CHESTER, Pa. - One constant theme for the men's basketball team this season has been turnovers. Inconsistent play has consistently resulted in turnovers and subsequently has put Denny Surovec's team in early holes or allow opponents to pull away late.
It was much of the same for Surovec and Co. Thursday evening as for a second consecutive game the Mustangs turned the ball over 27 times in a 94-84 loss to the Phantoms of Delaware County Community College in Region XIX action.
"Turnovers have been a major problem for us all season, and really hurt us again tonight," Surovec said. "We played better in the second half, but dug ourselves a huge hole early."
Montgomery trailed 43-27 at the half but its second-half rally fell 10 points short.
Defensively, the Mustangs had to contend with Khayyir Laws and Amonie Holloman, Delco's top two scorers who rank among Division III's top 25 in points per game average. Laws and Holloman scored 21 and 20 points, respectively. Elijah Brown added 20 and Sean Havink chipped in 18 for the Phantoms.
Both teams converted 34 field goals, with Delco recording five more shot attempts. The Phantoms held a 9-5 edge in three-point connections and out-rebounded the Mustangs, 38-29. The Mustangs made good on 11 of 23 free throws, while their opponent converted 17 of 33 opportunities from the foul line.
"We need to figure out how to take care of the basketball if we have any hopes of postseason play," Surovec said.
Perhaps the holiday break comes at a good time for the Mustangs. Sitting at 4-10 overall with 12 games remaining, there's much work to be done. The season resumes Thursday, Jan. 7 at Williamson Trade.
- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director