By Phil Anastasia
If it's tough to separate the DePersia twins on the hardwood, it might be more difficult off the court.
Nick and Rob Depersia sleep in the same room, attend the same classes, listen to the same music, like the same television shows and hang out with the same friends.
"We pretty much have the same personality," Rob DePersia said. "We even laugh at the same jokes."
His younger (by seven minutes) brother confirms that.
"Sometimes we'll be in class and somebody will say something and we'll just look at each other and smile," Nick DePersia said.
As Haddonfield's starting backcourt, the DePersia twins take a slightly different approach to the game. Rob plays a little more like a pass-first point guard, and Nick plays a little more like a shooting guard, with a slightly greater focus on scoring.
"But we're pretty interchangable," Nick DePersia said.
On Thursday night, the twins combined for 21 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and five steals as Haddonfield beat West Deptford 67-40 in a Colonial Liberty game.
The sophomores fueled a 17-0 run at the end of the first half that turned a 22-14 deficit into a 31-22 lead.
"That's the only gear they have," Haddonfield coach Paul Wiedeman said. "They provide unrelenting pressure."
Senior forwards Billy Griffin (16 points) and Chris Biddle (11 points, three assists, three blocks) provided plenty of support as Haddonfield, the No. 9 team in The Inquirer Top 10, improved to 14-1 overall and 10-0 in the Colonial.
Junior guard Justin Hansen scored 10 for West Deptford (9-5, 5-5), which had taken Haddonfield to overtime in a 79-74 loss on Dec. 18.
"They do everything well," West Deptford coach Don Clark said of the DePersias.
The DePersia twins took over the game with a series of steals, assists and hoops in the final three minutes of the half.
"We always try to bring energy with our defense," said Rob Depersia, who scored 11 points with five rebounds and seven assists. "That gets us going in transition."
The twins, who stand around 5-8, hope to play college basketball together.
"We've been together our whole lives," said Nick DePersia, who scored 10 with four assists and three steals. "It would be a big change if we got separated. We're always helping each other out. We're a good duo."
Haddonfield 7 24 19 17 -- 67
West Deptford 9 13 9 9 -- 40
H: Nick DePersia 10, Rob DePersia 11, Chris Biddle 11, Billy Griffin 16, Jake Robinson 2, Ted Stavetski 9, James Brong 3, Tom Kadar 5.
WD: Justin Hansen 10, T.J. Harcum 5, Sean Langan 3, Isaiah Worthy 2, Ian McQueen 2, Mike Gardner 9, Marquise Owens 4, Luke McKeown 5.
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