By Rick O’Brien
Solid perimeter defense, key bench contributions, and an impressive showing on the offensive glass paved the way for Plymouth Whitemarsh’s first district crown since 1998.
Also sparked by Xzavier Malone’s 18 second-half points, the Colonials downed turnover-plagued Chester, 68-57, to earn top PIAA District 1 Class 4A honors Friday night at Temple’s Liacouras Center.
Malone, a 6-foot-3 senior wing and Rider recruit, netted a game-high 29 points and six boards as second-seeded PW (25-2) captured its sixth overall district championship and first under 18-year boss Jim Donofrio.
“This feeling is unreal, beating Chester in this arena and in this type of atmosphere,” Malone said. “It’s something I’ll never forget.”
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