Get to a game this week!

By Delcohoops.com Staff

As much as we love to see our broadcast listeners during our live broadcasts we think many of you are missing an opportunity to go out and see some great high school basketball at very reasonable prices.

This coming week there are no less than 8 boy’s playoff games taking place in Delaware County……and that’s just through Wednesday.  We don’t know what teams will advance to the next rounds for games on Friday and Saturday!  Maybe one of the great girl’s playoff games is closer.  You can check their playoff schedule at Girl’s Playoffs

Tickets are $5 and parking is FREE.  The venues are your local area high schools. You take your seat by walking onto the court and there is no “nose-bleed” section.  Many schools have a student section which brings lots of noise and drama to the game and, of course, the cheerleaders.  You can hear the coaches barking out instructions and no matter where you sit, it will be closer than anything you would probably get at a college or pro game.

Food and drink (non alcoholic…this is high school after-all) is available and very reasonably priced.  

A 7:00 PM game will be over by 8:45 and driving home will probably take less than 10 minutes!  

Go to our Schedule page and take a look at what’s playing in your neighborhood! Take in a high school basketball game this week.  We think you’ll be delighted at the caliber of play, the enthusiasm and the pure fun of witnessing a LIVE sporting event at your local high school.

The Christian Academy and Episcopal Academy both lose

Germantown Academy 61, Episcopal Academy 42 >> Senior guard Jaye Haynes led a balanced scoring attack for the Patriots with a game-high 20 points and junior center Becca Booth added 10.

Episcopal trailed 16-11 after the first quarter, but the Inter-Ac League champion Patriots seized control with a 23-8 run in the second period.

In the season-ending loss, Riley Cassidy paced EA with 12 points. Gaeli Keffer-Scharpf and Bella Pisella contributed nine points apiece.

The non-PIAA, private schools-only tournament will resume Friday evening at Friends’ Central School. Top-seeded GA will meet No. 5 Abington Friends at 6 p.m., followed by No. 3 Penn Charter against second-seeded Notre Dame.

The championship contest is hosted by Montgomery County Community College Saturday at 5 p.m.

Holy Ghost Prep 54, The Christian Academy 45>> A sluggish third quarter proved costly for The Christian Academy in its bid to capture the Bicentennial League championship.

The Crusaders allowed an eight-point lead at halftime fall by the wayside as Holy Ghost Prep rallied for a 54-45 victory.

Holy Ghost began the third quarter on an 11-0 run and outscored TCA, 36-19, in the final 16 minutes of regulation. Tyler Mish poured in a game-high 21 points for Ghost.

Grant Sareyka scored 16 points and Sam Geathers chipped in with 10 for the Crusaders.

Seidman, Haverford aim to go farther … shiner and all

Both teams eyeing the shot preparing for a rebound. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

By Matt Smith

John Seidman sported a nice shiner under Friday night.

Haverford’s playmaking junior was the recipient of an errant poke to the eye in the Fords’ District 1 Class 6A tournament opener with Ridley.

Seidman had to sit out for a minute, but he was no worse for wear. He hurried back to the floor to guide the 13th-seeded Fords to a 34-28 victory over the 20th-seeded Green Raiders. The Fords travel to fourth-seeded Chester in the second round Tuesday.

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Take a finger to the eye, John?

“Yeah.”

Wanted to get right back out there, John?

“Yeah.”

Dave Burman interviewing Will Higson after Haverford’s first round win. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

Seidman lets his game do most of the talking. He was outstanding, especially in the second half when his defense lifted the Fords out of an early rut. He amassed seven points and a pair of steals during the Fords’ 17-4, second-quarter run.

“Everyone played great,” he said. “We responded really well and we were playing well together and everyone had a big part in the way we played.”

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Carpenter provides late boost for Haverford in district opener

Haverford’s Addison Brodnik goes up for two of her eight points in Friday’s District 1 Class 6A tournament win over Unionville. Digital First Media/Pete Bannan

By Matt Smith

The Fords defeated the Indians for the second time this month. Haverford used an 11-1, fourth-quarter run to beat the Indians on Feb. 1. On Friday night, they ended the Indians’ season thanks to an 18-5 surge in the final eight minutes.

“We really wanted it tonight,” Carpenter said. “In the beginning of the year, it was almost like we were looked down on by a lot of other teams because nobody really expected us to be good or expected us to be here (in the district playoffs). Coming in tonight, we just knew we had to really step up and come out and play together.”

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After graduating five seniors from last year’s crew, they have started three juniors, one senior and freshman. The lone fourth-year member on the team, Katie Redding played outstanding at point guard and hauled in a handful of tough rebounds.

Dave Burman and Coach Mark Jordan interview Chiara MacGillivray after Haverford’s victory. Photo by: Delcohoops/Mike Mayer

The Fords’ best scoring threat is junior Chiara MacGillivray, who battled through some shooting struggles Friday to lead the team with 12 points. She began the game at the free-throw line due to a technical foul (scorebook violation) that was called on the Unionville bench.

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Catholic League Playoffs: Duren lifts Roman past Bonner at buzzer

Jalen Duren (above, earlier this month) had the game-winning put-back as Roman beat Bonner at the buzzer. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Matt Chandik

Normally, the play probably would have been drawn up for the senior who’s been in so many big moments before. 

Plans change pretty quick when that option isn’t available. When Roman Catholic had the ball with 9.9 seconds to play in Friday night’s Catholic League quarterfinal against Bonner, Cahillites coach Matt Griffin had to figure out an alternative to giving the ball to Lynn Greer III, the Division I prospect who’d fouled out a few minutes earlier. 

Of course, Roman’s second and third options aren’t exactly scrubs. Rather, they’re two of the top sophomores in the entire country, a pair of class of 2022 five-star recruits. One of them, Justice Williams, had tied the game up on Roman’s previous possession, and when the Cahillites got the ball back, they knew to go to him again. 

Williams got the ball, dashed to the left, spun back to the right while being defended by the Friars’ Connor Eagan and hoisted up a shot that found… Roman teammate Jalen Duren.

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District 1 6A Playoffs: Nzeh, No. 19 Upper Darby stymie No. 14 Souderton

Onyekachi Nzeh (right) has provided a major boost in the post for Upper Darby this season. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Josh Verlin

Bob Miller’s plans changed drastically in October. That’s when Onyekachi Nzeh walked into the Upper Darby coach’s office and told him he was interested in joining the basketball team.

“I wanted to try out basketball this year, see how far I could go with it,” Nzeh said. “My mom, she’s really big on the NBA, so she wanted me to be an NBA player.”

That sounds like an ambitious plan for a sophomore who didn’t play organized basketball as a freshman. But Nzeh is not your average sophomore. 

First of all, as a freshman on Upper Darby’s track team, Nzeh ––who goes by Kachi –– started to attract Division I interest for his abilities as a 400 meter sprinter, winning some major races as a 14- and 15-year-old. On top of that, Nzeh had enjoyed a growth spurt since his freshman year, rising from 6-foot-5 to somewhere around 6-7, and wasn’t done adding height to his frame. 

So with some prodding from his mother, Uloma Nzeh, Kachi decided to give basketball another shot.

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