Kyem cranks up the pace, Penn Wood runs past Academy Park

Penn Wood’s Davantae Smith shoots as Academy Park’s Shermik Lofton, leaps to defend in third quarter action of their District 1 Class 5A boys basketball playoff game Thursday night Penn Wood cruised to a 73-48 victory. Photo by: Digital First Media/Pete Bannan

By Matthew DeGeorge

The tactics for Shad Kyem were pretty simple Thursday night, no halftime session with the dry erase board needed.

The Penn Wood guard had Academy Park’s Naseim Harley shadowing him in their District 1 Class 5A first-round contest. Harley had three points, three fouls and six missed shots in the first half. So Kyem resolved to take the game to a player already on his heels, figuring that getting the best of one of the Knights’ leaders would bring the rest of the team down with him.

Kyem did just that, scoring 12 of his 16 points in the third quarter and keying a 73-48 runaway win for the eighth-seeded Patriots.

Andrew Kaufman discusses the Penn Wood win with Kennedy Poles after the game. The interview begins at the 1:43:25 point of the archive. Photo by

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Penn Wood (15-8) advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals, where it will visit top-seeded West Chester East with a spot in the state tournament on the line. The seventh win in Penn Wood’s last nine outings ends the season of No. 9 AP (15-8). Thursday served as the rubber match between the Del Val rivals, with Penn Wood winning by seven points at home Jan. 10 and AP taking the return meeting by eight Jan. 29.

This one didn’t remain that close for very long. Kyem set the tone.

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