Friarside Chats V-A
FriarSide Chats V-A are written by
Marty Farrell (left), a junior and 6th grade Malvern basketball coach;
Jake Stokes (center), a Cameron Crazie bound senior; and Matt
Greskoff (right), an undecided senior good goalie.
After a two year hiatus Friarside Chats
are back. Last year Malvern BBall had an outstanding season highlighted by a
whirlwind of transfers out, an outright Inter-Ac Championship (first since
1981), the ANC game, enough said (click
here), and a second place finish in the
Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament. Led by seniors Kevin Rafferty
(Tufts) and Sean Gordon (Gettysburg) and junior wing guard Brendan
Kilpatrick, the Friars finished with a 24-7 overall record and 8-2 mark in
Inter-Ac play. Emerging stars Tom Pitt and Steve Perpiglia
contributed on both ends of the court to Malvern’s success. With Kilpatrick (who
committed to Vermont in September), Pitt, and Perpiglia returning to the
starting lineup, the Friars are poised to make another run at the Inter-Ac
title. That quest to repeat started on January 6 at Cabrini College.
Welcome to Friarside Chats V-A, which is being orchestrated by Jakes Stokes. Others are expected to join in . . .
Malvern 52 Penn Charter 37
Haverford School 53, Malvern 50
By Matt Greskoff
Because of the fierce rivalry between Malvern and the Haverford School, this game meant the world to both teams. Disregard the Inter-Ac standings; disregard the previous game’s result. This was Malvern versus Haverford. While Haverford has 2 starters who are new to the school and the rivalry, the rest are used to it, as is the entire Malvern roster. Haverford’s crowd was typical for a Friday night. The Nation came out strong as well. From before the game even started, it was evident this would be a battle on and off the court.
Malvern 60, Conestoga 44
By Jake Stokes
The Friars came into the Kobe Bryant Classic shaking off their first loss of the season. This non-league matchup gave them a chance to get back into their rhythm before getting back to Inter-Ac play on Tuesday. However Conestoga’s tenacious defense was not going to give away any free points. This was a very fast paced game with both teams pushing the ball down the court every possession. Jimmy Gordon got the scoring started for the Friars by draining a three only to have it matched by Conestoga on the other side of the court. Now while Conestoga’s fierce defense was paying off as they led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter. The other number to watch on the scoreboard was 5-1 in terms of fouls. Conestoga was then forced to take out some of their starters in foul trouble including their hot 3 point shooter Sam Bevan. On a side note I think Conestoga may have set some sort of record for 3s in a game.
The second quarter saw Malvern start to match Conestoga in treys as both Brendan Kilpatrick and Gordon each hit one. Then Ryan Ammerman took another big charge for the Friars (See FriarSide of GA game). Brendan capped off the half by hitting a jumper from the foul line giving the Friars a 25-20 lead into the half.
The third quarter seemed to get off to a slow start as both teams now had some key players in foul trouble. Senior Co-Captain Steve Perpiglia got the excitement back draining a three from the corner. Then on the ensuing Malvern possession, Gordon hit a deja vu trey. Then Conestoga finished off the scoring in the 3rd with a rare outside 2 point shot to bring them within 7 as the Friars had the 38-31 lead.
In the final quarter, Kilpatrick took control as midway through the period he drove to the hoop for a dunk. Then after a Stoga trey (I’m telling you check the record for 3s in a game) Kilpatrick got another dunk. Kilpatrick then got a steal and went down the court for a lay-up and 1 to take the Friars up 53-44. The Friars then managed to make their foul shots at the end to give them the 60-44 win. However, the final score really does not reflect how far Conestoga fought back and forth with the Friars.
Brandon Thompson was the MVP for Conestoga with 3 treys. Kilpatrick took home the MVP honor for the Friars with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals. The 18-1 Friars hit the hardwood again on Tuesday @ EA at 5:15pm.
*On more of a rant: NO high school game should cost $10 for a student to attend!!
