GV clinches title; Springfield ends drought

By Matthew DeGeorge

It’s a rare night in the Central League that features intrigue at both ends of the standings, but Thursday delivered.

Garnet Valley walloped Lower Merion, 77-32, to claim the regular-season title, and Springfield bested Marple Newtown, 66-57, to end to a 44-game losing streak.

First, the pinnacle of the Central League, where Garnet Valley (18-1, 14-1 Central) ran out to 24-8 lead after one quarter and 51-10 at half to avenge its only loss of the season and clinch its first Central League crown.

The Jaguars hit 14 3-pointers on the night. Chris Coyne led the onslaught with a career-high 18 points. Neel Beniwal supplied all 16 of his points in the first half. Valantis Apstolopoulos added 14 points, and Carl Schaller made the operation run with nine points and 10 assists.

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