Boys basketball defeats Marple Newtown, Caldwell scores 1000

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By Rohan Gandhi, Guest Reporter

Silence.

The Pioneer Pit made no sound as the game started, waiting for the right moment. The team started out sluggish in the first quarter, trying to get the ball to senior Darryl Caldwell. Marple Newtown did not waste its opportunity and took an early 5-0 lead. The Pioneers continued to look out of sync until 2:03 left in the quarter when Caldwell found the ball in his hands, drove straight down the lane, put the ball up and watched it fall slowly into the net. Then, eruption.

The Pit roared as the Pioneers took a timeout to celebrate. Caldwell just scored his 1000th point in his Conestoga career.

“I was just really excited,” Caldwell said after the game. “All of my teammates were cheering for me. It was just such a relief.”

After the break, the Pioneers went right back to work and stepped up their level of play. Excellent field goal accuracy and sound defense turned a 14-13 deficit at the end of the first quarter into a 38-19 lead at the end of the half. The Pioneers kept the momentum going through a fast paced third quarter and into the beginning of the fourth.

Halfway through the fourth quarter, the Tigers finally started to produce on offense and bring back the score. However, the Pioneers were not going to allow a comeback to ruin the night and prevailed 67-56.

The win improves the Pioneers to 10-3 on the season with a 7-2 record in the Central League.

Caldwell noted areas for improvement for the team, but “we got the win and that’s all that matters.”

The Pioneers next face Haverford at home on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.