Penn Charter 56, Malvern 44
The highly ranked Malvern pulled into Penn Charter seeking not only a win, but to remain unbeaten in the Inter-Ac, overall, and to sweep all the first match-ups against their league opponents. The small gym was packed with fans, including many having to stand because of lack of bleacher space. PC had a nice student section going, which outmatched the group of 20 or so Friarnation’ers 4-1 at least.
It became obvious early that this was not going to be the Friars’ night when Penn Charter’s 6’ 9” 250lb sharpshooter made a three early on in the 1st. They lit it up from three all game long, and that one was a trendsetter. If one of theirs had bounced out and one of ours had bounced in in that 1st quarter, confidence would’ve shifted and a whole new outcome could’ve occurred. Also in that quarter, sloppy play in the paint by both sides and a lot of leniency by the refs for both teams set the stage for a tough time to get inside buckets throughout. Chater led 12-9 after 1.
Despite the Charter’s sharpshooter being out of the whole quarter due to foul trouble, Malvern lost ground in the 2nd. It should be noted that throughout the 1st half, the Friars were making every free-throw they had, and Charter wasn’t. So while this may have been a night the 3’s weren’t falling, our boys’ mental toughness kept us in the game. At half the score was 24-20 Charter.
The Nation was doing their best to keep up with Penn Charter’s student section, but because of its small size, it needed constant chants to have its presence felt. In the second half the repetition of these chants became evident, and it seems as though everyone in the Nation needs some “old old wooden ship, used in the Civil War era” in their cheers. Malvern did make a great push in the 3rd quarter, capped by a huge 3 made by Steve Perpiglia to tie the game at 35 going into the 4th.
The final quarter, in summary, was a bunch of contested Malvern inside shots that didn’t fall and a bunch of deep three’s by PC that did. Just wasn’t our night. Penn Charter’s section was “loud” throughout the game because of their sheer size, but their final chant of I Believe, which of course is a Malvern-owned chant, did get the gym pretty noisy. The game ended PC 56, Malvern 44. The students celebrated the win by storming the court.
Yeah, we’ll see you at home.
Malvern 47 Germantown Academy 46
By Jake Stokes
Malvern headed to GA for a Friday night showdown to see who would be the only team left in the Inter-Ac with an untarnished record. For whatever reason, they decided to play in the middle school gym, which is very small. I guess this is why GA’s student section felt like they belonged on the court with the players instead of in the nonexistent stands. This also includes the cheer squad, which Joe “THWND” McLaughlin described best when he said, “I guess the chess club doubles as the cheer squad.”
The game started off slow but with just two minutes left in the first quarter Steve “How official do you want me to be” Perpiglia hit back to back 3s. Now I will give credit where credit is due, giving it to GA that they were quite loud throughout the game. However they started the countdown for the end of the first quarter far too early causing their own player to heave the ball up from mid-court when he had 5 seconds left, Tom “I can make anything from a dunk to a full court shot” Pitt got the rebound and threw up a 3/4-court shot that went in before the buzzer went off yet the ref did not allow the shot to count. Now I try to not be too biased but this ref crew (besides the one decent ref, the skinny balding one) might have made some of the worst calls I have ever seen in my life from a ref reversing his call three times about who the ball was out on to Julian “I had enough time to repaint the lane” Moore never getting called once for parking himself in the lane for every possession. This led to the first quarter ending with Malvern leading 11-3.
In the second quarter Brendan “None of your chants phase me” Kilpatrick took the game in to his own hands getting back to back dunks taking the score to 15-7. Kilpatrick continued contributing to his 17-point game total when he drained a long range 2 followed by a block on the other side of the court. Then Stevie P hit another 3 to take the Friars up 27-19 at half.
The third quarter started of with GA coming out swinging taking the lead for the first time in the game but BK got a dunk and then a 3 to give the Friars the lead back at 38-36. Then on a rare miss by Steve, Alex “I talk in the form of playing” Dentinger showed his power down low to get the rebound and the put back making him one of the four players who scored for Malvern in the game taking the score at the end of the 3rd quarter to 40-36.
