outside definitely helped. If we let him inside more we would have been in trouble but it all played out well in the end.”
Berks Catholic closed the second quarter with a Jordan layup as time expired to take a 35-24 lead.
Jordan scored nine in the third quarter to extend the Saints’ lead to 60-45. His all-around play led to a 25-point third quarter for the Saints.
“Sometimes what we do is stand and watch JJ,” Esterly said. “And what we got to understand is JJ can do his thing but we have to make sure we’re moving and getting everyone involved. Tonight he hit some open guys, which was great, and we were able to hit 9-of-10 3s as a team.”
Berks Catholic scored 20 in the fourth to put it away.
“We knew what we had to do and we’ve been a team that’s been iffy coming out of the half,” Jordan said. “So I contributed and so did my teammates driving and kicking, creating open shots is what I like to do.”
Suarez finished with a team-high 27 points for Muhlenberg. Jack Miller made three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Saints.
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