ROCKVILLE – Quince Orchard, a team that’s coming off a 20-win season, opened the Maryland Elite Summer League with a 48-32 victory over Bullis on June 6 at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School.
The Cougars had control of both ends of the court. Offensively, Quince Orchard was displaying great ball movement and finding the open man. On the defensive end, they gave Bullis a hard time. Quince Orchard head coach Paul Foringer thought his team’s defensive effort played a big role in the win.
“We defended very well,” Foringer said. “We got most of the rebounds, and boxed out well. The pressure we applied was good.”
The Cougars established themselves in the first half, playing strong defense, and forcing turnovers. They also converted on easy baskets. Center Ulric Fandalor was the top performer, scoring 10 of his 13 points, and Quince Orchard went into halftime with a 26-17 lead.
“Ulric played well around the glass,” Foringer said. “He finished his shots around the glass.”
Throughout the game, Bullis couldn’t get into rhythm offensively. They struggled to gain momentum which didn’t allow them to take a lead in the game.
“We kept them [Bullis] off balance. They couldn’t run their patterns,” Foringer said. “This is a pretty good team. When they are moving together, and working together they are pretty good.”
The Cougars ran away with the game in the early parts of the second half. Quince Orchard opened with a 12-4 run. Midway through the half, Quince Orchard took a 41-25 lead which was their largest lead of the game. Bullis managed to cut their lead to 42-30, but that was the closest they got.
Rising senior forward Johnny Fierstein scored 10 points. He led the Cougars in scoring during the winter season with 18.1 points per game. The team’s second leading scorer during the season, Matthew Kelly, only had five points. All of his points came in the second half.
As the summer league moves along, Quince Orchard looks to use their team chemistry, and the experience they gain from the winter to find success in the summer.
“I got a bunch of seniors on the team,” Foringer stated. “I got a group of kids that played together, and won 20 games.”