Everyone in the packed gym knew that they were in action packed 4th quarter. Steve started off the scoring for the Friars with their 4th three of the game, adding to his 18-point game total. Pitt returned to the game after getting in foul trouble early in the game and made his presence felt immediately, scoring on his first play to take the score to 45-41. Then junior Ryan “I take the game winning charge” Ammerman came up with the ball in a scramble on the ground. However this used up the Friars' second-to-last timeout, leaving them with only one for the remaining 4:21. Yet, Jim “I keep my cool” Rullo managed with the one timeout. The final 4 minutes of the game brought out a David and Goliath matchup with FriarNation 4 deep split between both sides of the court due to the size restrictions of the gym taking on GA’s 100+ student sections. The score came to 47-46 Malvern as the Friars had the ball, then with 39 sec left in the game Brendan was tripped and lost the ball out of bounds and with no foul called GA had the ball. The clock went down to 11.8 second left until GA called a timeout. During this timeout the rivalry in the stands got a little tense as Matt “I wear tight pants” Greskoff and Jake “I am training myself for Duke” Stokes started a “Let’s Go Malvern" chant that could be heard thought the small gym. However this led to a “we can’t hear you chant” due to our small size yet just as loud as GA’s students a “Scoreboard chant was started”. Finally the real match got back under way and as everyone saw coming all the way from beyond the key Nick “I only got 7 points this game” Lindner drove straight for the hoop expecting to get fouled. Unfortunately for Lindner Ammerman saw this drive the entire way and stood firm on his ground to draw the charge with 3.8 seconds left. GA managed to tip the inbound pass and get the ball, but they could not manage to get enough control to get a shot off. While the game on the court may have ended here the GA student section felt the need to respond to a “we can’t hear you chant, with a “sit down Rugby” chant. How GA managed to find out that I play Rugby I don’t know, seeing as they do not have a rugby team of their own, nor was I wearing any rugby clothing. With this win the Friars move to 16-0 and 3-0 in Inter-Ac play.
Malvern 56, LaSalle 55
By Jake Stokes
The Friars went into their matchup with the Explorers 11-0 including wins against Bonner (the last time the Friar Friar matchup happened) and an overtime win against St. Joe's Prep. The game started off with Brendan "I have a thousand points" Kilpatrick quickly quieting the maple syrup chants after two quick NBA range 3s and to cap off the first quarter a BK special Dunk. At the end of the 1st quarter the Friars found themselves down 14-13 in a close battle.
However in the second quarter the refs seemed as though the failed to realize that it was a men's game not a women's game calling any physical contact a foul and the Friars could not capitalize on any free throws holding the team to just 5 points in the second quarter as LaSalle extended there lead to 27-18.
Steve "I am the young Kobe" Perpiglia and Tom "Don't confuse me with the others, I am the IV" Pitt powered the Friars to within 7 as the third quarter ended 38-31.
The margin remained the same with a minute left in the game when the ref farthest from the ball apparently calls the fouls now not the closest as Kilpatrick fouled out of the game while Jim "I almost got T'd up" Rullo argued with the ref. At the same time 2 LaSalle players had also fouled out and another had 4 fouls. Pitt took the game into his hands at this time getting a spectacular dunk and then intercepting the inbound pass to get a second dunk as the Friars came back to within 3 points. Then in a scramble for the ball coach Rullo managed to use his last time out to secure possession for the Friars. Then with 20sec left Perpiglia was fouled and sent to the line to shoot a 1&1. He managed to make the first basket but missed the second and the ball was called out against Malvern. Pitt managed to intercept the ball and Jimmy "The Jett" Gordon went to put up the game leading three, however midway into the shot he passed it to Perpiglia who was screaming his head off for the ball who made the tre to take a 56-55 lead with three seconds remaining (mind you La Salle forced them to put time back on the clock). However even the extra time couldn't help the explorers as they missed the buzzer beat after the inbounder for LaSalle spent most of his time arguing with the ref and had to settle for a mediocre inbound pass. Unfortunately the only two students to celebrate the victory were Jake "Future Cameron Crazie" Stokes and Matt "H2PH" Abbott.