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High School Playoff Picture: Central, PCL, Ches-Mont & Del-Val

By Josh Verlin

The 2019-20 Pennsylvania high school basketball regular season is quickly coming up on its finish, with some leagues only a couple weeks away from beginning their postseasons. Within a month, district playoffs will be in full swing, and the state championships in Hershey are two months away.

Before we get that deep into the postseason, however, most teams in the area are focused on either or both of two things: their individual league standings, and their spot in the district playoff picture. Here’s a quick catch-up of where things are at in the area’s various high school leagues; part one can be found belowand Part Two can be found here:

Central League
Playoff Info: Feb. 8 (First Round), Feb. 10 (Semifinals), Feb. 11 (Championship)
Location: TBD

For the first time, the Central League will move to a six-team playoff with the top two teams receiving a first round bye. Traditionally, the Central League has been dominated by teams like Lower Merion, Penncrest, Garnet Valley, and Conestoga. This year seems to be more of the same, with Lower Merion (14-1, 9-1) and Garnet Valley (13-1, 9-1) tied atop the league standings and looking in shape to gain that first round off. The Aces took an early season contest, 69-56 over the visiting Jags, but will the two will take on each other once more before the regular season concludes, on Jan. 30 at Garnet Valley. Penncrest (7-3) currently sits in third place with a big game upcoming against Garnet Valley on Jan. 22 which could eventually push them to the second seed if things fall the right way. A handful of teams (Ridley, Conestoga, Upper Darby, Radnor, Strath Haven, Marple-Newtown) sit around the 5-5 mark making the middle of the league a bit of a mess as six teams (or even seven if you include a tough Haverford High at 3-7) battle it out for the remaining three playoff spots.

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Jones saves day for Upper Darby

Shareef Jones’ aim from deep was true Monday, hitting six 3-pointers as Upper Darby rallied for a 66-63 nonleague win over West Philadelphia at the MLK Ballin’ for Peace Showcase.

Jones finished with 24 points to earn the team’s MVP honors. AJ Tucker added 12 points, and Jamere Kosh and Mo Konte chipped in nine apiece for the Royals (10-6). Upper Darby made 11 3-pointers on the day.

In other nonleague action:

Archbishop Carroll 70, Simon Gratz 45 >> John Camden, Anquan Hill and Dean Coleman-Newsome each scored 13 points (including five apiece in the first quarter) as the Patriots leapt out to a 21-7 lead after eight minutes and never looked back.

Amiri Stewart led Carroll (11-4) with 14 points to snap a three-game slide. Tairi Ketner chipped in 10 points for Carroll.

Chester Charter Scholars Academy 58, Interboro 31 >> Davon White hit four 3-pointers to tally a game-high 14 points, the only player in double-figures on either side.

Damir Baez added seven points, and Malik Cook-Stephens and Davon Stovall had six each for the Sabers (11-4).

Mekhi Wormack-Fields led Interboro (1-12) with nine points.

In the Catholic League:

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Chester beats Bishop Loughlin, 65-57

Bishop Loughlin had no answer for Chester’s Karell Watkins.

The 6-4 junior forward tallied 28 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead the Clippers to a 65-57 victory over the Lions in the Stand Against Violence Showcase at Woodland Hills High School.

Watkins scored eight points in the second quarter and eight in the final period to help Chester (12-3) bounce back from a 86-67 loss to Baltimore Poly, the #24 team in the ESPN. com rankings.

Akeem Taylor collected 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots. Fareed Burton also had a big game with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists. The Clippers had 19 helpers on 27 made baskets.

Radnor beats Hatboro-Horsham basketball round-up

Jack D’Entremont tallied 15 points and three assists to lead Radnor to a 38-25 non-league victory over Hatboro- Horsham.

Eleven players scored at least two points for the Raiders, who scored 15 points off 15 Hatboro-Horsham turnovers. Josh Salvadore added five points and a pair of steals.

In other non-league action:

BALTIMORE POLY 86, CHESTER 67 >>The Clippers fell at the Stand Against Violence event at Woodland Hills High in Pittsburgh.

Poly is the 24th-ranked team in the country, according to ESPN.com.

Zahmir Carroll paced the Clippers with 19 points. Rahmee Gilbert added 18 points and Karell Watkins tossed in 13.

In the Bicentennial League:

CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 72, MORRISVILLE 51 >> Jordan Greene powered the Crusaders with a 19-point, 10-rebound performance. Isaiah Mitchell had a solid floor game with 13 points, five assists and five steals.

Bonner clamps down on Carroll in wire-to-wire win

Tyreese Watson (above, right) had 21 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three steals in an impressive all-around performance for Bonner. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Josh Verlin

There was precisely one moment where Archbishop Carroll’s height gave Bonner-Prendergast problems: the opening tip. Without a starter over 6-foot-2, it was Bonner’s Tyreese Watson who had to head to the circle against Carroll junior center Anquan Hill, who had about a half-foot height advantage on the Friars’ starting point guard. As expected, Hill had no problem out-jumping Watson, flicking the ball easily back to his teammates. 

Nothing else about the game came easy for Carroll. 

“We came into the game knowing we were going to be outsized, but that’s how it’s going to be all league,” Watson said. “We’ve just got to use our toughness.”

