Heading into the game, several question marks surrounded the depleted Explorer team. Who would step up? How would they play without arguably their most reliable point scorer? Who would lead the offense. Those questions were quickly answered in the first quarter as the Explorers jumped out to a 10-3 lead over the GA Patriots. The quick-footed Explorers continued to pick apart the Patriots' zone. At no point during the game was Germantown Academy able to piece together a run. After the first quarter ended 17-9, that would be as close as GA would be able to get. The Explorers led by as much as 18 and in every way shut down the Patriots' stars. Colgate commit Sam Lindgren didn't score until late until the third quarter and would only end with two points. The only source of points for the Patriots was fellow senior Tim Guers who would finish with 19.
Germantown Academy had the opportunity to make this a much closer and interesting game than it ended up being. Through the first half, the Patriot's shot 2-for-14 from the charity stripe. That right there is 12 points thrown away. The team ended the game shooting 9-for-25 from the foul line.
The Explorers ended up putting together a true team effort. By the end of the game, eight different Explorers scored, and four ended in double figures. Senior guard Sean Witherspoon put together quite a display going for 12 points and six assists. No Patriots defender was able to keep him in check and he had little issue getting to the rim. Junior forward Ryan McTamney showed how big of a threat he can be on the outside, going 3-for-3 from beyond in the third quarter. Junior Shane Stark was a monster on the boards finishing with seven rebounds and 11 points. Senior guard also hit two threes en route to his second straight double figure game.
This win was a statement win for the Explorers. It showed how much depth they truly have and how versatile their offense can be. A lot of teams are sleeping on the Explorers, but they are a proven team with some of the best talent and coaching in the state. You can only imagine what the game would have been like with seniors Dave Krmpotich and Najee Walls.
The Explorers move on to play another very good team in Pennsbury High School in the Coaches vs Cancer Classic at Cheltenham High School. Tip off is set for 4:15 pm.