Cougars Smother Warriors

Posted: February 16, 1989

Akiba Hebrew's basketball team continued its mastery over visiting Woodlynde School on Tuesday afternoon, and Cougars' coach Steve Gittleman cited a solid defensive effort for the victory.

The Cougars dumped Woodlynde, 71-38, in a Tri-County League game for their second win over the Warriors this season and ran their overall record to 10-12 and 9-3 in the league.

"We played excellent pressure defense," Gittleman said. "Once we started pressing them, they weren't able to stay with us. Good defense has helped us out in all of our wins this year."

The Cougars used a balanced scoring attack as guard Andrew Edenbaum tossed in 12 points, forward Josh Kern netted 10, and guard Ami Eden and forward Eyal Muscal added 9 apiece.

"We used a lot of people in and out of the lineup, and everyone did their jobs," Gittleman said. "Offensively, we shot pretty well, and we're continuing to make improvement with our shooting accuracy. When we hit our shots, we always have a decent shot at winning the game."

The Cougars, who also defeated Woodlynde 71-38 on Jan. 27, raced to an 18-12 advantage after the first quarter and a 34-15 lead at halftime. Akiba extended the lead to 56-25 after the third quarter.

Matt Frederick and Steve Spurgeon led the losing Warriors with 8 points each. Woodlynde, coached by Dave Shank, dropped to 2-15 overall and 2-9 in the league.

The Cougars' next game will be today against nonleague opponent New Hope- Solebury. Woodlynde will play Tuesday at Phelps School.

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