By Ed Morlock
The Plymouth Whitemarsh boys basketball team never blinked. They trailed district power Chester by six points in the third quarter and four at the beginning of the fourth and stood their ground.
The second-seeded Colonials dominated the fourth quarter – outscoring the ninth-seeded Clippers by 15 points – and won the District One Class AAAA championship, 68-57, Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
“You can’t change what you are,” PW coach Jim Donofrio said of his team playing a fast-paced game with Chester. “We know how to defend. You never blink. You’re going to go in and do what you’re supposed to do. They are Chester. They are proud and they are talented and they are tough-minded and they are the best in the state in history. You want that challenge.”
Junior Matt Walker hit a three in the first 30 seconds of the fourth to bring the Colonials within one and a minute later senior Oakley Spencer hit two free throws to give the Colonials a 50-49 lead that they would never relinquish.
It was senior Xzavier Malone, however, who put the game away. The Rider commit scored 13 of his game-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, including three dunks.
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