The Malvern Prep Friars earned their first home win of the season on Friday, February 3, 2017, with a dominating 80-56 victory over The Haverford School.
Coming into the game with an 8-11 record, Malvern was a heavy underdog to the 17-4 Fords. However, Malvern Coach John Harmatuk and his team didn’t see it that way.
“Our record doesn’t indicate the level of play that we’re capable of,” said Harmatuk. “We played a really tough schedule, got hit in the mouth a couple times, and just didn’t really know how to handle it.”
Despite struggling at times, Harmatuk has seen his young team improve throughout the season. “Our highs this year have been really good, and then our lows have been really bad. We just started getting better,” he said.
Malvern ran away with the lead in the second half thanks to strong defense and consistent offense. Freshman guard Deuce Turner led the team with 29 points. Turner has been a bright spot all season but took over the game Friday night.
Despite leading all scorers, Turner’s game plan was actually to distribute. “I didn’t come out with a fierce, scorer’s mentality. I came out and tried to get my teammates involved,” said Turner.
Teammate senior guard Tommy Wolfe was also heavily involved. Wolfe finished second in scoring with 22 points. Harmatuk credited his veteran captain for spending all week getting the team ready for this Inter-Ac matchup. “Tommy was an incredible leader in practice,” he said.
Haverford still boasts the best record in the Inter-Ac at 17-5 overall and 6-3 in league play. They will look to bounce back Tuesday night when they host Penn Charter.
The Friars record improved 9-11 overall and 5-4 in the Inter-Ac. They will travel to Germantown Academy on Tuesday for their final Inter-Ac game of the season.
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