vs. Berkshire School
|Date:||December 5, 2018|
Salisbury Falls to Berkshire
Salisbury traveled up Route 41 on Wednesday to tip off against Berkshire. If the team was looking for an escape from the early-December cold-snap, they certainly found it on Duryee Court, where the red-hot-shooting Bears torched the Knights, 86-66. “Berkshire did an excellent job spreading the floor, driving to the paint and either finishing at the rim or finding an open shooter,” head coach Kyle Dudley acknowledged in coming to terms with how his team had given up a season-high in points allowed. “We struggled to guard them off the dribble,” Dudley further noted, “and we did not contest shots well enough at the three-point line.”
It did not help matters that, for the second straight game, Salisbury got off to another slow start, falling behind by double-digits, 13-2, in the game’s opening minutes. “We must start games better,” asserted Dudley, “so that we aren’t constantly playing from behind.”
Not that these Knights aren’t accustomed to coming from behind, as every opponent through the early portion of the season can attest. Against the Bears, they did it again, cutting a 20-point deficit in the second half down to 8 points. Unlike the Knights’ previous three games, however, this opponent composed itself, made defensive adjustments, and snuffed any hope that Salisbury might have had of consummating this particular comeback. A late-game run boosted the Bears’ margin back up to 20 points at the final horn.
Justin Oliveras led all Salisbury scorers with 18 points. Sean Ingoglia was the only other Knight in double-figures, finishing with 16. Ford Cousin added 9 and Parker Stone 7. Dudley was particularly appreciative of the contributions of Winston Jules. “Winston provided great energy off the bench,” Dudley enthused, “with seven points, all during the second-half comeback. In addition to sparking our run, he played well on both ends of the floor.”