The undersized Friars were relentless on defense from that first possession until well after the game was in hand. Though Hill was one of four Carroll starters taller than anybody in the Bonner lineup, the Friars didn’t let the Patriots take advantage of their height, putting immense pressure on the visiting guards all night long in an 81-62 win.

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Delco Times Basketball round-up

Bonner-Prendergast 81, Archbishop Carroll 62>>Three players eclipsed the 20-point mark for the Friars. Junior guard Malik Edwards was the high scorer with 25 points, followed by Donovan Rodriguez (23) and Tyreese Watson

In another Catholic League boys game:

West Catholic 58, Cardinal O’Hara 55 >> The Lions (12-2) allowed a six-point lead after three quarters fall by the wayside and lost for the second time in three games. No further information was reported to the Daily Times.

In nonleague action:

Garnet Valley 65, W.C. Rustin 61 >> Garnet Valley showed no signs of packing it in.

The Jaguars trailed by as many as 17 points in the third quarter, but stormed all the way back for the victory.

Carl Schaller scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the second half for GV. Gannon McKee added 12 points, Valtanis Apostolopoulos had nine, and Max Jackowski finished with eight.

In the Inter-Ac League:

Episcopal Academy 65, Penn Charter 51 >> Andrew Alikakos powered the Churchmen with 27 points and Alex Capitano contributed 21. After falling behind 15-11 after the first quarter, the Churchmen outscored the Quakers 54-36 the rest of the way.

Will Delaney banked four treys and finished with 13 points in the winning effort.

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John Camden poured in 21 points and drilled five 3-point field goals for the Patriots.

Practice created a happy holiday for Penn Wood

Chichester’s Josh Hankins, right, tries to dribble past the defense of Penn Wood’s Shamir Massenburg Thursday night. Hankins was held to eight points in a 57-51 Chichester loss. (Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group)

By Matthew DeGeorge

Two weeks of rest might have been attractive to some people during the holidays. But for Penn Wood basketball, an unexpected 14-day sabbatical between games wasn’t what the team had anticipated at the beginning of the year.

Penn Wood had entered the Audenried TThe fruits of those labors remained uneven Thursday evening. But ultimately, Penn Wood found enough to hold off Chichester and notch a 57-51 win at the newly re-floored Shoebox.ournament, only to find out just before Christmas that the tournament was wiped out. Too late to make other arrangements, Penn Wood was left with a sizeable hole in its schedule and crossed into the New Year having played just five games, unable to recoup wins after losing its first two.

The restless monotony of practice aside, the additional time has, in retrospect, paid dividends for a lineup that starts three underclassmen.

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Webmaster’s note: This Tuesday, January 21st, Penn Wood visits Academy Park for our Game-of-the-Week broadcast.  Our broadcast begins at 6:45 PM.

Penncrest regains momentum, topples Upper Darby

Marquis Tomlin (above) scored 25 points as Penncrest raced past Upper Darby on Thursday night. (Photo Credit: Nate Heckenberger)

By Nate Heckenberger

Coming off a pair of Central League losses, Penncrest needed something to go right against Upper Darby, Thursday night.

But before the game even started, the Lions’ backs were pressed a little harder against the wall. Starting guard Saahir Lee was out sick, as well as head coach Mike Doyle, who was ill, during his fight against leukemia. 

After playing five games in 10 days, and with only six games left on the schedule, sympathy wouldn’t put the ball in the basket.

Fortunately for the Lions, their guards were up to the task.

“We knew it was really important after losing two tough games,” Penncrest’s senior guard Marquis Tomlin said. “We knew we needed to come out with a lot more energy and we knew we had to hit shots.”

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Delco Boys Basketball Stat Leaders, Jan. 15

By Matthew DeGeorge

Based on games reported to the Daily Times through Jan. 15

Scoring
(Minimum half of team games played)

Carl Schaller, Garnet Valley 20.2
Grant Sareyka, Christian Academy 20.1
Josh Hankins, Chichester 19.1
Tahriq Marrero, Academy Park 18.7
Alex Capitano, Episcopal Academy 18.5
Tre Dinkins, Cardinal O’Hara 18.4
John Seidman, Haverford 18.2
Shamir Baunes, Penn Wood 17.9
Tyreese Watson, Bonner & Prendergast 17.8
Christian Clover, Haverford School 17.2

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Simples, Lower Merion just keep rolling with impressive home rout of Penncrest

James Simples (above) and Lower Merion soared past Penncrest on Tuesday night. (Photo: Mark Jordan/CoBL)

By Mitchell Gladstone

In the middle of the fourth quarter, with his team well on its way to an 11th straight victory, Gregg Downer told his whole team to come in close.

They expected to do this.

There would be no celebrating — they’d finish out the last few minutes, shake hands and head back to the locker room.

But if he was being completely honest, even Downer didn’t think it would go quite like this.

“That was probably our best half,” the longtime coach said afterward. “37-13 is not what you expect against a [high]-caliber opponent like Penncrest. But we were clicking on all cylinders.”

Certainly, that would be one way to describe Lower Merion’s 64-40 rout of the Lions Tuesday night in a clash between two of the Central League’s top teams. What many expected to be a tight-fought battle for 32 minutes quickly became a rout, and even with a young team, it’s clear that the Aces are right up with the area’s best right now.

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