Yeshivas Aish Kodesh routs SCA

Published 9:04pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Suffolk Christian Academy boys’ basketball team could not carry over a strong performance from last week to this week. The Knights played the conference rival Beach Breakers close in a narrow loss last Friday, but visiting Yeshivas Aish Kodesh Talmudical Academy of Norfolk crushed SCA 52-23 on Tuesday evening.

Suffolk Christian Academy junior point guard Eric Habecker was the Knights’ primary ball-handler on Tuesday in the absence of junior Nathan Leiter, who was ill.
Suffolk Christian Academy junior point guard Eric Habecker was the Knights’ primary ball-handler on Tuesday in the absence of junior Nathan Leiter, who was ill.

“We didn’t really play to the capacity that we have been playing in the other games,” Knights head coach Ron Carr said.

He gave credit to the skilled visitors for their impressive teamwork, but noted something that had Suffolk Christian off its game.

“We started off really well, but our main ball handler was sick, and he wasn’t able to play last night,” he said.

Junior guard/forward Nathan Leiter had strep throat and was required to sit. Junior guard Eric Habecker filled in for him.

“He’s able, but him and Nathan work really well together, they practice a lot together and it makes a big difference,” Carr said.

Struggles near the hoop also played a key role in the loss.

“We weren’t capitalizing on our rebounds, we weren’t following our shot,” Carr said.

But the lop-sided score represented an opportunity in the latter stages of the game.

“We have a philosophy that once the game’s out of hand, we try to work the young guys in,” Carr said.

Among the players getting some valuable game time experience were sophomore center Barton Metzgar, eighth-grade forward Harrison Judy, freshman forward Matthew Shaffer and junior forward Logan Park.

The Knights went back and forth last Friday with the Breakers, falling 62-58.

Of that contest, Carr said, “Our guys played the best game that we played all season.”

Suffolk Christian (2-5, 1-4) will look to return to that form and put Tuesday’s game behind it when it visits Isle of Wight Academy this evening with a 7 p.m. tip-off.

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