For three quarters, Hanover High took excellent care of the basketball.

The Nighthawks turned it over just four times and as a result were tied with Bermudian Springs heading into the fourth quarter.

A seven-turnover final stanza proved to be Hanover's undoing, though, as the Eagles won, 50-39, in YAIAA boys' basketball action Monday night in York Springs.

"They wore us down in the fourth quarter," Hanover head coach Nathan Myers said. "We were grinding to stay in it, but we couldn't get anything to go in in the fourth quarter. Credit to Bermudian, though. They're a tough team defensively."

With the game even at 29 to start the fourth quarter, Silas Murren scored the first four points of the frame to put the Eagles in front, 33-29.

Nick Trish's free throws with 6:07 left cut the Hanover deficit to 33-31, but Bermudian ran off 11 of the next 13 points. And in true Eagle fashion, four different players scored during the spurt.

"They have so many guys that can step up and hurt you," Myers said. "It's impossible to prepare for them through watching film or looking at the papers. You don't know where their scoring is going to come from on any given night."

Zach Stroup, who started for the first time this season and was playing in just his fifth game of the season because of a collarbone injury suffered during the football season, keyed the run by scoring all five of his points.

Hanover (8-5, 3-4 YAIAA IV) got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

"We told the guys to just try to win the fourth quarter," Bermudian head coach Tom Flaherty said. "We knew we would have to work hard because Hanover is a tough team.

"Our guys got on the floor and went after the ball a little bit harder late in the game."

Neil Murren got the Eagles off to a good start as he put in all 11 of Bermudian's first-quarter points. The period ended with the hosts in front, 11-9.

For the evening, Murren finished with a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds.

Hanover’s Nick Trish defends Bermudian’s Josh Stroup during the first half of their game at Bermudian High School on Monday night. The Eagles
Hanover's Nick Trish defends Bermudian's Josh Stroup during the first half of their game at Bermudian High School on Monday night. The Eagles beat the Nighthawks, 50-39. (The Evening Sun - Clare Becker)

"Neil was aggressive and got us going early," Flaherty said. "He made a couple of nice plays that were key."

The Nighthawks did manage to take a short-lived lead late in the second quarter when Dylan Krieger canned a pair of charity tosses with 1:13 left in the half, but Alex Orwig answered for Bermudian on the next possession, and

the Eagles went to the locker room ahead, 21-20.

Bermudian (10-3, 5-2 YAIAA III) took a 28-23 lead on Neil Murren's baseline jumper with 5:14 left in the third quarter, but the Eagles went virtually dry on offense for the rest of the quarter.

Krieger tied it for the Nighthawks with a three-point play with 36 seconds left in the frame. The sophomore paced Hanover with a team-high 15 points.

Murren was joined in double figures by Silas Murren and Austin Hartzell, who each scored 12 for the winners.



   Trish 2 3-5 7, Krout 1 0-0 2, Goodfellow 1 0-0 3, Dylan Kreiger 5 5-10 15, Vogel 2 2-2 6, Rhodes 1 0-0 2, Brown 1 2-2 4. Totals 13 12-19 39.
   Neil Murren 7 2-2 17, Orwig 2 0-0 4, Silas Murren 5 2-4 12, Stroup 2 1-2 5, Austin Hartzel 2 7-8 12. Totals 18 12-16 50.
Hanover     9  11    9  10 -- 39
Bermudian   11  10    8  21 -- 50
   3-point goals -- Hanover 1 (Goodfellow); Bermudian 2 (N. Murren, Hartzel).
   JV score -- Hanover 50, Bermudian Springs 35.